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How Candyman’s Jordan Peele And Director Nia DaCosta Bonded Through Horror Fandom

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This past weekend saw the phenomenal release of Jordan Peele’s Us, and the good news for those already hungry for more horror stories from the filmmaker is that he has many irons in the fire. For example, there is the new version of The Twilight Zone that he is producing and hosting for CBS All Access – but on the feature side of things there is the tremendously exciting new take on Candyman that he is making with writer/director Nia DaCosta.

News of DaCosta’s hiring came just a couple months after the announcement about the project’s development late last year, and also just a few months after the world premiere of her feature debut, Little Woods (which played at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival). In the time since, not much has been revealed about the direction of the new Candyman, but while sitting down with DaCosta this past weekend, I learned about a key ingredient in her collaboration with Jordan Peele:

I think something that we connect on a lot was the way we view horror, and our love of horror. I love Candyman, but also just like breaking down what horror is, how it’s represented, what it means, and why it’s important. I think we really connected on that, and so that’s a lot of what our conversations have been about… that I can tell you (laughs). It’s been great. He’s a wonderful creator, collaborator, human, artist.

With the film set to be released in a few weeks, Little Woods held its Los Angeles press day on Sunday, and it was at the end of my interview with Nia DaCosta and star/executive producer Tessa Thompson that I inquired about the development of her upcoming horror remake. Specifically I asked about the conversations that she had been having with Jordan Peele, and she explained how a shared vision of what horror can do and why it’s effective is really driving their work together on Candyman.

Naturally I felt compelled to follow-up by asking about her philosophy in the genre, and what she stressed was both engaging with the audience, and also telling stories that bring home important messages in subversive ways. It’s a key staple of horror that has existed from the beginning, and a tradition that Nia DaCosta plans to uphold in her venture. Said the filmmaker,

What I like about genres like thrillers, and why I think tensions are important for all movies, including dramas, it’s physicalizing what the characters are feeling for the audience. That’s really important, and gets the audience to engage and to lean in. And then with horror you can sneak in messages. You know sneak in what you think about the world around you, and how actually horrifying the world is. You get to hide it in these layers. ‘This is about a ghost, but really it’s about paranoia and a woman’s place in the world.’ Or, you know, ‘This is about a guy meeting his girlfriend’s parents, but really it’s about… Actually a guy meeting his girlfriend’s parents.’ (laughs)

Based on a short story by Clive Barker that was first adapted in 1992, Candyman centers on an urban legend that is being investigated by a college student – specifically one about a violent entity who appears and attacks anyone who dares to say his name five times into a mirror. Yahya Abdul-Matten II, who has earned notoriety in recent months thanks to his performance in James Wan’s Aquaman and Jordan Peele’s Us, is currently the only member of the cast, set to play the titular villain.

With Nia DaCosta directing and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld writing the script, Candyman is currently on track to be released on June 12, 2020 – produced by Monkeypaw Productions and MGM. For those of you who want to get a taste of what DaCosta is bringing to the table as a filmmaker, however, (and I highly recommend that you do), Little Woods is set up with distribution from Neon, and will be getting a limited release starting on April 19th.

For more about the film, and more from my interview with Nia DaCosta and Tessa Thompson, be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend!

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The This Is Us Cast Says the Season 3 Finale Will Leave You on the Edge of Your Seat

What’s happening on This Is Us right now is an emotional rollercoaster, even by This Is Us standards. (Consider this your spoiler warning.) Kate and Toby welcomed a baby boy, Jack, but he’s premature and facing health problems. Kevin relapsed and just had an interesting encounter with his engaged ex-girlfriend, Sophie. (Stay tuned to see if he mentions the latter to his current GF, Zoe.) Meanwhile, Randall and Beth are headed for a major fight, and we still have Jack’s very-much-alive brother, Nicky, to think about. It’s hard to imagine how This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman will tie everything up in the season three finale, but he has a plan—and it’s going to shock you.

“It feels very big,” Fogelman tells Glamour. “It feels like a real midpoint for us, and I’m very excited about it. The last five minutes of it are as big and sprawling and epic as we get.”

So what’s in store? Fogelman is keeping specifics locked down, but he did reveal a few tidbits to us. He says Sophie doesn’t appear in the season finale, so those hoping for a resolution about her coffee date with Kevin will have to wait. “I think there’s more to explore there between the two of them,” Fogelman says. As for next season, “You never know. It depends on what happens.”

