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The Golden Globe-nominated second season of HBO's celebrated polygamist drama opens two weeks after Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) was quietly blackballed from a Utah Mother of the Year pageant by its embarrassed patrons.\ As a mortified Barb withdraws from her first-wife responsibilities to privately reexamine her place in a plural marriage, Bill (Bill Paxton) is determined to learn who betrayed the Henricksons. He also begins looking for a way to secure his family's financial well-being by pursuing an electronic-gambling enterprise. Although such a vice-ridden industry goes against his core beliefs, Bill takes a risk, believing the acquisition can be used as leverage in a battle between father-in-law Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton) and an even more outlaw polygamous sect led by the diabolical Hollis Greene (Luke Askew). Meanwhile, the Juniper Creek compound is awash in rumors of foul play and a struggle for power after the poisoning of Roman's son Alby (Matt Ross). Evidence points to Wanda (Melora Walters), the unstable wife of Bill's brother Joey (Shawn Doyle), as the culprit. In another scandal, Roman's teenage bride-to-be Rhonda (Daveigh Chase) flees Juniper Creek to hide with Bill's family, though her flight seems less in protest of her impending marriage to the elderly prophet than a clumsy, ill-advised publicity stunt. Also at the Henricksons, Bill and Barb's oldest child Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) grows disillusioned with her three-household home and strikes up an illicit romance with Scott (Aaron Paul), a man 10 years her senior. Meanwhile, Sarah's brother Ben (Douglas Smith) gives serious consideration to following in his father's conjugal footsteps. And those are certainly big shoes to fill as Bill mulls adding a fourth wife after he meets a waitress named Ana (Branka Katic). The idea is as aggressively championed by third wife Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) as it is vehemently opposed by Barb and second wife Nicki (Chloë Sevigny).

Episode 1

Damage Control

Mon, Jun 11, 60 mins

In the Season 2 opener, Barb withdraws from the family in the wake of the Mother of the Year scandal, while Bill tirelessly investigates the source of the allegations. Meanwhile, Roman turns up the heat on Wanda at Juniper Creek, and Sarah pseudonymously renounces her polygamist background to an ex-Mormon support group.

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Episode 2

The Writing on the Wall

Mon, Jun 18, 60 mins

Nicki and Margene respond to a crisis at Juniper Creek; Bill and Don try to nip an advertising glitch in the bud; Ben shares a family secret with Brynn; Alby takes legal matters into his own hands.

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Episode 3

Reunion

Mon, Jun 25, 60 mins

Bill gets down to business with Roman at Juniper Creek during Nicki's family reunion; Barb voices her displeasure at Margene and Ben's behavior; Alby refuses to honor his father's wishes regarding Joey's incarceration.

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Episode 4

Rock and a Hard Place

Mon, Feb 8, 56 mins

The feud between Bill and Roman heats up after a disappearance from Juniper Creek; Joey continues to take responsibility for Alby's poisoning; Sarah's interest in Scott fails to impress Heather.

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Episode 5

Vision Thing

Tue, Feb 9, 52 mins

Bill scrambles to make a deal on the video-gaming business; Rhonda turns to Sarah after ending her self-imposed exile; Joey pleads for Barb's help with a marital problem; Nicki balks at Wayne's education at a Catholic summer school; and a diner waitress catches Bill's eye.

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Episode 6

Dating Game

Wed, Feb 10, 57 mins

A crafty Margene brings Barb and Nicki together to meet Ana at the diner; Rhonda attracts the media's attention; an infamous polygamist group resurfaces; Ben finds a novel use for his new driver's license.

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Episode 7

Good Guys and Bad Guys

Mon, Jul 23, 57 mins

A visit from Margene's mother (Bonnie Bedelia) ends with a surprise; Frank's return to Juniper Creek creates a dilemma for Lois; Scott's news about Alby upsets Bill, who's preoccupied by a tense business matter; Roman feels the heat from another polygamist group.

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Episode 8

Kingdom Come

Mon, Jul 30, 57 mins

Trouble at work moves an exhausted Bill to propose an occasional break from his wives at home; Frank tries to use Lois's wealth to his advantage; Ben's parents are disturbed by the depth of his relationship with Brynn.

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Episode 9

Circle the Wagons

Mon, Aug 6, 60 mins

Bill consults his wives for their input on the video-gaming deal; Juniper Creek suffers another setback; Barb tries to patch up the differences between Heather and Sarah; Lois plots revenge for Frank's latest slight.

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Episode 10

The Happiest Girl

Mon, Aug 13, 60 mins

Barb comes to the rescue when Bill takes Margene to a convention; Alby thinks he knows who's behind a case of foul play at Juniper Creek; Frank finds an unlikely ally in his search for another wife; Nicki alters her plans for a party.

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Episode 11

Take Me As I Am

Sun, Aug 19, 60 mins

Barb reaches out to her family when she learns her mother (Ellen Burstyn) is ready to marry again; a revelation about Weber Gaming prompts Bill to talk business with Alby; Nicki worries about outside influences on her family; Hollis Greene continues to be a threat.

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Episode 12

Oh, Pioneers

Sun, Aug 26, 60 mins

In the second-season finale, the Henricksons get ready for Salt Lake City's Pioneer Week, while Bill and Alby continue to jockey for positions of power. Margene tells Ana the truth about her family; Sarah and Heather offer advice to Ben.

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Television show information

Genre

Drama

Created by

Mark V. Olsen
Will Scheffer

Starring

Bill Paxton
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Chloë Sevigny
Ginnifer Goodwin
Douglas Smith
Grace Zabriskie
Mary Kay Place
Matt Ross
Cassi Thomson
Amanda Seyfried
Shawn Doyle
Mireille Enos
Željko Ivanek
Melora Walters
Joel McKinnon Miller
Daveigh Chase
Jolean Wejbe
Bruce Dern
Harry Dean Stanton

Country of origin

United States

Original language(s)

English

Production

Distributor

Warner Bros. Television
HBO Enterprises

Broadcast

Original network

HBO

Chronology

Big Love is an American television drama series that aired on HBO between March and March The show is about a fictional fundamentalist Mormon[1][2][3] family in Utah that practices polygamy. Big Love stars Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin, as well as a large supporting cast.

The series premiered in the United States on March 12, , following the sixth-season premiere of the HBO series The Sopranos. Big Love was a success for HBO, running for five seasons before concluding its run on March 20, [4]

Big Love received widespread critical acclaim, and earned several major awards and nominations throughout its run. The third season was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and the first three were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama. For acting, Chloë Sevigny won a Golden Globe Award for her supporting role, and Bill Paxton was nominated three times for his leading role. At the Emmys, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Mary Kay Place, and Sissy Spacek were all nominated for their recurring roles. Creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama.

The series left behind a legacy as one of television's most complex studies of American family life. It has been the subject of seminal pieces in top academic journals, including the Columbia Law Review,Law and Contemporary Problems, and Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. Several publications listed the series's first three seasons as among the best television of the decade , and its final season ranked among the best-reviewed scripted series of

Overview

The show was co-created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, who also served as executive producers. Olsen and Scheffer spent almost three years researching the premise of the show,[5] with the intent of creating a fair, non-judgmental portrayal of polygamy in America.

Music

The theme song for the final two seasons of the series was "Home", by the band Engineers. During the first three seasons, "God Only Knows", by The Beach Boys, played during the opening titles. The musical score for the series was composed by Anton Sanko. Mark Mothersbaugh composed music for the first season, while David Byrne was in charge of music during the second season.

Cast and characters

Leading cast

  • Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson – Husband to Barb, Nicki, and Margene. He is a practicing polygamist and, at the end of season 4, is elected as a Utah Republican state senator.
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn as Barbara "Barb" Henrickson – Bill's first wife (and the only wife to whom he is legally married); mother of Sarah, Ben, and Tancy ("Teeny").
  • Chloë Sevigny as Nicolette "Nicki" Grant – Bill's second wife, Barb's former caretaker (during her bout with cancer), and Roman Grant's daughter; mother of Wayne and Raymond (with Bill), and Cara Lynn (with J.J.).
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Margene "Margie" Heffman – Bill's third and youngest wife; mother of Lester, Aaron, and Nell.
  • Amanda Seyfried as Sarah Henrickson – Bill and Barb's first daughter, struggling with her father's polygamy. She married Scott Quittman despite her parents' initial reservations.
  • Douglas Smith as Ben Henrickson – Bill and Barb's son. In the third season, he expresses his sexual attraction and love to Margene, his third mother, who pacifies him as she loves him as a son. He has stated his desire to follow The Principle—to practice polygamy, as his father does.

