The BEST Episodes of Wife Swap
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
Have you ever wondered whether the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Two wives discover that it often isn't when they hand over the keys to their homes and literally switch families ” but not bedrooms ” for two weeks on the new reality show Wife Swap, already a critically-acclaimed smash hit in its third season in the U.K. Wife Swap is not a competition or a contest. It is a reality show unlike any other, where the battlegrounds are the kitchens and living rooms, child-rearing is a subject of intense and heated debate, and the outcome isn't a cash prize, but a couple's opportunity to re-discover why they love each other and decided to marry in the first place. In the first week of the swap, the wives move in with their new family and adopt their very different lifestyle. They agree to follow a manual written by the departing wife that sets out the rules of their new household how they parent, shop, do the house work, manage their budgets and their social lif
#1 - Ray/Aguirre
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2004
A tattooed, punk rock mom swaps lives with a Southern Baptist, traditional mother.
#2 - Avery-Lamb/Martin
Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 11, 2013
A strict disciplinarian trades lives with a woman who believes children should be given freedom.
#3 - Spolansky/Bradley
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2004
A 36-year-old multimillionaire heiress and mother of three from New York swaps lives with a 45-year-old wife and mother of two from rural New Jersey. Joe's Scene-By-Scene Review for this episode is complete! To read it, click the RECAP button below.
#4 - DiBella/LaRosh
Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 18, 2013
A fitness fanatic and workaholic from San Diego swaps lives with an Italian mother from New Jersey who likes to spoil her family.
#5 - Kuncaitis/Zdanzinsky
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 21, 2013
A Las Vegas mother who loves to party switches places with a religious mother of six who lives on a rustic farm.
#6 - Smoak/Beaver
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 2004
A gun-toting conservative who hasn't shared a bed with her husband in 10 years trades places with an anti-NRA animal rights activist with no job and less control over her daughter. By the end of week two, one of their husbands is in tears, while the other is tearing his hair out over his liberal new houseguest. Due to personal reasons, Joe's Scene-By-Scene Review could not be written for this episode. I apologize for any inconvenience.
#7 - Thompson/Askam
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 6, 2006
A Wiccan priestess whose husband worships her swaps places with a traditional, stay-at-home wife and mother of two who waits on her husband hand and foot.
#8 - Fulco/Samel-Garloff
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 23, 2010
A family of pop-star wannabes swaps with a family of social activists.
#9 - Talbott/Broider
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 2006
#10 - McLeish/O'Dell
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 16, 2010
A family that prize etiquette and elegance for their daughters swap with a family with down-home mud-racing tomboys.
#11 - Cochran/Curry
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 4, 2013
A self-proclaimed redneck trades places with a pageant mom.
#12 - Harris/Van Noy
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2004
This week in ""Harris/Van Noy,"" an Oklahoma mother of three who agrees with her husband's edict that an obedient wife belongs in the kitchen, swaps lives with an unorthodox, working mother from Texas who believes her stay-at-home husband should rule the kitchen.
#13 - Adams/Hess
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 30, 2010
An animal-obsessed family with 29 pets and a disregard for appearances swap moms with a fashion-obsessed family that don't tolerate animals.
#14 - Cathrea/Stewart
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 9, 2010
A survivalist family preparing for the end of the world in 2012 swap with a family that dote on their kids, particularly their 12-year-old golf-prodigy daughter.
#15 - Starling/Sweany-Ernst
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 2007
#16 - Wiggins/Felix
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 2005
A black North Carolina mom switches places with a white upstate New York mother whose unemployed husband uses racist language. The North Carolinian teaches the two New York children discipline, while the New Yorker introduces the two strictly raised young men to a freer lifestyle.
#17 - Lovazzano/Clover
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 16, 2006
#18 - Pitts/Policchio
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2004
On the premiere episode, a disorganized, animal loving mother with 25 pets trades places and families with an obsessively tidy mother who loves to-do lists and detests animals.
#19 - Markiewicz/Zusin
Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired May 2, 2013
A laid-back mother switches places with a strict disciplinarian.
#20 - Heene/Martel
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 2008
The Heene family from Colorado live life on the edge. Wife Mayumi and storm scientist Richard take their three kids, Bradford, Ryo and Falcon, out of school to go on storm chasing missions to prove Richard's theories about magnetic fields and gravity. Meanwhile on a quiet street in Connecticut, the Martel family -- wife Karen, husband Jay and their two kids, Max and Dean -- live a life of calm and safety.
#21 - Donahoe/Baker
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2004
with the day too thing...it was actyaully 4.45 not 5.45 (yes i know im getting picky
#22 - Ghani/Stallone
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2004
A free-spirited vegetarian with a messy streak leaves L.A to sample the life of a straight-laced stay-at-home Mom in New Jersey who had a rough time dealing with her counterpart's New Agey ways. However, after a week passes, it's their kids who are having trouble, as one group gets a rude awakening about their video-game habits.
#23 - Smith/Weiner
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 2004
A fitness-minded type-A mom ditches California for the life of an emotional, overweight housewife in Florida. The switch shakes things up for both women, but even more so for the one who can't get used to a home devoid of fast food and friendly attitudes.
#24 - Reimers/Bittner
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 2004
A strict, vegetarian, ex-Navy wife who disciplines her children swaps lives with a junk food-eating, living-large mother who allows her two headstrong teens free rein.
#25 - Paiss/Davis (Husband Swap)
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2004
The Paiss & Davis Families trade husbands.