Wife Swap: Donna Svennevik/ABC
EW Staff
September 02, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why you need to know about ”Wife Swap”

THE DEAL Two families from very different backgrounds trade mothers. Culture shock (and presumably gratitude for good ol’ Mom) ensues.

WHAT IT’S LIKE The concept is the same as on Fox competitor ”Trading Spouses,” but this show is more emotionally resonant and easier to follow.

FUN FACT ABC is already planning two spin-offs, ”Husband Swap” and ”Boss Swap.”

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW IT If you’re amused by ”Trading Spouses” but have a slightly icky feeling after watching it, this could offer the quality adjustment you need.

WILL WE WATCH? With a title like ”Wife Swap,” it’s gotta be worth a glance at the first episode. And maybe the second or the third.

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