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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Seyfried, Grace Zabriskie
  • Summary: Utah's Henrickson family--all one husband, three wives and seven children of them--return for a second season, where they must deal with the aftermath of being outed as polygamists.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    The second season... crackles with high drama, suspenseful twists, unexpected humor and emotion.
  2. 88
    [It] remains a nervily ambiguous concept. [18 Jun 2007, p.37]
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 10
    “Big Love” is a waste of time, and an excruciating waste of these actors’ talents.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Mike
    Aug 28, 2007
    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 read like a high school blogger. she prefers mind numbing shows like entourage and flight of the concords over big love. Collapse
  2. JackS.
    Jun 13, 2007
    Big Love is a great show, very well written and acted. It is fascinating on many levels.
  3. NanetteB.
    Jul 15, 2007
    My husband even likes this show. I think it is one of the best shows on TV today.
  4. steve
    Jun 14, 2007
    A superbly acted and well written show, unfairly targeted by fundamentalists who have never watched it. The very first episode of Big Love clearly stated that The Mormon Church banned polygamy in 1890, and that approx 20-40k people practice polygamy in the US. Anyone voting it a 0 because it 'portrays Mormons incorrectly' has obviously never watched the show. Expand
  5. AlanS
    Jun 16, 2007
    Great family drama. Not your average family. So what?
  6. TVFreek
    Jun 14, 2007
    An entertaining and often funny show that makes its characters very relatable. It's sad that all of these people are ranking the show so low have obviously never seen it- if they had, they'd know that the central characters have to be quite secretive about their lifestyles because the LDS church condemns polygamy. This is made clear during almost every episode. There are indeed Mormon sects who continue to practice polygamy outside of the mainstream and the central family of Big Love is certainly portrayed as such Expand
  7. HilaryB.
    Jun 11, 2007
    Complete trash. Just so everyone knows, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do NOT practice polygamy.

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