Married at First Sight has been voted the “worst Australian TV show of 2021” just weeks ahead of its ninth season premiere.
Last year’s marriage experiment was shrouded in controversy, from flailing affairs to being seriously investigated by media watchdogs for airing episodes that depicted abusive relationships.
Now, viewers and industry professionals have ruled MAFS to be the “worst” series to take to the small screen.
But which other guilty viewing pleasures were in the running for the not-so-esteemed accolade?
Love Island UK went on to win “Worst International Show” of the year, while Aussie TV mainstay Sonia Kruger won “Most Overexposed Performer” for the second year running.
As for the biggest blunder winner — Weekend Sunrise‘s Matt Doran won the gong for his Adele faux pas in November. The presenter faced intense scrutiny worldwide after he failed to listen to the hitmaker’s new album before interviewing her.
What Happened When Married At First Sight Was Investigated By Media Watchdogs?
However, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found the scenes did not breach the Commercial Television Code of Practice.
A spokesperson said “the content could be accommodated within the respective classifications”.
They also added that the adult theme in the M-rated broadcast was “handled with care, extensively critiqued and adequately contextualised.”
The investigation was prompted by complaints from viewers about the “abusive” relationship between Bryce and Melissa.
When Does The New Season Of Married At First Sight Start?
Announced with a brand new tantalising trailer, the latest season is set to be even more hectic than the last… If that’s even possible!
The 40-second clip warned fans of the ratings juggernaut to “prepare [their] hearts” as MAFS descends into our lives once again.
“20 new strangers will put love in the hands of science,” a voiceover teased.
One groom later exclaimed: “My wife’s a psychopath”. And damn, there’s always at least one, isn’t there?
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