Married at First Sight (U.S. TV series)

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Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight US logo.png
Genre Reality television
Based on Gift Ved Første Blik (Danish TV series)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 64
Production
Running time 42 minutes
Release
Original network FYI (2014–16)
Lifetime (2017-present)
Original release July 8, 2014 – present
External links
Website

Married at First Sight is an American reality television series based on a Danish series of the same name titled Gift Ved Første Blik.[1] The series first aired in the United States on FYI. Beginning with season two, it aired in simulcast on sister network A&E. The series features three couples, paired up by relationship experts, who agree to marry when they first meet. For the first three seasons, the experts were clinical psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona, sexologist Dr. Logan Levkoff, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and humanist chaplain Greg Epstein. Starting with the fourth season, the experts are Schwartz, pastor and marriage counselor Calvin Roberson, and communication and relationship expert Rachel DeAlto.[2] The couples spend their wedding night in a hotel before leaving for a honeymoon. Upon returning home, they live together as a married couple for eight weeks. Thereafter they choose to divorce or stay married. On October 25, 2016 FYI renewed the show for a fifth season. In 2017, for the fifth season, the show moved to the Lifetime channel.

Synopsis[edit]

Over the first six seasons of MAFS, 18 couples were chosen for the experiment. Out of these 18, twelve chose to stay married after the six week time period. As of July 2018, however, only 4 couples are still married, making for an overall 22.22% success rate of the experiment.

Season 1[edit]

The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Current status
1 Jamie Otis-Hehner 27 Nurse Yes Married
Doug Hehner 31 Software salesman
2 Cortney Hendrix-Carrion 26 Make-up artist Yes Married
Jason Carrion 27 Fireman
3 Monet Bell 33 Product development manager No Divorced
Vaughn Copeland 30 Field service technician

Monet and Vaughn got a divorce. Vaughn has since welcomed a son, Zaire William Copeland on September 3, 2016, with his girlfriend, Jenny Faber. In the 6 months later special, it was revealed that both Jason and Courtney and Doug and Jamie are still together. Both couples were featured in a spin-off series, "Married at First Sight: The First Year" alongside with Dr. Pepper Schwartz, which showed the development of their married lives.

On July 5, 2016, Doug and Jamie announced they were expecting their first child.[3] They lost the baby at 17 weeks.[4] Jamie shared a photo on Instagram of her and Doug in the hospital with the baby, who they named Johnathan Edward, to raise awareness of the stigma surrounding miscarriage.[5] On January 31, 2017, Jamie and Doug announced that they were again expecting a child,[6] later revealed to be a girl, Henley Grace, who was born on August 22, 2017.[7]

Season 2[edit]

The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Current status
1 Jaclyn Methuen 30 Vodka saleswoman Yes Divorced
Ryan Ranellone 28 Real estate agent
2 Davina Kullar (now Davis) 34 Pharmaceutical saleswoman No Divorced
Sean Varricchio 35 Trauma nurse
3 Jessica Castro 30 Receptionist Yes Divorced
Ryan DeNino/Oehl 29 Businessman

All three were divorced. After the show was over, Davina and Sean got a divorce. Davina has since remarried.[8] In the 6 months later special, it was revealed that both Jessica and Ryan D., as well as Jaclyn and Ryan R., are divorced. Shortly after filming the reunion special, Jessica filed for a restraining order against Ryan.[9] Although Jaclyn and Ryan decided to try to make their marriage work after the experiment ended, they split not long after. She wrote on Instagram, "Let's hope I catch one that is strong, smart, and appreciates my big personality! ..."[10]

Season 3[edit]

The third season took place in Atlanta, Georgia. The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Current status
1 Vanessa Nelson 26 Event manager Yes Divorced
Tres Russell 27 Luxury car salesman
2 Ashley Doherty 30 Nursing student No Divorced
David Norton 29 Software account executive
3 Samantha Role 30 Bank manager No Divorced
Neil Bowlus 31 Compliance specialist

All three were divorced: David Norton and Ashley Doherty got a divorce because Ashley felt the social media incident during their marriage was too unbearable. She felt betrayed and that David broke her trust. David felt hurt and angry, realizing that Ashley made no real effort to make their marriage work and that he "had [his] head in the clouds... chasing someone who didn't want to be caught.".[11]

Neil Bowlus and Samantha Role decided to get a divorce. Samantha wanted to remain married, but Neil felt dissatisfied with the overall experience and believed that the best thing for both their happiness was to divorce.[11] In the six month later special, it was said that Neil and Samantha have remained friends.

Tres Russell and Vanessa Nelson stayed married. In the six month later special, it was said that the two had separated and divorced after that.

Married at First Sight: Second Chances[edit]

Both Vanessa Nelson and David Norton took part in the first season of "Married At First Sight: Second Chances". The show's premise is that both David and Vanessa selected from a group of men (for Nelson) and women (for Norton) to date in a Bachelor/Bachelorette-style fashion, ultimately ending with each of them choosing someone to marry. The groups were narrowed down from 100 (in a speed dating-like situation) to 25, to 10. After Vanessa and David each picked their top ten, they eliminated one person each episode (with the exception of one week's double elimination) until they find 'the one'. The first season premiered on April 27, 2017. The season concluded on July 6, 2017 with Vanessa becoming engaged to Andre, however they ended their relationship and David choosing to marry no one.

