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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 28, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Jerry Seinfeld returns to NBC to produce a reality show where celebrities watch a couple's arguement and decide on who is the winner.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. This show, too, is funny, despite a cheesy game show premise.
  2. 70
    Yes, Tom Papa's affectations can be a little much sometimes. Yes, they should turn down the microphone when everyone is laughing. Yes, they should lose the dorky bit where Natalie Morales from NBC News sits in front of a computer and looks up information online. But the rest? Married people, angry at each other? Celebrities, making fun of each other? Chicken cutlets? I'm in.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The resulting half-hour offered a breezy, inexpensive approach to comedy that brought to mind the panel shows of yesteryear.
  4. Sunday night I mostly felt I was watching funny people being less funny than they are in their day jobs. What should have appeared spontaneous came off, even when it clearly was spontaneous, as worked-over, the fun seemed insisted upon.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    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.
  6. 30
    The Jerry Seinfeld-produced reality show may just slide backward into the ditch and push NBC farther down into the hole....It was an underwhelming, contrived product that didn’t bode well for the hourlong version of the series.
  7. 10
    This show doesn't deserve a spot in daytime syndication, let alone a key position in prime time. I am serious, there were better game shows on in the 1950s when budgets were miniscule, technology was primitive and few producers yet knew how to use the medium of television.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    I am so surprized that this show recieved such negitive feedback! I thought it was such a fresh idea. The panel has great stars. The couples and thier problems are hillarious, and the host is funny. I love the concept. Its true enough that every relationship needs a ref from time to time. The irony that celebrities get to judge non celebs marriages for a change is brilliant. Myself and quite a few people I know will be tuning in next season Expand

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