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Married at First Sight

Married at First Sight

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Photo Credit:  Lifetime
  • Premiered: 
    July 8, 2014
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  • Network: FYI
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the Danish TV series (Married at First Sight) 
  • Subject Matter: Relationship
  • Tags: wedding

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Plot Synopsis

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT is a reality series that follows couples who meet for the first time when they get married and then settle into their new lives as newlyweds. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision to stay together or separate. Based on scientific matchmaking, specialists create what they believe are three perfect couples, who have all agreed to get married the moment they first meet at the altar. This series then chronicles each couple's journey -- from their honeymoon to early nesting and other events typical of early married life -- concluding with the newlywed's big decision: do they remain together or decide to separate?

The couples in Season 1 are: Cortney, 26-year-old makeup artist living in Manhattan, who identifies her lack of love due to the focus she places on herself, as well as the consistent infidelities of previous boyfriends, and Jason, a 27-year-old EMT and firefighter trainee from Brooklyn, whose ideal match is a nice Christian girl who is trustworthy, outgoing, and adventurous; Monet, a 33-year-old product development manager in the fashion industry, who believes she's been unsuccessful in love due to her trust issues, both with herself and with others, and Vaughn, a 30-year-old field service technician from Long Island, NY, whose ideal spouse is attractive, expressive and outgoing to complement his introverted self; and Jamie, a 27-year-old labor and delivery nurse as well as a part-time host who resides in Harlem, NY, who was on THE BACHELOR and BACHELOR PAD, and Doug, a 31-year-old currently residing in Howell, NJ with his parents, who has worn many professional hats, including a baseball player invited to try out for several major league teams, as well as an ordained minister, though his current job is a commercial sales rep and lifeguard. Immediately before the series premiere, FYI broadcast a one-hour casting special from 8-9pm ET/PT on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT returned for its second season on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on a new network (A&E) in addition to the show's original network (FYI). In the two-hour season opener, "Wedding Preparations," the experts have narrowed down the pool of participants to just six singles, who they will research and investigate further and match with their ideal partner. Once the matches are made, the couples will have just ten days to prepare for their weddings without knowing anything about their future spouse, not even their names. Season 2 participants include: 34-year-old Davina Kullar, a successful biopharmaceutical sales rep living in New York City, who was born in England and moved to the US with her mother and sister when she was 10 years old; 30-year-old Jaclyn Methuen, a sales representative for a vodka brand, who often tried to play the role of therapist at age 18 when her parents separated; 30-year-old Jessica Castro, a receptionist at a law firm in Manhattan, who is finally at a place in her life where she feels she is ready to settle down and get married; 28-year-old Ryan Ranellone, a real estate agent from Long Island, who feels that he has put more into relationships than his partners had, so he is ready to find someone equally invested and ready to commit; 35-year-old Sean Varricchio, a trauma nurse living in Jackson, New Jersey, who is now ready to find the woman of his dreams and settle down after being a player in his 20s; and 29-year-old Ryan De Nino, a business owner from Staten Island, who feels he's ready for the next chapter of his life as he approaches 30. Immediately before the season premiere, A&E and FYI premiered the one-hour casting special for Season 2 at 8pm ET/PT. Both cable channels, A&E and FYI, will continue to broadcast new episodes of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT on Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT.

