Couples Therapy (TV series)

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Couples Therapy
CouplesTherapyLogo.jpg
GenreReality
Starring
  • Dr. Jenn Berman
  • Dr. Mike Dow
  • Sarah Michael Novia
  • Gabrielle Moore
  • Keisha Downey
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes47 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Damian Sullivan
  • Jill Holmes
  • Joel Rodgers
  • John Irwin
  • Laurel Stier
  • Rob Buchta
  • Sudi Khosropur
  • Susan Levison
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Irwin Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelVH1
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runMarch 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) – present (present)
External links
Website
 
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Couples Therapy
CouplesTherapyLogo.jpg
GenreReality
Starring
  • Dr. Jenn Berman
  • Dr. Mike Dow
  • Sarah Michael Novia
  • Gabrielle Moore
  • Keisha Downey
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes47 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Damian Sullivan
  • Jill Holmes
  • Joel Rodgers
  • John Irwin
  • Laurel Stier
  • Rob Buchta
  • Sudi Khosropur
  • Susan Levison
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Irwin Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channelVH1
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runMarch 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) – present (present)
External links
Website

Couples Therapy is an American reality television show airing on the cable network VH1 that chronicles celebrity couples as they receive relationship counseling from Dr. Jenn Berman, Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, and her staff. The first season, which consists of eight episodes, premiered March 21, 2012 and featured participants such as rapper DMX[1][2] and Linda Hogan (ex-wife of wrestler Hulk Hogan).[3][4] The second season premiered on October 3, 2012,[5] and features controversial couple Doug Hutchison and his wife, Courtney Stodden.[6]

Production history[edit]

Season 2 saw the casting of actor Doug Hutchison and his wife, Courtney Stodden, whom he married when she was 16, and who was two weeks shy of her 18th birthday upon their arrival at the therapy center. Due to Stodden's age, she was forced to leave the production area every night, due to California child labor laws. This drew surprise from one participant in the series, who commented, "It was totally bizarre. The whole point of the show was to have all these couples living together in the house. Courtney had to leave Doug every night and go to a hotel so that no labor laws were broken."[5] This also caused conflict with other participants,[7] one of whom commented, "It caused a lot of friction in the house and poor Doug was left by himself a lot of the time when everyone else was a couple. How can you shoot a show called 'Couples Therapy' when one couple don’t even share a bedroom together?"[5]

Despite characterizations of Hutchison as a "pedophile"[8][9] and "predator", the series' main therapist, Dr. Berman, stressed that she does not believe that Hutchison is, or was, seeking out young people, saying, "He's not a predator. He’s not someone, who if Courtney left him, would be trolling the Internet or high schools for underage girls. That's not his m.o. This is not a guy who was seeking out teenagers. He was teaching a class, she wanted to be an actress, it was an acting class... And that’s how it started." Though Berman was eventually surprised by the dynamic between the two, she commented on her initial hesitations about working with the couple, saying, "I believe it was the wrong decision to let a 16-year-old marry a man in his 50s. It’s uncomfortable to see... [at first] I said to my producer, ‘I think this [guy] is a pedophile...I don’t know if I can work with these people.’ I don’t condone it, but I do see that this is a married couple that is genuinely married and they have marital issues that needed to be worked on. I came in saying, 'She’s a victim, he’s a predator.' What I found out was that she has a lot more power in this relationship and he is far more powerless than I expected. His family has completely disowned him... He unfortunately has nothing besides her." Hutchison was also defended by Stodden's mother, Krista Keller, who praised Hutchison for the kindness with which he treats Stodden.[6]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Couples[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Season 3[edit]

Season 4[edit]

Season 5[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesSeason premiereSeason finale
18March 21, 2012May 9, 2012
210October 3, 2012November 28, 2012
310June 12, 2013August 21, 2013
410January 2, 2014March 6, 2014
510September 10, 2014November 12, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Couples Therapy': DMX Breaks Down As He Talks About His Mother". The Huffington Post.
  2. ^ "DMX Holds Nothing Back in 'Couples Therapy': 'It's Not Gonna Be Pretty!'". Vibe. March 8, 2012
  3. ^ a b Chen, Joyce (May 16, 2012). "Linda Hogan, 52, splits with 23-year-old fiance". Daily News.
  4. ^ Johnson, Zach (May 2, 2012). "Linda Hogan, 52: My 23-Year-Old Boyfriend Charlie Hill Is 'An Old Soul'". Us Weekly.
  5. ^ a b c "Courtney Stodden And Doug Hutchison Slept Apart While Shooting 'Couples Therapy'". The Huffington Post. September 13, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Spero, Jesse (October 9, 2012). "Couples Therapy’s Dr. Jenn Berman: Doug Hutchison Is ‘Not A Predator’". Access Hollywood.
  7. ^ Remling, Amanda (October 1, 2012). "Courtney Stodden A ‘Fame Whore?’ VH1 ‘Couples Therapy' Co-Stars Slam Doug Hutchison’s Teen Bride". International Business Times.
  8. ^ Nsenduluka, Benge (October 5, 2012). "'Couples Therapy' Doug Hutchison Called 'Pedophile' Over Marriage to Courtney Stodden". The Christian Post.
  9. ^ a b "Couples Therapy Begins". Couples Therapy. Season 2. Episode 1. September 16, 2012. VH1.
  10. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Dr. Jenn Berman". VH1.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "Exposing the Real Issues". Couples Therapy. Season 2. Episode 4. September 21, 2012. VH1.
  12. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Dr. Mike Dow". VH1.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  13. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Rachel Clark". VH1.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  14. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Tom Carouso". VH1.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  15. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Angelina Pivarnick and Chris Nirschel". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  16. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: DMX and Tashera Simmons". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  17. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  18. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Linda Hogan and Charlie Hill". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  19. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Reichen Lehmkuhl and Rodiney Santiago". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  20. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Todd "Too Short" Shaw And Monica Payne". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  21. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Joel 'JoJo' And Tashaunda Hailey". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  22. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Alex McCord And Simon van Kempen". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  23. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Nik Richie And Shayne Lamas". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  24. ^ a b Beard, Lanford (October 3, 2012). "'Couples Therapy': Courtney Stodden teases 'vicious energy' in season 2". Entertainment Weekly.
  25. ^ "Couples Therapy: Cast: Courtney Stodden And Doug Hutchison". VH1. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  26. ^ "Couples Therapy Cast: Joe Francis and Abbey Wilson". VH1. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Couples Therapy Cast: Flavor Flav and Liz Trujillo". VH1. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Couples Therapy Cast: Chingy Bailey and Temple Poteat". VH1. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Couples Therapy Cast: Heather Marter and Dustin Zito". VH1. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Couples Therapy Cast: Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell". VH1. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  31. ^ a b c d e "VH1 Heads Back to the Therapist Couch with a Fourth Season of "VH1 Couples Therapy"". The Futon Critic (Press release). November 12, 2013. 
  32. ^ a b c d e "VH1 Seeks Counseling for a Fifth Season of "VH1 Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn"". VH1 (Press release). The Futon Critic. May 29, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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