Married at First Sight is a show on Lifetime with over 13 seasons. First airing on FYI before moving to Lifetime, Married at First Sight is an American reality series that premiered on July 8, 2014.
The series had over thirteen seasons, with an amazing 49 couples who were matched, 29 of whom married. As of December 2021, only 12 couples are still married.
Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner
In season one Jamie Otis, a nurse and previous contestant on The Bachelor, fell in love slowly. Otis guarded her heart with match Doug Hehner, but the couple married. They renewed their vows on their first anniversary and welcomed a child in 2017.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the couple though, as they suffered two miscarriages, but their love stayed strong. The couple named their daughter Henley Grace, and in 2020 they welcomed their son, Hendrix Douglas, and are thriving as a family.
Cortney Hendrix and Jason Carrion
Fellow contestants Cortney, a makeup artist, and Jason, who was training to be a fireman, seemed head over heels in love from day one. However, the first year of marriage can be the hardest, especially in front of an audience.
Tragedy struck when Jason’s mother passed away. Then Cortney became unemployed and arguments over money strained the relationship. The couple was obviously still in love and stayed together, but unfortunately, they divorced after 5 years.
Monet Bell and Vaughn Copeland (Season 1)
Monet, a product developer, and Vaughn, a former field service technician, had chemistry from the start. They admitted to having sex together the same night they got married and described the sex as “awesome,” but the couple eventually divorced.
Monet didn’t give up on love or reality TV and continued her search for love. After Married at First Sight she appeared on Blacklove on FYI. Vaughn found his true and lasting love and welcomed a son named Zaire in 2016.
Davina Kullar and Sean Varricchio (Season 2)
Davina Kullar, pharmaceutical salesperson, and Sean, a trauma nurse, didn’t seem to match well on the show. The couple struggled to live together full time, which wasn’t a good sign. Davina Kullar remarried and now goes by Davina Davis, having given up Sean’s surname.
Davina went on to marry Donald Davis and the couple were head over heels. They expanded their family by welcoming their son, Hudson, in May. Let’s hope with this marriage Davina can live full time with her new husband.
Jaclyn Methuen and Ryan Ranellone
Here’s another season two couple who unfortunately have something in common with the previous contestants. Jaclyn was a sales rep, and Ryan worked in real estate. MAFS fans fell in love with the couple, and they were favorites in the show.
The couple decided to stay together on Decision Day despite having some worries about their cultural differences. Jaclyn being from Jersey had a tough decision marrying Ryan from Long Island. At the reunion, they revealed they had split and despite considering getting back together it never happened.
Jessica Castro and Ryan DeNino
The couple had a turbulent relationship in season 2. Jessica, a receptionist, and businessman Ryan decided to get married on Decision Day despite fighting a lot.
Things took a dramatic turn when Jessica took out a restraining order against Nick. The reason was that Nick allegedly threatened Jessica and also threatened to “disappear” her family. The duo are both now single and Jessica is an aspiring actress.
Vanessa Nelson and Tres Russell (Season 3)
Vanessa, a corporate events manager, made it clear that she wasn’t feeling the chemistry with Tres. Despite Tres being a luxury car salesman, he failed to charm Vanessa and the couple had some serious communication issues.
They decided to stay together on their Decision Day but sadly the couple couldn’t overcome their issues with trust and communication. At the reunion, they announced they had given up on their marriage and decided to break up.
Ashley Doherty and David Norton
Ashley, a student nurse, and David, an IT manager, had a difficult relationship right from the start of the show. David felt Ashley wasn’t really into their relationship and doubted if her heart was invested. Ashley felt betrayed when David chatted with other women on social media.
The couple decided to get divorced, and Ashley found out later that David had a disorderly conduct charge that he had pled guilty to; the charge involved a previous girlfriend. However, in Married at First Sight: Second Chances, David appeared beside Vanessa Nelson.