Henrickson family and friends

  • Branka Katić as Ana Marković – Bill's fourth wife. She and Bill marry, then she divorces the family.
  • Jolean Wejbe (replaced by Bella Thorne in Season 4[6]) as Tancy "Teenie" Henrickson – Bill and Barb's younger daughter.
  • Keegan Holst as Wayne Henrickson – Bill and Nicki's older son.
  • Garrett Grey as Raymond Henrickson – Bill and Nicki's younger son.
  • Ailish and Julia O'Connor as Nell Henrickson – Bill and Margene's daughter. (Season 4)
  • Aaron Paul as Scott Quittman – Sarah's husband.
  • Tina Majorino as Heather Tuttle – Sarah Henrickson's co-worker and best friend; Ben's girlfriend for a short time

Extended Henrickson family

  • Shawn Doyle as Joey Henrickson – Bill's brother, Wanda's husband. Former professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys. He attempts to enter into polygamy like Bill and his forefathers, albeit reluctantly at first. (Seasons )
  • Melora Walters as Wanda Henrickson – Bill's sister-in-law, wife to Joey Henrickson, and sister of Nicki's first husband, J.J. Wanda's psychological problems surface when she poisons people who cross her or her family. (Seasons )
  • Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow – Bill's abusive and domineering father, who exiled Bill from Juniper Creek at age In a strong, perennial, and sometimes violent feud with his wife Lois.
  • Grace Zabriskie as Lois Henrickson – Bill's mother. In a long-time feud against Bill's father, Frank Harlow that included attempted homicide.
  • Brian Kerwin as Eddie Henrickson – Lois' younger brother, Bill's uncle.
  • Aidan Gonzales and Andrew Gonzales as Joey Henrickson Jr. – Joey and Wanda's son.
  • Christopher Randazzo and Zachary Randazzo as Joey Henrickson Jr. – Joey and Wanda's son. (Season 4)
  • Mireille Enos as JoDean Marquart and Kathy Marquart – Kathy is Joey's second wife-to-be until her death in a car accident while being chased by Roman Grant. She lived in Joey and Wanda's home and assisted with the care of their infant son. Her twin sister, JoDean, marries Frank as his newest wife. (Seasons )

Dutton family

  • Ellen Burstyn as Nancy Dutton – Barb's semi-estranged mother.
  • Judith Hoag as Cindy Dutton-Price – Barb's sister.
  • Patrick Fabian as Ted Price – Cindy's husband.
  • Philip Baker Hall as Ned Johanssen - Barb's new stepfather.

Grant family

  • Harry Dean Stanton as Roman Grant – Nicki and Alby's father, self-proclaimed Prophet, and leader of the Juniper Creek compound. He is smothered to death by Joey Henrickson to avenge his involvement in the death of Joey's fiancée Kathy.
  • Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Grant – One of Roman Grant's wives and mother of Nicki and Alby. Although sixth wife to Roman, Adaleen is his most trusted confidante and is able to influence his political decisions. After Roman's death, Alby sends Adaleen to be a wife of J.J., against Adaleen's and Nicki's wishes.
  • Daveigh Chase as Rhonda Volmer – A young-teenage sociopath who was to be married to Roman Grant. During Roman's trial, Rhonda was bribed to go away so she could not take the stand and damage the defense's case.
  • Matt Ross as Alby Grant – Roman Grant's closeted gay son and the heir-apparent 'Prophet' of Juniper Creek. Takes over the compound after Roman dies.
  • Anne Dudek as Lura Grant – Third and favorite wife of Alby. She helps Alby try to kill Roman in both the second and third season.
  • Željko Ivanek as J.J. Percy Walker – Nicki's first husband and father of Nicki's firstborn, daughter Cara Lynn. J.J. is domineering, and with Alby's pull, forces the widowed Adaleen to marry him.[7]
  • Cassi Thomson as Cara Lynn Walker - Nicki and J.J.'s daughter.

Bill's business partners and associates

  • Joel McKinnon Miller as Don Embry – Bill's business partner and best friend. A polygamist until two of his wives ran away, leaving him a monogamist both in spirit and in fact. Bill asked him to take a 'bullet'Template:Mdashby confessing his polygamy to a reporterTemplate:Mdashto allow Bill's state senate candidacy to move forward.
  • Wendy Phillips as Peg Embry – Don's wife, Home Plus' head bookkeeper.
  • Kyle Gallner as Jason Embry – Don and Peg's son, Ben's best friend. Jason isn't fond of polygamy.
  • Annie Fitzgerald as Verna – Don's second wife.[8]
  • Renee Albert as Julep ("Jo-Jo") – Don's third wife.[8][9]
  • Lawrence O'Donnell as Lee Hatcher – Bill's attorney.
  • Jim Beaver as Carter Reese – Business acquaintance of Bill.
  • Jodie Markell as Wendy Hunt – Bill's secretary and the company's junior bookkeeper.
  • Adam Beach as Tommy Flute – Jerry Flute's son and a manager of the Blackfoot Casino.
  • Luke Askew as Hollis S. Green – Patriarch and proclaimed Prophet of a rival polygamist group. Hollis serves as one of show's antagonists. His sect frequently uses violence and kidnapping for its ends.
  • Sandy Martin as Selma Green – Hollis' first wife and partner, Roman's youngest sister. A woman, but usually dressed in a man's suit with a male hairstyle and a masculine-deep voice.
  • Gregory Itzin as Senator Blake Barn – The Republican Senate President of the Utah State Senate.[10]
  • Sissy Spacek as Marilyn Densham - A powerful political lobbyist who becomes enemies with Bill.

Recurring

  • Robert Patrick as Bud Mayberry – Leader of a polygamist fringe group.[11]
  • Mark L. Young as Franky – Frank's son with Nita. Despite the significant age difference between Bill and Franky, Bill considers Franky to be as much his brother as Joey is. Franky is the boyfriend of Rhonda Volmer during the first half of the third season.
  • Carlos Jacott and Audrey Wasilewski as Carl Martin and Pam Martin – Neighbors of the Henricksons'.
  • Sarah Jones as Brynn – Ben's ex-girlfriend.
  • Carli Coleman as Brandy Thissel – Bill's ex-con cousin.
  • Robert Beltran as Jerry Flute – Business representative of a Native American reservation that wants to build a casino with Bill's collaboration.
  • Noa Tishby as Ladonna Flute – Jerry's assertive, opinionated wife.
  • Michele Greene as Sheila Jackson White – Channel 9 TV reporter.
  • Charles Esten as Ray Henry – Head Prosecutor for the Roman Grant case. Had a flirtation and went on a date with Nicki before he learned of her true identity.
  • Ben Koldyke as Dale Tomasson – Alby's lover, who hanged himself after Lura revealed his affair to his wife and family.
  • Kevin Rankin as Verlan Walker – Cousin to Cara Lynn. He was kicked out when he became a teenager. It is revealed that he is married to Rhonda Vollmer with whom he has a child.
  • Christian Campbell as Greg Ivey – Cara Lynn's high school math teacher and later lover.[12]

Episodes

Error: no text specified (help).List of Big Love episodes The series revolves around Bill Henrickson, his three wives (Barb, first/legal wife; Nicki, second wife; and Margene, third wife) and their (combined) nine children. Henrickson lives with his family in three neighboring houses in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Of her character, Chloë Sevigny says, "There is definitely a power struggle that goes on between the wives."

United Effort Brotherhood

The show's fictional fundamentalist group, the "United Effort Brotherhood," or UEB, has characteristics similar to the historic "United Effort Plan" established by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and taken over by the state in [13] The FLDS is one of the most prolific and well-known polygamist groups and identifies as the legitimate successor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which officially discontinued polygamy in [14][15] Creators Olsen and Scheffer included a drive through the twin FLDS towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, as part of their research for the show.[16] Like the FLDS, the UEB has built its own temple on its Kansas compound. The raid on Juniper Creek is reminiscent of the Short Creek raid, an historic event in where Arizona state police and National Guard troops took action against polygamists in Colorado City. Many of the businesses owned by the 'UEB' are similar to businesses owned by the Latter Day Church of Christ (aka the Kingston Clan), another Mormon fundamentalist church. The concept for the cable show was influenced by a article published in Utah on the Darger family, who are Independent Fundamentalist Mormons.[17]

Production and crew

Although set in Utah, the series was primarily filmed at the Santa Clarita Studios in Valencia, California. The location used for filming "Henrickson's Home Plus" scenes was The All American Home Center in Downey, California.

