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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
6 Seasons, 281 Episodes
October 21, 2002
Talk & Interview
Cast: Maury Povich
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Maury Full Episode Guide

  • Nikki accuses a man currently involved in a same-sex relationship of being a deadbeat dad; Raemel and Darriel return to the show because he is clinging to her past transgressions and denying her 2-month-old son.

  • Loretta and Chris return because she thinks he is having an affair with his son's mom; Chelsea and James return because she suspects he accused her of cheating to mask his infidelities; Kandice found text messages from other women to her husband.

  • Jasmine says Charles is her only love, but he thinks her daughters were fathered by other men; Patrice's pregnancy came as a shock, and Craig denies being the father; Jason thinks Ashley's son looks like her ex.

  • Teens meet some shocking victims of bullying and go face-to-face with the consequences of their actions; actor Quinton Aaron and psychotherapist Susan Lambert try to get out-of-control teen girls to mend their ways.

  • Your Mom Says You Cheated With a Mexican Man ... Is That My Baby?

  • Don't Lie! Did You Give My Engagement Ring to Your Mistress?

  • I'm Only 18 ... How Can You Deny My Triplets?

  • Will Jail Tame My Wild Teen Daughter?

  • I'm Your Fiance's Mistress...DNA Will Prove He's My Son's Father!

  • The Results Are In! Shocking Double Lives Exposed

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