Fogelman also revealed the finale dives “heavily back into the future,” so expect to learn more about Much Older Rebecca. Remember, we found out in the midseason finale Rebecca is the “her” Randall and Tess visit in the flash-forward, but we don’t know anything beyond that. Thankfully, more information is coming. “I think people will have some questions pertaining to the ‘her’ storyline answered, but there will be other questions posed that you do not see coming,” Mandy Moore (Rebecca) says.

Moore wasn’t surprised when she found out what happens to her character in the future. “My reaction was, ‘Oh, Rebecca,'” she says. “Dan Fogelman is a genius. I was like, ‘Yeah. OK. I see that. I believe that. I understand that. Yep.’” Much Older Rebecca’s exact ailment is still a mystery, and it probably won’t be revealed in the season finale. (Moore wouldn’t confirm or deny.) But she did debunk one fan theory: It’s not alzheimer’s disease. “I love how people are sleuths,” she says of the fans speculation that Rebecca has alzheimer’s. “I love that! That’s a good theory. Not true, but I like it.”

Speaking of theories, there’s a sad one floating around Twitter that suggests Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) will divorce. The state of their marriage is not good, and things hit a low point last week when Randall left Beth a nasty voicemail belittling her new job. Watson says what happens between the couple in the finale is “honest.”

“I think it’s those particular characters’ trajectories,” she tells Glamour. “It makes sense to me, and it felt like the right resolution.”

As for whether that divorce talk has merit, Watson’s staying mum. “I stay Team R & B,” she says. “Team ‘Brandall,’ however you want to say it. I hope for the best.” Brown feels the same. “I’m not Team Randall or Team Beth. I’m on the team that wants to see this couple work it out.”

As for the other two big storylines—Kate’s baby and Kevin’s relationship with Zoe—both Fogelman and his This Is Us co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger say we’re getting answers, but no hints for now. Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, is “still grappling” with the finale and says it’s “unexpected.” Justin Hartley (a.k.a Kevin) echoed this sentiment: “It will leave you on the edge of your seat and make you wonder why there’s not an episode 19. For the record, there’s only 18 episodes. I think you’ll be rooting for these people even more, if you can believe that. “

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Director Reveals Stan Lee’s Cut Lines

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect cameo at a more perfect time than Stan Lee’s appearance in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. While selling Miles Morales a Spider-Man suit, Stan Lee’s shop owner tells the future web-crawler that he and Spider-Man were friends and that he was going to miss him before letting Miles know that the suit always fits, eventually. There were other lines considered for Stan Lee’s cameo though, and now Spider-Verse co-director Rodney Rothman has revealed what they are on social media. Per the co-director:

Man, this could have been a real Sophie’s choice because each of these alternate lines is great and would have worked for the function of the important scene. In different ways, each of the cut lines says something about the importance of having and believing in heroes, exactly the sort of thing that Miles Morales needs to hear in that moment after the death of Spider-Man.

The first and third lines speak to the invincible quality we ascribe to superheroes and those in our own lives growing up, that ability of heroes to seem larger-than-life and eternal. Stan Lee’s puzzlement in the second line, about why the Spidey suits keep selling, reminds us and Miles that people will always crave heroes to look up to.

Beyond just working as great lines for the cameo that service the scene, these lines also operate on a meta level. It’s almost eerie how each of these lines take on a certain poignancy and melancholy quality in the wake of Stan Lee’s death.

The first line, about not believing that Spider-Man could die, is how many of us felt about Stan Lee himself. The legendary comics creator just seemed to keep going well into old age with the vigor and enthusiasm of the most excited young fans that have enjoyed his work over the years.

The second line speaks to the incredible alchemy that Stan Lee and his contemporaries achieved with the superheroes that dominate cinema screens today. There is no exact, cut-and-dry answer revealing what about superheroes connects with people, but they do and thus continue to sell.

The last line is an especially tough one because we know in fact that Spider-Man did outlive Stan Lee, and that the legacy of the man will indeed live on because Spider-Man and all the other characters he had a hand in creating will live on.