Season 4[edit]

The fourth season of the Married at First Sight TV show on Fyi premiered on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt. The setting was South Florida (particularly Miami) and in this season, two new specialists joined sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz: communication and relationship expert, Rachel DeAlto, and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson. Dr.'s Joseph Cilona and Logan Levkoff exited the series after season three. The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Sonia Granados 33 Social worker Yes Divorced
Nick Pendergrast 32 Vacation rental manager
2 Heather Seidel 32 Flight attendant No Divorced
Derek Schwartz 35 Account executive
3 Lillian Vilchez 24 Realtor Yes Divorced
Tom Wilson 29 Boat interior designer

All three were divorced. Heather and Derek decided to end their relationship after two weeks of marriage. After fourteen months of marriage, Lillian and Tom announced on May 31, 2017 that they have filed for divorce but still remain close friends and a part of each other's lives.

Season 5[edit]

The fifth season of Married at First Sight was renewed on October 25, 2016. For this season, the show moved to the Lifetime channel. The episodes aired in 2017 and featured couples in Chicago.[12] The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Danielle DeGroot 30 Dietician Yes Divorced
Cody Knapek 26 Trainer / gym owner
2 Sheila Downs 31 School district facility director Yes Divorced
Nate Duhon 26 Branch manager of a car rental company
3 Ashley Petta 30 Manager of family-owned bar & grill Yes Married
Anthony D'Amico 33 Sale account executive

Danielle and Cody announced their divorce on August 22, 2017.[13]

On November 19th, Nate posted a status update on Facebook that he and Sheila filed for divorce.

Ashley and Anthony are still married.

Season 6[edit]

The sixth season of Married at First Sight was renewed on the Lifetime channel. The first of the episodes aired on January 2, 2018 and featured couples in Boston.[14] The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Shawniece Jackson 29 Cosmetologist Yes Married
Jephte Pierre 26 2nd grade school teacher
2 Molly Duff 25 Commercial insurance adjuster No Divorced
Jonathan Francetic 28 Financial associate
3 Jaclyn Schwartzberg 29 Technical sales representative Yes Divorced
Ryan Buckley 29 Firefighter

It was announced that Shawniece and Jephte are pregnant with their first child.

Season 7[edit]

The seventh season of Married at First Sight has been renewed on the Lifetime channel, and features couples from Dallas, with the first episode aired on July 10, 2018. The couples are:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Mia Bally 29 International recruiter of an airline TBD TBD
Tristan Thompson 29 Tutoring club owner
2 Danielle Bergman 30 Software saleswoman TBD TBD
Bobby Dodd 27 Construction project manager
3 Amber Martorana 36 Senior title analyst TBD TBD
Dave Flaherty 37 High yield bond trader

Season 8[edit]

The eighth season of Married at First Sight has been renewed on the Lifetime channel, and will feature couples from Philadelphia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Married At First Sight' Lawsuit: Woman Claims FYI Stole Her Idea For Hit Series About Blind Arranged Marriage". 18 December 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Meet Married at First Sight's Season 4 Cast Members". People Magazine. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Married at First Sight's Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner Expecting First Child". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Miscarriage is the last thing people want to talk about-I want to change that". Women's Day. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Juneau, Jen (October 24, 2016). "Jamie Otis Shares Photo of Baby Boy She Lost: He 'Deserves to Be Remembered, Not Hidden Away'". People. 
  6. ^ Chiu, Melody (January 31, 2017). "Married at First Sight's Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner Announce Pregnancy Six Months After Losing Their Son". People. 
  7. ^ Juris, Yvonne (August 3, 2017). "Revealed! Find Out the Name Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis Have Chosen for Their Daughter". People. 
  8. ^ http://www.theashleysrealityroundup.com/2016/07/08/married-at-first-sight-season-2-star-davina-kullar-is-married-again-get-details/
  9. ^ "Married at First Sight: Jessica Castro Files Restraining Order Against Ryan De Nino After Split". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Noooo! Married at First Sight's Jaclyn and Ryan Split for Good". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "'Married At First Sight' Season 3 Finale Spoilers: Another Couple Gets Divorced In Episode 14 [RECAP]". 2 March 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Season 5". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://people.com/tv/married-at-first-sight-cody-knapek-danielle-degroot-divorce/
  14. ^ "Season 6". Retrieved December 15, 2017. 

International versions[edit]

The format created in Denmark has been adapted in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Finland, Norway, Belgium, New Zealand, Israel, Poland, The Netherlands and Brazil.

Country Title TV channel Year aired
 Belgium Blind Getrouwd VTM 2016 - present
 Denmark (original format) Gift ved første blik DR3
DR1
2014 - present
 United Kingdom Married at First Sight Channel 4 2015 - present
 Australia Married at First Sight Nine Network 2015 - present
 Italy Matrimonio a prima vista Italia Sky Uno
TV8
2016 - present
 Germany Hochzeit auf den ersten Blick Sat.1 2015 - present
 Finland Ensitreffit alttarilla AVA 2015 - present
 France Mariés au premier regard M6 2016 - present
 Poland Ślub od pierwszego wejrzenia TVN 2016 - present
 New Zealand Married at First Sight Three 2017 - present
 Israel חתונה ממבט ראשון Keshet 2017 - present
 South Africa Married at First Sight SA Lifetime 2016 - present
 The Netherlands Married at First Sight RTL4 2016 - present
 Brazil Casamento à Primeira Vista A&E
Lifetime
2015 - present

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