Netflix’s first queer reality dating show, The Ultimatum: Queer Love, has fans binging the first four episodes and impatiently waiting for the next installment.
The series, hosted by actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher, follows five long-term couples who are at a crossroads in their relationship – with one partner ready to settle down and the other being on the fence.
So, to test the true strength of their relationship, the couples – aged between 25 and 45 – all temporarily break up and pair with other contestants in ‘trial marriages.’
Later on in the ‘experiment,’ which is filmed in San Diego, they then return to their original partners to see how their life compares.
Once both phases have been completed, the end of the series promises fireworks.
It will see each individual decide whether they want to get married, settle into a new relationship, or leave the show solo.
But who are the couples who have been putting their love on the line?
Here, DailyMail.com reveals everything you need to know about those who have risked it all – before the next batch of episodes are released.
On-again-off-again: Mildred Woody and Tiff Der
Tiff Der (left) has concerns about marrying Mildred Woody (right) given the couple’s communication issues, constant fighting, and the on-and off-again nature of the relationship
Mildred Woody (she/her), 33, issued the ultimatum to Tiff Der (they/them), 32.
Their relationship started after LGBTQ+ podcaster Tiff slid into Mildred’s DMs.
The couple, who currently live in California, have since been dating for more than two years.
Zumba instructor Mildred, who has been married before and also has a teenage son, wants to get engaged in order to move forward with the relationship.
But Tiff is more hesitant and has concerns over the couple’s communication issues, constant fighting, and the on-and-off-again nature of the union.
Money woes delaying marriage: Yoly Rojas and Mal Wright
Mal Wright (right) wants to be more financially stable before marrying her partner of three years Yoly Rojas (left)
Yoly Rojas (she/her), 34, issued the ultimatum to Mal Wright (she/her/they), 36.
The couple first met at Chicago Pride before moving to the state of Washington together.
They have already endured a breakup and reconciliation period, but have been an item for three years.
Yoly, who is a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant, now wants to get married.
Mal on the other hand hopes to be more financially stable first, especially since the couple is considering IVF.
Refusal to commit: Sam Mark and Aussie Chau
Sam Mark (left) issued the ultimatum to Aussie Chau (right) after just over a year of dating – having met online during the pandemic
Sam Mark (she/her), 31, issued the ultimatum to Aussie Chau (who prefers Aussie to using pronouns), 42.
The pair met online during the pandemic via an LGBTQ+ social group.
The couple have now been together for just over a year.
Sam, who is a certified tarot card reader, thinks that the time is right to settle down.
But Aussie believes they should live together for at least five years before committing to the next stage of their relationship.
Different views of ‘freedom’: Xander Boger and Vanessa Papa
Xander Boger (left) met Vanessa Papa (right) back in high school when their boyfriends used to be friends
Xander Boger (she/her/they), 30, issued the ultimatum to Vanessa Papa (she/her), 30.
The couple met back in high school when their boyfriends used to be friends before linking back up years later, ‘post-coming out.’
The pair, who currently live in Hawaii, have been together for four years.
Xander, who is a physical therapist and yoga instructor, now wants to get married.
But Instagram influencer Vanessa has said that she doesn’t want to lose her ‘freedom.’
Cold feet about marriage: Lexi Goldberg and Rae Cheung-Sutton
Lexi Goldberg (right) issued the ultimatum to Rae Cheung-Sutton (left) after three years of dating
Lexi Goldberg (she/her), 25, issued the ultimatum to Rae Cheung-Sutton (she/her), 27.
The couple, who have been together for three years, first met on dating app Bumble.
They currently live together in California.
Lexi, who works as an engagement ring salesman and OnlyFans model, is keen to tie the knot.
But software engineer Rae is unsure if that is the right decision.
Fans hail net Netflix show as their ‘most favorite TV show yet’
One fan wrote: ‘The fact that we hear someone talking about saving for IVF in a trailer is QUEER REPRESENTATION!!! I AM SO EXCITED’
Ecstatic followers have flocked the show’s Instagram page in recent days – following the release of the first installment
Ecstatic followers have flocked the show’s Instagram page in recent days – following the release of the first installment.
One wrote: ‘Should have gone to bed a few hours ago, but here I am starting episode three. Loveee itttt!! We need more LGBTQ+ reality shows!!!’
Another confirmed: ‘Yay for Netflix featuring all queer couple! LBGTQ+ couples as well as straight couples should be the norm in all these reality shows.’
And a third simply said: ‘I think this is my most favorite TV show yet.’
The first four episodes are currently on Netflix.
The next batch, including the finale, will be available for streaming on the platform on May 31.
The cast will eventually come together for a reunion show on June 17 to reveal all the developments since the credits rolled.