This is some cool insight into the other potential lines Stan Lee could have thrown out in his Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse cameo. As Rodney Rothman said in his tweet, Stan Lee himself favored the line that wound up in the final film, as that’s the one that had the most meaning to him.

As we’ve heard before, that line was recorded not long after Stan Lee’s wife Joan passed away, so perhaps when he was saying, “I’m going to miss him” he was really thinking about his wife. That line and the part about them being friends is how many of us feel about Stan Lee. That, in some ways, he was like our friend and we are going to miss him.

Really Spider-Verse couldn’t have gone wrong with any of the lines, but it is nice to know the filmmakers went with the one that Stan Lee preferred. There was arguably no better balm to soothe our wounded hearts at Stan Lee’s passing than to see the comics legend in animated form in a Spider-Man movie.

That wasn’t the last time we saw Stan Lee onscreen though, he recorded multiple cameos before his death. We just saw one in Captain Marvel and there are still more to come.

The Best Animated Feature Oscar winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now on home video. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all the biggest movies still to come this year.

Jennifer Lopez Completed a $200K Outfit With $60 Sunglasses

From announcing her engagement to revealing her next big movie role, it’s been a busy month in the life of Jennifer Lopez. She took a shopping break from her jam-packed schedule in New York City last week, but in true pop superstar fashion, even her off-duty outfit had some noticeably glam details.

J.Lo went shopping with her daughter, Emme, in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 21. The pair stopped by a store that’s affordable and frequently seen on celebrities, H&M.

According to Us Weekly, the shopping trip was more for her daughter—still, J.Lo dressed for occasion with her best high-low outfit.

The total cost of her look, per Us’ estimate, is a whopping $200,000. That breaks down into a faux-fur coat by Vince ($750), sneakers by Alexander McQueen ($490), and a Birkin bag (believed to cost over $100,000.) Her cream sweater and furry scarf remain unidentified.

What makes it a true high-low look, though, is J.Lo’s final accessory: her sunglasses. Her affordable eyewear is actually from her and fiancé Alex Rodriguez’s collaboration with Quay. The price? Just $60.

Lopez has worn glasses from her affordable Quay collaboration several times since its launch last week. She wore a mirrored style, the ‘Playa’ sunglasses, for a trip to Queens. Once again, she carried a Birkin bag to complete the look.

Lopez may have access to all sorts of designer accessories, but shetold Elle that Quay’s affordable frames have been favorites in her eyewear collection for some time: “I’ve been using Quay sunglasses years. You can go back and see photos of me rocking Quay styles. They noticed and were like, ‘Hey, maybe we should do something together because we see that you’re a big fan of the brand.'”

No doubt we’ll be seeing the singer wearing her Quay glasses into summer, likely with a Birkin bag in tow.

Big Sean Opens Up About Therapy And Learning To Love Himself: ‘I’m Making The Best Music Of My Life’

Since the release of 2017’s Double Or Nothing with Metro Boomin, Big Sean has been noticeably absent from public view. Though he was scheduled to go on the Unfriendly Reminder tour with Playboi Carti last year, he ultimately cancelled it in order to “stay focused in the studio.” But today, his 31st birthday, the rapper decided to open up about his brief break. In a series of Instagram videos, Big Sean shared details about his emotional health and the importance of therapy.

The three videos that the rapper uploaded touch on important pieces of his past as well as his ongoing journey with self-love. “I’m big on energy and I wasn’t feeling like myself and I couldn’t figure out why,” he says. “So what I did was I stepped back from everything I was doing, everything I had going on, because somewhere in the middle of it, I just felt lost and I didn’t know how I got there.” He reveals his solution for that in the second video: going to seek professional help. “I got a good therapist, I was blessed enough to talk to some super spiritual people, and they made me realize what I was missing in my life and one thing I was missing was clarity.”

Big Sean goes on to say that the lack of clarity in his life was so bad that his passion for music — which he calls his “happiness and joy” – was waning. To fix that, he credits being adventurous and doing things out of the ordinary in addition to therapy. “In the midst of that, I definitely rediscovered myself and found a whole new source of energy, with me being the source and not anyone else,” he says. Following this discovery, he says that he returned to the studio and is now “making best music of my life.”

It’s great to see Big Sean feeling better and back in full swing. He’s just in time for J. Cole‘s Dreamville Festival, where he’s scheduled to perform at alongside artists such as 21 Savage, SZA, and Teyana Taylor on April 6.

