Dustin's wife Alana joins to talk about the perils of international marriages that is 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days.
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90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days (2017) - “Bon Voyage!”
Available to Watch On: Hulu, TLC app, Daily Motion
Aired: August 6, 2017
Episode Run: 52 (so far)
Created by: Matt Sharp, TV producer
Official Description: 90 Day Fiancé is an American documentary/reality TV series on TLC that follows couples who have applied for or received a K-1 visa (available uniquely to foreign fiancés of U.S. citizens) and therefore have ninety days to marry each other.
- Darcey Silva ... Self
- Jesse Meester ... Self
- Paul Staehle ... Self
- Karine Martins ... Self
- Sean Hiller ... Self
- Abby Germain ... Self
Amazon/IMDB User Reviews:
Binge worthy highly addictive reality drama!
By MichaelCheritto on 31 July 2019
"This is one of the best shows out right now! This is a reality show following American's who have all found love in other countries. They are all flying met their love interest for the first time and they almost always are trainwrecks waiting to happen. Between the crazy, pathetic and something creepy cast members to the inevitable culture differences that each couple faces get your popcorn ready and get ready to binge watch this because it never disappoints! I hope TLC continues this show forever as is just never get old! Now they even have 5 or 6 spin offs and I just can't get enough! Before The 90 Days is my favorite and technically the first step in the process of love and bringing a foreigner over to the United States. Give it a try .. you will not be sorry"
Vapid and pathetic
By intermedx on 19 November 2018
"So I watched one episode of this while in Thailand. What a pathetic group of people. It was obvious that the Americans are all psychologically damaged and seeking something that doesn't exist. In every case, the people they met were disappointed and clearly not into the Americans.
First, it was clear the woman from Georgia had misrepresented herself to the guy from Nigeria, not to mention that she was over-the-top clueless about being in a different culture. Then the guy who met the girl from the Philippines was oblivious to the fact that all she wants is to get out of the Philippines.
I could go on, but in every case the person foreign person was so clearly not interested in their partner, that it was pathetic and depressing. But what is more depressing is that TLC would take advantage of these poor folks for the voyeuristic appetite of the rest of us. That is why I hate these 'reality' shows."
- IMDB Score: 6.7/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: no score
- Metacritic: No score
- Google: 88%
- Amazon: 4.5 / 5
- TV.com: no score
- It Has Many Versions: Before the 90 Days is one of 8 spin off versions of the original 90 Day Fiance, including Happily Ever After?, What Now?, Pillow Talk, The Other Way, The Family Chantel, Just Landed, and even a Covid based series Quarantined.
- Celebrities Follow It: Chrissy Teigen turned John Legend into a fan. Roxane Gay has devoted countless Twitter threads to it. Amy Schumer says the cast makes her “starstruck.” Lady Gaga admits she could watch it every day for the rest of her life.
- Its a Huge Hit for TLC: Each season has seen new growth for the sprawling franchise, driving TLC to become the number one cable network on Sunday nights in 2019.
- How Matt Sharp Came Up WIth The Idea: “In 2012, maybe even earlier, I saw a television news piece about Americans going abroad to find love. These were people from all walks of life and all states who started talking to people online and fell in love. And, in many cases, they were going to meet them in person for the first time. To me, this felt like an incredible new world. So we started looking into it, to see how prevalent it was. We discovered that once people found [others] abroad and traveled to meet them, they would then propose. The most interesting part of all, to us, was the K-1 visa process. We were blown away that after these people meet and fall in love, they go through all of this process for the visa. The second they hit U.S. soil, there’s a ticking clock. They had to be married in 90 days or leave the country.”
- TLC Liked The “Sizzle Tape”: TLC Senior Vice President Alon Orstein: “It immediately sparked with us. What we saw and heard felt really fresh. [TLC wasn’t] in the love-and-relationship space at that time, but we were starting to think about diving into that more. Our family shows had smatterings of it, and some of our most successful moments were when we tracked budding romances. This pitch felt like a real opportunity to focus exclusively on love and relationships.”