Season 3 of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 9-11:15pm ET/PT on FYI, with a simulcast on A&E, immediately following a new one-hour special (8-9pm), "Matchmaking Special." All four experts return to create what they believe are three ideally matched couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle and see each other face-to-face, for the first time, at the altar. Over the course of the 13-episode third season, MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT captures each couple's journey as they go from wedding, to honeymoon, to early nesting, to the daily struggle of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce? Plus, the season opens with the "Matchmaking Special," an in-depth exploration of the matchmaking process, which introduces the experts, experiment and the candidates brave enough to marry a stranger. Over 20,000 candidates applied to be matched by a team of relationship experts. Season 3 participants include: 31-year-old Neil Bowlus, a compliance specialist in Atlanta with a master's degree in biology, who believes in the effectiveness of arranged marriages as his grandparents were arranged and just wants a good quality of life with his partner; 30-year-old Ashley Doherty, a former social worker who is now a nanny and nursing student living in Atlanta, GA, and has decided she was ready to take a new approach to finding love after being frustrated by the dating scene; 30-year-old Sam Role, bank manager living in Atlanta, GA, who was born into a military family and never had a chance to really feel settled and at home, because she moved around a lot when she was growing up; 27-year-old Tres Russell, a luxury car brand specialist from Atlanta, GA, who was raaised by his paternal grandmother and aunt -- Tres does not have a relationship with his mother; 26-year-old Vanessa Nelson, corporate events manager living in Atlanta, GA, who was born into a military family, moving around a lot while growing up, and has not spoken to her father since her parents divorced when she was in high school; and 29-year-old David Norton, an account executive living in Atlanta, GA, who has been a serial monogamist with a few committed relationships -- with the longest one lasting two years.

The 14-episode fourth season of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 8:45-10pm ET/PT on FYI, immediately following a new special (8pm). Over 30,000 candidates nationwide have applied to have a team of relationship experts arrange their marriage. Dr. Pepper Schwartz is joined by two new relationship experts -- Pastor Calvin Roberson and Rachel DeAlto. "Matchmaking Special" (8pm) is a 45-minute special that provides an extensive overview of the matchmaking process and introduces the candidates brave enough to marry a stranger. The experts select three compatible couples who will marry at first sight. The six to-be-married singles in Season 4 are: Heather, a 32-year-old flight attendant living in Miami, FL, who looks up to her parents' marriage, hoping to have the same loving relationship with her future husband; Derek, a 35-year-old account executive living in Miami, FL, who is the younger of two children raised by a single mother and was in the Navy prior to settling into his current career; Lillian, a 24-year-old realtor living in Miami, FL, whose last serious relationship ended badly, prompting her to switch up her priorities and focus on her career; Nick, a 32-year-old vacation rental manager living in Miami, FL, whose parents divorced when he was a young child -- but who now realizes that they are much happier and better off apart; Sonia, a 33-year-old social worker, born and raised in Miami, FL, who is passionate about her career finding home placements for refugee children; and Tom, a 28-year-old yacht interior specialist living in Miami, FL, who went to college in Texas, moved to Hawaii after graduating and traveled often before settling down into a remodeled RV-turned-luxury-tour-bus that he now calls home. In the 75-minute season opener, "Wedding Preparations," six new singles are preparing to marry a complete stranger in this controversial social experiment. The participants find out who they've been matched with and have just two weeks to prepare for their weddings. The preparations are filled with high emotions as they come to terms with being engaged to a complete stranger.

Season 5 of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9-11:30pm ET/PT on a new network: Lifetime. In the 17-episode fifth season, Chicago-based singles yearning for a life-long partnership agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet. A team of experts that includes sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz; communication and relationship expert, Rachel DeAlto; and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson, create what they believe are three compatible couples based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle and see each other face-to-face, for the first time, at the altar. The series will capture each couple's journey as they go from wedding, to honeymoon, to early nesting, to the daily struggle of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce? The Season 5 premiere is immediately preceded by a one-hour "Matchmaking Special" at 8pm, which explores the matchmaking process while also introducing the experts, experiment and candidates brave enough to marry a stranger. Then, in the back-to-back episodes to open the new season: "Wedding Prep" (9pm): The experts have matched three couples, and it's time to let them know that they're about to marry a complete stranger. The participants have just two weeks to prepare for their marriages--they must buy each other rings, go dress shopping, get fitted for a tux, and throw a bachelor or bachelorette party. Without knowing anything about their future husband or wife--not even their name, the preparations are fraught with excitement and panic. "Weddings" (10:17pm): Six courageous singles who've been unlucky in love have entrusted three relationship experts with the biggest decision of their lives; today they will meet their new spouse at their wedding as they vow to legally marry as strangers. Will it be love at first sight or extreme fright?

