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Since 1991, Maury Povich has used his daytime television show to address many different issues, although some of the most common are ones that many parents do not like to think about. With topics ranging from paternity tests to cheating spouses and even including allowing the audience to guess what gender a guest is, Maury both raises awareness toward these ideas as well as offers solutions.

Unlike other daytime syndicated hosts, Povich is likeable, seems caring, and truly tries to help his guests find some type of closure with their difficult issues. In many cases, he offers guests ways to overcome their problems, like by offering paternity tests to multiple partners of the same mothers that are unsure of who the fathers of their children are. Additionally, for episodes featuring unruly and in some cases downright awful children, Povich brings in specialists - police officers, drill instructors, former addicts, and similar people who have been through the same things - in an attempt to get them to change their ways.

Not all episodes involve topics like these, though. In some, Povich simply allows for old "missed connections" to be reunited in an effort to allow those who have had feelings for years to express them to the objects of their desire. Often, these people have undergone staggering transformations, (from geek to chic, from overweight and frumpy to thin and fashionable) and want to surprise the other person who has not seen them for years.

Another type of episode that airs is of the "Which Gender am I?" variety. The guests on the show all look like fit and beautiful women, but the truth is that some of them are actually men dressed as women. It is up to the audience to guess as to the actual gender of each guest, with the big reveal coming at the end of the episode. What makes this more entertaining and sometimes confusing is that some of the guests with the more masculine features actually turn out to be female, making it much more difficult to accurately guess.

Maury's mission is not to humiliate, except in some cases the badly behaving young people. His program strives to help those that need it, and at the end of each year, he features a "Top 10" program focusing on guests from the past year and updating viewers on any progress - or setbacks - since the airing of their episode.

Weekdays 12:00 PM et/pt on Syndicated
2020 Seasons, 326 Episodes
October 21, 2002
Talk & Interview
Cast: Lawrence Leritz, Thea Vidale, Carey Torrice
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Maury Full Episode Guide

  • Serena is convinced that her fiancé, David, began cheating on her with her roommate, Taylor, after accepting an invitation to a threesome from her; Torie discovered she had contracted a pelvic inflammatory disease, which was a byproduct of an STD, and now suspects her husband cheated; and Jelisa fears Dee is using his social career to meet other women.

  • Shelona wants to prove to her husband that he is the father of all three of her children; Tiffaney and Wava return because a man named Chris is denying Tiffaney's daughter; Sierra let two men cultivate father/son bonds with one child.

  • De'nara says she's certain that her fiancé is a no-good cheater, and she refuses to marry a man who is unfaithful; Lacey suspects that her new marriage is a sham and that her husband is playing her; Cassandra wants to know if her kids' dad cheated.

  • Brittany, Deshawn and Ty'kira say Darren is their father, who abandoned each of them at early ages; when Marla's boyfriend first laid eyes on her newborn, he demanded a paternity test; two families are divided over a DNA test.

  • Jay claims that his girlfriend is a stalker who circles his job sites to spy on him; Jolene says her husband has a secret apartment where he brings other women; Trevon says his mother is using social media to try to sabotage his marriage.

  • A one-night stand resulted in marriage, and now Tamekia suspects that Kevin is cheating; Sheba wants her "perfect gentleman" to take a lie-detector test; whenever Elizabeth and Charlie have an argument, he goes to her sister's house for comfort.

  • Shannon has reason to believe that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with various women; Josh lies so much his fiancee records his statements; Akia works while her boyfriend and her twin sister are home alone all day and may be up to no good.

  • Angel and Peanut return to the show because she thinks he has a guilty conscience for all of his transgressions in their marriage; teen parents Tyler and Skylen face each other again; an update on abusive, sexually active teen Majideh.

  • Jackie has racked up a mountain of evidence that her husband has been unfaithful; Eric swears that, since he got married and had a child, he is a changed man, but his inappropriate online behavior suggests otherwise.

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  • Detron doesn't believe his wife's baby is his, because she doesn't have his signature trait; Ashlend wants to prove to her one-night stand and his sister that he is the father of her son.