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Married at First Sight is a reality series that aired on the FYI network in 2014. It aired on FYI and A&E in Seasons 2-4. In 2017, the show moved to the Lifetime channel where it currently airs.
In seven seasons, three couples were matched by the experts. Season 8 is the first season with four couples that have been paired up by relationship experts.
The social experience is based on the couples meeting for the first time and saying, "I do" at the altar. They go on a honeymoon decided by the show after spending their wedding night in a hotel. After the honeymoon is over, the couples return home and live together as a married couple for eight weeks. At the end of the social experiment, the couple can either choose to stay married or divorce.
Over seven seasons with 21 couples, only five couples are still married even though 15 couples said they would stay married on the seasons' finales.
The first three seasons had four experts that worked with the couples. Dr. Joseph Cilona was the clinical psychologist along with sexologist Dr. Logan Levkoff, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and humanist chaplain Greg Epstein.
Starting with the fourth season, Dr. Schwartz was the only returning expert. Pastor Calvin Roberson joined the show as a marriage counselor. Rachel DeAlto was the communication and relationship expert only during Seasons 4 and 5.
Rachel is also a former attorney, mother of two and was a fan favorite as an expert during her short tenure on Married at First Sight. DeAlto was replaced by Dr. Jessica Griffin in the sixth season.
Dr. Pepper Schwartz
Dr. Pepper Schwartz is a sociologist and sexologist who teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The 73-year-old relationship expert is the only original leader on Married at First Sight.
Dr. Pepper (as she is affectionately called) lives on a horse farm with her family in the Seattle, Washington area. She has been married three times and divorced twice. She and her current husband live in separate houses.
Pastor Calvin Roberson
Calvin Roberson is a speaker, author, marriage coach, and relationship expert. He is well known by viewers of Married at First Sight. The ordained minister and pastoral counselor works closely with his wife Wendy. They operate a successful marriage coaching organization known as Married and Naked.
Calvin and Wendy travel in the United States and internationally conducting marriage and relationship seminars, conferences, and boot camps. Dr. Roberson is also the lead pastor of the Progression Church in Atlanta, Georgia whose motto is: "A place where relationships matter and differences don't."
Dr. Jessica Griffin
Dr. Jessica Griffin is a 41-year-old clinical and forensic psychologist. For over 15 years, she has worked with couples going through a divorce. Even though she helps others, she is divorced with three young children.
It was initially a secret, but now it has been confirmed by both parties that Dr. Griffin is dating Jonathan Francetic, a 29-year-old financial adviser who married Molly Duff on Season 6 of the reality show. Molly did not find herself attracted to Jon, and they actually split up on bad terms before the social experiment ended
After their official divorce at the end of the eight-week experiment, Dr. Griffin began dating Jonathan in August 2018. They announced their engagement on April 14, 2019. They were scheduled to get married in 2020, but the ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic. They both run a business together called Love Builder.
When it was confirmed that Dr. Griffin and Jonathan were indeed dating, there was some backlash on social media. Even though Jonathan explained their position online, it did not stop the criticisms.
The general consensus on Facebook and Twitter was that even though Jonathan and Molly were not a good match, the relationship between Jon and Jessica was unethical and against the rules. That's because Jessica was one of the couple's marriage counselors.
A woman commented that the relationship speaks poorly about Jessica's profession. Jon responded by saying he and Jessica did research about the ethical codes before they started dating. He added that there was nothing in his contract that indicates Dr. Jessica's license should be revoked because they are dating.
Jessica defended her position by saying that her role on the show does not replace actual therapy. Therefore, she did not have a client-therapist or doctor-patient relationship with any of the couples.