You’ll Never Guess Who Inspired Lupita Nyong’o’s Raspy Us Voice

The following contains spoilers for Us**.**

There are many terrifying parts of Jordan Peele‘s new film, Us. However, one of the most chilling aspects of the story has to be the performance of Lupita Nyong’o’s dark doppelganger, Red. She moves with a inhuman smoothness which will be enough to make your skin crawl on its own. However, it’s when Red speaks that she truly terrifies.

Red’s voice has a raw and raspy quality. The words come out clearly enough, but with a methodical slowness, like she has to fight to make every word work. Jordan Peele apparently gave Lupita Nyong’o a very basic understanding of what he wanted from Red’s voice, in part because he was keeping aspects of the story itself hidden from her early on. Nyong’o says she eventually found inspiration for her character after hearing, of all people, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speak. This led the actress to investigate the affliction more in order to better understand it. According to Nyong’o…

Kennedy, the son of the former Attorney General of the United States, suffers from a condition called spasmodic dysphonia. It’s part of a group of neurological disorders which cause muscles to spasm involuntarily. When those muscles are in the throat and vocal chords, it results in a voice that comes out uneven. Lupita Nyong’o tells the New York Times that she found the vocal irregularity inspiring and began to study it more in order to learn as much as she could about it.

As it turns out, little is known about how the condition comes about, but Lupita Nyong’o felt that it made sense for the character of Red. According to the actress…

Lupita Nyong’o stops short of stating that Red suffers from this particular affliction. Maybe she does, maybe she doesn’t, but it’s not hard to see how the concept inspired the way the character speaks. Red is a dark and twisted opposite of Nyong’o’s other character, Adelaide. It makes sense that Red’s speech would be just as twisted as everything else about the character.

There are reasons for Red’s unusual speech pattern, of course, but to understand them you need to see Us and there’s no need to spoil the details of the film anymore than is absolutely necessary. Although, it appears a lot of people saw the film over this past weekend.

There are many aspects of Us that are likely to remain with you after you see the film, but the voice of Red is absolutely one of them. Us is in theaters now.

Idris Elba Has A Flamethrower In New Hobbs And Shaw Image

The life of the Fast and the Furious franchise has been fascinating. What started as car racing movies has become one of the biggest action franchises in the world, consistently making a ton of money at the box office. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down, with a variety of different projects coming down the line. The franchise is breaking new ground with Hobbs & Shaw, the property’s first spinoff starring The Rock and Jason Statham.

The many Fast and the Furious fans are eager to see the franchise branch out, especially as Hobbs & Shaw will focus on a pair of fan favorite badasses. There’s some serious talent attached to join the duo of actors, with the most notable being Idris Elba as the superpowered villain Brixton Lore. Brixton has been genetically engineered to have superpowers, and that’s not going to be the end of his badassery. Because a new image just dropped featuring Elba with a massive flamethrower. Check it out.

What. A. Badass. This image reiterates that Hobbs & Shaw is leaning into the over the top action that the larger franchise has become known for. And the title characters have one seriously tough enemy to unite against when the spinoff arrives in theaters.

This new image comes to us from producer Hiram Garcia’s personally Twitter page. While the Fast and the Furious franchise is known for being larger than life, Idris Elba is taking things to another level as Brixton Lore in Hobbs & Shaw. The villain’s superpowers is a game changer, and arguably taking the franchise farther from reality than ever before. Rather than trying to ground the character in other ways, he’s going to be even bigger. Like giant flamethrower big.

Idris Elba’s latest photo as Brixton is undeniably badass, and will likely add more fuel to the rumors about his possible involvement in the James Bond franchise. With Daniel Craig leaving the role of 007 after Bond 25, the franchise will soon have to find a replacement to take on the mantle. Fan lists have been happening for years, and Elba is usually toward the top. While the actor has shut down these reports, seeing him with a flamethrower is sure to cause endless more rumors.

Idris Elba’s starpower has been steadily building over the past few years, so it’s a great time to play the central villain in a Fast and the Furious movie. The franchise is insanely popular, and there will be a mass of moviegoers who shell out cash to see all the action on the big screen. Aside from fans of the franchise, Elba was also recently named the Sexiest Man Alive, which should excite more casual moviegoers.

