Marriage or Mortgage season 1 review – making a reality out of a hard decision It's a financial commitment either way.

March 3, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

While Marriage or Mortgage is like any formulaic reality show, there is a genuine purpose rooted within the concept.

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3.5

Summary

While Marriage or Mortgage is like any formulaic reality show, there is a genuine purpose rooted within the concept.

Season 1 of the Netflix reality series Marriage or Mortgage will be released on the streaming service on March 10, 2021.

With the world of television making a reality show out of anything, Netflix’s next roll of the dice involves the moment a traditional, successful couple have to make a budgetary choice — do they get married or do they get a mortgage? And you can understand the dilemma — saving money is a hard feat in a hard-squeezing world — do you splash it out on a single day, or do you make a lifetime investment? It’s a serious test for a couple.

But as the first episode states, getting a mortgage with your other half is equally a commitment in today’s financial structure, so while the series may lean towards logical decisionmaking, the overall choice seems to stem from emotional reasoning.

Leading the reality series are two experts in the field who compete against each other to encourage the couple either down the marriage or mortgage. Nichole Holmes is the industry-leading estate agent, while Sarah Miller is the prestigious wedding planner. Interestingly, both women are not there to be the show’s furniture; there’s a genuineness to win — expect a few rolling eyes and desperate last-minute pitches to bring a couple on their side.

As a concept, Netflix’s Marriage or Mortgage works because it taps into the real-life decision that couples face every day. As much as we harp on that long-term relationships are about love and communication, it does come to a point where an adequate financial decision can equally take precedence and be paramount to a couple’s longevity. Marriage or Mortgage season 1 idolises the traditional relationship, signalling what couples could have if they work hard together.

There’s a budget that is central to every episode — the couples have to navigate whether they are getting value for money on both options, with Nichole and Sarah having to desperately find ways to cut costs and bring in added value, there’s a procurement flair to the series that some viewers will enjoy.

While Marriage or Mortgage is like any formulaic reality show, there is a genuine purpose rooted within the concept, allowing couples to make a sensible choice based on where they are in their life together.

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