Married at First Sight (American TV series)

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Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight US logo.png
GenreReality television
Based onGift Ved Første Blik (Danish TV series)
Opening theme"All or Nothing" by Louise Dowd, Jason Tarver & Marc Williams
Ending theme"All or Nothing" by Louise Dowd, Jason Tarver & Marc Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes68
Production
Running time42 minutes
Release
Original networkFYI (2014–16)
Lifetime (2017–present)
Original releaseJuly 8, 2014 (2014-07-08) –
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 to five 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 were Schwartz, pastor and marriage counselor Calvin Roberson, and communication and relationship expert Rachel DeAlto.[2] Rachel DeAlto was replaced with Dr. Jessica Griffin beginning with the sixth season. Dr. Griffin stayed until the ninth season and was replaced by Dr. Viviana Coles in seasons ten and eleven.[3] 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 the remainder of the eight weeks. Thereafter they must 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. The following year, two spinoffs were announced to premiere that October, Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island and Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After.[4]

The eleventh season premiered on July 15, 2020[5] following a kickoff and matchmaking special on July 8, 2020.[6]

Synopsis[edit]

Over the ten completed seasons of MAFS, 34 couples have been chosen for the experiment. Out of these 34, 21 chose to stay married on Decision Day, at the end of the six- or eight-week experiment. As of mid-April 2020, however, only nine couples are still married, making for an overall success rate of 26%.

Season 1[edit]

The first season took place in New York City and northern New Jersey. 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 26 Make-up artist Yes Divorced
Jason Carrion 27 EMT
3 Monet Bell 33 Product development manager No Divorced
Vaughn Copeland 30 Field service technician

Cortney and Jason divorced after 4 years of marriage. Jamie and Doug have just welcomed their second child.

Season 2[edit]

The second season, just like the first, took place in New York City and Northern New Jersey. 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

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 Yes
3 Samantha Role 30 Bank manager Yes Divorced
Neil Bowlus 31 Compliance specialist No

Season 4[edit]

The fourth season of Married at First Sight premiered on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. 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. Doctors 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 No1 Divorced
Derek Schwartz 35 Account executive
3 Lillian Vilchez 24 Realtor Yes Divorced
Tom Wilson 29 Boat interior designer

1 Heather and Derek left in the middle of the experiment.

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.[7] 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

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.[8] Relationship expert Dr. Jessica Griffin joined the show as a specialist,[9] replacing Rachel DeAlto who left after Season 5. 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

Season 7[edit]

The seventh season of Married at First Sight was renewed on the Lifetime channel, and featured couples from Dallas, with the first episode airing on July 10, 2018. The couples were:

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

Season 8[edit]

The eighth season of Married at First Sight featured couples from Philadelphia, and premiered on January 1, 2019. The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Stephanie Sersen 35 Financial consultant Yes Married
AJ Vollmoeller 37 President & CEO of a staffing & recruiting company
2 Jasmine McGriff 30 Assistant director Yes Divorced
Will Guess 37 Financial analyst No
3 Kate Sisk 28 Hotel marketing specialist No Divorced
Luke Cuccurullo 31 Civil and environmental engineer
4 Kristine Killingsworth 29 Residential real estate agent Yes Married
Keith Dewar 29 Kidney dialysis patient care technician

Season 9[edit]

The ninth season of Married at First Sight featured couples from Charlotte and premiered on June 12, 2019. Dr. Jessica Griffin did not return after revealing she was in a relationship with Season 6 cast member Jon Francetic,[10] with the couple later getting engaged[11] and going into business together.[12] She was replaced by relationship expert Dr. Viviana Coles.[13] The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Iris Caldwell 27 Non-profit program coordinator Yes Divorced
Keith Manley 27 Mentor/coach No
2 Elizabeth Bice 29 Account executive Yes Married
Jamie Thompson 35 Financial technician
3 Deonna McNeill 30 Operations manager Yes Married
Gregory Okotie 32 Math learning center owner
4 Amber Bowles 27 Middle school teacher No Divorced
Matthew Gwynne 31 Ex-professional basketball player

Season 10[edit]