Aside from Hobbs & Shaw, Idris Elba has another big blockbuster coming in the form of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Elba will be playing the role of Deadshot, the character played by Will Smith in the original film. He also recently wrapped up his tenure as Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing the Asgardian in all three Thor movies and two Avengers appearances.

Hobbs & Shaw will arrive in theaters on August 2nd, complete with Idris Elba’s flamethrower-toting villain. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Why The Wild Us Theory About The Son Is Probably Wrong

Warning: spoilers for Us are in play. If you, or your tethered haven’t seen the film yet, please bookmark this article, and come back once you’ve caught up.

You knew this was coming. Whenever a movie like Jordan Peele’s Us storms theaters, there are going to be reactions, theories, hot takes, and think pieces dissecting the film’s many meanings — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A movie such as Us is always going to generate a lot of thought, and tons of opinions as to what’s been presented. For example, there’s a theory involving the son of the family, played by Evan Alex, and it makes a pretty big implication about his character. Take this as your last warning for spoiler country, as we’re about to jump into just what this theory entails, and why it’s probably wrong.

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The Theory About Jason

First, Young Jason, son to Adelaide and Gabe and brother to Zora, has been theorized to have switched places with his Tethered doppelganger, Pluto. Fans feel that during the events of Us, there was somehow a switch that allowed Pluto to become a secret part of the Wilson family, and the look of understanding with Adelaide, a known underground dweller who swapped places with her surface counterpart, was one of collusion.

Previously, we had already seen a switch between Lupita N’yongo’s Adelaide and Red happen during their childhood years, and taking into account the fact that Jason is the only other family member to go into that underground bunker besides his own mother, there’s definitely enough material to raise the question. Furthermore, there are a couple of instances where folks may believe that’s exactly what the movie is trying to tell them. But does it make sense?

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What Led To This Theory

There are two pieces of information that have people thinking Jason and Pluto somehow swapped places, and they’re valid concerns. The first supposed clue is, obviously, the fact that Jason and Pluto spend an extended amount of time in the closet of the Wilson family beach house in Us. If you had two characters who look almost identical trapped in a room for a long period, with no one observing them, you wouldn’t be wrong to think that maybe a swap had taken place.

But it’s the second piece of information that’s probably triggering audiences the most. Towards the end of Us, there’s a moment where Jason looks at Adelaide with a face of fear and understanding. In that moment, it’s presumed that he knows the entire truth about the swap with her surface doppelganger, and her assumption of her identity. Whatever the case, Jason knows something’s off, and rather than freak out, he slips his mask back on and stays silent.

There’s a case to be made regarding why this theory could be true. Us is the sort of movie that will  lay out the details it has to in order to tell the story, but also doesn’ lock them in so tight they can’t be interpreted another way. There’s enough room for theories, but after really digging into what was shown in the film, as well as piecing together some key details, I believe the theory that Jason and Pluto switched places by the end of the movie is indeed false. While Jason best understands the Tethered, catching on quickly as to who they are and being able to interact with his doppelganger in a meaningful way, he’s not one of them.

Us Jason and Adelaide talk before heading to bed

Why The Son Theory Is Probably Wrong

There are just too many pieces of supporting evidence scattered throughout Us that dictate Jason and Pluto have not switched places. Starting on the surface level, the fact that Jason still has normal speech is an important clue to his true identity. Pluto wouldn’t have that sort of capability yet, because as we saw with Adelaide/Red, it takes time for a Tethered to learn how to speak like a normal person. Red couldn’t have taught him in that short of a time, and even if she could, Pluto’s English wouldn’t be passable enough for him to seamlessly integrate into the family. Even with her ability to speak better than the rest of the tethered, Red’s speech pattern was altered into a sort of hybrid between surface and Tethered.

While we’re on the subject of Red, as we know in her recitation at the Wilson home, her children are monsters that even she has issues with. One of the main points of the narrative thrust in Us is that she wants what Adelaide has, and that includes her family. Red wouldn’t have taken Jason if he were Pluto, and his kidnapping takes place right after Pluto incinerates himself in the car fire, with just one child left in play. This is another logistical hurdle the film just doesn’t clear to support Pluto being the kid going home at the end.