The outside scenes of the three homes that Bill owns were filmed on location on Shady Lane, in the small town of Fillmore, California.[18]

The mall scenes from season one were filmed in the Fox Hills Mall, in Culver City, California. Other exterior shots were filmed in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah and Sandy, Utah, as well as northeast Los Angeles, California.[19]

The head writers for the series are the co-creators: Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The writing staff includes Patricia Breen,[20]Dustin Lance Black, Doug Jung,[21]Eileen Myers, Jennifer Schuur, Doug Stockstill, Jeanette Collin,[22] Mimi Friedman,[23] and Julia Cho.

Directors of the series include Jim McKay, Adam Davidson, Rodrigo Garcia, Charles McDougall, Sarah Pia Anderson, Dan Attias, Burr Steers, Michael Spiller, Alan Taylor, John Strickland, Mary Harron, Steve Shill, Julian Farino, Michael Lehmann, and Alan Poul (former executive producer of Six Feet Under).

The show's producers are Alexa Junge,[24] Ann Holm, Ron Binkowski, Bernadette Caulfield,[25] Jeanette Collins, Mimi Friedman, Shane Keller,[26]David Knoller,[27] Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer, Gary Goetzman,[28] and Tom Hanks.

Soundtrack

Template:AmboxError: no text specified (help).David Byrne recorded a complete soundtrack to the second season, released as Big Love: Hymnal on August 19, The theme song to the series from Seasons 1 through 3 was The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows". As of Season 4, the song "Home", performed by the British band Engineers, was adopted as the show's theme song along with a new title sequence. "God Only Knows" was covered by Natalie Maines for the series finale.

DVD releases

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season 1 October 17, April 27, September 5,
Season 2 December 11, September 12, July 2,
Season 3 January 5, [29]January 23, March 3,
Season 4 January 4, [30]April 16, [31]May 4, [32]
Season 5 December 6, August 6, July 11,
Big Love: The Complete Collection December 6, August 6, TBA

Critical reception

Review aggregate Metacritic indicated positive critical response for all five seasons. The average scores for the first through fourth seasons were 72/, 71/, 79/, and 70/, indicating "generally favorable reviews." The fifth and final season received an average score of 85/, or "universal acclaim".[33]

Upon its debut, reaction to the series was mixed-to-positive. Initial raves came from publications such as Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and New York Daily News -- James Poniewozik described it as a "first-rate drama"[34] and Dorothy Rabinowitz said it was "seriously compelling."[35] Publications such as Entertainment Weekly,The New Yorker,Variety, the Boston Globe, and The Hollywood Reporter were all positive as well.[36] Notable detractors included Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times, who said it ultimately "didn't convince";[37] Doug Elfman of the Chicago Sun-Times, who felt its quality didn't match its concept;[38] and John Leonard of New York Magazine, describing it as "more soapy than salacious."[39]

By the second season, critical reception warmed. Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post and noted critic Alan Sepinwall remained ambivalent towards the show; otherwise critics were uniformly positive. In particular, several critics noted improvements from season one. Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Big Love has dropped the last vestiges of its ostentatious quirkiness and fashioned itself into a rich and grounded family drama," and Diane Werts of Newsday said that "'Big Love' does more this year than you might expect, and more richly, more provocatively, more dramatically and amusingly, too."[40] The second season was cited among the best shows of by numerous publications, including PopMatters,[41] the San Francisco Chronicle,[42]Time Magazine,[43]Entertainment Weekly[44] and NPR.[45]

Season three vaulted Big Love to universal critical acclaim. Notably, Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly gave the season's early episodes an 'A' grade, and Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times said, "If there's a better written, better acted, more originally conceived show on television, I defy you to name it."[46] After two years of popping up spottily on critics' 'Best Of' lists, season three was recognized as one of the top seasons of television from In aggregating Top 10 lists from every major television critic, Metacritic reported that 10 critics had cited the series, tying for the eighth-most mentions (and, in particular, Big Love ranked third on that list among series in their third season or later).[47]

Though only its first three seasons aired in the s (decade), multiple critics cited Big Love as one of the best series of the decade. They include the Huffington Post,[48]Ain't It Cool News[49] and The A.V. Club, who wrote "Big Love has proved to be one of the most earnest studies of religion and morality ever to air on television."[50]

Returning in , Big Love was met with mixed critical response for a shorter fourth season. General consensus dictated that the series was focused too much on plot, with character development suffering as a result. The Washington Post identified a lack of energy in the actors, looking "alternately confused and pooped, empty shells of the characters they used to play".[51] Putting it into perspective, Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "In this new season the show is spinning off into too many directions. None, taken individually, is terrible, but altogether these myriad plots create a lack of focus."[52]The A.V. Club, which a year earlier had cited the drama as one of the previous decade's top 20 shows, described the fourth season after its finale as "The season that virtually obliterated Big Love's dramatic credibility."[53]

When the series returned for its fifth and final season the next year, critical reaction was extremely enthusiastic. Big Love received the best early reviews of its entire run. Mary McNamara wrote, "Big Love quickly reclaims its astonishing ability to balance the insightful and the absurd, hilarity and heartbreak and the personal with the political."[54] Similar raves came from Nancy DeWolf Smith of the Wall Street Journal, who said the final season was "mesmerizing", and the New York Post, which awarded the final season a perfect four out of four stars.[55] Overall, the final season of Big Love tied as the fourth-best reviewed returning show of , trailing only Breaking Bad, Louie and the animated comedy Archer. It was the tenth-best reviewed scripted series of the year overall.[56]

Response to the series finale, "When Men and Mountains Meet," was passionate among top publications. Jace Lacob of the Daily Beast called it the "perfect way to close out this series" and described his reaction to it as "emotional".[57]James Poniewozik wrote for Time Magazine that "In the end Big Love came back full circle to the core relationships We closed on a moving if messy note for a moving if messy series."[58] Mary McNamara, of the Los Angeles Times dubbed it "a perfect finish to an astonishingly ambitious show that often careened through genre, narrative structure and believability like they were false walls on a stage". In her rumination on the finale, Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times noted that "[Big Love] was always at its most compelling as an indictment of the mindless spiritual avidity and the bizarre displays of self-exoneration that can go on in the name of faith," and celebrated the finale for committing to that theme. She also wrote that the series had "achieved the resonance of [HBO's] other heralded series."[59] Writing for TV Squad, Dr. Ryan Vaughn was less enthusiastic about the finale but said, "I'm not going to let a great series be sullied with a mediocre finale."[60] Finally, The A.V. Club awarded the series finale, and the series as a whole, a B+, writing that its first three seasons in particular qualified as "remarkable television."[61]

LDS Church response

In March , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) issued a public statement citing concerns over the program's depiction of abuse, polygamy, use of stereotypes, and television's depiction of moral and civic values in general.[62] Among other things, the church stated, "Despite its popularity with some, much of today's television entertainment shows an unhealthy preoccupation with sex, coarse humor and foul language. Big Love, like so much other television programming, is essentially lazy and indulgent entertainment that does nothing for our society and will never nourish great minds."[62] In March , the LDS Church stated that HBO's writers, producers, and executives were displaying insensitivity to church members by choosing to display simulated segments of the LDS Church's Endowment ceremony in an episode of Big Love.[63][64][65] The LDS Church also stated that the show had continued to blur the distinction between the LDS Church and "the show's fictional non-Mormon characters".[63]

Academia

Since its premiere, Big Love has been the subject of several seminal studies in the humanities and social sciences.

