With the former, two people who had never met got married and only got to see each other after exchanging their vows.
Similarly with MAFS, two strangers paired by experts meet each other for the first time at the altar. After a few weeks -- which include a honeymoon and advice from financial experts, psychologists and relationship experts, they must decide whether they want to stay together or not.
You'd think the show would have a zero success rate, but some couples who were on the U.S. version of the show are still together and having babies.
So, maybe there's hope.
So while none of the three couples from South Africa's first season is still together, season two of the social experiment has some people hoping that -- this time -- it will work for the matched pairs.
Cannot wait for this 💃🏽— Cherice (@Reesy_L) September 21, 2017
Wow , i cant wait! 😊😊😊 pic.twitter.com/LrEIFh64Hc— Nash (@Nash4lyf) September 26, 2017
I cant wait for Season 2 Sam 😀— Debbie Potgieter (@Debb_Dog) July 12, 2017
So #MAFSSA wants a round 2? U got 0/3. Let it go. Don't put us through that emotional merry-go-round for nothing! It's ok. Really!— Se-Anne Rall (@MsCuppyCake143) May 1, 2017
Others, however, are not so convinced:
I think this #MarriedAtFirstSightSA would work 10 centuries ago here in Africa. Otherwise it'd be very rare to get couples that would work.— neoMda (@neozaneozaMda) April 16, 2017
Season two starts on the 2 October.
Here is the promo: