• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 10
    “Big Love” is a waste of time, and an excruciating waste of these actors’ talents.
  2. Big Love has dropped the last vestiges of its ostentatious quirkiness and fashioned itself into a rich and grounded family drama. [22 Jun 2007, p.62]
  3. It's the characters, and the character development, that continually lift the show out of soap into true opera, in which things writ large resonate with pinpoint accuracy.
  4. There's lots of humor in "Big Love" this season, but it is all based in the characters and a new spin on familiar situations.
  5. The show feels cold, like it's holding the audience at arm's length.
  6. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    "Big Love" does more this year than you might expect, and more richly, more provocatively, more dramatically and amusingly, too.
  7. 88
    [It] remains a nervily ambiguous concept. [18 Jun 2007, p.37]
  8. The series performs a deft balancing act, creating sympathetic characters in a nontraditional family that viewers care about while making polygamy look like a much bigger relationship headache than any two-person union.
  9. Like the fledgling “John From Cincinnati” but with fewer side effects, “Big Love” derives suspense, humor and thrills from HBO’s signature insight: that Americans are profoundly anxious about how their families are different from other families.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    The second season... crackles with high drama, suspenseful twists, unexpected humor and emotion.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Mike
    Aug 28, 2007
    10
    Big love is excellent! more provocative and enlightening than any other show on tv! as a side note Maureen ryan is a moron. her reviews readBig love is excellent! more provocative and enlightening than any other show on tv! as a side note Maureen ryan is a moron. her reviews read like a high school blogger. she prefers mind numbing shows like entourage and flight of the concords over big love. Full Review »
  2. LynnN.
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    Easily the most compelling and best written script on TV today.
  3. karenm
    Jul 30, 2007
    10
    It is as close to the real thing as it gets good job..