Dr. Cheryl Hanna explored "the problem of categorical exclusions to the consent doctrine in private intimate relationships" through the lens of Big Love, specifically citing its "beautifully explored" tensions between individual autonomy and state interests. In her conclusion, she wrote "the future of feminist legal theory depends on its ability to remain ambivalent about the tensions presented in the consent doctrine as applied to contexts such as polygamy, prostitution, sadomasochistic sex, obscenity, and domestic violence. Big Love seeks to persuade us to accept ambivalence and to be open to changing our minds because of the complicated nature of women's (and men's) lives; feminist legal theory ought to persuade us to do the same."[66]

For the Columbia Law Review, Dr. Adrienne D. Davis assessed legal debates surrounding polygamy after the premiere of Big Love and how it was being likened to same-sex marriage. She wrote, "The highly acclaimed hit series self-consciously invites viewers to consider analogies between same-sex and polygamous families. In the show's much-anticipated second season, the invitation became more pointed and persistent, with intermittent references to 'coming out,' 'closeted families,' and 'the state' as repressively surveilling nonconforming 'big love.'" However, she claimed that Hollywood and television critics' desire to interpret the polygamy in Big Love and beyond as representative of American "quirky families" was a miscue. Ultimately, she argues that the dichotomy presented by Big Love works when viewed in terms of "intimacy liberty, privacy, autonomy, and agency, or even an incipient constitutional respect for 'sexual minorities.'"; the very essence, as Davis notes and commends, of the series' themes.[67]

Dr. Brenda Cossman examined Big Love closely in her study of "migrating marriages" for Law and Contemporary Problems. In addition to asserting that "Just as in Big Love, same-sex marriage is never more than one degree away of separation from polygamy," she found that the series adds crucial insight to the understanding of marriages that exist between legal and cultural recognition. As she explains, "These cases can be seen through the lens of Big Love, in which marriages are produced as the culturally real in the here and the now, even when legal recognition remains elusive." By exploring the movement seeking to culturally legitimize same-sex marriage, she concluded Big Love served as a most powerful, unique allegory: "Big Love plays on an even more decisive gap: polygamous marriages are not legal in Utah or anywhere else in the country. Yet the point and the poignancy of the show is to depict a 'real-life' family. Bill Hendrickson and his three wives struggle with all of the daily trials of contemporary family life: parenting, finances, intimacy, and sex. The sympathetic portrayal of their family is as culturally real, although it suffers by virtue of its nonlegal recognition."[68]

Big Love was also studied as a part of Andrew Atkinson's study of HBO programs and the post-secular humanistic themes they elicit. In writing of Big Love, Atkinson too draws on the parallel between gay rights and polygamist rights illuminated by the series, but focuses more on the series' influential humanistic elements. In fact, he somewhat rebuffs earlier assertions made: "The attention that is paid to the minute details of Mormon ritual, theology, and historical disputes demonstrates that HBO's writers are uncomfortable with the supposed dichotomy that constructs homosexuality as by default areligious." Atkinson focuses on the ending, interpreting Barb's blessing of Bill as a "ritual innovation [that] indicates that FLDS Mormonism must shed the trappings of patriarchy if it wants to legitimate polygamy in a post-feminist society", and the fall of Alby, the closet homosexual, as a powerful interpretation of "the future theo-political and sexual tensions that Mormonism, and by extension, the broader American polity, will face as the post-secular matures". In concluding, Atkinson makes the case that Big Love and other HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and Six Feet Under "contribute to a fuller conception of humanity" than other forms of art and entertainment.[69]

Awards and nominations

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Series

  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series - nominated
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama - nominated
  • Television Critics Association Award for Best New Program - nominated
  • AFI Award Top Television Program - co-winner

Acting

  • Bill Paxton for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama - nominated
  • Chloe Sevigny for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film - win
  • Ellen Burstyn for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - nominated, for season two
  • Sissy Spacek for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - nominated, for season four
  • Mary Kay Place for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - nominated, for season four
  • Bruce Dern for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - nominated, for season five

Directing

  • Rodrigo García for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - nominated for the pilot

Writing

  • Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer for the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama - win for the pilot
  • Melanie Marnich for the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama - nominated for the episode "Come, Ye Saints."

Family tree

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See also

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Big Love

American television drama series

For other uses, see Big Love (disambiguation).

Big Love is an American dramatelevision series that aired on HBO between March and March It stars Bill Paxton as the patriarch of a fundamentalist Mormon family in contemporary Utah that practices polygamy, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin portraying his wives. The series charts the family's life in and out of the public sphere in their Salt Lake City suburb, as well as their associations with a fundamentalist compound in the area. It features key supporting performances from Amanda Seyfried, Grace Zabriskie, Daveigh Chase, Matt Ross, Mary Kay Place, Bruce Dern, Melora Walters, and Harry Dean Stanton.

The series premiered in the United States on March 12, , following the sixth-season premiere of the HBO series The Sopranos.[1]Big Love was a success for HBO, running for five seasons before concluding its run on March 20, [2]

Big Love received widespread critical acclaim, and earned several major awards and nominations throughout its run. The third season was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and the first three were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama.[3] For acting, Chloë Sevigny won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in the series' third season, and Bill Paxton was nominated three times for his leading role.[3] At the Emmys, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Mary Kay Place, and Sissy Spacek were all nominated for their recurring roles,[4] while the series' creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama.[5]

The series has been the subject of articles in academic journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Law and Contemporary Problems, and Michigan Journal of Gender & Law.[6] Several publications listed the series's first three seasons as among the best television of the decade –09, and its final season ranked among the best-reviewed scripted series of [7]

Development[edit]

Concept and writing[edit]

Big Love was created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, who also served as executive producers. Olsen and Scheffer spent nearly three years researching the premise of the show, with the intent of creating a "fair, non-judgmental portrayal of polygamy in America."[8] Olsen said that the family dynamics were key to the series' narrative, mixing family affection with tensions. "It's that combustion, negotiating that mix of feelings that I think keeps an audience coming back for more."[9]

The fictional fundamentalist group the United Effort Brotherhood (UEB) has characteristics similar to the historic United Effort Plan established by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and taken over by the state of Utah in [10] The FLDS is one of the most prolific and well-known polygamist groups and identifies itself as the legitimate successor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which officially discontinued polygamy in [11][12]

Creators Olsen and Scheffer included a drive through the twin FLDS towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, as part of their research for the show.[13] The UEB has built its own temple on its Kansas compound. The raid on Juniper Creek is reminiscent of the Short Creek raid in when Arizona state police and National Guard troops took action against polygamists in Colorado City. Many of the businesses owned by the UEB are similar to businesses owned by the Kingston Clan, another Mormon fundamentalist church. The concept for the cable show was influenced by a article published in Utah on the Darger family who are Independent Fundamentalist Mormons.[14]

Filming and sets[edit]

Although set in Utah, the series was primarily filmed at the Santa Clarita Studios in Valencia, California. The location used for filming "Henrickson's Home Plus" scenes was The All American Home Center in Downey, California.[15]

The exterior scenes of the three homes that Bill owns were filmed on location on Shady Lane, in the small town of Fillmore, California.[16]

The mall scenes from season one were filmed in the Fox Hills Mall, in Culver City, California. Other exterior shots were filmed in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sandy, Utah, as well as northeast Los Angeles, California.[17]

Music[edit]

During the first three seasons, "God Only Knows", by The Beach Boys, played during the opening titles (and at the end of the final episode at the end of the final season, season 5). The musical score for the series was composed by Anton Sanko. Mark Mothersbaugh composed music for the first season, while David Byrne was in charge of music during the second season. The theme song for the final two seasons of the series was "Home", by the band Engineers.

Cast and characters[edit]

Leading cast[edit]

  • Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson – Husband to Barb, Nicki, and Margene. He is a practicing polygamist and, at the end of season 4, is elected to the Utah State Senate
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn as Barbara "Barb" Henrickson – Bill's first wife and the only wife to whom he is legally married; mother of Sarah, Ben, and Tancy ("Teeny").
  • Chloë Sevigny as Nicolette "Nicki" Grant – Bill's second wife, Barb's former caretaker during her bout with cancer, and Roman Grant's daughter; mother of Wayne and Raymond with Bill, and Cara Lynn with J.J.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Margene "Margie" Heffman – Bill's third and youngest wife; mother of Lester, Aaron, and Nell.
  • Amanda Seyfried as Sarah Henrickson – Bill and Barb's first daughter, struggling with her father's polygamy. She marries ex-Mormon Scott Quittman despite her parents' initial reservations.
  • Douglas Smith as Ben Henrickson – Bill and Barb's son. In the third season, he expresses his sexual attraction and love to Margene, his third mother, who pacifies him as she loves him as a son. He has stated his desire to follow The Principle—to practice polygamy, as his father does.

Henrickson family and friends[edit]

  • Branka Katić as Ana Mesovich– Bill's fourth wife. She and Bill marry, then she divorces the family.
  • Jolean Wejbe (replaced by Bella Thorne for Season 4)[18] as Tancy "Teenie" Henrickson – Bill and Barb's younger daughter.
  • Keegan Holst as Wayne Henrickson – Bill and Nicki's older son.
  • Garrett Grey as Raymond Henrickson – Bill and Nicki's younger son.
  • Gavin Kent / Ethan Kent as Lester - Bill and Margene's son.
  • Hayden Zachery Nelson as Aaron - Bill and Margene's son.
  • Ailish (replaced by Julia O'Connor in Season 4) as Nell Henrickson – Bill and Margene's daughter.
  • Aaron Paul as Scott Quittman – Sarah's boyfriend and eventual husband.
  • Tina Majorino as Heather Tuttle – Sarah Henrickson's co-worker and best friend.
  • Bonnie Bedelia as Virginia "Ginger" Heffman – Margene's alcoholic mother.