Samantha Role and Neil Bowlus
Samantha, a client service manager, wasn’t that into Neil from the start. Despite this, it was Neil, a laboratory manager, who decided not to go through with their marriage on Decision Day. Samantha, although not keen at the beginning, had caught feelings for Neil.
Samantha was devasted by the decision, but the couple remained friends on social media. Samantha went on to find happiness and welcomed a child in September 2018. She announced in 2019 that she was married to Chris Wise.
Lillian Vilchez and Tom Wilson (Season 4)
Tom, a surfer who outfitted yacht interiors, fell for Lillian, a high-end real estate agent. He felt she was the one for him. Things seemed to be going well and at the MAFS reunion, they said they had moved into a new place together.
They bragged about their sex life and how it was “very healthy,” which was code for they did it all the time. Despite their great sex life, the love didn’t last. In May 2017 they sadly announced they were breaking up after 14 months of marriage.
Sonia Granados and Nick Pendergrast
Sonia and Nick’s relationship was confusing for fans during the season. One minute they were great and the next they were having trouble. The couple appeared on the reunion show and seemed to want to make the relationship work.
It didn’t work though, and in 2017 they filed for divorce. The couple seemed to have some regrets: “We look forward to growing and continuing to learn about ourselves from what we still consider to be a meaningful experience with MAFS.”
Heather Seidel and Derek Schwartz (Season 4)
Heather, a flight attendant, and Derek, an account executive, had a love that burned too fast. By the second day of the honeymoon its flame had completely burned out. The couple split after only two weeks, the shortest marriage of anyone on the show.
Heather blamed Derek’s smoking on the relationship failing but Derek didn’t believe this was the real reason for their split. Derek believed that Heather was never that into him and the smoking was an excuse.
Cody Knapek and Danielle DeGroot (Season 5)
Cody and Danielle had trouble in a certain aspect of their relationship; the intimacy just never seemed to happen, and they split after one year of marriage. Love can only take you so far and it seemed the lack of sex ultimately brought an end to their marriage.
“We value and respect marriage, but life is short and we also value happiness. While this was a difficult decision and divorce is not something either of us hoped for, we decided we will be the happiest separating.”
Nate Duhon and Sheila Downs
Nate, a business manager, didn’t seem to manage his relationship that well and he had more than one business project on the go. Nate announced the split on Twitter and denied he had ever cheated on Sheila.
However, Sheila decided to speak out and clarify the situation. “My husband & I had problems. Yes, he was dishonest and there were women throughout our ENTIRE marriage.”
Anthony D’Amico and Ashley Petta
Love was strong for this season 5 couple and the love continued to bloom after the show. The couple expanded their family by welcoming daughter Mila Rose in early 2019. The pair talked about their joy at becoming parents.
“We have both always dreamed of having a child and we are so happy to finally be making our dreams come true together,” they said on social media. The couple seemed to have made all their dreams come true.
Molly Duff and Jonathan Francetic (Season 6)
This pair seemed to be doomed from the start, as the groom had eyes for someone else on the show. The couple split and Jonathan made no haste in moving on with someone fans would recognize.
Francetic was seen kissing Dr. Jessica Griffin, an expert on the show. Those two announced their engagement in April 2019, so apparently Francetic found love, just not where he had expected to. We wonder how Molly feels about his new fiancée.
Jaclyn Schwartzberg and Ryan Buckley
Jaclyn and Ryan had a short marriage but the couple seemed positive about their experience on MAFS. They appreciated the fans and the show and it seemed that despite their marriage only lasting 10 months the couple didn’t regret their decision.
Jaclyn shared on social media how they felt after the split. “We have split and trust me we are both much happier and healthier this way. Thank you so much for all the love and support.”
Jephte Pierre and Shawniece Jackson
Jephte and Shawniece’s love was meant to last, and the couple is still happily married today. When a couple stays married after taking part in MAFS it gives fans hope that true love is out there and encourages them to never give up.
The pair went on to have a daughter together, Laura Denise, in August 2018, and Shawniece said on social media about how happy she was to be a mother. “Seeing my daughter and holding her for the first time was magical,” she told People magazine.
