Wife Swap USA lifts the lid on the choices different people make about how to live their lives. During each episode, two families from across the US, often with very different and conflicting values, are chosen to take part in a two-week long challenge. The wives from these two families exchange husbands, children and lives discovering what it’s really like to live another woman’s life. Aided only by the instruction manual left by their predecessor, the wives must spend their first week living according to the rules of the original wife. However, during their second week, the wives are allowed to run their new households as they see fit, turning the kids’ and the husbands’ lives upside down, as they struggle to adapt to the new changes. Wife Swap USA offers families the chance to gain a whole new perspective on the way their family lives and functions, proving that, when it comes to parenting, there is more than one way to raise happy and healthy children.
Meet the Burkhlaters: Sue and Jeff lead a good, 'white', life in small town Mississippi. Life is for living; alcohol, eating out, boat rides, crawfish cook-outs and an open door policy mean that life is never quiet.
The sparks fly as two wives from radically different families swap places for two weeks. It's not just the wives that need to get used to a new family, but the husbands and children are to adapt to new house routines.