Once upon a time, it didn't seem like the worst idea ever for couples to do a reality show about their lives.
For a little while, even, it was romantic.
And that's thanks to Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, who were instrumental in ushering in a whole new genre of entertainment—for the world and for MTV—when they agreed to star in the pioneering Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, after tying the knot on Oct. 26, 2002.
They weren't exactly newlyweds anymore when the show premiered on Aug. 19, 2003, with gauzy images of their wedding and sexy shots from home unfolding to the strains of 98 Degrees' "I Do (Cherish You)." But close enough—and what doesn't scream "till death do us part" like immediate product placement in the form of Nick singing the theme song?