The sixth season of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime, immediately following a new one-hour special. Boston area singles yearning for a life-long partnership agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle and see each other face-to-face, for the first time, at the altar. This season, Boston-based psychologist and Professor Dr. Jessica Griffin, joins sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson on the series' panel of experts. Together they will create what they believe are three compatible couples based on scientific matchmaking and continue to counsel and mentor the couples throughout the season. The night opens (8pm) with a new special, "Season 6 Matchmaking Special," which follows the panel of experts as they create what they believe are three compatible couples. This in-depth exploration of the matchmaking process culminates with the final six candidates learning that they'll be marrying a complete stranger in just a few weeks. Then, in the season opener, "Wedding Prep," the six participants reveal to friends and family that they'll be marrying a complete stranger -- at first sight. They have just two weeks to prepare for their weddings -- they must buy rings, go dress and tux shopping, and throw a bachelor or bachelorette party. Without knowing anything about their future husband or wife -- not even their name, the preparations are fraught with excitement and panic. This season's three couples include: Jaclyn Schwartzberg, a 29-year-old teacher turned sales representative, living in the suburbs of Boston, MA and Ryan Buckley, a 29-year-old firefighter in the Boston, MA area; 25-five-year-old Molly Duff, a commercial insurance adjuster, living in the suburbs of Boston, MA and Jonathan Francetic, a 28-year-old army vet and financial associate living in the suburbs of Boston, MA; and Shawniece Jackson, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and cosmetologist living in Providence, RI and Jephte Pierre, a 26-year-old second grade teacher, living in Boston, MA.

Season 7 of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime, immediately following a new one-hour special. In the special (8pm), "Love Match," three experts -- Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Pastor Calvin Roberson and Dr. Jessica Griffin -- are tasked with finding three compatible couples that will not meet until their wedding. This in-depth exploration of the matchmaking process culminates with six candidates learning that in a few short weeks they'll be marrying a complete stranger. The seventh season heads to Dallas, TX, where six Dallas area singles yearning for a life-long partnership agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet, at the altar. In the season opener, "Here Comes a Stranger," the participants reveal to friends and family that they'll be marrying a complete stranger--at first sight. They have just two weeks to prepare for their weddings. Without knowing anything about their future husband or wife--not even their name, the preparations are fraught with excitement and panic. They will meet their new spouse at the altar as they vow to legally marry as strangers. Will it be love at first sight or extreme fright?

Season 8 of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered from 9-11pm ET/PT on Lifetime on New Year's Day 2019 (Tuesday, January 1), immediately following a one-hour special (8-9pm). In the eighth season, Philadelphia area singles have agreed to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet, at the altar. A panel of experts -- psychologist Dr. Jessica Griffin, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson -- create what they believe are compatible couples based on scientific matchmaking and continue to counsel and mentor each set of newlyweds throughout the experiment. The series captures each couple's journey as they go from wedding, to honeymoon, to early nesting, to the daily struggles of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce?

The ninth season of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime. For Season 9, the series heads to Charlotte area singles who have agreed to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet, at the altar. A panel of experts - psychotherapist Dr. Viviana Coles, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson, will create what they believe are four compatible couples based on scientific matchmaking and continue to counsel and mentor each set of newlyweds throughout the experiment. The couples include: Matthew Gwynne & Amber Bowles; Gregory Okotie & Deonna McNeill; Elizabeth Bice & Jamie Thompson; and Keith Manley & Iris Caldwell.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT returned for its tenth season on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on Lifetime, immediately following a one-hour special (7pm). For the first time in MAFS history, five new couples take a leap of faith when they walk down the aisle to marry a stranger. All episodes are megasized to 2 hours to capture each couple's journey as they go from wedding, to honeymoon, to early nesting, to the daily struggles of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce? Starting at 7pm on New Year's night, fans are treated to the Season 10 Matchmaking Special, where the three experts come together to match up the five couples. Then at 8pm, the journey begins with the first episode of Season 10. In the season opener, "First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Love," five couples have only two weeks to plan their weddings, celebrate their final days of being single, and reveal to their family and friends that they are getting married to a stranger! And when the time finally comes to tie the knot, will one groom be left at the alter when his bride-to-be gets a call from her ex-boyfriend asking her not to go through with it? The five Washington DC-area couples are: Katie & Derek; Jessica & Austin; Taylor & Brandon; and Mindy & Zach; Meka & Michael.
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Season 11 of MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT premiered Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Five new couples take a leap of faith when they walk down the aisle to marry a complete stranger. All 17 episodes are megasized to 2 hours to capture each couple's emotional journey as they go from wedding to honeymoon to early nesting to the daily struggles of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce? The Season 11 couples are:

