Lifetime’s hit television series “Married at First Sight” has a very simple, yet somewhat shocking, concept.
Several couples are put together by experts using “scientific matchmaking” and then legally married — the very first time they meet.
Some relationships work out, and others come crashing down.
By the season’s finale, couples have to decide whether they want to stay married or get a divorce.
And the experiment started yet again on the fifth season of “Married at First Sight,” which premiered in April.
According to Lifetime, three Chicago-based couples were matched up for the fifth installment of the series.
After tying the knot at “first sight,” the couples were guided by the show’s group of marriage experts: Pastor Calvin Roberson, who’s a marriage counselor, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and relationship expert Rachel DeAlto.
Much like real couples, the reality stars went on a honeymoon and moved in together after saying “I do,” but not everything went smoothly.
Ashley Petta, a 30-year-old restaurant manager, and Anthony D’Amico, the 33-year-old salesman, seemed to have an instant connection.
But as the end of the experiment approached, the two still couldn’t manage to say the “L-word,” according to E! Online.Screenshot/YouTube
Another couple, 30-year-old Danielle DeGroot and 26-year-old Cody Knapek, didn’t have quite the same “spark.” The two often got into arguments over their sexual relationship.
DeGroot wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about the idea of having sex after their sudden marriage as Knapek.
On finale night, the wife said:
“Eight weeks ago I married a stranger, and it has been crazy. Moving forward, I hope that Cody and I can both get to that place we want to get too. I hope I can feel that spark.”
The third couple, 31-year-old Sheila Downs and 26-year-old Nate Duhon, sometimes got into screaming matches during the eight-week experiment.
According to InTouch Weekly, Downs even threatened to end the marriage completely before the show was over.Screenshot/YouTube
But come the show’s season finale on Thursday, all of the couples made the exact same decision about the future of their marriages.
They all opted to stay married — and fans were shocked.
Some Twitter users wrote:
I'm in shock. I did not think Cody and Danielle would stay together. #Married at First Sight
— Destiny Bennett (@Destinycam) July 28, 2017
— Ashley Maciag (@SoCaLicous) July 28, 2017
I've been watching married at first sight all season long just for these couples to stay married. ALL OF THEM. nah
— Char Joi (@charnosonny) July 28, 2017
But the couples aren’t exactly in the clear yet.
All six of the pairs will return for a reunion show on Thursday, so fans can see how they’ve handled married life behind closed doors, according to The Chicago Tribune.
At least for now, it seems that Lifetime’s crazy experiment may have actually created some long-lasting relationships.