When the series first aired in 1991, the show was called The Maury Povich Show and was produced by MoPo Productions in association with Paramount Domestic Television. The show adopted the title Maury in the 1995–1996 season. The show was then revamped in the 1998–1999 season, when Studios USA (nowNBCUniversal) took over production. However, MoPo continues 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 in the Stamford Media Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Maury is one of four NBC Universal syndicated properties to make the move to Connecticut, joining the former Chicago-based Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos shows. The fourth, the syndicated Deal or No Deal, is no longer in production. The Trisha Goddard Show became the fourth show in production with NBC Universal. The TV rating on Maury is rated TV-PG and TV-14 on the syndicated stations of the United States, based on each episode's content.On September 17, 2012, during the premiere of its fifteenth season, episodes of Maury began airing in widescreen. However, like its sister shows, it is still broadcasting 480i standard definition. The show is currently in productions of new episodes through June 2013.
One of the most famous topics associated with Maury is paternity testing: a mother appears on-air attempting to prove (or disprove, in some cases) that a man is the biological father of her child(ren). Often the mother will bring the child(ren) to the studio to prove her claim's validity to Maury, the audience, and the accused father. In most cases, the accused father is hostile towards the accusing mother, certain for various reasons (such as infidelity
) that the child cannot be related to him. Sometimes the accused father believes that the accusing mother is just after money.
In other episodes, a man who has been a devoted dad for his child(ren)'s whole life/lives discovers that he might not be the biological father but might have suffered a paternity fraud
(he discovers this either by infidelity
suspicions/proof, or the wife may admit it to the husband on the show) and turn to a paternity test
for proof. These episodes are more sentimental.
After the initial accusations, Maury sits the opposing parties down to read the results of a paternity test that had been performed before the show's taping. This can be either "Youare the father!" or "You are not the father!" After the results are revealed, the parties react accordingly; a follow-up episode often checks up on the story months later.