The tenth season of Married at First Sight featured couples from Washington D.C. The first episode aired on January 1, 2020. The couples were:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Katie Conrad 25 Mental health professional Yes Divorced
Derek Sherman 26 Cyber security engineer
2 Jessica Studer 31 Nurse manager Yes Married
Austin Hurd 31 Network technician
3 Taylor Dunklin 27 Research scientist No Divorced
Brandon Reid 34 Sales manager
4 Meka Jones 25 Category analyst No Annulled
Michael Watson 31 Education director No
5 Mindy Shiben 34 Figure skating coach No Divorced
Zach Justice 32 Fitness professional

Season 11[edit]

The eleventh season of Married at First Sight will feature couples from New Orleans. The first episode was set to premiere on July 15, 2020.[14] The couples are:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Amelia Fatsi 27 Physician TBD TBD
Bennett Kirschner 28 Artistic director of a theater company
2 Olivia 30 Nurse practitioner TBD TBD
Brett Lindsey 35 Certified AWS cloud practitioner
3 Karen 30 Human resources consultant TBD TBD
Miles 26 Children & youth educator
4 Amani 29 Nonprofit field TBD TBD
Woody Randall 30 Teacher and coach/mentor
5 Christina 30 Flight attendant TBD TBD
Henry Rodriguez 35 Clinical recruiter

Season 12[edit]

The twelfth season of Married at First Sight will feature couples again from Atlanta.[15]

Season 13[edit]

The thirteenth season of Married at First Sight will feature couples from Houston.[15]

Timeline of Cast[edit]

Cast Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 Second Chances 6 7 Honeymoon Island 8 9 10
Dr. Pepper Schwartz Expert Expert Expert
Dr. Logan Levkoff Expert
Dr. Joseph Cilona Expert
Chaplain Greg Epstein Expert
Pastor Calvin Roberson Expert
Rachel DeAlto Expert
Dr. Jessica Griffin Expert
Dr. Viviana Coles Expert
Jamie Otis Contestant Unfiltered Host Unfiltered Host Unfiltered Host Unfiltered Host

Spinoffs[edit]

Married at First Sight has had eight spinoffs:

  • Married at First Sight: The First Year
  • Married Life
  • Married at First Sight: Second Chances
  • Jamie and Doug Plus One
  • Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island
  • Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After
  • Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam
  • Married at First Sight: Unmatchables

Married at First Sight: The First Year[edit]

Married at First Sight: The First Year follows the lives of the two Season 1 couples that remained married from the six-month mark to the one-year anniversary and beyond. The couples are Jamie Otis-Hehner and Doug Hehner, and Cortney Hendrix-Carrion and Jason Carrion. The first episode premiered on January 13, 2015. A total of two seasons have been shown for this spinoff.

Married Life[edit]

Married Life continues to follow the daily lives of two married couples from Season 1, Jamie Otis-Hehner and Doug Hehner and Cortney Hendrix-Carrion and Jason Carrion. The first season premiered May 5, 2015. The second season premiered January 24, 2017.[16]

Married at First Sight: Second Chances[edit]

Two participants from Season 3, Vanessa Nelson and David Norton, both took part in the first season of the second spinoff Married at First Sight: Second Chances. Both David and Vanessa selected from a group of men (for Nelson) and women (for Norton) to date in a format similar to that of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, ultimately ending with each of them choosing someone to marry. The groups were narrowed down from one hundred (in a speed dating-like situation) to twenty-five, to ten. 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 finding 'the one'. The first season premiered on 27 April 2017 and concluded on 6 July 2017 with Vanessa becoming engaged to Andre, although they ultimately ended their relationship, and David choosing to marry no one.

Jamie and Doug Plus One[edit]

Jamie and Doug Plus One continues to follow the lives of Jamie Otis-Hehner and Doug Hehner from the time right before the birth of their daughter Henley, through the first months of new parenthood. The series shows the couple's struggles with caring for their newborn while trying to maintain intimacy in their marriage.

Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island[edit]

Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island is an eight-episode series about sixteen singles on an exotic island attempting to match themselves.[17] Casting includes unmatched singles from earlier seasons of the original, fan favorites, and new candidates. Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island premiered on October 23, 2018, and the participants are:[17]