Dave Flaherty and Amber Martorana (Season 7)
Despite staying together on Decision Day, when the cameras were off this couple just couldn’t seem to make a relationship work. Amber had some insight on why the relationship failed and said it was down to Dave.
“He just kind of felt more like he doesn’t know if he could fall in love with me,” Amber said at the reunion. “I moved out. I felt like maybe he needs more time to know if maybe I’m the person he wants.”
Mia Bally and Tristan Thompson
They say history repeats itself but let’s hope this isn’t the case with this couple. Mia previously had been charged with stalking an ex-boyfriend and using his credit card without permission. Seems like there were too many red flags for Tristan to ignore.
However, it was Mia who eventually filed for divorce in Dallas County, Texas, in September. Let’s hope that they both have moved on and that Thompson keeps a close eye on any credit cards he might have shared when married.
Danielle Bergman and Bobby Dodd
Another happy ending for MAFS and for Daniella and Bobby, who are still going strong long after the show ended and are still happily married. On Decision Day Danielle romantically said, “I’m just completely head over heels in love with you. This is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
The couple welcomed their daughter, Olivia Nicole, in February 2019, and are happily enjoying life as a married couple and new parents. We are sure their love will continue for many more years to come,
Stephanie Sersen and AJ Vollmoeller (Season 8)
Not all marriages that start rocky are doomed to fail. In season 8 Stephanie and AJ were proof of just that. The couple started with a tempestuous relationship due to AJ’s temper and many fans thought that on Decision Day the couple wouldn’t last.
The couple overcame AJ’s temper and despite some troubles, they decided to stay together. It looks like they managed to overcome their initial troubles. They are going strong and are still married.
Kate Sisk and Luke Cuccurullo
It might not be a surprise that Kate and Luke decided to divorce. It would seem their relationship had too many obstacles and throughout the season they struggled over some issues that they just couldn’t resolve.
Kate and Luke had one thing in common: they weren’t attracted to each other. Unfortunately, that’s not a good thing to have in common for a successful marriage. The experts agreed parting ways was the best decision for the couple.
Jasmine McGriff and Will Guess
Jasmine and Will connected but it wasn’t enough of a connection to keep the couple together. Jasmine wanted to continue trying to make the marriage work, but Will didn’t feel the same and felt like it was time to give up.
Marriage can be hard work, but it shouldn’t be all work and for this couple, that’s what it seemed to be. Luke didn’t want to waste any more time trying to make the marriage work and at the end of the season, he asked for a divorce.
Kristine Killingsworth and Keith Dewar
Another happy ending for this couple. Despite some initial setbacks they managed to work through it. Love can overcome all, as they are still going strong today. Keith felt strongly that the relationship was worth putting in the work and he was right.
Keith credited his wife, Kristine, for making him be a better version of himself and said he would never give up on the two. The couple worked well together and brought out the best in each other just like a healthy relationship should.
Deonna McNeill and Gregory Okotie (Season 9)
Not all love is at first sight. In season 9, Deonna and Gregory took a while to warm up to each other. The pair were opposites, but it seems to work for them. Gregory was an introvert and played it safe while Deonna was an extrovert.
The couple matched well and complemented each other’s personality. It was clear to fans that they had a unique kind of love. When the reunion finale aired, they were still happily married, and their relationship was as strong as ever.
Elizabeth Bice and Jamie Thompson
Elizabeth and Jamie connected from the start, but their love was filled with passion and the couple had a fiery marriage. They loved deeply and fought strongly. Jamie stormed out of the apartment they shared a few times during arguments.
The couple did discuss divorce but on Decision Day they decided they wanted to stay married. Not all love is straightforward, and the couple remained madly in love when the reunion was held.
Keith Manley and Iris Caldwell
Keith and Iris seemed like a perfect couple, but Keith couldn’t let go that Iris had limited relationship experience. Keith broke Iris’s heart when he decided he wanted a divorce on Decision Day and Iris wanted to continue with the marriage.
