One of TV’s most deliciously awkward shows, “90 Day Fiancé,” recently wrapped its eighth season on TLC and continues to be a fascinating experiment in love and culture wars.
The hit reality series is built around the United State’s K-1 visa program, which allows U.S. citizens to sponsor their fiancé to legally live in the United States. But the sponsor and the applicant must marry within 90 days of entry into the U.S.
“90 Day Fiancé” has spawned multiple spinoff shows on TLC and helped the network become a ratings juggernaut for Disney, topping all cablers in the key women demo of ages 25-54 in recent Nielsen quarterly reports.
TLC president Howard Lee, whose parents were Chinese immigrants, told Variety in 2020 that the network’s programming is a reflection of his own life in the U.S. “I understand them and why they want to try to be further understood,” he says of the reality stars in shows like “90 Day Fiancé.” “‘Please understand me’ or ‘Please understand my family’: That comes across in our programming. And you have to experience that as a child to really understand.”
TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé” spinoffs include “Happily Ever After?”, “Before the 90 Days,” “What Now?”, “The Other Way,” “Pillow Talk” and the more recent COVID-19-themed show, “Self Quarantined,” all of which feature either recurring participants of the show or new couples.
As for the original “90 Day Fiancé,” as evident from the vast amount of spinoffs, viewers are eager to find out: which couples are still together? And who called it quits? Well, here’s an update on all 41 couples from TLC’s popular marital series, starting with the first season back in 2014.