Season 16 of Lifetime's reality dating series Married at First Sight returned to TV on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and fans are already caught up with the new couples. Each season of MAFS sees a group of singles take the ultimate risk to find the love of their life by marrying a complete stranger.
While this premise might strike many first-time viewers as being pretty far-fetched, the show actually takes great pains to match up its singles. Unlike on other dating reality shows, many of the couples who met on MAFS are still together, which is a testament to the relationship experts who play a large role in their matchmaking.
So, who are the experts on Season 16 of MAFS?
Who are the experts on Season 16 of 'Married At First Sight'? Read to find out!
As you can imagine, a marriage that begins within a few minutes of a couple meeting each other is bound to have some problems. That’s the magic of MAFS and, each season, fans watch to find out whether these couples will live “happily ever after.”
But the magicians who keep the show going are undoubtedly the team of experts who oversee the newlyweds and provide helpful tips when it comes to problems in their relationships.
Whether it be roadblocks in the bedroom, difficulties communicating, or other deeper-seated issues, the experts on MAFS are always ready to share their wisdom in order to help the couples better see eye-to-eye.
A self-described “sex, love, and romance expert,” Dr. Pepper Schwartz has been a compatibility expert on MAFS since the inception of the show and is always ready to dispense warm advice to its couples.
Pastor Cal, on the other hand, has been on the series since Season 4. According to ScreenRant, the marriage counselor and pastor was first asked to join MAFS as an expert after a couple that he referred to the show spoke highly of him and his counseling.
While Pastor Cal and Dr. Pepper will appear on Season 16, the same can't be said for Dr. Viviana, who previously announced her decision to step down from her role due to her other work commitments.
Meet Dr. Pia Holec and DeVon Franklin — the newest experts to join the cast of 'MAFS'.
According to Newsweek, Dr. Pia Holec is a well-known sex therapist while DeVon is a well-known Hollywood producer behind movies like Miracles From Heaven with Jenifer Garner, and the upcoming Flamin’ Hot, which tells the story of Richard Montañez, the Frito Lay janitor who claimed to have invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
MAFS received some criticism for selecting DeVon, a divorced man, as one of its experts for Season 15, but DeVon addressed the criticism on his Instagram saying that he wasn't about to let other people's disapproval dictate his decisions in life. He added that he was able to actually help one of the couples thanks to his own experience with his ex-wife, Meagan Good.
New episodes of Married at First Sight air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST. on Lifetime!