Wife Swap (ABC 2004-2015)

Based on a UK original Wife Swap gives two families the rare opportunity to witness what it’s like to live someone else’s life and experiences. Two matriarchs from two households trade places for 10 days.

For the first five days of the challenge, they must obey the rules of the new family’s lifestyle and adopt their daily routine – parenting, shopping, housework, creating budgets and social life. For the remaining five days, these women get to run the new house their own way – a radical shock to both families.

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This series tapped into America’s voyeuristic tendencies and desires to judge how others run their households, raise their children and treat their spouses.

key behind the scenes crew
Alex Cross as Executive Producer
Bruce Toms as Executive Producer
Cem Yeter as Executive Producer
Joel Karsberg as Executive Producer
Michael Davies as Executive Producer
Tony Yates as Executive Producer

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show type

broadcast from
9/26/04 – 9/2/15
10 seasons with 171 episodes in total.

network and production companies
ABC – Zodiak USA

Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.