# Name Gender Age Occupation From
1 Brandin Brosh Female 28 Clothing boutique owner Biloxi, MS
2 Isabella McKenzie Female 25 Hostess Atlanta, GA
3 Jada Rashawn Female 27 Nanny placement specialist San Antonio, TX
4 Jocelyn Thompson Female 30 Business owner Los Angeles, CA
5 Katie Muller Female 28 Digital advertising specialist Denver, CO
6 Kimber Gardner Female 28 Medical sales representative Las Vegas, NV
7 Lizzie Muse Female 30 Kundalini yoga teacher Boston, MA
8 Mekalya Silvera Female 32 Hair stylist Miami, FL
9 Bryan McKay Male 40 Estimator Miami, FL
10 Chris Perry Male 29 Personal trainer and youth counselor Binghamton, NY
11 Corey Saunders Male 31 Founder and CEO of BEFIT Boston, MA
12 Eric Acosta Male 31 Entrepreneur Denver, CO
13 Jona Bienko Male 35 Auto broker Como, CO
14 Shannon Raddler Male 33 Pharmaceutical sales representative Atlanta, GA
15 Travis Dalton Male 30 Aerospace engineer Bluffton, SC
16 Tyler Moody Male 26 Construction company owner Greeley, CO

At the end of the season, the following participants remain:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Kimber Gardner 28 Medical sales representative Yes Engaged but have since broken up
Shannon Raddler 33 Pharmaceutical sales representative
2 Jada Rashawn 27 Nanny placement specialist Yes Engaged but have since broken up[18]
Chris Perry 29 Personal trainer and youth counselor
3 Brandin Brosh 28 Clothing boutique owner Yes Engaged but have since broken up
Jona Bienko 35 Auto broker

Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After[edit]

Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After follows the lives of couples from previous seasons who still remain married and are expecting children, including Ashley Petta and Anthony D'Amico from Season 5, Shawniece Jackson and Jephte Pierre from Season 6, and Danielle Bergman and Bobby Dodd from season 7.[17] The first episode premiered on October 30, 2018.

Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam[edit]

Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam premiered on May 20, 2020.[19]

Married at First Sight: Unmatchables[edit]

Married at First Sight: Unmatchables will premiere in 2021.[20]

International versions[edit]

The format created in Denmark has been adapted in several countries.

Country Local Title TV channel Year aired
 Belgium Blind Getrouwd VTM
  • Season 1, 2016
  • Season 2, 2017
  • Season 3, 2018
  • Season 4, 2019
 Bulgaria Женени от пръв поглед NOVA
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2019
 Czech Republic Manželství na první pohled TV Nova TBA
 Denmark (original format) Gift ved første blik DR3
DR1
  • Season 1, 2014
  • Season 2,
  • Season 3,
  • Season 4,
  • Season 5,
 United Kingdom Married at First Sight Channel 4
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2016
  • Season 3, 2018
  • Season 4, 2019
 Australia Married at First Sight Nine Network
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2016
  • Season 3, 2016
  • Season 4, 2017
  • Season 5, 2018
  • Season 6, 2019
  • Season 7, 2020
 Italy Matrimonio a prima vista Italia Sky Uno, TV8 (season 1-3)
Real Time (season 4)
  • Season 1, 2016
  • Season 2, 2017
  • Season 3, 2018
  • Season 4, 2019
 Germany Hochzeit auf den ersten Blick Sat.1
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2016
  • Season 3, 2017
  • Season 4, 2018
  • Season 5, 2019
 Finland Ensitreffit alttarilla AVA
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2015
  • Season 3, 2016
  • Season 4, 2017
  • Season 5, 2018
  • Season 6, 2019
 France Mariés au premier regard M6
  • Season 1, 2016
  • Season 2, 2017
  • Season 3, 2019
  • Season 4, 2020
 Poland Ślub od pierwszego wejrzenia TVN 2016–present
 Portugal Casados à primeira vista SIC
  • Season 1, 2018
  • Season 2, 2019
 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
 Sweden Gift vid första ögonkastet Sveriges Television 2014–present
 The Netherlands Married at First Sight RTL4 2016–present
 Brazil Casamento à Primeira Vista A&E
Lifetime
2015–present
 Spain Casados a primera vista Antena 3
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2016
  • Season 3, 2017
  • Season 4, 2018

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  19. ^ {{cite web|title=Lifetime Announces New "Married at First Sight" Self-Shot Spin-Off Series "Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam" Premiering May 20|url=http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2020/04/08/lifetime-announces-new-married-at-first-sight-self-shot-spin-off-series-married-at-first-sight-couples-cam-premiering-may-20-109512/20200408lifetime01/%7Cwork=The Futon Critic|date=April 8, 2020
  20. ^ "Lifetime Expands Relationship Offerings with Spinoff Series "Married at First Sight: Unmatchables"". The Futon Critic. August 3, 2020.