- Russ and Paoula Mayfield, all stars of the show:
- Paoula: “We found out about the show because [my husband] Russ hired an attorney.”
- Russ: My first question to them was “Is this going to be like Jersey Shore?” That was the only reality show I was familiar with at that time, and I didn’t want it to be anything like that. They said, “No, you’re just sharing your love story.”
- Couple Mohammad and Danielle Were The First Big Hit: Mohamed Jbali, then 26, met Danielle Mullins, 41, in a chat room. He moved from Tunisia to Ohio to marry her, but viewers—and Mullins’s family—were skeptical of his intentions. Jbali, meanwhile, felt misled by her tenuous financial situation.
- Dan Alder, Producer says: “In that storyline, Mohamed very clearly felt he was misled by Danielle. Whatever people might believe about his original intentions, he continues to insist that he came to America thinking certain things about Danielle and her finances and her world. He has a certain point. But then you look at her and her life, and there’s a huge amount of skepticism [about him]. Danielle didn’t always express that to the degree we hoped, so we would make sure she had conversations with other people. If Danielle isn’t saying what America is thinking, then let’s show a conversation with her sister or a friend so people see their questions being asked.”
- Pay Is LOW: Last year Nikki Cooper, a friend of season five's David Toborowsky, revealed on the "90 Day Fiancé" Facebook page that cast members are paid $1,000 per episode in addition to a $2,500 bonus for attending the "Tell All" special. As for the cast members seeking their green cards, season six cast member Luis Mendez claimed on his Instagram page that the immigrant cast is not paid anything. He said, "They (TLC) only use the immigrant people ... they dont [sic] pay to us in the first 90 days and they destroy our lives with bad fame." He went on to say, "I don't [receive] any money only the American people."Matt Sharp, a producer for "90 Day Fiancé," backed up this claim when he told the "Reality Life" podcast that it would be "illegal to pay someone" who doesn't have a green card.
- Guests aren’t paid either: According to Nikki Cooper, friends and family members of the cast members receive no compensation for being on the series. On her YouTube channel, she stated that she and husband Chris Thieneman "didn't get a single dime from the show" when they appeared on season 5.
- K-1 Doesnt Mean Youre a Citizen: Although the show documents the 90 days that a couple pursuing a K-1 visa has to get married, the show does not cover the multitude of steps after marriage that must be taken before the immigrant partner becomes a US citizen. The State Department's description of the K-1 visa indicates that receiving the visa and permission to travel to the US to get married is just the first step in pursuing citizenship. After marriage, a green card, which grants immigrants status as a "lawful permanent resident," must be requested and held for a minimum of three years before the holder can apply for citizenship, which in itself is a lengthy process.
- Season One was a Success, On the Relationship Front: When it comes to getting married on reality television, perhaps the first time's the charm, because all four of the couples from the show's debut season are still married.
- Some Claim Editing Leaves a Bad Impression: In a Facebook post, Sean of season one of "90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days," claimed that the show's edit incorrectly portrayed multiple aspects of his life, his relationship, and the truth of Abby's experience in Haiti.In his post, he chastises viewers for being "gullible and incapable of critical thinking" and warns fans that "you can't trust the emotions you see on that show." He also states that the truth was "talked about during the tell-all interview, but [viewers] were shown none of that."
- Some Have Starred on Many Reality Shows:
- Season five's Molly Hopkins co-starred on Lifetime's reality series "Double Divas," a show that documented life at an Atlanta lingerie store owned by Molly and her friend Cynthia Richards. The show aired for two seasons in 2013. They now regularly appear on Pillow Talk.
- Darcey Silva, a cast member from season one and two of the "90 Day Fiancé" spin-off "Before the 90 Days" had previously appeared on "Millionaire Matchmaker" and filmed a pilot for a series titled "Twin Life" in 2010 with her twin sister Stacey.
- Patrick Cornett, another cast member from "Before the 90 Days" may hold the title for most reality shows by a "90 Day" contestant, as he's appeared on a whopping six reality programs, including "American Ninja Warrior."
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