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Big Love 5 Seasons

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Season 1
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4.3 out of 5 stars (1,402) IMDb 7.6/10

[HBO] In Season One, a polygamist businessman (Bill Paxton) faces many challenges in meeting the needs of his three wives and seven children.

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Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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Season 1
1. Pilot

[HBO] In the series premiere, polygamist Bill Henrickson tries to satisfy the emotional, romantic and financial needs of his three wives and seven children in suburban Salt Lake City. As if that isn't enough, he's launching his second 'Home Plus' store.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: March 12, 2006
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2. Viagra Blue

[HBO] Bill compensates for rising demands at home, and looks for protection from Roman's henchmen. Meanwhile, Franklin's hospital convalescence ends with a visit from Roman and Sarah forges a new friendship.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: March 19, 2006
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3. Home Invasion

[HBO] Despite being admonished by Bill, Nicki tries to throw an extravagant birthday party for her 5-year-old son Wayne. Meanwhile, Bill installs a 'perimeter of defense' around his home; Barb tries to keep the family's secret hidden from the neighbors

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 20, 2006
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4. Eclipse

[HBO] Bill searches for answers to an unsettling dream; Later, on a hunting trip with Ben, he gets the answer for which he's been searching. Barb gets a long-term teaching job; Nicki fends off her creditors; Joey pays Bill a visit with news about Roman.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: April 2, 2006
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5. Affair

[HBO] Bill and Barb's behavior arouses Nicki's suspicions. Meanwhile, Bill and Don get dirt on Roman after placing an anonymous call to Attorney General's 'Polygamy Czar'; and a Home Plus employee comes forward with an unsettling accusation.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: April 9, 2006
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6. Roberta's Funeral

[HBO] Bill makes Roman a settlement proposal; Lois sees Roberta's demise as an opportunity to rise to First Wife. Meanwhile, Barb bails Nicki out of a jam at Home Plus, and Ben ponders whether he should follow in his father's footsteps.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: April 16, 2006
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7. Eviction

[HBO] Despite the feud with Roman, Bill considers launching an expensive marketing campaign. Nicki gives a pair of missionaries the heave-ho; Margene is invited to Pam's church; Barb discovers Nicki's secret; Roman gives his answer to Bill's proposal.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: April 23, 2006
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8. Easter

[HBO] Franklin, his wives and dog descend on Bill's just in time for Easter--as does Joey. Meanwhile, Bill finds himself drowning in lawsuits; Nicki learns she's not alone in debt; and Bill surprises Roman with a final settlement offer.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 30, 2006
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9. A Barbecue for Betty

[HBO] Bill celebrates being 'free and clear' from Roman, but the Prophet's meddling might not be over. Nicki drops a bombshell on Bill. Don falls hard for a woman named Betty. Bill vents to Sarah after a run-in with the law.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: May 7, 2006
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10. The Baptism

[HBO] Barb gets an unwanted visit from her sister Cindy. Meanwhile, as his feud with Roman intensifies, Bill seeks to infiltrate the UEB Priesthood Council. Ben gives Brynn a token of his affection, and is offered a much more significant one in return.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: May 14, 2006
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11. Where There's a Will

[HBO] The Henricksons' public stock is rising, as Barb finds herself a finalist for Mother of the Year and Bill is asked to become the newest member of the Salt Lake City Leadership League. Meanwhile, the wives mull over custody scenarios in their wills.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: May 21, 2006
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12. The Ceremony

[HBO] In the Season One finale, Bill and Joey blindside Roman at a UEB Priesthood Council meeting. Will their triumph be short-lived? Wanda's bad habits resurface; Nicki's allegiances are tested; Barb seizes the spotlight at the Mother of the Year awards.

TV-MA CC Language: English Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: June 4, 2006
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Bonus: Big Love: Celebrate the Anniversary

[HBO] HD. Catch up and celebrate the Love, 'Big Love.'

TV-14 Language: English Runtime: 1 minute Release date: December 31, 2015

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By calvinnme HALL OF FAME on August 8, 2006
Format: DVD
I have to admit that I didn't expect to like this HBO original series, but the intriguing cast of characters and the plotlines drew me in. "Big Love" is the story of Bill Hendrickson and his very extended family, including his three wives and seven children, who have to constantly be on the alert that they will somehow be "outed" by the community at large. This is important not only from a legal standpoint, but from a financial one, since Bill is part-owner with another polygamist in a budding chain of big-box home improvement stores, and thus preserving a stellar public image is important to the success of his business.

