YouTube recommended this clip to me today, because its algorithm has figured out that I am a connoisseur of TV garbage.
So, that started me down a new rabbit hole. Which is great because I’m all caught up on 90 Day Fiance.
This show went on for TWO seasons for a total of 23 episodes in 2008 to 2009. Prior to starting the game the contestants answer a questionnaire of 100 questions while hooked up to a polygraph machine (which, by the way, are no longer admissible in court, although it should already be obvious from that clip that the show isn’t super credible).
The contestants then have their answers to these questions revealed in front of their family and friends for money, while a Jerry Springer-ish audience eggs them on. It’s like if Maury and Deal or No Deal had a baby, basically. And it is pretty much designed to ruin lives.
Also, I assume I don’t have to tell you it aired on Fox. The same network that brought you Married By America and The Swan. Which, by the way, are too awful for me to watch. Even I have my limits.
One interesting fact is that the show filmed a 3rd season that never aired. One episode of this “lost season” in particular sounds fascinating, although incredibly depressing. From the wiki page:
…one contestant in the unaired third season did answer all 21 questions truthfully to win the top prize. The contestant was Melanie Williams, a member of a secretive polygamist group. Most of the questions centered around the secrets of polygamy and what took place in the group in which Williams was a member. For $500,000, Williams’ final question was whether she believed her father had sexual relations as an adult with a minor. She said she felt he did, and the lie detector determined her truthful for the grand prize.
A user on reddit said that the episode did air in some countries where polygamy is more common, but I can’t find any verification on that. Another reddit user claiming to be involved in production posted to /r/television a couple years ago and had a few interesting things to say, namely that one of the other unaired episodes included Travis Walton, a famous UFO abductee.
Also of note is that the producers required the participants to sign an agreement to accept the conclusions drawn by the machine. Which would really suck if you were just nervous during your interview. Oh, and one episode was so bad that the host, Mark L. Walberg (not to be confused with Marky Mark) requested it not air. Of course, it did anyway.
I’m still searching for information about past contestants, particularly if they’re talking about their actual experience on the show. It all seems too absurd to me, this can’t be totally real.
Anyway, I’m going to spend the night watching the episodes on YouTube until I feel disgusted by the shows existence and the fact that it aired longer than so many better shows. We’ll see how long that takes.
Some “Highlights” So Far:
- In Episode 12, the contestant brings along her former cop father, and he looks progressively more heart broken as she answers questions. Also, the narrator says in the first few minutes of the episode,”she’s the most cold-hearted contestant yet!” This show has no shame.
- In that same episode, she is asked by her friend if she thinks he can make it as a musician. She does not.
- I know it’s a reality TV thing, but this show is probably about 50% SHOCKING clips that will be shown later in the episode. Thankfully, I’m only half paying attention.
- They really make this woman out to be completely evil. This is why you don’t go on reality shows, folks.
P.S. It took me 2 episodes before I hated humanity.