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The original Tough Love show was designed to show real people who had real problems with being in relationships and in finding love. The spin off version of this show is called Tough Love: Couples. This show featured a set of couples who were about to be married. Before they could go ahead with the wedding, they were put through a series of challenges and situations (known as relationship boot camp) to test whether they were compatible with each other. The show is headed by Steve Ward, who is a professional match maker and JoAnn Ward, his mother.

The show is extremely entertaining from a reality TV point of view. The couples will definitely have you investing some of your emotions in whether or not their relationship can work and the charming Steve Ward will have you captivated on the edge of your seat.

The show's premiere was designed to see which couples were the most ready to commit to each other and which couples still had intimacy issues. To see which couples were most ready, they were all asked to dress in their wedding clothes. As there are in every episode, there was a winning couple and a weakest couple.

The various situations that these couples find themselves in range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Episode three showed the couples visiting a sex shop in an attempt to see if there are any shortcomings in the bedroom. This episode forced couples to talk to each other about any feelings of inadequacy they may have towards each other. While this was slightly embarrassing for them, it definitely brought out good, healthy conversation in couples.

The fifth episode staged phony interrogations from one half of couples to see if there were any questions of infidelity. This was done so well that you could really feel the tension and emotions of the situation.

Episode six focused on the exes conversation. This was designed to get couples familiar and comfortable with the sexual and relationship history of their future partners. Some partners had an easier time explaining their past than others.

In the final and eighth episode of the series, each of the couples will have a decision to make: to get married or to not get married. This will showcase just which couples took the boot camp on board and improved their relationship, as compared to those couples who figured out they were just not meant to be together.

Tough Love: Couples airs on VH1.

Tough Love: Couples is a Reality series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on April 12, 2010. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

Tough Love: Couples is available for streaming on the VH1 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tough Love: Couples on demand at VH1 Amazon, iTunes, VH1 online.

1 Season, 9 Episodes
April 12, 2010
Cast: Steven Ward
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Tough Love: Couples Full Episode Guide

  • The Tough Love engaged couples are ready to get married, but doubts are creeping in.

  • In the season finale, each couple is separated and and must make the decision to get engaged or break up.

  • As boot camp nears the end, the couples start contemplating if marriage is for them.

  • The couples' exes arrive and cause trouble.

  • Steve interrogates every member about their past and present.

  • The couples separate into guys and girls and go out on the town.

  • Steve and Joann try to help the couples spice things up in the bedroom.

  • In a lesson about communication, Steve wants to see how the couples fight.

  • Steve and Joann counsel couples in crisis.