90 Day Fiance Review


Christmaelle Vernet, Staff Writer

After the success of 90 day Fiance and its many spin offs, viewers finally received another rendition of the show from the popular TLC reality tv franchise. If you are not familiar with 90 Day Fiance, the plot is essentially about Americans who fall in love with people from all over the world, and in order to bring their partners to the US, they must apply for a K1 visa which means the couples have 90 days to tie the knot. Although in this series, there is a twist:  The Americans are the ones attempting to move overseas to be with their significant others. Spectators see the couples combat cultural and religious differences, family troubles and relationship issues that are sure to satisfy anyone’s guilty pleasure of wacky reality tv. 

The series narrows in on six different pairs, we have Kenneth Niedermeir (American) who falls in love with Armando Rubio (Mexican) who are the show’s first openly gay couple. We see their story emerge as they attempt to get married despite strong restrictions against same sex marriage in Mexico and Rubio’s families’ acceptance of their relationship. Rubio has a daughter from a previous relationship named Hannah, whom Niedermeir struggles communicating with because she only speaks Spanish. Niedermeir has two daughters as well back in Florida where he is from. Despite their challenges, they appear to be the most grounded couple out of the bunch. 

The next couple is Deaven Clegg and Jihoon Lee who have appeared on the show once before, Deaven is American and Jihoon is from South Korea. She has given birth to Jihoon’s son, Taeyung alongside her daughter from a previous relationship named Dracilla. This couple seems to clash almost every step of the way, with Jihoon’s parenting skills, trust within the relationship, their housing accommodations, and a language barrier. Deaven’s mother, Elicia, who is skeptical of the relationship from the very beginning only adds to this couple’s tumultuous relationship.

 Another couple we are introduced to is Yazan Abuhuraira and Brittany Banks. Abuhurira is from Jordan and comes from a strict and conservative Muslim family who don’t approve of Banks because of her refusal to convert to Islam and her flashy social media presence. I enjoyed their storyline the most because I kept wanting to see how their story would end and that kept me coming back to the show Sunday after Sunday. 

Continuing on, we have Biniyam Shibre from Ethiopia and Ariela Weinburg who comes from a wealthy family in Princeton, New Jersey. Weinberg gives birth to a baby boy, Aviel, during the season. Shibre is Christian and Weinburg is Jewish, which leads them to disagree on how the baby should be raised alongside cultural differences and Weinburg’s parents being concerned about the living conditions of Ethiopia. 

The next couple is Jenny Slatten and Sumit Singh from India. This couple has also appeared on previous seasons and seem to still not be able to convince Sumit’s parents of letting the two wed. Sumit’s parents’ strongly disapprove of this relationship because Jenny is much older than Sumit and they believe it will bring shame to their family if he were to marry her. 

Lastly, there is Melyza Zeta from Columbia and Tim Clarkson whose storyline I believe was the least entertaining. This couple struggled to rekindle their relationship after Clarkson admits to cheating on Zeta but I mostly found myself fast forwarding through their scenes. I felt like their storyline was the least exciting to watch and came across very dull in comparison to all the other couples. 

 As a viewer, I never knew what would happen next throughout this latest season and I was intrigued by how, despite all the issues these couples went through, they all attempted to stay together. Yes, a few parts might be enough to make you cringe, but the drama, fights and interesting plotlines will relieve anyone of their reality tv cravings.