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Wife Swap is a reality show that airs on ABC. This show is based on wives living with other families. It starts off with, two families who have never met, nor know each other. The two wives are told the news that they will be swapped. The wives pack up some luggage, and head to the airport to meet their new family. The show does not reveal any details about their new family. The wives meet the new family at the airport.

The husbands take their swaps home. The husbands will show them around their temporary living quarters. Once the walk through is finished, there are some rules that the new wife must aide by. As she reads the rules of the house aloud, she will see that the rules are quite different than what she may be use to. The wife has to abide by the rules, or go home. The wives are usually swapped out with a family that is the complete opposite of their own. Because of this, frustration ensues, tempers flare, feelings get hurt, and bad things are said. With all of these raw emotions surfacing, many wives rethink why they are on this show.

After the wife abides by the rules of the house, she now has to turn the tables on them. The wife makes her own set of rules that she would like the family to follow. The husband, and his children, will have to read and abide by the rules the wife has set in place. The family usually has a difficult time with this task. At the end, and when everyone has abided by the rules set forth, they will be grilled by the other family. Each family gets a chance to tell the other family what they really think about their family and their rules. Each family receives money that the wife swap has to divide amongst the opposite family and tell them how to spend it.

Thursday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
7 Seasons, 131 Episodes - Canceled
September 26, 2004
Drama, Reality
5.2/10
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Wife Swap Full Episode Guide

  • A laid back mother swaps lives with a structured disciplinarian.

  • A Pagan woman swaps lives with the mother of a world champion tap dancer who loves to spoil her husband and child.

  • An Italian woman who loves to spoil her family with big dinners full of calories and lots of love swaps lives with a fitness guru who is always on the go.

  • A strict disciplinarian swaps lives with her polar opposite.

  • A self-proclaimed redneck swaps lives with a pageant mom.

  • Gina Loudon is a staunch Tea Party activist and conservative political pundit who lives in San Diego, California with her husband and five children. Religion and politics are main themes in their lives. In Charleston, New York, Angela Envy lives with her husband of eight years, as well as their live-in girlfriend.

  • A mother in Vegas who loves to party swaps life with a religious mother of six who lives in the country.

  • One family is far out and teaches classes dressed as superheros while the other family is strict and down-to-earth.

  • One woman is a conservative strict mother while the other woman is carefree and lives for the moment.

  • One woman who devotes all of her time to her children swaps lives with a woman who barely sees her stepson.

  • A family that operates an organic goat farm swaps with an upscale family with a workaholic, shopaholic mom and a stay-at-home dad.

  • A mother who actually teaches etiquette trades with a mom of tomboys.

  • A woman who believes the world is ending trades with a woman who believes her daughter is the next great golfer.

  • A family who live like pioneers, including traditional roles for man and woman, swap with a family headed by a breadwinner mother and obsessed by modern technology

  • A wholesome family that puts on a traveling variety show swaps moms with a family of car show fanatics.

  • A football-loving, male dominated family swaps with a family that focuses on creativity and individuality.

  • A successful, optimistic business family swaps mothers with a unemployed, pessimistic family.

  • A family with dozens of pets swaps mothers with a family that can't stand animals.

  • A family that communes with the dead and is gothic swaps mothers with a family that is extra competitive and plays hockey.

  • A family wanting to be pop stars swaps wives with a family of social activists.

  • A mother with three pampered children swaps lives with a mother that instills discipline and the principles of hard work into her children.

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