Bill grew up on a compound of fundamentalist Mormons that still practice the principle of polygamy, and he was thrown out of the compound and his family when he reached adolescence and became perceived as competition for the affection of young girls who were coming of age. At this point, betrayed by his family and his religion, he turned his back on the teachings of his youth until his first wife Barb became gravely ill.

Jeanne Tripplehorn portrays Barb, Bill's first wife and the sweetheart of his youth. You get the feeling that if he could, Bill would really like to ditch his other two wives and ride off into the sunset with Barb. Barb is a confident and educated woman who is very mindful of her own mortality due to having recovered from uterine cancer several years earlier. She is also very mindful of the fact that she must share Bill with her "sister wives" in order for Bill to abide by his conscience by "living the principle".

Bill's second wife Nicki, portrayed by Chloe Sevigny, is the daughter of compound Prophet Roman Grant.
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As a big Bill Paxton fan, I was determined to watch "Big Love," and I would not say I was at all disappointed.

The series has been criticized by some for "glorifying" polygamy, but I think some of those critics have missed the point. The show actually takes a very even-handed look at what a polygamist family COULD be like: Paxton's family is far from perfect, but it seems to be held together by the sheer force of his character's love for all three of his wives. Whether or not you think it is practical, feasible, or even moral for one man to genuinely love three women, on this show that's what's going on.

This is balanced by some of the creepier, more cultish aspects of organized polygamy, personified by Harry Dean Stanton in a wonderfully understated villainous turn.

Where the show really shines for me is in the depiction of the extremely complicated relationship Bill's three wives have with each other. They see each other as sisters, as rivals, as friends, as enemies, as servants, as bosses . . . sometimes all within the same scene. These are very deep relationships, and all three of the actresses are very well suited to their roles.

Another fine aspect of the show is the depiction of how difficult it is for this family to keep the fact of their polygamy to themselves, lest they be looked upon as pariahs. It is a difficult task for them, and has great practical and moral implications within their lives, and the lives of their children.

Like most of HBO's original shows, this one works both as terrific entertainment, and as fundamentally sound art TV. Also like most of HBO's shows, this box set is probably a bit more expensive than it ought to be. But the episodes are terrific, and hopefully this will be merely the first season of a long run.
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A number of great strengths of this series:

(1) My only wife loves it.

(2) A common premise with the Sopranos -- a family is trying to live a normal, suburban life while dealing with a huge secret that is anything but normal and suburban. Engaging.

(3) Yes, there is swearing. But the Mormon characters take the swearing seriously and even apologize for it.

(4) The Mormonism also gives an edge to issues like teen sex that, unfortunately, are no big deal in most of the broader society.

(5) Spicy but tasteful treatment of other sexual themes.

(6) Engaging stories about how the characters got where they are, and I love that this part is told slowly and without flashbacks.

(7) An overall tone that is not condescending to religion, and at times quite moving.

(8) Neat characters. Good writing.
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HBO has made some quality shows, and Big Love is definitely one of them. The show's controversial premise, about a polygamist and his family, is enough to stir up one's interest, and I was hooked on the show from the first episode. The series centers around Bill Hendrickson [played brilliantly by Bill Paxton] a practising polygamist & successful businessman who juggles three wives, numerous children and his career whilst facing various challenges. The first season was very well-plotted: we see the 'harmonious' co-existence of the three families under three different roofs, but all within the same compound, the underlying & often hostilities between the three wives, and the turmoil faced by the children, especially the two eldest.Some have criticised the show as glorifying polygamy, but I feel that this isn't so as through each episode, we get to see how challenging it really is for Bill to balance his three families, and the resources it takes for him to keep them all fed, clothed & happy. The best part of this show for me, the quality that makes it addictive is the interaction between the three wives, how they 'share' their husband [having a weekly meeting to schedule time with him, even sex!], the strengths & flaws of all three of them etc. I can't wait for Season Two!
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