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Married at First Sight (American TV series)

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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. 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.[3]

Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight US logo.png
GenreReality television
Based onGift Ved Første Blik (Danish TV series)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes64
Production
Running time42 minutes
Release
Original networkFYI (2014–16)
Lifetime (2017-present)
Original releaseJuly 8, 2014 –
present
External links
Website

On April 25, 2019, it was announced that the ninth season will premiere on June 12, 2019.[4]

Contents

SynopsisEdit

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.

Season 1Edit

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 Divorcing
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 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.[5] They lost the baby at 17 weeks.[6] 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.[7] On January 31, 2017, Jamie and Doug announced that they were again expecting a child,[8] later revealed to be a girl, Henley Grace, who was born on August 22, 2017.[9]

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.

Season 2Edit

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

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.[10] 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.[11] 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! ..."[12]

Season 3Edit

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.".[13]

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.[13] 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.

Season 4Edit

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 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 5Edit

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.

Season 6Edit

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.[16] 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

As of June 2018, Jaclyn and Ryan announced their divorce after 10 months of marriage, although sources report that they remain friends.[17]

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.

Season 7Edit

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 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.

Season 8Edit

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

# 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 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

Season 9Edit

The ninth season of Married at First Sight will feature couples from Charlotte and will be aired on June 12. The couples are:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
1 Iris Caldwell 27 Non-Profit Program Coordinator TBD TBD
Keith Manley 27 Mentor/Coach
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

Season 10Edit

The tenth season of Married at First Sight will feature couples from Washington, D.C.[18]

SpinoffsEdit

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.[19] 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:[19]

# Name Gender Age Occupation From
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:

# Couple Age Occupation Final Decision Status
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[20]
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.[19] The first episode premiered on October 30, 2018.

International versionsEdit

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
  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
  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
  Italy Matrimonio a prima vista Italia Sky Uno
TV8
  • Season 1, 2016
  • Season 2, 2017
  • Season 3, 2018
  Germany Hochzeit auf den ersten Blick Sat.1
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2016
  • Season 3, 2017
  • Season 4, 2018
  Finland Ensitreffit alttarilla AVA 2015–present
  France Mariés au premier regard M6
  • Season 1, 2016
  • Season 2, 2017
  • Season 3, 2019
  Poland Ślub od pierwszego wejrzenia TVN 2016–present
  Portugal Casados à primeira vista SIC
  • Season 1, 2018
  • Season 2, 2019 Upcoming season
  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
  Spain Casados a primera vista Antena 3
  • Season 1, 2015
  • Season 2, 2016
  • Season 3, 2017
  • Season 4, 2018

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Meet Married at First Sight's Season 4 Cast Members". People Magazine. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
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  6. ^ "Miscarriage is the last thing people want to talk about-I want to change that". Women's Day. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
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  12. ^ "Noooo! Married at First Sight's Jaclyn and Ryan Split for Good". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
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  16. ^ "Season 6". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
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  18. ^ 10th season of Married at First Sight
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