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Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

Showtime 2019

Couples Therapy unlocks a hidden world: other people's relationships. Far from reality-show caricatures, this is true documentary filmmaking that brings viewers into the authentic and visceral experience of weekly therapy with four couples. World-class therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik deftly guides the couples through the minefield of honest confrontation with each other and with themselves, revealing the real-life struggles - and extraordinary breakthroughs - typically hidden behind closed doors.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy - S2E9

#1 - Episode 9: 209 (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Michael begins to shoulder the anxiety in his marriage. Matthew has one breakthrough at an AA meeting and another in bed. Dru’s gift to Tashira produces an overwhelming reaction. Orna wrestles with letting go. Season Finale.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 10 votes.

Couples Therapy - S2E2

#2 - Episode 2: 202 (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Michal and Michael strike a deal. Tensions around an upcoming trip reveal a deeper rift between Matthew and Gianni. Tashira admits to hidden resentments.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 12 votes.

Couples Therapy - S2E4

#3 - Episode 4: 204 (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Michael and Michal dissect their toxic dynamic. After a fight, Dru learns how to be vulnerable. Back in Orna’s office, Gianni unpacks his resentments toward Matthew.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 14 votes.

Couples Therapy - S1E7

#4 - Episode 7: 107 (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Annie questions what they're fighting to hold on to. Lauren and Sarah are devastated, and Sarah can't shake the feeling she's being punished. Orna feels pressure to do more. DeSean is furious and Orna presses Elaine to face her past.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 17 votes.

Couples Therapy - S2E5

#5 - Episode 5: 205 (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Tashira evades Dru’s affection. Michal and Michael announce a life-changing surprise and Orna critiques Michal. Matthew digs into his traumatic childhood.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 13 votes.

Couples Therapy - S1E6

#6 - Episode 6: 106 (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Elaine and DeSean argue about the impact of racism on their marriage. Orna feels frustrated by the lack of progress. Sarah's doubts scare Lauren. Evelyn and Alan make an excruciating decision about their marriage.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 21 votes.

Couples Therapy - S1E9

#7 - Episode 9: 109 (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Lauren and Sarah make a choice about their future. Alan and Evelyn find a path forward. Elaine and DeSean feel a shift. Orna feels the weight of her work, and marvels at how bizarre her profession is. Finale.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 17 votes.

Couples Therapy - S2E8

#8 - Episode 8: 208 (Season 2 - Episode 8)

Orna helps Matthew make a connection between his troubled sex life and his reasons for drinking. A parenting conflict forces Tashira to question whether she can accept Dru as her son’s stepfather. Michal struggles to imagine her life without anxiety.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 10 votes.

Couples Therapy - S1E3

#9 - Episode 3: 103 (Season 1 - Episode 3)

A recent fight between Lauren and Sarah reveals underlying power dynamics. Orna pushes Mau and struggles with her inability to break through. DeSean is sick of failing to make Elaine happy.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 24 votes.

Couples Therapy - S2E3

#10 - Episode 3: 203 (Season 2 - Episode 3)

The pandemic quarantine throws everyone’s life into chaos. Gianni’s anxieties lead him to a destructive decision. Michael’s passivity triggers Michal’s anger. Dru confronts Tashira about their sex life. Orna struggles to connect with her clients.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 12 votes.

Couples Therapy - S2E1
#11 - Episode 1: 201
Season 2 - Episode 1

Dr. Orna Guralnik guides a new group of couples. Michal is furious at her husband for not delivering the life she wants. Tashira resents Dru for insisting they live together. Gianni and Matthew reel from Matthew’s battle with alcoholism.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Couples Therapy - S1E8
#12 - Episode 8: 108
Season 1 - Episode 8

Sarah wants to feel precious, and Lauren investigates her own defensiveness. Elaine has a breakthrough while DeSean discovers his role in their struggle. Alan finally opens up and Evelyn is shocked. Annie states the brutal truth.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Couples Therapy - S1E4
#13 - Episode 4: 104
Season 1 - Episode 4

Alan reveals the impact of his father's infidelity. Sarah wants Lauren to initiate sex. Mau's traumatic past casts a long shadow.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Couples Therapy - S1E5
#14 - Episode 5: 105
Season 1 - Episode 5

Elaine discovers the roots of her feeling that DeSean doesn't care about her. Lauren and Sarah make a pivotal decision about the future. Annie opens up about past sexual trauma and Mau loses his cool. Orna walks a tightrope.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Couples Therapy - S2E6
#15 - Episode 6: 206
Season 2 - Episode 6

Michael investigates his own passivity. Evidence from past traumas haunts Matthew and Gianni. Orna is tempted to cross a line. A family crisis devastates Tashira, but Dru struggles to relate.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Couples Therapy - S1E2
#16 - Episode 2: 102
Season 1 - Episode 2

Mau needs sex every day. Back at the beginning of therapy, Evelyn feels betrayed by Alan and no longer trusts him. Orna has trouble remaining impartial. Elaine discovers a connection between her childhood trauma and her marriage.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Couples Therapy - S2E7
#17 - Episode 7: 207
Season 2 - Episode 7

Matthew and Gianni struggle with sober sex. Michal examines her past for the key to her anxiety. Dru can’t face the painful truths about Tashira’s family.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Couples Therapy - S1E1
#18 - Episode 1: 101
Season 1 - Episode 1

Annie and Mau revisit a traumatic birthday. Elaine calls DeSean twenty times a day and he's fed up. Sarah wants a baby, but Lauren isn't ready to be a mom because she just became a woman. Evelyn and Alan make a painful decision. Dr. Orna Guralnik wrestles with an overwhelming sense of responsibility she feels for her patients.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.

Last updated: sep 30, 2022



Fascinating, enlightening, at times excruciating. I only wish the seasons/episodes were longer.


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