Married at First Sight (American TV series)
Married at First Sight is an American reality television series based on a Danish series of the same name titled Gift Ved Første Blik. 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. 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. 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.
|Married at First Sight|
|Based on||Gift Ved Første Blik (Danish TV series)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||64|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Original network||FYI (2014–16)|
|Original release||July 8, 2014 –|
On April 25, 2019, it was announced that the ninth season will premiere on June 12, 2019.
Over the first seven seasons of MAFS, 25 couples were chosen for the experiment. Out of these 25, seventeen chose to stay married after the six to eight week time period. As of April 2019, however, only six couples are still married, making for an overall 24% success rate of the experiment.
The first season took place in New York City and Northern New Jersey. The couples were:
|#||Couple||Age||Occupation||Final Decision||Current status|
|Doug Hehner||31||Software salesman|
|2||Cortney Hendrix||26||Make-up artist||Yes||Divorcing|
|3||Monet Bell||33||Product development manager||No||Divorced|
|Vaughn Copeland||30||Field service technician|
Monet and Vaughn got a divorce. Vaughn has since had a son in 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. They lost the baby at 17 weeks. 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. On January 31, 2017, Jamie and Doug announced that they were again expecting a child, later revealed to be a girl, Henley Grace, who was born on August 22, 2017.
As of March 28, 2019, it is confirmed that Cortney and Jason filed for divorce in February 2019 in Kings County, New York. They had 6 months of documented separation. They asked for privacy during that time as they had planned to divorce so they could start over, but it was decided they will move on in separate ways. Cortney resides with her family in North Carolina and Jason is still living in New York City.
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|
All three were divorced. After the show was over, Davina and Sean got a divorce. Davina has since remarried, and is expecting. Though we never see her husband, she does wear her rings. Sean got engaged at a hockey game to another woman in October 2018. 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. 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! ..."
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.".
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. 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.
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:
|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|
|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.
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. The couples were:
|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.
On November 19, Nate posted a status update on Facebook that he and Sheila filed for divorce.
Ashley and Anthony are still married. They have announced they are expecting their first child. On January 12, 2019, Ashley gave birth to a baby girl, Mila Rose.
|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|
As of June 2018, Jaclyn and Ryan announced their divorce after 10 months of marriage, although sources report that they remain friends.
It was announced that Shawniece and Jephte were pregnant with their first child. They had a daughter, Laura Denise Pierre, on August 30, 2018.
Jonathan Francetic started dating one of the show's experts, Dr. Jessica Griffin as of July/August 2018. Jonathan and Dr. Jessica announced their engagement on April 14, 2019.
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:
|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|
Mia Bally had been arrested while at the airport on their way to their honeymoon. She was accused of stalking and unauthorized use of an ex-boyfriend's credit card. After her release Tristan chose to stay with her. Mia filed for divorce from Tristan on September 4, 2018.
In the season finale, Amber Martorana revealed that she had moved out of Dave's home, but was hoping to reconcile with him and remain married. Dave revealed that he was unwilling to pursue counseling, believing that to be the best solution for him and Amber to find happiness.
In October 2018, Danielle Bergman and Bobby Dodd announced they are pregnant with their first child, a girl, who was born in 2019 and named Olivia Nicole Dodd.
The eighth season of Married at First Sight features couples from Philadelphia, and premiered on January 1, 2019. The couples are:
|1||Stephanie Sersen||35||Financial consultant||Yes||Married|
|AJ Vollmoeller||37||President & CEO of a staffing & recruiting company|
|2||Jasmine McGriff||30||Assistant director||No||Divorced|
|Will Guess||37||Financial analyst|
|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|
The ninth season of Married at First Sight will feature couples from Charlotte and will be aired on June 12. The couples are:
|1||Iris Caldwell||27||Non-Profit Program Coordinator||TBD||TBD|
|2||Elizabeth Bice||29||Account Executive||TBD||TBD|
|Jamie Thompson||35||Financial Technician|
|3||Deonna McNeill||30||Operations Manager||TBD||TBD|
|Gregory Okotie||32||Math Learning Center Owner|
|4||Amber Bowles||27||Middle School Teacher||TBD||TBD|
|Matthew Gwynne||31||Ex Professional Basketball Player|
Married at First Sight has had five spinoffs:
- Married at First Sight: The First Year
- 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: The First YearEdit
Married at First Sight: The First Year follows the lives of the two Season 1 couples remain 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, with the first episode premiered on January 13, 2015. A total of two seasons have been shown for this spinoff.
Married at First Sight: Second ChancesEdit
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 The Bachelor/The 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 finding 'the one'. The first season premiered on April 27, 2017. The season concluded on July 6, 2017 with Vanessa becoming engaged to Andre, although they ultimately ended their relationship, while David chose to marry no one.
Jamie and Doug Plus OneEdit
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 IslandEdit
Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island is an eight-episode series about sixteen singles looking an exotic island attempting to match themselves. 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:
|1||Brandin Brosh||Female||28||Clothing boutique owner||Biloxi, MS|
|2||Isabella McKenzie||Female||25||Hostress||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:
|1||Kimber Gardner||28||Medical sales representative||Yes||Married|
|Shannon Raddler||33||Pharmaceutical sales representative|
|2||Jada Rashawn||27||Nanny placement specialist||Yes||Engaged but have since broken up|
|Chris Perry||29||Personal trainer and youth counselor|
|3||Brandin Brosh||28||Clothing boutique owner||Yes||Married|
|Jona Bienko||35||Auto broker|
Married at First Sight: Happily Ever AfterEdit
The fifth spinoff 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. The first episode premiered on October 30, 2018.
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||Local Title||TV channel||Year aired|
|Bulgaria||Женени от пръв поглед||NOVA|
|Denmark (original format)||Gift ved første blik||DR3
|United Kingdom||Married at First Sight||Channel 4|
|Australia||Married at First Sight||Nine Network|
|Italy||Matrimonio a prima vista Italia||Sky Uno
|Germany||Hochzeit auf den ersten Blick||Sat.1|
|France||Mariés au premier regard||M6|
|Poland||Ślub od pierwszego wejrzenia||TVN||2016–present|
|Portugal||Casados à primeira vista||SIC|
|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
|Spain||Casados a primera vista||Antena 3|
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