Keith didn’t rule out that the couple might get back together, but Iris wasn’t as sure when they appeared on the reunion episode. Fans and the other contestants wished that the couple could overcome their differences and get back together.
Matthew Gwynne and Amber Bowles
Matt and Amber and a great connection but it began to break apart when Matthew wasn’t as committed to the relationship as Amber. Matthew would go out all night and not come home. Amber discovered he had been hanging around with other women and wasn’t happy.
Amber asked for a divorce and Matthew agreed, saying he wasn’t ready for the big commitment that marriage brought. The couple remained on good terms, but they made the right decision in ending their marriage.
Jessica Studer and Austin Hurd (Season 10)
Jessica and Austin had a spark right from the start and seemed meant to be. The couple had some blips in the relationship surrounding work, but it didn’t stop them from falling in love and remaining married.
The couple were well suited, shared many of the same personality traits, and when the reunion rolled around the couple were stronger than ever. They are still married today and are one of the lucky few on the show who met their perfect match.
Brandon Reid and Taylor Dunklin
Brandon and Taylor seemed well-matched from the start and things seemed to be going well until the honeymoon. Brandon had some run-ins with production which appeared to jinx the relationship and the couple didn’t make it.
Brandon and Taylor tried to overcome their issues, but it just wasn’t meant to be. On Decision Day they revealed they were choosing divorce. The relationship didn’t end on good terms and the couple filed restraining others against each other,
Derek Sherman and Katie Conrad
The marriage didn’t have a great start as Katie admitted to having feelings for someone else before she walked down the aisle. Despite this, she married Derek and the couple had some good and bad times and a few disagreements.
Even though Katie at the start had feelings for someone else, on Decision Day she wanted to stay married to Derek. However, a few weeks later the pair parted ways due to suspicions over affairs, and eventually, they divorced.
Meka Jones and Michael Watson
Michael and Meka matched well during the show but the honeymoon caused them to reach the breaking point of their relationship. Meka alleged that Michael had pressured her about consummating their marriage. This led to tension and arguments all through the eight weeks.
Meka couldn’t get over the tension and chose to divorce on Decision Day. It wasn’t meant to be and when the couple got together for the reunion, they remained estranged. It appeared they would never work through their issues and were better off apart.
Mindy Shiben and Zach Justice
Zach and Mindy didn’t last the eight-week experience because Zach wasn’t attracted to Mindy. The couple tried for a few weeks but then Mindy learned Zach was seeing her friend and that was the final straw for Mindy.
It’s not surprising that on Decision Day. Mindy chose to divorce Zach. Mindy expressed how she never regretted her decision, and this was solidified when they met again at the reunion.
Bennett and Amelia (Season 11)
Bennett and Amelia were fan favorites and they have remained together. The pair were a great match and time has proven their love is stronger than ever. On Decision Day no one was surprised that they remained married.
The couple was still happily married at the reunion, much to the fans’ delight. This loved-up pair had a lot in common and enjoyed each other’s hobbies. Another happy ending for the fans and contestants of MAFS.
Amani and Woody
Strong personalities can cause a lot of clashes in a relationship but Amani and Woody seemed to challenge each other in the series. Despite the stress of a global pandemic this couple’s love just grew from strength to strength.
Going through the pandemic only seemed to show the couple how much they loved each other. During the reunion, Woody presented Amani with a diamond ring. If this couple can get through a pandemic together, they can get through anything.
Christina and Henry
This match was not a smooth one. Christina and Henry’s relationship seemed awkward from the start and it continued to be strained throughout season 11. They had many hurdles along the way, including an accusation of a gay affair involving Henry.
It was no surprise to anyone when the couple decided not to stay together on Decision Day. The pair didn’t end on amicable terms and it was revealed at the reunion that they hadn’t spoken since they decided to part ways.
Miles and Karen
The age difference didn’t stop this couple from being compatible and despite some bumps along the way, including Karen avoiding physical intimacy, the couple worked through the issues together.