Amelia (27) & Bennett (28): Bennett, grew up in Montvale, NJ and is the artistic director of a theatre company. Bennett has sought a life partner for years but has been through a string of bad relationships but is deeply encouraged by Married At First Sight's history of success with past couples. Amelia was raised in Richmond, VA. With a doctor for a mother, Amelia always thought she would follow in her footsteps and is currently completing her medical residency. Amelia subscribes to the idea that "you can fall in love with anyone-ish," and much like her grandparent's arranged marriage, she really thinks it's possible to learn to love someone. She loves social experiments and Married At First Sight is the perfect one for her.

Amani (29) & Woody (30): Woody was born and raised in New Orleans where he is currently a teacher and coach. Woody is ready to find a partner with whom he can share the love and kindness he learned from his mother. He knows who he is and what he has to offer to his future wife and is eager for the experts to help him find that special someone. Amani was born in North Cal, and raised in Chicago, but moved to New Orleans to attend college. Amani is passionate about her work in the non-profit sector and aspires to open a non-profit organization working with youth. Amani is serious about finding a life partner to share career ambitions with, explore the world, and ultimately start a family.

Olivia (30) & Brett (35): Brett was born and raised in Gretna, LA. He recently became AWS Cloud Practitioner certified and excels in his career in IT. Brett has always been ready for marriage and is definitely open to the MAFS experience since he believes, historically, arranged marriages have been the primary means of matchmaking for the vast majority of human history. Olivia was born and raised in Bossier City, LA. After receiving her Master of Science in Nursing and working in clinics in Iowa, she wanted to be closer to home and moved to New Orleans for a position with a comprehensive stroke center. Having worked really hard in her career, Olivia is ready to dedicate the same time and effort in a relationship.

Christina (30) & Henry (35): Henry was born and raised in Arabi, LA. He currently works as a clinical recruiter and enjoys the career he's established. Henry is looking for a partner to settle down with and feels he's tried every approach possible but has been unsuccessful. The dating apps have been disappointing and his friends and colleagues have no one else to introduce him to. Henry is interested in Married At First Sight because believes the experiment will be beneficial in many ways and is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity that he'd be crazy to pass up. Born in Houma, LA, Christina was raised by a single mother and never really knew her biological father. The flight attendant recently got out of a five-year relationship and hasn't put much effort into dating or finding a partner. She is eager for the Married At First Sight experiment because she knows the experts are willing to do the work for her so she can settle happily into a relationship with her perfect match.

Karen (30) & Miles (26): Miles was born in Spartanburg, SC and has always been passionate about education and loves working with children and young adults. Miles is looking for a wife but feels like his options are limited. Married At First Sight is the perfect opportunity to be connected with a partner he would not ordinarily come across. Miles not only has faith in the experts but trusts the process. Karen grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. and has been working as a Consultant in New Orleans ever since she graduated. Karen has been single for five years and finds dating to be quite difficult. Karen is ready to get Married At First Sight because she believes the experts will find the right man who has been eluding her all this time.

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Kinetic Content

Settings

  • (Seasons 1 & 2) - New York City, New York USA
  • (Season 3) - Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • (Season 4) - Miami, Florida USA
  • (Season 5) - Chicago, Illinois USA
  • (Season 6) - Boston, Massachusetts USA
  • (Season 7) - Dallas, Texas USA
  • (Season 8) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
  • (Season 9) - Charlotte, North Carolina USA
  • (Season 10) - Washington DC USA
  • (Season 11) - New Orleans, Louisiana USA