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First look at season 5 of VH1's 'Couples Therapy'

I love reality TV, and VH1 has become my one-stop shop for shows with very little nutritional value but that are brimming with guilty pleasures and hate-watch potential. This week’s season 5 premiere of Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn is no exception. You can tune in on Wednesday to soak in all its reality goodness, but if you just can’t wait, I have a little meet and greet for you here. In no particular order, here are the newest couples in therapy:

Deena Cortese and Chris Buckner

You may remember Deena from Jersey Shore (or you may not, as she is now the least famous of the three deenaladies from that show), but you will certainly have no idea who her boyfriend, Chris Buckner, is. A furniture salesman from Jersey, Chris’ main insecurities lie in their differing financial situations. He feels inadequate because he doesn’t make as much money as she does, and she is very generous with her “wealth.” I want to advise him that all he has to do is wait until her reality TV money runs out, but I’m not certified in celebrity psychology like Dr. Jenn. Click the image to get a quick look at their issues.


Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell

juanpabloJust when you thought you could pick up a tabloid and NOT see either of their faces, the most infamous Bachelor is back. This time, Juan Pablo is not being secretive about his hangups with Nikki, and freely admits that he’s never told her he loves her. Nikki is trying to play cool girl about it all, but that is too transparent to believe for even one second. If you thought Juan Pablo was douchey as the Bachelor, just wait till you see him in therapy. Click on their picture to hear part of their story.

Treach and Cicely Evans

For all the Love & Hip Hop fans out there, this couple’s story will seem pretty familiar to y’all. Cicely is grappling with trust issues and finds being in Treach’s shadow challenging. With a history of infidelity and dishonesty, this couple says they fight far too much to have a happy life. For some reason, I am rooting for this couple the most, and I am desperately hoping they don’t turn into the cliche they are already hinting at.

Evel Dick Donato and Stephanie Rogers-Fischer

While I didn’t watch Dick’s season of Big Brother, from what I’ve read, he had quite the—ahem—assertive personality, so I hope that doesn’t translate into him being the troublemaker of the show. I find the drama amongst the castmates far less interesting than the drama among the couples. Don’t waste my time, Dick. However, what is interesting is that Dick and Stephanie are the only couple that aren’t together. They are there to see if they can make it work, and I applaud their optimism.

VH1 is being mildly secretive about another couple joining the cast in the first episode, but hasn’t released any interviews featuring them on its website. “Secretive” might be a strong word, as the network is featuring former porn star Jenna Jameson and her husband, James Wood, pretty heavily in the promotional material and extended preview.Go here to get a sneak peek of Jenna and John, and all the other couples from this season.

I’ve got high hopes for this season, and when I say high hopes, I mean expectations for it to be so terribly, awfully wonderful I won’t be able to change the channel. What about y’all? How ya feeling about Couples Therapy so far?

Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on VH1.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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