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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Married at First Sight is a reality series that shows the experience of total strangers getting married on the advice of relationship experts. The show addresses mature topics such as marriage, intimacy, and divorce. Arguing is frequent, and sexual intimacy is a major theme. There’s some drinking (wine, beer, cocktails), and Apple products are visible. It’s not really meant for kids, but it's an interesting take on modern relationships and how people get to know each other.
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What's the story?
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT is a reality series featuring couples participating in a radical social experiment about marriage and relationships. Six singles who have done everything to find love are paired by a team of experts, including clinical psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, sexologist Dr. Logan Levkoff, and Greg Epstein, a spiritual advisor, to someone they believe will be their ideal partner. Once they're matched, they legally marry their new partner. The catch? The couples don't see each other until the moment they exchange vows. Cameras then follow them for six weeks as they get to know each other. They also go on a honeymoon and try to build a relationship that takes them from strangers to a bonded couple. Throughout the process they check in with experts to share their experiences and receive advice and guidance. At the end of the experiment, each couple must decide if they want to remain married or get a divorce.
Is it any good?
The series puts a modern spin on the concept of arranged marriage and offers a voyeuristic-but-interesting look at the work that goes into building a lasting relationship. It also offers some surprisingly thoughtful moments, which reveal how people come to know themselves and understand what may keep them from having healthy relationships.
Viewers will be skeptical about the plausibility of meeting someone after you marry them, and others may find the awkwardness surrounding the process uncomfortable. There's not a lot of romance here, either. Nonetheless, it's a thoughtful, albeit unorthodox, approach to understanding the effort that has to go into relationships to find real love.
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