Wife Swap

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Wife Swap is an ABC network reality series narrated by John Schwab.

The show's original run aired from September 26, 2004 to August 13, 2010; a revived version of the series aired from March 21 to May 2, 2013.

Another version of the show "Celebrity Wife Swap" aired from January of 2012 to May of 2015.

A reboot of the series premiered on the Paramount Network in 2019.


Two families (usually from different social classes and lifestyles) swap wives/mothers (and sometimes husbands) for two weeks.

For the first week, the new wife has to follow the exact same rules and lifestyle of the wife that she is replacing; each wife leaves a manual which explains how the home is run.

In the second week, the new wives are allowed to make their own rules that the family has to follow.

At the end of the two weeks, the two couples all meet together for the first time, and the wives, along with their husbands, discuss how they felt about the two weeks.

A few weeks later, the cameras return to record what changes have occurred since the swap.

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