Extended Henrickson family[edit]

  • Shawn Doyle as Joey Henrickson – Bill's brother, Wanda's husband. Former professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys. He attempts to enter into polygamy like Bill and his forefathers, albeit reluctantly at first. (Seasons 1–4)
  • Melora Walters as Wanda Henrickson – Bill's sister-in-law, wife to Joey Henrickson, and sister of Nicki's first husband, J.J. Wanda's psychological problems surface when she poisons people who cross her or her family. (Seasons 1–4)
  • Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow – Bill's abusive and domineering father, who exiled Bill from Juniper Creek at age In a strong, perennial, and sometimes violent feud with his wife Lois.
  • Grace Zabriskie as Lois Henrickson – Bill's mother. In a long-time feud against Bill's father, Frank Harlow that included attempted homicide.
  • Brian Kerwin as Eddie Henrickson – Lois' younger brother, Bill's maternal uncle.
  • Aidan Gonzales and Andrew Gonzales as Joey Henrickson Jr. – Joey and Wanda's son.
  • Christopher Randazzo and Zachary Randazzo as Joey Henrickson Jr. – Joey and Wanda's son. (Season 4)
  • Mireille Enos as JoDean Marquart and Kathy Marquart – Kathy is Joey's second wife-to-be until her death in a car accident while being chased by Roman Grant. She lived in Joey and Wanda's home and assisted with the care of their infant son. Her twin sister, JoDean, marries Frank as his newest wife. (Seasons 3–4)

Dutton family[edit]

Grant family[edit]

  • Harry Dean Stanton as Roman Grant – Nicki and Alby's father, self-proclaimed Prophet, and leader of the Juniper Creek compound. He is smothered to death by Joey Henrickson to avenge his involvement in the death of Joey's fiancée Kathy.
  • Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Hallstrom Grant – One of Roman Grant's wives and mother of Nicki and Alby. Although sixth wife to Roman, Adaleen is his most trusted confidante and is able to influence his political decisions. After Roman's death, Alby sends Adaleen to be a wife of J.J., against Adaleen's and Nicki's wishes.
  • Daveigh Chase as Rhonda Volmer – A teenage sociopath who was to be married to Roman Grant. During Roman's trial, Rhonda was bribed to go away so she could not take the stand and damage the defense's case.
  • Matt Ross as Alby Grant – Roman Grant's closeted gay son and the heir-apparent 'Prophet' of Juniper Creek. Takes over the compound after Roman dies.
  • Anne Dudek as Lura Grant – Third and favorite wife of Alby. She helps Alby try to kill Roman in both the second and third seasons.
  • Željko Ivanek as J.J. Percy Walker – Nicki's first husband and father of Nicki's firstborn, daughter Cara Lynn. J.J. is domineering, and with Alby's pull, forces the widowed Adaleen to marry him.[19]
  • Cassi Thomson as Cara Lynn Walker - Nicki and J.J.'s daughter.

Bill's business partners and associates[edit]

  • Joel McKinnon Miller as Don Embry – Bill's business partner and best friend. A polygamist until two of his wives ran away, leaving him a monogamist both in spirit and in fact. Bill asked him to take a 'bullet'—by confessing his polygamy to a reporter—to allow Bill's state senate candidacy to move forward.
  • Wendy Phillips as Peg Embry – Don's wife, Home Plus' head bookkeeper.
  • Kyle Gallner as Jason Embry – Don and Peg's son, Ben's best friend. Jason isn't fond of polygamy.
  • Annie Fitzgerald as Verna – Don's second wife.[20]
  • Renee Albert as Julep ("Jo-Jo") – Don's third wife.[20][21]
  • Lawrence O'Donnell as Lee Hatcher – Bill's attorney.
  • Jim Beaver as Carter Reese – Business acquaintance of Bill.
  • Jodie Markell as Wendy Hunt – Bill's secretary and the company's junior bookkeeper.
  • Adam Beach as Tommy Flute – Jerry Flute's son and a manager of the Blackfoot Casino.
  • Luke Askew as Hollis S. Green – Patriarch and proclaimed Prophet of a rival polygamist group. Hollis serves as one of the show's antagonists. His sect frequently uses violence and kidnapping for its ends.
  • Sandy Martin as Selma Green – Hollis' first wife and partner, Roman's youngest sister. A masculine-deep-voiced woman who usually wears male clothes and hairstyles.
  • Gregory Itzin as Senator Blake Barn – The Republican Senate President of the Utah State Senate.[22]
  • Sissy Spacek as Marilyn Densham - A powerful political lobbyist who becomes Bill's enemy.

Recurring[edit]

  • Robert Patrick as Bud Mayberry – Leader of a polygamist fringe group.[23]
  • Mark L. Young as Franky – Frank's son with Nita. Despite the significant age difference between Bill and Franky, Bill considers Franky to be as much his brother as Joey is. Franky is the boyfriend of Rhonda Volmer during the first half of the third season.
  • Carlos Jacott and Audrey Wasilewski as Carl Martin and Pam Martin – Neighbors of the Henricksons'.
  • Sarah Jones as Brynn – Ben's ex-girlfriend.
  • Carli Coleman as Brandy Thissel – Bill's ex-con cousin.
  • Robert Beltran as Jerry Flute – Business representative of a Native American reservation that wants to build a casino with Bill's collaboration.
  • Noa Tishby as Ladonna Flute – Jerry's assertive, opinionated wife.
  • Michele Greene as Sheila Jackson White – Channel 9 TV reporter.
  • Charles Esten as Ray Henry – Head Prosecutor for the Roman Grant case. Had a flirtation and went on a date with Nicki before he learned of her true identity.
  • Ben Koldyke as Dale Tomasson – Alby's lover, who hanged himself after Lura revealed his affair to his wife and family.
  • Kevin Rankin as Verlan Walker – Cousin to Cara Lynn. He was kicked out when he became a teenager. It is revealed that he is married to Rhonda Vollmer with whom he has a child.
  • Christian Campbell as Greg Ivey – Cara Lynn's high school math teacher and later lover.[24]

Family tree[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of Big Love episodes

Season 1[edit]

In Sandy, Utah, fundamentalist MormonBill Henrickson practices a polygamous marriage with his three wives: Barbara "Barb", Nicolette "Nicki", and Margene "Margie". Bill owns and operates Home Plus, a local hardware store chain which earns the family considerable income, and allows him to support his wives and their seven children. Tensions rise within the family amidst the wives with the newly-introduced Margie, a former babysitter of Bill's and employee at his store—as well as between Bill and Roman Grant, Nicolette's father, who is an influential patriarch and prophet of Juniper Creek, the fundamentalist compound where Nicolette and Bill were raised. Meanwhile, Bill and Barb's eldest children, Ben and Sarah, individually deal with maintaining a façade to conceal their parents' polygamous marriage from their peers and community.

Barb seeks independence by taking a job as a schoolteacher, while Nicki, a compulsive shopper, incurs nearly $60, in credit card debt, and Margie struggles to find footing in the family. Bill and his associate Don Embry, also a polygamist, continue to dispute with Roman over business holdings in Home Plus. Roman is aided by his sociopathic teenage bride Rhonda Volmer, as well as his son (and Nicolette's elder brother) Alby, a closeted homosexual and ardent follower of the United Effort Brotherhood (UEB), the priesthood of Juniper Creek. Bill, who was shunned from Juniper Creek as a teenager, is devastated when he discovers that his shunning was not caused by his parents, Frank and Lois, but by Roman, who feared Bill would usurp the prophecy.

After deciding to follow through with her baptism, Margie discovers she is pregnant. Shortly after, Barb is awarded the title of "Mother of the Year" by the local government after daughter Teeny nominates her. Flattered, Barb goes to attend the award ceremony at the governor's mansion, but is disqualified before the crowd when the judges are informed that she is a polygamist.

Season 2[edit]

After the family's exposure, Barb goes into seclusion, and Margie suspects their neighbors, Pam and Carl, were responsible. Home Plus billboards are vandalized, and the tumult within the house results in Bill and Barb forgetting Nicki's anniversary, exacerbating tensions. Barb decides to begin taking classes at the University of Utah to earn a Master's degree. At Juniper Creek, Bill's sister-in-law, Wanda, is tried by the community for attempting to poison Alby to death; Bill's brother Joey, a former NFL player, turns himself into police to prevent Wanda from facing prison.