Most importantly, Pluto has extensive facial scarring, undoubtedly a consequence of his pyromaniacal tendencies. Unless the Tethered have a really good plastic surgeon that can get the job done in an afternoon, or possess some sort of makeup that can erase that sort of scarring very easily, there’s no way that Pluto and Jason have done a quick switcharoo. It’s this last fact in particular that supports Jason just being himself, able to interact and understand the Tethered best in his family, but ultimately debunking theories that he himself has been swapped out.

Over time, there’s always the possibility there are clues in Us that will surface to either reinforce or reexamine the theory that Jason was really swapped for Pluto. Based on the evidence currently observed, I do not think that is the case. That said, if more supporting arguments emerge to support that suggestion, and they pan out, I honestly wouldn’t be mad. If Jason and Pluto somehow took a page out of the Prince and the Pauper playbook, it’d be the ultimate statement in Jordan Peele’s examination of class warfare by means of infiltration. It’d also be extremely chilling, because then the question of whether we really know the ones we love would be raised with a rather effective exclamation point. For now though, let’s consider that theory sent back underground, because it has no place here.

Does Us’ Son Theory Hold Water?

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Casey Wilson Wants You to Start Watching 90 Day Fiancé

If you’re not watching 90 Day Fiancé, may I politely ask…why?

Though I don’t consider myself an evangelist for garbage programming, I do seem to watch an awful lot of it. I even co-host a podcast called Bitch Sesh devoted to The Real Housewives—and while those devastatingly wondrous 60-somethings will always have my heart, I still have eyes! I’m not dead!

And someone else has caught my fancy: 90 Day Fiancé. From the moment I saw a lovable wreck named Darcy scream over and over and over at her fiancé, an unlovable piece of driftwood named Jesse, “CUT THE STEAK ON THE BIAS!!!!!!!!” I knew my life would never be the same.

For those who haven’t heard of the show, know that the concept is devastating. It’s a “documentary” on TLC that follows American citizens in relationships with foreigners who have secured K-1 visas and now have 90 days to decide if they should get married. Spoiler Alert: They shouldn’t.

The dynamics tend to be as you would imagine. Often, a smart, sweet, foreign woman—a 10 in her country—settles for an American two. That piece of it is obviously incredibly problematic. But once you see a Texan mama’s boy tuck a clump of his mother’s hair into his shirt pocket so he can “keep her with him” while he flies across the world to bring home his fiancé, well, you give over to it.

And when you see a feisty, rode-hard grandma in her late 60s fly to Nigeria to see if it’s true love between her and a 19-year-old Nigerian, you simply don’t walk away. And when you see that same couple have sex, and she yells, “Ride me Michael!”—you sit your ass down and you show some respect.

The show follows five couples to the alter, per season. A few of the couples really love each other. A few are being cat fished. A few might belong in jail. But unlike most reality shows, this one has actual, real-life high stakes. These people’s entire lives are on the line. It’s not fake or scripted. These housewives are realer than any of the Real Housewives.

Watching these odd couples negotiate the realities of life offline is both hilarious and heartbreaking. We all make tradeoffs. We all try to move above our station. We don’t all promise a sweet girl’s father we would “show her the American Dream” and then end up living in a storage space. But that’s the show. It’s a heightened version of the worst couples ever in the worst situations ever, handling them the worst possible way. I’m ashamed to admit it’s thrilling to deep dive into relationships that have little to no chance of surviving. But much like mice in a trap, they’ll die trying. And it’s goddamn delightful to watch.

To those of you who look askance at this type of low-brow programming, I may not be able to reach across the aisle and convince you. The divide may simply be too great. But let me just say, I believe zoning out to nonsense to be a healing prescription for today’s world. And this is actually incredibly well made nonsense with perfect editing and couples who will make you look at your own troubled relationship and think, “Not. Too. Shabby.”

So if you’re thinking about taking the plunge, but don’t know where to start, I urge you to watch in this confusing order: Start with Season 5. Then jump to the spin-off series 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (it’s about couples deciding whether or not they should apply for the K-1 visa). After that, jump to the most recent season of 90 Day Fiancé. (Stay with me…) Then head on over to 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?, another spin-off series that follows up with the most controversial or popular couples. Once that’s complete, go back to Season 1 of 90 Day and continue on in the order God intended until Season 5, right back where you started.