Married At First Sight’s sixth season is currently bringing in record ratings for Channel Nine.
And while millions of people are lapping up the on-screen shenanigans, some viewers are getting a serious case of déjà vu when it comes to the salacious storylines this year.
From affairs and texting scandals to superficial grooms, many of the show’s scenarios have already played out in previous seasons.
Not again! Married At First Sight viewers have noticed that the reality show is repeating storylines for the third season in a row this year
Fans have already pointed out that Ines Basic and Sam Ball’s ‘affair’ is almost identical to Dean Wells and Davina Rankin’s tryst from last year, but the first MAFS ‘cheating’ scandal actually happened way back in 2017.
During season four, Jonathan Troughton and Scarlett Cooper were busted texting each other behind their spouses’ backs.
It led to Jonathan and his ‘wife’ Cheryl Maitland exiting the show early, only for Cheryl to then return with jilted groom Andrew Jones as her new ‘husband’, marking the first couple swap in Married At First Sight history.
Meanwhile, Scarlett had been paired with Michael Tomic, a male stripper and fitness fanatic, who was branded ‘Australia’s pickiest groom’ in promos for the show.
First time: The first hint of an affair on MAFS took place on season four in 2017, when Jonathan Troughton (L) texted Scarlett Cooper behind his ‘wife’ Cheryl Maitland’s back (R)
After they tied the knot, Michael quickly became frustrated with Scarlett’s aversion to exercise – much like Sam Ball and his ‘wife’ Elizabeth Sobinoff this year.
Scarlett was also horrified to learn of Michael’s career as a stripper, which mirrored Ines Basic’s reaction to groom Bronson Norrish’s stripper past this season.
‘I wouldn’t ever be seen dead in a strip club…’ Scarlett said in a rant that echoed Ines’ strong reaction.
‘I wouldn’t be around all those people because it’s not an environment that I am comfortable in,’ she added.
Rinse and repeat! Another affair took place on season five last year when Davina Rankin (L) and Dean Wells (R) enjoyed a brief fling
Third time’s a charm! This season has seen the third MAFS affair, with Ines Basic (L) and Sam Ball (R) sleeping together
Another recycled storyline is when the grooms cross the line during the mandatory boys’ night episode.
In season four, Andrew Jones shocked Australia when he made some lewd comments about Cheryl’s appearance during boys’ night – which later became fodder for dinner party drama.
This was repeated the following year when Dean Wells and Justin Fischer brought up the idea of wife swapping, which eventually resulted in a dinner party clash between Dean and feminist bride Charlene Perera.
Bad match: Gym junkie Michael Tomic (L) was matched with Scarlett Cooper (R), an ‘aspiring author’ who didn’t enjoy exercising – much like Sam Ball and Elizabeth Sobinoff this year
‘I wouldn’t ever be seen dead in a strip club!’ Scarlett was later horrified to learn of Michael’s career as a stripper, which mirrored Ines Basic’s reaction to Bronson Norrish’s stripper past
Boys’ night drama happened for the third time this season, with Sam Ball mocking Elizabeth Sobinoff to the other grooms in a scene that has since received backlash.
Viewers have now started to pick up on the show’s repetition, with many taking to social media to vent their frustration.
‘Yo @MarriedAU you used this “boys night gossip” storyline last year too. Remember?’ wrote one fan.
‘Dean wanted to f**k some other dude’s wife and it became a big thing. Do you want help with original stories or you happy to roll out this s**t?’
Couple swap: Cheryl Maitland (L) exited season four early, only to return with Andrew Jones (R) as her new ‘husband’ – marking the first couple swap in Married At First Sight history
Same old story! Another recycled storyline on the show is when the grooms cross the line during the mandatory boys’ night
Another tweeted: ‘This is literally the same storyline from last year. Even the stay-leave scenario.’
‘I mean, I guess it’s hard to create drama year after year, but this is just lazy script writing,’ another commented. ‘You shouldn’t run the same storyline back to back.’
Despite some viewer backlash, Married At First Sight is currently the highest-rated show on TV.
Tuesday’s episode brought in a season high of 1.806 million viewers – and the numbers are expected to climb even higher as the series progresses.
Married At First Sight returns tonight at 7:30pm on Channel Nine
‘This is literally the same storyline from last year!’ Viewers have now started to grow tired of the show’s repetitive storylines, with many taking to social media to vent their frustration