Sarah joins an ex-Mormon support group to voice her frustrations over her family life, and meets Scott, a twenty-something-year-old whom she begins dating. Rhonda escapes Juniper Creek and manipulates her way into staying with Sarah's friend and co-worker, Heather; she then begins manipulating and blackmailing Heather and her family in order to help forge a career as a singer. Wanda is released from a psychiatric institute after Alby's poisoning, and Lois attempts to persuade Joey to take a second wife, Kathy. Meanwhile, Nicki enrolls son Wayne in a Catholic school, and grows paranoid that he will be indoctrinated, while Bill develops an attraction to Ana, a Serbian immigrant who works at a local diner; Margie uncovers this and forges a friendship with Ana unbeknownst to Bill. At home, teenaged Ben confesses to Bill and Barb that he is having sex with his irreligious girlfriend, Bryn, and expresses interest in practicing polygamy himself.

Meanwhile, Bill begins a business venture with Weber Gaming, a casino that operates on virtual currency, and is caught in the crossfires of a dispute between the Grant family and the Greenes, an underground polygamist family. Roman is ambushed by the Greenes and critically injured, leaving him hospitalized at the compound; Alby assumes the role of the compound leader and, with the help of wife Lura, extends Roman's convalescence by keeping him sedated. Joey begins to court Kathy, and Nicki holds a party for him, Kathy, and Wanda at their home. Meanwhile, Barb reunites with her estranged mother Nancy, and sister Cindy, on the occasion of Nancy's remarriage. Adaleen realizes Alby has been sedating Roman, and brings Roman to Bill's home seeking safety. Barb and Margie confess to neighbor Pam that they are polygamists.

Season 3[edit]

After Margie gives birth to Nell, Bill begins dating Ana formally. Roman is indicted on charges of rape and child sex abuse based on claims made by Alby, who is seeking to take his place. Posing as Margie, Nicki takes a job at the district attorney's office to help pay off her credit card debts, meanwhile seeking the state's evidence against her father. While cruising for sex at a rest stop, Alby is attacked by a stranger, and suspects Bill has put a hit on him, but it is revealed to be Adaleen, attempting to dissuade him of his same-sex attractions. Barb becomes concerned that her cervical cancer, treated with a hysterectomy years prior, may have recurred, but test results determine she is still in remission. Bill takes in his younger half-brother, Frankie, who has been kicked out of Juniper Creek, and it is revealed that Nicki has been on birth control for several years; meanwhile, Sarah discovers she is pregnant with Scott's child. Margie's alcoholic mother, Ginger, dies in an accident. Meanwhile, Bill pursues a business venture with Jerry Flute, a member of the Blackfoot tribe, on a casino.

Adaleen bribes Rhonda with $30, if she refuses to testify against Roman, and Rhonda takes the money and flees to Los Angeles. Roman is acquitted of the charges. Bill marries Ana, but it is short-lived, as she divorces the family within a matter of days. The family make a cross-country pilgrimage to Cumorah, New York, visiting historical sites associated with Mormon pioneers en route. During the trip, Ginger's ashes are lost, and Barb finds Nicki's birth control pills, which she assumes are Sarah's. Nicki confesses they are hers. That night, Sarah suffers a miscarriage.

Nicki is persuaded to keep her job at the D.A.'s office by Ray, her boss who has a crush on her, but quits when Margie discovers she's using her identity. Sarah and Heather make plans to enroll at Arizona State University, but Sarah eventually backs out. Roman attempts to marry Kathy to Hollis Greene as punishment for her testifying against him. Roman chases her when she flees, and she dies in a car accident while trying to escape. After her death, Bill attempts to get the D.A. to charge Roman with murder. Bill seeks a document legitimizing polygamy in the LDS church from Cindy and Ted. In an investigation into the letter, Barb becomes formally excommunicated from the LDS church.

Lois and Frank attempt to rekindle their tumultuous marriage after Lois's extensive attempts to murder him. Nicki develops romantic feelings for Ray, but he inadvertently discovers she is Roman's daughter, and is married to Bill. Enraged over her dishonesty, Ray threatens to charge Nicki with obstruction of justice, and she goes to stay at the compound. She returns home to mend her marriage with Bill.

Season 4[edit]

Roman disappears, and the D.A. attempts to dismantle Juniper Creek. Fearing a witch-hunt, Bill decides to run for office against a stark anti-polygamy candidate as an open polygamist. Nicki takes in Cara Lynn, her daughter from a previous arranged marriage on the compound who has been raised by her father, J.J. (brother of Wanda) in Kansas. Alby begins a romantic relationship with Dale, a married attorney negotiating with Juniper Creek on behalf of the state. Sarah is married to Scott by Bill, and reunites with Heather. Adaleen invites Nicki to the compound where she reveals Roman's corpse, which she's been keeping in a meat freezer; Nicki urges her to inform the authorities. Joey and Nicki believe Bill is to be the next prophet of the compound.

Margie begins a jewelry business sold via televised shopping. On the compound, Lois, Ben, and Kathy's sister JoDean begin an illicit business selling exotic birds smuggled from Mexico. Bill, Nicki, and Cara Lynn travel to Washington, D.C. where Bill attempts to get a land endorsement; there, he is met with the ire of Marilyn Densham, a venal lobbyist. Meanwhile, Barb takes over duties at the casino. Marilyn comes to Salt Lake City during the primaries and tries to forge a working relationship with Bill based on his business ventures, and both Margie and Ben are ostracized when it is revealed they have romantic feelings toward on another; Ben flees to the compound and joins Lois, Frank, and JoDean. Frank crashes a political party at Bill's casino, and Bill receives news he has won the nomination.

Bill and the wives find Ana working at an upscale restaurant and discover she is pregnant with Bill's child. Alby's feelings for Dale deepen and he rents an apartment for them to meet in; Lura discovers their affair and informs Dale's wife, leading Dale to commit suicide in the apartment. The Greenes kidnap Lois, Frank, and Ben in Mexico. Meanwhile, Sarah moves with Scott to Portland, Oregon, against Nicki and Barb's wishes. Bill arrives in Mexico to save Lois, Frank, and Ben from execution; Lois attacks Hollis with a machete, cutting off his arm. They drive him to a hospital to save him under the condition that Ben, Frank, and Lois are freed. Bill returns home safely with Ben. Barb discovers that Marilyn is in cahoots with the casino's opposition, leading Bill to confront and fire her. Nicki discovers she is infertile, and Margie marries Goran, Ana's new boyfriend, to prevent him from being deported.

On election day, Bill and Barb dispute over Bill's handling of a drug deal within the casino, and Marilyn discovers Bill is a polygamist. J.J. has a doctor lure Nicki to the compound, claiming she is pregnant. Wanda informs Bill that J.J. has impregnated Adaleen with her and J.J.'s child, and that Nicki is being tricked into having Cara Lynn's egg implanted into her. Adaleen breaks free and interrupts the procedure, and Nicki stabs J.J. with surgical scissors. That evening, Adaleen burns down the compound clinic with J.J. and his wife inside, killing them. Bill wins the election, and announces during a press interview that he is a polygamist, inviting each of the wives onstage.

Season 5[edit]

After his election, Bill establishes his own church in Sandy, and seeks to reform the Juniper Creek compound and dismantle the UEB against Alby's wishes. Meanwhile, he faces the ire of local government and the public. An open house invitation hosted by Bill and the wives is coldly received, though a group of fellow polygamists arrive at the end of the night. Barb and mother Nancy join a group focusing on Mormon mother-daughter relationships, and Barb comes to believe she possesses the priesthood, which Bill and Nicki vehemently challenge; Barb begins drinking alcohol, which also stuns the family. On Christmas Eve, Margie reveals that she was in fact sixteen when she married Bill, and had concealed her true age. Heather, who attended the holiday dinner with Ben, inadvertently tells her bishop when she returns to college. The bishop being a mandated reporter reports the situation to the police and ultimately Heather's father. Heather's father, in turn, launches an investigation against Bill for statutory rape. Lois is diagnosed with dementia due to an untreated STI and Bill moves her into their home.

