''Maury'', originally titled ''The Maury Povich Show'', is a syndicated American tabloid talk show hosted by Maury Povich. The series premiered in 1991 as ''The Maury Povich Show'' and was produced by MoPo Productions Inc. in association with Paramount Domestic Television. The show began unofficially using the title ''Maury'' in the 1995–1996 season, although its original title remained official until 1998, when Studios USA (now NBCUniversal) took over production and the show was officially retitled ''Maury''. MoPo has continued to co-produce with NBCUniversal. For the series' first 18 seasons, it was taped in New York City, but beginning with Season 19, the show has been taped at the Rich Forum in Stamford, Connecticut, which is alternately known as the Stamford Media Center. ''Maury'' is one of four NBC Universal syndicated properties to make the move to Connecticut, joining the formerly Chicago-based ''Jerry Springer'' (which ended in 2018, but currently airs in reruns) and ''Steve Wilkos'' shows. The fourth, the syndicated ''Deal or No Deal'', ended production in 2010 and would be revived by CNBC in 2018. ''The Trisha Goddard Show'' became the fourth show in production with NBC Universal (but would leave the air in 2014). As of 2007, NBC-owned and operated stations no longer air ''Maury''. On September 17, 2012, during the premiere of its 22nd season, episodes of ''Maury'' began airing in widescreen, though not in high definition. On September 15, 2014, starting with its 24th season, episodes of ''Maury'' started airing in high definition. In October 2014, ''Maury'' was renewed through September 2018. In June 2018, ''Maury'' was renewed again through the 2019–2020 television season. In March 2020, ''Maury'' was renewed through the 2021–2022 season.

Common show themes

''Maury'' has dealt with a variety of issues across its 30 seasons, including—but not limited to—teenage pregnancy, sexual infidelity, paternity test results, uncommon illnesses, makeovers, "out of control" teenagers, transgender individuals, obese children, domestic violence, little people, bullying, and unusual phobias. After the taping of these episodes, guests are often tracked for progress, both on air and on the ''Maury'' website. Episodes featuring updates on past guests are periodically aired throughout the year. Guests either appear in person or by video message updating Maury on their situations. At the end of every season, Maury does a countdown of the top 10 most memorable guests of the year, with updates on each guest.


For the first 18 seasons, ''Maury'' episodes were taped back-to-back at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The studio shared the facility in the Hotel Pennsylvania with ''The People's Court'' until the show relocated studios in 1998, and ''The Sally Jessy Raphael Show'' until its cancellation in 2002. For the 2009–10 season, production was moved from New York City to Stamford, Connecticut, where the series is now taped at the Stamford Media Center, along with ''Jerry Springer'' and ''The Steve Wilkos Show''. This move was made in part because Connecticut offered NBC a tax credit if production of these three series was moved to the state. Since 2009, the ''Maury Show'' has been filmed in the same studio hall as the ''Steve Wilkos Show'', and until 2018, ''Jerry Springer''. A large overhead crane is used to hoist the centerpiece backdrop during conversions for show filming. It takes about 3 hours and a crew of about 15 decorators and electricians to convert the studio set from one show to the other. When a guest runs backstage on the ''Maury'', it is not uncommon to see ''Steve Wilkos'' or ''Jerry Springer'' set props come into view. This is also vice versa. Studio audience members obtain free tickets to the taping of ''Maury'' via the show's official website.

Content editing

The series is edited to meet FCC regulations for indecency and obscenity, including bleeping of profane language and pixelization of nudity, though other censoring does take place; the series purposefully has guests avoid using their last names, mainly for the protection of minors and outside third parties, and said mentions of last names by guests (except for the show's rotation of experts) are bleeped in line with this policy. Additionally, no "uncut" versions of the show exist.

Internship promoting and telemarketing

Two well publicized advertising methods on ''Maury'' relate to the hiring of interns as well as polling the television audience with the allure of "valuable offers". The latter is also a promotional tactic used on the show ''Divorce Court''. The show is known for promoting an in-house "intern program", encouraging college students to apply for employment. In a 2010, a United States Department of Education report indicated:
The talk show "Maury" is abusing government programs sponsored by the Department of Education. This production is attempting to prove that there is an overwhelming demand for interns and has solicited applications from hundreds of different institutions of higher learning. The interns are almost never hired; however, the production has applied under several clauses for government funding under claims that a large number of internships have been granted.
''Maury'', like several daytime programs, also has a phone-in survey segment, a feature which has drawn criticism from some as the survey also features third-party "valuable offers" which may offer the purchase of some kind of product, but also give an inroad to telemarketers to round do not call lists, as the interaction technically counts as allowing those calls past do not call lists, and may place the number called from on 'do call' phone lists used by the telemarketing industry.


''Maury'' has been nominated once, in 2017, for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, losing to ''The Ellen DeGeneres Show''.


Some critics denounce ''Maury'' as being worse than other similar talk shows, such as ''Jerry Springer''. Like such shows, it uses guests' serious problems for the entertainment of the viewing audience, but treated with an insincere sympathy. Whitney Matheson wrote about the show in her ''USA Today'' column, "Povich's talk show is, without a doubt, the worst thing on television. Period. Don't be fooled by the pressed shirt and pleated khakis; Maury is miles farther down the commode than Jerry Springer."

Spin-off and inspiration

* On February 27, 2012, it was announced that ''Maury'' regular Trisha Goddard, who hosted her own talk show in her native England, would be coming to America with ''The Trisha Goddard Show'', which was produced by ''Maury'' executive producer Paul Faulhaber and premiered in syndication in fall 2012. The show, considered a spin-off of ''Maury'', was cancelled after two seasons. * Though not a spin-off, it has been reported that the tabloid talk/court show ''Paternity Court'', which premiered on September 23, 2013, was inspired by ''Maury''. * Detroit-based underground rapper Fatt Father released his album ''You Are The Father'' named after this show.

See also

*Talk show *Daytime television *Syndicated television *''The Steve Wilkos Show'' *''Face to Face'' (Philippine talk show)


External links

Official website
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