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|Created by||Bobby Goldstein|
|Written by||Bobby Goldstein |
|Directed by||Kenneth Smith|
|Presented by||Tommy Grand (2000–2003) |
Joey Greco (2004–present)
|Narrated by||Robert Magruder|
|Opening theme||"Broken Hearted" by Bill Mason and Bobby Goldstein|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||220|
|Editor(s)||Jeremy Hechler |
|Running time||60 mins. (weekly episodes) |
30 mins. (strip version)
|First shown in||November 26, 1999|
|Original run||October 21, 2000 – present|
 Episode structureThe show is taped mostly in North Texas around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as, to a lesser extent, the Greater Houston area. As of Late September 2010, Cheaters has started airing its eleventh season of first-run episodes. A typical 30-minute Cheaters episode depicts a single complainant's case. A weekend edition of the show is also available, which runs 60 minutes and includes two separate cases.
significant others, and have included both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. It begins with a brief interview of the complainant, detailing how the complainant met their partner and what has led them to believe that the partner is cheating. Next, narrator Robert Magruder describes the progress of the investigation of the partner (referred to as "the suspect" during the episode), including surveillance footage of the suspect's actions with their alleged paramour (dubbed "the companion") recorded by the show's private investigators.
When the investigation turns up enough evidence of the suspect's infidelity, the show enters its second segment, "the confrontation." The host meets with the complainant and shows them the evidence that has been collected; graphic footage from the investigators—for example, the suspect and their companion engaged in a sexual act—is shown uncensored to the complainant but is shown digitally blurred during the episode. This meeting takes place at a time when the suspect and their companion are being observed together elsewhere; the intent is to allow the complainant to catch the suspect in the act of infidelity. The host, the complainant, and a large group of camera and sound operators, drivers and bodyguards seek out and confront the alleged cheater. The confrontation often takes place in public, with the complainant and host both attempting to get an explanation out of the suspect for their behavior. Such encounters generally include verbal arguments and, occasionally, violence between the parties; the show's bodyguards are on-hand to protect any party to the confrontation.
The final segment, "the conclusion," presents parting thoughts from the complainant, the suspect and their companion as they depart the scene of the confrontation. Next, updates from previous cases, including interviews from suspects and their companions, are presented. Lastly, the narrator describes what became of the complainant, the suspect and the companion after the show.
 HistoryThe show, created by Bobby Goldstein, an attorney in Dallas, Texas, made its debut in 2000. Until early 2003, the show was hosted by one of its co-producers, Tommy Habeeb, who used the screen name Tommy Grand. Habeeb left the show due to a dispute with the production company. Later, Habeeb settled the dispute out of court and now hosts pay-per-view specials of raw Cheaters footage under a different name and often nudity plays a part.
2004 brought syndication reruns of previous seasons, edited into a half-hour Monday-through-Friday strip format with new intros by Joey Greco as host. In 2006, G4 began showing the strip version with faster-paced editing and music due to complaints that the show seemed boring and contrived, as well as a different voiceover artist, for weekly airings on its Midnight Spank block. Since December 9, 2009; G4 has now moved this show to the new "Junk Food TV" block.
 ControversyIn 2002, the Houston Press tracked down several individuals who said they were paid $400 per show by one of the detectives of the agency to act on the show, and were paid $50 per referral to refer other actors. The show's private investigator denies that he staged anyone's scenario and further added that he does not need to do so based on the number of inquiries the agency receives. The producers of Cheaters currently have a legal disclaimer at the end of each episode, reiterating the reality of the show.
On December 16, 2005, four employees of the show were indicted on charges of restraining a woman. The charges were against the host Joey Greco, director Hunter Carson and two security guards. On November 9, 2006, the four were acquitted. In another episode, Greco was arrested at the scene of a bachelor party while helping a man confront his cheating fiancée. After Greco explained the situation about the couple to police, he was given a short talk about disturbing the peace and released with his copy of a written warning.
On November 3, 2009, Inside Edition ran a news story reiterating the claim that the show was staged, citing several additional actors that said they were paid to appear on the show. One of them appeared in the Greco stabbing episode and claimed that it was staged. Despite the episode depicting a male being placed under arrest for stabbing Greco, Inside Edition found that no actual arrest matching that description was made by the Rowlett, Texas police department, where the episode took place. In an interview, Goldstein denied that the episode was staged, though there also wasn't a hospital record of Greco being admitted into the hospital for the wounds.
A follow-up on the story, which aired on Inside Edition the following week on November 9, 2009, showed Joey Greco being interviewed by investigative reporter Matt Meagher about the accusations in the earlier report. Greco declined to respond to Meagher's questions, citing that he cannot legally comment further on the incidents.
 Bizarre momentsThe show's cameras have captured a number of unusual incidents. In one of the most cited examples, host Joey Greco was stabbed by an angry suspect who was confronted on a boat. Greco recovered and came back to the show shortly afterwards. Jack E. Jett, served as a fill-in host briefly after the stabbing incident (and hosted the episode with the incident itself), and several episodes were recorded where Greco hosted, but other personnel led confrontations. The stabbing incident was later replayed when Greco appeared on The Maury Povich Show, and was ranked #2 by E! Entertainment's 101 Craziest TV Moments program. In a separate episode, Greco was burned when a suspect threw a burning stick at his head. During other episodes Greco and his team have been attacked by angry suspects brandishing unusual weapons, including a semi-automatic paintball gun and a replica katana.
 DVD releasesVisual Entertainment of Canada has released several best-of collections of Cheaters on DVD in Region 1.
 In other media
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- An episode of George Lopez called "George Thinks Vic's Fiancee is Lion About Being a Cheetah" in which George hires the Cheaters crew to spy on Vic's young fiancée. It is revealed, not only she was cheating on him, but Benny was found by Cheaters several times, resulting in her threatening them to leave her alone.
- The visage of Joey Greco appears in animated form in an episode of The Simpsons, "Dial 'N' for Nerder". For this episode, the program was renamed Sneakers.
- Virginia hip hop duo Clipse mention Cheaters in their 2006 song, "Dirty Money", rapping "Two seaters / Back in the trunk, two fevers / Staying up to 2 A.M. to watch Cheaters."
- Joey Greco occasionally showcases several Cheaters clips on the television show Maury.
- The show was featured in the film Disturbia.
- On rare occasions, a few clips (including the bizarre moments listed) have been featured on E!'s The Soup.
- On the first episode of The Jay Leno Show, Joey Greco hosted a fake episode of Cheaters featuring Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks in a brief comedy skit.
- Some people have unexpectedly captured Cheaters confrontations in public places through their video cameras and uploaded them to a video sharing website such as YouTube.
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