Nicki struggles to tell Cara Lynn that her father is dead, and Adaleen reveals she has been impregnated with Cara Lynn and J.J.'s incestuous child. Alby begins a mission to "purify" the compound, leading his wife, Lura, to leave him. Meanwhile, Cara Lynn begins an illicit relationship with her math teacher, Greg, which Margie and Nicki uncover. Rhonda returns to Sandy with her new husband, Verlan, and their infant child. The two attempt to extort money from Alby for the past abuses Rhonda suffered at the hands of Roman, and Verlan begins offering sexual favors to Alby in exchange for money. In an effort to legally adopt Cara Lynn, Nicki requests that Barb formally divorce Bill in order for her and Bill to legally adopt her. Barb reluctantly agrees. Pam confides in Margie that she and Carl may be divorcing.

While ice fishing with his sons, Don is attacked by a masked stranger and nearly dies; it is later revealed to be Verlan, working on behalf of Alby. Nicki decides to devote her time rescuing women from the compound. During a confrontation, Alby kidnaps Nicki and brings her to a secluded location to murder her. Nicki begs for her life, and he instead shoots Verlan to death, sparing Nicki. The wives prepare for the possibility that Bill may be indicted, and Bill is infuriated when he discovers Barb has been attending a reform-LDS church.

Alby attempts to assassinate Bill at the state capitol, but his attempt is thwarted and Alby is imprisoned. As Bill's potential trial looms, Barb decides to join the reform-LDS church, and Margie considers making a mission to South America, leaving Nicki fearful she will be left alone. Meanwhile, Lois's dementia worsens significantly, and she is placed in an assisted living home. Bill proposes the legalization of polygamy in an effort to prevent the covert abuses that have occurred in compounds like Juniper Creek. Bill and Don lose ownership of Home Plus amidst the scandal. Barb is ultimately unable to follow through with her baptism, and instead joins the family at the church where Bill gives an emotional Easter sermon.

While the Henricksons prepare for Easter dinner, Frank helps Lois commit assisted suicide, recounting their life together while she dies in his arms. In his driveway, Bill is confronted by a mentally-ill Carl, who is infuriated over Bill's kind gesture of re-sodding his and Pam's front lawn. Carl shoots Bill in the chest. Barb, Nicki, and Margie rush to his aid, and at Bill's request Barb performs a blessing over him as he bleeds to death on the ground.

Eleven months later, Sarah returns home with Scott and her newborn son, who they've named after Bill for a blessing by Barb. As Sarah and Scott prepare to fly back to Oregon, Margie also prepares to leave on her mission to South America. The wives emotionally embrace as Bill watches from the dining table.

Music[edit]

Main article: Big Love: Hymnal

The series' theme song for its first three seasons was "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys.[28] For the series' fourth and fifth seasons, the song "Home", performed by the British band Engineers, was adopted as the show's theme song along with a new title sequence.[28] "God Only Knows" was covered by Natalie Maines for the closing of the series finale.[29]

David Byrne recorded a complete soundtrack to the second season, released as Big Love: Hymnal on August 19, [30]

Home media[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Region 1Region 2Region 4
Season 1 October 17, April 27, September 5,
Season 2 December 11, September 12, July 2,
Season 3 January 5, [31]January 23, March 3,
Season 4 January 4, [32]April 16, [33]May 4, [34]
Season 5 December 6, August 6, July 11,
Big Love: The Complete Collection December 6, August 6, TBA

Reception[edit]

Critical opinion[edit]

Review aggregate Metacritic indicated positive critical response for all five seasons. The average scores for the first through fourth seasons were 72/, 71/, 79/, and 70/, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The fifth and final season received an average score of 85/, or "universal acclaim".[35] Based on its overall Metaritic score of 75, Business Insider ranked the series at number 29 in its list of every HBO series ranked "from best to worst".[36]

Upon its debut, reaction to the series was mixed-to-positive. Initial raves came from publications such as Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Daily News. James Poniewozik described it as a "first-rate drama"[37] and Dorothy Rabinowitz said it was "seriously compelling".[38] Publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Variety, the Boston Globe, and The Hollywood Reporter were all positive as well.[39] Notable detractors included Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times, who said it ultimately "didn't convince";[40] Doug Elfman of the Chicago Sun-Times, who felt its quality didn't match its concept;[41] and John Leonard of New York magazine, describing it as "more soapy than salacious".[42]

By the second season, critical reception warmed. Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post and noted critic Alan Sepinwall remained ambivalent towards the show; otherwise critics were uniformly positive. In particular, several critics noted improvements from season one. Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Big Love has dropped the last vestiges of its ostentatious quirkiness and fashioned itself into a rich and grounded family drama", and Diane Werts of Newsday said that "'Big Love' does more this year than you might expect, and more richly, more provocatively, more dramatically and amusingly, too."[43] The second season was cited among the best shows of by numerous publications, including PopMatters,[44] the San Francisco Chronicle,[45]Time,[46]Entertainment Weekly[47] and NPR.[48]

Season three vaulted Big Love to universal critical acclaim. Notably, Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly gave the season's early episodes an 'A' grade, and Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times said, "If there's a better written, better acted, more originally conceived show on television, I defy you to name it."[49] After two years of popping up spottily on critics' 'Best Of' lists, season three was recognized as one of the top seasons of television from In aggregating Top 10 lists from every major television critic, Metacritic reported that 10 critics had cited the series, tying for the eighth-most mentions (and, in particular, Big Love ranked third on that list among series in their third season or later).[7]

Though only its first three seasons aired in the s (decade), multiple critics cited Big Love as one of the best series of the decade. They include the Huffington Post,[50]Ain't It Cool News[51] and The A.V. Club, who wrote "Big Love has proved to be one of the most earnest studies of religion and morality ever to air on television."[52]

Returning in , Big Love was met with mixed critical response for a shorter fourth season. General consensus dictated that the series was focused too much on plot, with character development suffering as a result. The Washington Post identified a lack of energy in the actors, looking "alternately confused and pooped, empty shells of the characters they used to play".[53] Putting it into perspective, Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "In this new season the show is spinning off into too many directions. None, taken individually, is terrible, but altogether these myriad plots create a lack of focus."[54]The A.V. Club, which a year earlier had cited the drama as one of the previous decade's top 20 shows, described the fourth season after its finale as "The season that virtually obliterated Big Love's dramatic credibility."[55]

When the series returned for its fifth and final season the next year, critical reaction was extremely enthusiastic. Big Love received the best early reviews of its entire run. Mary McNamara wrote, "Big Love quickly reclaims its astonishing ability to balance the insightful and the absurd, hilarity and heartbreak and the personal with the political."[56] Similar raves came from Nancy DeWolf Smith of The Wall Street Journal, who said the final season was "mesmerizing", and the New York Post, which awarded the final season a perfect four out of four stars.[57] Overall, the final season of Big Love tied as the fourth-best reviewed returning show of , trailing only Breaking Bad, Louie and the animated comedy Archer. It was the tenth-best reviewed scripted series of the year overall.[58]

Response to the series finale, "When Men and Mountains Meet", was passionate among top publications. Jace Lacob of the Daily Beast called it the "perfect way to close out this series" and described his reaction to it as "emotional".[59]James Poniewozik wrote for Time magazine that "In the end Big Love came back full circle to the core relationships We closed on a moving if messy note for a moving if messy series."[60] Mary McNamara, of the Los Angeles Times dubbed it "a perfect finish to an astonishingly ambitious show that often careened through genre, narrative structure and believability like they were false walls on a stage". In her rumination on the finale, Ginia Bellafante of The New York Times noted that Big Love "was always at its most compelling as an indictment of the mindless spiritual avidity and the bizarre displays of self-exoneration that can go on in the name of faith", and celebrated the finale for committing to that theme. She also wrote that the series had "achieved the resonance of [HBO's] other heralded series."[61] Writing for TV Squad, Dr. Ryan Vaughn was less enthusiastic about the finale but said, "I'm not going to let a great series be sullied with a mediocre finale."[62] Finally, Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club awarded the series finale, and the series as a whole, a B+, writing that its first three seasons in particular qualified as "remarkable television".[63]

LDS Church and others[edit]

In March , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which ended practice of polygamy in and often distances itself from modern polygamist breakoffs, issued a public statement citing concerns over the program's depiction of abuse, polygamy, use of stereotypes, and television's depiction of moral and civic values in general.[64] Among other things, the church stated, "Despite its popularity with some, much of today's television entertainment shows an unhealthy preoccupation with sex, coarse humor and foul language. Big Love, like so much other television programming, is essentially lazy and indulgent entertainment that does nothing for our society and will never nourish great minds."[64] In March , the LDS Church stated that HBO's writers, producers, and executives were displaying insensitivity to church members by choosing to display simulated segments of the LDS Church's Endowment ceremony in an episode of Big Love.[65][66][67] The LDS Church also stated that the show had continued to blur the distinction between the LDS Church and "the show's fictional non-Mormon characters".[65]

In contrast to the statement made by the LDS church, several real fundamentalist Mormon polygamists spoke in favor of the series: In a interview in The New York Times with various polygamist wives, one noted: "It's a more realistic view of a polygamous family that lives out in society than people have known. It can be seen as a viable alternative lifestyle between consenting adults."[8]

The series did garner criticism from some members of the LDS church during its third season for an episode's depiction of an endowment ceremony, a sacred ritual in the church.[68] HBO made a public apology to those offended by the depiction but defended a decision to broadcast it anyway.[68]

Academic assessment[edit]

Since its premiere, Big Love has been the subject of several studies in the humanities and social sciences.

