Reality television is my number one go-to when I need a quick entertainment fix with lots of drama. Sometimes, the shows are scripted, and yes, I don’t care. Reality shows don’t always have to be too realistic to be enjoyable! Real-life is too boring for that. Wife Swap (2004) is one of those reality shows that are so good that you don’t care whether it’s real or not. Below I have gathered a list of the best Wife Swap episodes for you to binge-watch on your weekend. Let’s go!
Okay, now the show’s name might be confusing to you, so let’s clear that up. Based on a similar show from the UK, Wife Swap has been a fan favorite ever since it first aired in 2004. The show ran for six seasons and then, by popular demand, returned for one last season in 2012.
As the name suggests, Wife Swap is a show where two families ‘swap’ their wives. Taking care of each other’s families for two weeks and adapting to the new family and their values. I know, it’s a weird concept, but hey, it makes for some crazy entertainment, so I am not complaining.
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Another reason that sets Wife Swap apart from other reality shows is that there is no prize to be won. No cash or goodies are waiting at the end of all this drama. The wives run the house of someone they don’t know, rear their child and feed the family with one goal in mind. And that goal is to rekindle the fire in their relationship. It seems the show takes the saying, the grass is greener on the other side way too seriously. Some of the best episodes of Wife Swap are listed below.
1# Patrick And Leirwood
What happens when water and oil are mixed? They don’t mix. They never have and never will. That is how science works. Episode 17 of Wife Swap Season 1 deals with the same situation.
A former military officer wife with conservative beliefs gets swapped to a family with liberal and pacifist views. All would have been hunky-dory until the show reveals they are pacifists and strong anti-war protesters. Drama galore unfolds, and the episode is dubbed as one of the most entertaining in the show’s history.
Season – 1
Episode – 17
2# Nazario And Lassel
Everyone has their idea of raising a perfect family, and there is no right or wrong. This can be judged as something very subjective. In this episode, a wife and a mom of two from the bustling city of New York gets swapped with a mom of five in rural Kentucky. The culture shock is massive for both.
The rural mom finds it difficult to manage what the two kids wear as they go out to party. Back in Kentucky, the city mom has to deal with five hungry stomachs all the time. The big city and rural town match up leads to a lot of chaos. At the end of the episode, both moms realize the perfections that lie in their own families.
Season – 2
Episode – 7
3# Smith And Weiner
Can dietary choices and food lifestyles define who you are as a person? More so, can it define who you are as a family? Episode 6 of season 1 asks these questions as a fitness enthusiast mom gets swapped with an obese housewife.
The swap proves to be especially hard for the overweight housewife. The house she lives in has no unhealthy snacks or fast food available. The food deprivation causes her lots of frustration, which creates a rift with her new family. The episode sees her struggle to come to terms with new ways of food and life.
Season – 1
Episode – 6
4# Heiss And Kestrel
Economic divides are the worse ones to get used to. No matter if you are going from rich to poor or poor to rich. Episode 8 of Wife Swap gives us a glimpse of that. A rich wife from an Italian-American family gets swapped with a poor egalitarian family. A family that believes all people are equal and deserve equal rights.
The clash of the finances creates drama in both family’s lives. The rich family is used to being pampered with everything they crave. The poor ones are used to living below their means. The episode ends with a life lesson for everyone: to remain grounded in life. Not many episodes of the show have seen happy endings like that.
Season – 2
Episode – 8
5# Elliott And Burkhalter
Pampering kids to the point where they start to run you over is never a good parenting habit. Kids need to know how to respect their elders and be aware of their boundaries. This Wife Swap episode sees a rural Mississippi housewife swap lives with a high-flying Maryland lawyer.
The overachieving lawyer mom has strict rules for her home and kids, which everyone abides by. The stay-at-home mom sees the difference of night and day between the two families and realizes how bad she has messed up. While the lawyer mom lays down rules for her new family, not everything goes as planned. This episode is one of the best Wife Swap episodes for drama.
Season – 1
Episode – 11
Living someone else’s life is never easy. How they eat, clean, manage finances, and raise children is always different from what you know. Maybe that is why Wife Swap has seen such popularity. The best Wife Swap episodes should give you an idea of how dramatic the show is. Let us know what your favorite episodes are in the comments below!