Parents' Guide to

Here Come the Newlyweds

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Couples' competition plays up gender stereotypes.

TV ABC Reality TV 2008
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As ridiculous as the show's stunts are (can the blindfolded guys identify their wife's kiss on the cheek?), Newlyweds might have some value if it were really about couples learning how to strengthen their relationships and work together as a team. But at one point, when the couples are asked about their spouse's best quality, all of them talk about something physical (a smile, a body part). And another couple gets teased relentlessly by host Pat Bullard because they're so beautiful. If the show is really about building communication and relationships, this is a really destructive way to do it. Plus, the cash prize and the elimination votes profoundly sour the program, to the point where it almost feels ickily voyeuristic.

The show also plays into negative gender stereotypes. Take the driving stunt -- in which the wife, as the passenger, directed her blindfolded husband through an obstacle course -- for example. Why weren't the couples given the option to decide who was better at taking directions and go from there? And when Bullard does a (theoretically funny) segment about how he gets blamed for everything by his wife, it feels like biting on a sore tooth.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 2, 2008
  • Cast: Pat Bullard
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: October 13, 2022

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