Dr. Cheryl Hanna explored "the problem of categorical exclusions to the consent doctrine in private intimate relationships" through the lens of Big Love, specifically citing its "beautifully explored" tensions between individual autonomy and state interests. In her conclusion, she wrote "the future of feminist legal theory depends on its ability to remain ambivalent about the tensions presented in the consent doctrine as applied to contexts such as polygamy, prostitution, sadomasochistic sex, obscenity, and domestic violence. Big Love seeks to persuade us to accept ambivalence and to be open to changing our minds because of the complicated nature of women's (and men's) lives; feminist legal theory ought to persuade us to do the same."[6]

For the Columbia Law Review, Dr. Adrienne D. Davis assessed legal debates surrounding polygamy after the premiere of Big Love and how it was being likened to same-sex marriage. She wrote, "The highly acclaimed hit series self-consciously invites viewers to consider analogies between same-sex and polygamous families. In the show's much-anticipated second season, the invitation became more pointed and persistent, with intermittent references to 'coming out,' 'closeted families,' and 'the state' as repressively surveilling nonconforming 'big love.'" However, she claimed that Hollywood and television critics' desire to interpret the polygamy in Big Love and beyond as representative of American "quirky families" was a miscue. Ultimately, she argues that the dichotomy presented by Big Love works when viewed in terms of "intimacy liberty, privacy, autonomy, and agency, or even an incipient constitutional respect for 'sexual minorities.'"; the very essence, as Davis notes and commends, of the series' themes.[69]

Dr. Brenda Cossman examined Big Love closely in her study of "migrating marriages" for Law and Contemporary Problems. In addition to asserting that "Just as in Big Love, same-sex marriage is never more than one degree away of separation from polygamy", she found that the series adds crucial insight to the understanding of marriages that exist between legal and cultural recognition. As she explains, "These cases can be seen through the lens of Big Love, in which marriages are produced as the culturally real in the here and the now, even when legal recognition remains elusive." By exploring the movement seeking to culturally legitimize same-sex marriage, she concluded Big Love served as a most powerful, unique allegory: "Big Love plays on an even more decisive gap: polygamous marriages are not legal in Utah or anywhere else in the country. Yet the point and the poignancy of the show is to depict a 'real-life' family. Bill Hendrickson and his three wives struggle with all of the daily trials of contemporary family life: parenting, finances, intimacy, and sex. The sympathetic portrayal of their family is as culturally real, although it suffers by virtue of its nonlegal recognition."[70]

Big Love was also studied as a part of Andrew Atkinson's study of HBO programs and the post-secular humanistic themes they elicit. In writing of Big Love, Atkinson too draws on the parallel between gay rights and polygamist rights illuminated by the series, but focuses more on the series' influential humanistic elements. In fact, he somewhat rebuffs earlier assertions made: "The attention that is paid to the minute details of Mormon ritual, theology, and historical disputes demonstrates that HBO's writers are uncomfortable with the supposed dichotomy that constructs homosexuality as by default areligious." Atkinson focuses on the ending, interpreting Barb's blessing of Bill as a "ritual innovation [that] indicates that FLDS Mormonism must shed the trappings of patriarchy if it wants to legitimate polygamy in a post-feminist society", and the fall of Alby, the closet homosexual, as a powerful interpretation of "the future theo-political and sexual tensions that Mormonism, and by extension, the broader American polity, will face as the post-secular matures". In concluding, Atkinson makes the case that Big Love and other HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and Six Feet Under "contribute to a fuller conception of humanity" than other forms of art and entertainment.[71]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Main article: List of Big Love awards and nominations

Series

Acting

Directing

Writing

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^In season one, episode eight, Lois tells Sarah that Maggie drowned in Lake Mead, Nevada.[26]
  2. ^Ben's sixteenth birthday is referenced in episode three, season two.[27]

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Big Love Series-Finale Recap: Good-bye to All That

Big Love

Where Men and Mountains Meet

Season 5 Episode 10

Big Love concluded its five-season run last night, with a bang and then a whimper. The closing moments of the show addressed pretty much every plot thread from the last season, but in a way so pat it took some of the fun out of the finale. Heather married Ben in spite of his naming a star after her. Barb leads the church, Sarah returns to have her baby blessed, and that pixie Margene takes off for yet another medical-relief cruise. So, yay, for the Henricksons.

All except Bill, of course. Bill may not be a prophet, but his murder by irate neighbor Carl ensures his martyrdom. Bill, paternalistic and patronizing as ever in this episode, has a true testimony during Easter in a church crowded with polygamists looking for a spiritual home. He sees his forbears, including Mrs. Joseph Smith, approving of his church and his crusade. “I felt a grace descend upon me,” he later explains to an awestruck Ben. Following the Easter themes permeating the episode, Bill — and polygamy — are redeemed.

Not so much Nicki, whose resolution was unsatisfying. She confesses her own failings to an unsurprised Barb: “I don’t have one ounce of the milk of human kindness in me. I’m spiteful, jealous, and mean.” Barb says only, “I know,” and gives her a hug. But since everyone is in agreement that Nicki is such a horrible person, we’re even more confused by her presence in the family. Could somebody please explain why exactly Bill married her, and why Barb went along with it? Nicki may be a great villain, but that seemed to be her only role.

Margene’s delight at Barb’s Mini-Midlife Crisis reminded us again why she was our favorite wife. She is the character who changed the most over five seasons, beginning as a kind of a bimbo who matured without losing any joie de vivre. Marge feared isolation throughout the series, befriending Pam early on and always trying to go out on her own. And why not? She’s no older than 23 in the finale, the time when most young people find and forge their adult selves. We’re not sure Margene Without Borders (good zinger, Nicki) will make a permanent home with the Henricksons again, but she’s probably the happiest member of the family.

Though Big Love was about plural marriage, the relationship that mattered most was the one between Barb and Bill. Their marriage was the one we could relate to, one that buckled but never broke. They grew apart from each other as couples do, but always returned to the pull of their sealed union. Bill’s seemingly irrational fury at Barb’s new car was because she was trading in their past, the past that existed before polygamy. In his last moments, he sought Barb’s blessing. He believed in her priesthood and redeemed their relationship.

It’s not often that supporting characters so dominate a show, but Frank and Lois lit up every single scene, and the finale was no different. Lois, no longer afraid of a lonely eternity, ends her life in the arms of her cantankerous lover as he remembers for the both of them. Frank and Lois got the great conclusion they deserved.

No TV drama (not even the megachurch theology of 7th Heaven) has ever put faith at its center like Big Love. The writers never mocked its characters’ beliefs, and avoided the potshots regularly fired at Mormons. Struggles of the spirit were respected, like poor Dale’s agony over his sexuality and Barb’s grief over excommunication. Yes, Big Love got silly more than once — several times in the finale alone! But it was never ironic about religion. The show’s greatest achievement was its compassionate, complex portrayal of faith and the doubt that comes with it.

Big Love Series-Finale Recap: Good-bye to All ThatSours: https://www.vulture.com//03/big_love_series_finale_recap_g.html

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Big Love, an American drama television series created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, premiered on HBO on March 12, The series revolves around Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), a polygamist living in Sandy, Utah with his three wives, Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) and their children. Bill struggles to maintain a happy family life whilst keeping their illegal lifestyle a secret. During the course of the series, 53 episodes of Big Love aired over five seasons, between March 12, , and March 20,

Series overview[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 ()[edit]

Season 2 ()[edit]

Season 3 ()[edit]

Season 4 ()[edit]

Season 5 ()[edit]

Webisodes: "In the Beginning"[edit]

Prior to Season 2, HBO aired a series of three Webisodes collectively entitled "Big Love: In The Beginning" which explored how the Henricksons came to be a family. These three short films were also included on the Season 2 DVD release.[42]

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External links[edit]

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