Karen and Miles said yes on Decision Day and their love just grew from strength to strength. Love conquers all and this couple’s struggles only made them stronger. At the reunion, the couple was still happily married.
Brett and Olivia
This couple’s love for pets seemed to be the only thing they had in common. The couple was just too mismatched and couldn’t seem to create a solid bond with each other. Both were stubborn and ultimately this caused the relationship to fail.
Brett and Olivia decided to divorce, although Olivia wasn’t as happy about it as Brett. The pair continued to argue even after they had made their decision, and they still argued at the reunion episode as to why it had ended.
Erik and Virginia (Season 12)
This duo had a stormy relationship at times throughout the season. Virginia enjoyed partying and Erik was strict about whom he considered good company. It seemed to work for them and the pair decided to stay married during Decision Day.
Everything seemed positive and the couple was still together at the reunion show. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, and they decided to divorce. It seemed like what had brought them together had also torn them apart.
Briana and Vincent
Briana and Vincent had an instant connection and Briana helped Vincent come out of his comfort zone. They had a good connection and fans were hopeful that on Decision Day they would remain married.
Briana’s patience and encouragement might be the reason they grew together as a couple and they soon became a fans favorite couple in season 12. It wasn’t a surprise to fans that they remained married and were still going strong at the reunion.
Haley and Jacob
It’s not always obvious which couples will stay together and which won’t make it. The couple compatibility for these two was difficult to read from the start of the season and fans weren’t sure if they would end up together.
In the end, they were both on two different wavelengths. They grew apart and their relationship became more awkward as time went on and they decided to part ways on Decision Day.
Clara and Ryan
This couple had trouble connecting but by Decision Day it seemed like their love had grown and they decided to give it a go and hope for the best. There was somewhat of a spark between the pair they felt was worth exploring.
It looked like good news at the reunion as the couple announced plans to renew their vows. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be and they later revealed they were getting divorced, shocking fans and contestants.
Chris and Paige
Chris and Paige had issues from the start. Chris made it clear he wasn’t a big fan of Paige’s looks. It only got worse when an ex came forward and let Chris know she was pregnant, which isn’t a great start to any marriage.
If not being attracted to your partner isn’t enough to end a marriage, then getting an ex pregnant certainly was for this couple. Both agreed divorce was the only option in this tricky situation.
Myrla and Gil
From the start, this couple had different priorities when it came to what consisted of a good life. Their core values seemed mismatched. Myrla enjoyed the finer things in life, and the two just couldn’t agree on the best way to live together.
The couple couldn’t overcome their lack of affection for each other, and they revealed at the reunion it wasn’t meant to be. Gil, however, seemed to be more in love than Myrla and felt like they should have kept trying to work it out.
Rachel and Jose
While connection was obvious from the start but there were some red flags with this couple. Jose had a naturally controlling nature and Rachel was prone to mood swings, which was a bad combination.
They almost called it quits but on Decision Day they said they wanted to stay together. At the reunion they revealed they briefly broke up after the cameras stopped filming, but they worked through it and are still happily married.
Bao and Johnny
Johnny and Bao had the advantage of knowing each other previous to the show. The pair attended the same college, but it didn’t seem to matter that they had a history before filming MAFS.
On Decision Day Bao wasn’t happy and asked for a divorce despite Johnny’s desire to stay married. Their relationship hasn’t changed since the finalizing decision and they remain estranged.
Ryan and Brett
While Ryan and Brett seemed to have an instant connection, lack of openness doomed the relationship. By Decision Day the couple had made their decision. It seemed they both valued honesty.
They both wanted to get divorced and despite their differences, the couple remained friends even after the show.
Michaela and Zack
Zack and Michaela connected on their wedding night. However, a COVID diagnosis on their honeymoon ruined the romance for them. Arguments and abandonment issues led to some interesting choices on Decision Day.
Zack asked for a divorce but said he still wanted a relationship with Michaela. The couple divorced and it was revealed at the reunion they were no longer on good terms with each other.