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      Season 1 – The Marriage Ref

      2010 Reality List
      33% 15 Reviews Tomatometer Popular comic and veteran sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld ("Seinfeld") returns to a weekly TV series as executive producer of a reality show whose rotating panel of celebrities helps settle disagreements between married people. Host Tom Papa, a veteran actor-comic personally selected for the job by Seinfeld, has the final say and decides the victor in each marital spat. Read More Read Less
      The Marriage Ref — Season 1

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      While it's definitely cheaper than therapy, The Marriage Ref's flat approach may wind up costing couples - and viewers - more in the long run.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Feb 28, 2010 Celebrity panelists Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin and Kelly Ripa offer their opinions and advice. Details Episode 2 Aired Mar 4, 2010 Celebrity panelists Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Eva Longoria-Parker offer their wisdom and opinions. Details Episode 3 Aired Mar 11, 2010 Musician Madonna and actors Larry David and Ricky Gervais offer their opinions on the celebrity panel. Details Episode 4 Aired Mar 18, 2010 Celebrity panelists include comic Cedric the Entertainer, TV show host Martha Stewart and actor Jason Alexander. Details Episode 5 Aired Mar 25, 2010 Celebrity panelists include Kelly Ripa, Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin. Details Episode 6 Aired Apr 1, 2010 TV show host Jimmy Fallon, actress Kirstie Alley and singer Sheryl Crow offer their opinions on the celebrity panel. Details Episode 7 Aired Apr 8, 2010 Actor Tracy Morgan, comic Kathy Griffin and actor Nathan Lane offer their opinions on the celebrity panel. Details Episode 8 Aired Apr 22, 2010 Comic Adam Carolla, singer Gloria Estefan and business mogul Donald Trump serve on the celebrity panel. Details Episode 9 Aired Apr 29, 2010 Celebrity panelists include actors Sarah Silverman, Matthew Broderick and Martin Short. Details Episode 10 Aired May 6, 2010 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and comics Jerry Seinfeld and Greg Giraldo serve on the celebrity panel. Details Episode 11 Aired May 13, 2010 Comic Howie Mandel and singer Bette Midler join the celebrity panel. Details Episode 12 Aired May 20, 2010 The celebrity panel includes actress Demi Moore, TV show host Kelly Ripa and comic Jim Breuer. Details Next
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      Previous Kelsey Wallace Bitch Media We've been hearing jokes at marriage's expense since the beginning of time, and the take-my-wife-please! punchlines aren't getting any fresher. This is lazy television. Dec 23, 2020 Full Review Hank Stuever Washington Post Even "The Marriage Ref" audience is guffawing in a way that sounds fake. Some think Seinfeld can do no wrong, but what he's created here is anachronistic, flat and even mean-spirited. Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Matthew Gilbert Boston Globe The Jerry Seinfeld-produced reality show may just slide backward into the ditch and push NBC farther down into the hole. Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Tom Gliatto People Magazine Those stars are part of the problem, along with an animated sequence in which Seinfeld explains the genesis of the whole idea. The scale is wrong. This is an overelaborate piffle, a crate-size bon-bon. The best thing is Papa, a good standup comic. Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Kari Croop Common Sense Media Whatever the explanation, it now exists to delve into the superficial issues of marriage and weigh in with laugh-tracked judgements. But we're calling a foul. 2/5 Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Dustin Rowles Pajiba There's a incongruous lunacy to it -- the act of watching the rich and famous comment on the problems of the white-trash class. It might be offensive if it were even in the slightest sincere or genuine. As it is, it's just cringe-worthy. Jun 19, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Executive Producer
      Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Rakieten
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      Release Date
      Feb 28, 2010
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