The BEST Episodes of Wife Swap

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2019

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

A tattooed, punk rock mom swaps lives with a Southern Baptist, traditional mother.

star 10.00
1 votes

#2 - Avery-Lamb/Martin

Season 7 - Episode 4

A strict disciplinarian trades lives with a woman who believes children should be given freedom.

star 7.73
11 votes

#3 - Spolansky/Bradley

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.50
2 votes

#4 - DiBella/LaRosh

Season 7 - Episode 5

A fitness fanatic and workaholic from San Diego swaps lives with an Italian mother from New Jersey who likes to spoil her family.

star 7.50
4 votes

#5 - Kuncaitis/Zdanzinsky

Season 7 - Episode 1

A Las Vegas mother who loves to party switches places with a religious mother of six who lives on a rustic farm.

star 7.00
5 votes

#6 - Smoak/Beaver

Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.00
3 votes

#7 - Thompson/Askam

Season 2 - Episode 19

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.

star 7.00
1 votes

#8 - Cochran/Curry

Season 7 - Episode 3

A self-proclaimed redneck trades places with a pageant mom.

star 6.83
6 votes

#9 - Fulco/Samel-Garloff

Season 6 - Episode 2

A family of pop-star wannabes swaps with a family of social activists.

star 6.75
4 votes

#10 - Starling/Sweany-Ernst

Season 3 - Episode 14

star 6.00
2 votes

#11 - Wiggins/Felix

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

star 6.00
1 votes

#12 - Lovazzano/Clover

Season 3 - Episode 7

star 6.00
2 votes

#13 - McLeish/O'Dell

Season 6 - Episode 10

A family that prize etiquette and elegance for their daughters swap with a family with down-home mud-racing tomboys.

star 6.00
4 votes

#14 - Talbott/Broider

Season 3 - Episode 10

star 5.50
2 votes

#15 - Pitts/Policchio

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 5.00
3 votes

#16 - Markiewicz/Zusin

Season 7 - Episode 7

A laid-back mother switches places with a strict disciplinarian.

star 4.75
4 votes
Harris/Van Noy

#17 - Harris/Van Noy

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 4.50
2 votes

#18 - Adams/Hess

Season 6 - Episode 4

An animal-obsessed family with 29 pets and a disregard for appearances swap moms with a fashion-obsessed family that don't tolerate animals.

star 4.50
2 votes

#19 - Cathrea/Stewart

Season 6 - Episode 9

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.

star 4.50
2 votes

#20 - Heene/Martel

Season 5 - Episode 1

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.

star 4.00
2 votes