Family or Fiance

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  • 2019
  • 3 Seasons

Family or Fiance is a reality television series produced by OWN that premiered on January 12, 2019. The show aims to help engaged couples from different cultural backgrounds by putting them through a three-day pre-marital counseling process, under the guidance and mentorship of family and relationship expert, Tracy McMillan. Each couple comes from a different cultural background, and their families also come from distinct ethnic or religious groups, making it increasingly challenging for the couple to agree on aspects of their wedding plans or future plans as a married couple. The show's main aim is to help the couples work out their differences, improve communication and understanding, and strengthen their relationships with their families.

The premise of the show involves couples in long-term relationships, who have already decided to get married, but their families' disapproval has created a rift between them. Their differences could be cultural or religious, or simply a consequence of long-held family grudges, making it hard to envision their future as a cohesive unit. That's where McMillan steps in, working with them to pave a way forward. She begins by trying to understand the couple's unique story, delving into their personal backgrounds, family dynamics, and relationship struggles to create a customized counseling plan.

The three-day counseling process starts with McMillan bringing the couple and their families together to get to know one another better, identify areas where they agree, and where they hold divergent opinions. Throughout the counseling sessions, McMillan helps the couples identify their individual communication styles, explore their feelings, negotiate their differences, and ultimately forge a bond with their families.

The show also incorporates several activities that challenge the couples to work together, from cooking meals to completing outdoor challenges. The activities allow McMillan to observe and assess their communication and collaboration skills, giving her an opportunity to offer advice on how to improve their interactions.

At the end of the three-day process, the couple has to decide whether to stick to their original wedding plans or make changes based on their new insights and family dynamics. McMillan holds everyone accountable for their actions, pushing the couples to move past their differences, keep an open mind, and learn from one another.

Family or Fiance addresses some of the most significant challenges that engaged couples face, such as navigating their different religious beliefs or cultural customs, working through family conflicts, and managing differing expectations. The show's ultimate goal is to create stronger and more resilient relationships that can overcome any obstacle that life throws their way.

In summary, Family or Fiance is an entertaining and educational reality TV show that offers a unique window into the dynamics of culturally diverse families. The show sheds light on the challenges couples face and the ways in which therapy and counseling can help strengthen relationships between people, regardless of their cultural backgrounds. Tracy McMillan is a compassionate and experienced mentor who guides the couples through the counseling journey with empathy and wisdom, encouraging them to create deep and lasting connections with their families.

Family or Fiance is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (55 episodes). The series first aired on March 9, 2019.

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10. Tiffany and Josh
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Laterrica and Omar: Grandmama Drama
9. Laterrica and Omar: Grandmama Drama
October 15, 2022
Newly engaged couples whose families have voiced concerns over their proposed marriages bring their families to live together under the same roof.
Brijet and Andre: Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
8. Brijet and Andre: Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
October 8, 2022
Brijet and Andre may live thousands of miles apart, but they are ready to get married after three months of dating. However, Brijet's family feel that they don't even know her anymore and worry she has lost herself, and her values, in this relationship.
Miya and Darrell: He Said, His Mom Said
7. Miya and Darrell: He Said, His Mom Said
October 1, 2022
Prior to falling in love, Darrell and Miya both had their share of drama with exes and family. But now, as they are attempting to merge their worlds together, Miya struggles to trust Darrell's true intentions with other women, including his mother.
Kiomi and Austin: An Officer AND a Gentle Man
6. Kiomi and Austin: An Officer AND a Gentle Man
September 24, 2022
Kiomi and Austin have spent many years in a long-distance relationship and are now ready to marry. But before they make it official, Austin must have some deep conversations with his family to reconcile with his past.
Shai and Troy: Living in La La Land
5. Shai and Troy: Living in La La Land
September 17, 2022
Shai and Troy are on a fast track for marriage, with dreams of superstardom and a big family to follow. But when confronted with the realities of what a marriage really entails, these young lovebirds may have to consider where their priorities really lie.
Jackie and Zuri: Fork in the Road
4. Jackie and Zuri: Fork in the Road
September 10, 2022
New York couple Jackie and Zuri have been together for five years and plan to marry, but their families have yet to meet. Jackie is holding resentments and secrets from her past that are compromising her emotional well-being and current relationships.
Brandy and Akin: The Devil's in the Dealbreakers
3. Brandy and Akin: The Devil's in the Dealbreakers
August 20, 2022
Despite cultural differences and a 12-year age gap, Brandy and Akin are in love and plan to marry but cannot agree on what the future of their family will look like. Unbeknownst to them, the bride's family has larger concerns for their union.
Donzella and Paul: I Got All My Sisters With Me
2. Donzella and Paul: I Got All My Sisters With Me
August 13, 2022
Donzella and Paul were married to other people when they met many years ago, but in order for the families to get on board with the wedding, they want clarity on when Donzella and Paul's romance officially began -- and their stories aren't lining up.
Shanika and Justin: Lies, Lies, Baby
1. Shanika and Justin: Lies, Lies, Baby
August 6, 2022
Shanika and Justin are ready to wed, but unresolved family issues have the celebration on hold. While Shanika attempts to reconcile with her estranged brother, information about her past, including her baby that disappeared, causes Justin great concern.
Where to Watch Family or Fiance
Family or Fiance is available for streaming on the OWN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Family or Fiance on demand at Max, Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo and FuboTV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 9, 2019