Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

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Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Starring Nick Lachey
Jessica Simpson
Opening theme "This I Swear" by Nick Lachey
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 41
Executive producer(s)
  • Greg Johnston
  • Lois Curren
  • Rod Aissa
Running time 23 minutes
Original network MTV
Original release August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19) – March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30)
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Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica is an American reality television series that aired on MTV.[1] It followed the marriage of then husband and wife Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. The show premiered on August 19, 2003, and ran for three seasons, with 41 episodes in total. The last season started on January 26, 2005, and the show concluded on March 30, 2005.

Simpson and Lachey were married on October 26, 2002 and filed for divorce on December 16, 2005. On June 30, 2006, Jessica and Nick's divorce was finalized.[2]

Part of the show's gimmick involved displaying Simpson's naive personality, playing on the popular stereotype of "dumb blondes".[3] Perhaps the most famous example comes from the first episode, in which Simpson, confronted with a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna, asked Nick "Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says 'Chicken... by the Sea' [sic]."


Jessica Simpson's famous "Chicken or fish?" moment in the first episode of Newlyweds.

The show was originally intended for Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley after their marriage in 1994, but the couple decided not to continue with the project after the start of pre-production. It was shelved until 2002, when Jessica's father and manager, Joe Simpson, contacted Dave about producing a show starring his daughter and her new husband.[4][5]

When Simpson was originally asked why she chose to do such a show for MTV, she replied that it was good promotion for her new album [In This Skin]. The reality show, which coincided with the release of the album, at first did not help Simpson's album sales, as it debuted at #10 on the Billboard Charts and quickly fell down. Constantine Paraskevopoulos was asked to come in and direct Sweetest Sin and help sculpt an image breakthrough for the couple depicting them in a way that would break the boundaries of her conservative church going base. The video helped raise an over-all awareness and sex appeal for both Jessica and Nick, and was strongly featured in season one's top episode "the Video shoot". During this time, Constantine was also asked to direct Nick Lachey's video Shut Up, featuring Dax Shepard from Punk'd. This was also highlighted on the series.

Season 1 DVD cover

However, over the span of the first season, Simpson's popularity began growing, as many of her "dumb blonde" antics gave her much publicity. By the close of 2003, Simpson and Lachey had both become household names, and Newlyweds had become a pop culture phenomenon. Simpson's label decided to release the second single "With You" to see how it would do on radio now that Simpson had become an A-Lister.[6][7][8]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
101"Chicken of the Sea"August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19)
102"The Dancers"August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26)
103"Newlyweds Go Camping"September 2, 2003 (2003-09-02)
104"Newlyweds Go Golfing"September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)
105"The Platypus"September 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
106"Buffalo Wings"September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
107"Newlyweds Decorate"September 30, 2003 (2003-09-30)
108"The Video Shoot"October 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)
109"Jessica's Birthday"October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
110"Jessica Cooks Dinner"October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)

Season 2[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
201"The Anniversary"January 24, 2004 (2004-01-24)
202"Nick's 30th B-Day"January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)
203"The Newlyweds Shop"February 4, 2004 (2004-02-04)
204"The French Language"February 11, 2004 (2004-02-11)
205"The Duet"February 18, 2004 (2004-02-18)
206"A Newlyweds Christmas"February 25, 2004 (2004-02-25)
207"Jessica's 'Dessert'"March 3, 2004 (2004-03-03)
208"Puppy Madness"March 10, 2004 (2004-03-10)
209"The Newlyweds Vacation"March 17, 2004 (2004-03-17)
210"Valentine's Day"March 24, 2004 (2004-03-24)

Season 2.5[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
211"CaCee Moves In"June 16, 2004 (2004-06-16)
212"Mismatched Threesome"June 23, 2004 (2004-06-23)
213"Celebrity Issues"June 30, 2004 (2004-06-30)
214"Eye Surgery"July 7, 2004 (2004-07-07)
215"Newlyweds Baby"July 14, 2004 (2004-07-14)
216"The Kentucky Derby"July 21, 2004 (2004-07-21)
217"Nick and Joe"July 28, 2004 (2004-07-28)
218"The Traveling Newlyweds"August 4, 2004 (2004-08-04)
219"Nick's Lawn"August 11, 2004 (2004-08-11)
220"The Newlyweds"August 18, 2004 (2004-08-18)


Ep # Title Airdate
S01"Happy Birthday Jessica, Love Nick"2004 (2004)

Season 3[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
301"Newlyweds Two Year Anniversary"January 26, 2005 (2005-01-26)
302"Jess Gets a Root Canal"February 2, 2005 (2005-02-02)
303"Training Daisy"February 9, 2005 (2005-02-09)
304"The Dukes of Hazzard"February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16)
305"New Year's Eve"February 23, 2005 (2005-02-23)
306"The Orange Bowl"March 2, 2005 (2005-03-02)
307"Boys Weekend in Cabo"March 9, 2005 (2005-03-09)
308"Newlyweds Together Again"March 16, 2005 (2005-03-16)
309"The Valentine's Day Budget"March 23, 2005 (2005-03-23)
310"Newlyweds Series Finale"March 30, 2005 (2005-03-30)


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