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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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79

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  • Summary: The Henricksons return for a third season, and Bill (Paxton) may be ready for wife number four.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    The underrated bigamy show returns from a too-long hiatus with a plot-packed season 3 opener, and, not for the first time, the females deliver the best moments.
  2. 100
    If there's a better written, better acted, more originally conceived show on television, I defy you to name it.
  3. 88
    Happily for you, when you see what each of those truly terrible characters is up to this year, your hair will stand on end like an FDLS lady with a sugar-water-stiffened 'do. It's so much more satisfying than a pizza and a night at the Bada Bing
  4. Big Love succeeds in entertaining through the nuance of its characters, especially perpetually seething Nicki (Chloe Sevigny, queen of the slow burn), one of the three wives of Salt Lake City businessman Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton).
  5. It's always been well-acted and crafted with surprising restraint. But as the dawn of this new campaign underscores, the production team looks to be taking things to another level beyond serialized contrivance.
  6. 80
    Big Love not only recovers from this near disaster in its third season, but its episodes build to a dramatic climax heretofore unseen on this series.
  7. Everything but the problems feels increasingly awkward and forced. Well-played as the characters remain, we care less about them, not more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. SharonB
    Jan 19, 2009
    10
    a long wait for a favorite show- almost too many themes though, I thought perhaps I had missed an episode..Casting excellent for a long wait for a favorite show- almost too many themes though, I thought perhaps I had missed an episode..Casting excellent for roles..making the audience identify with them as if we were part of this...thanks. Expand
  2. larrym
    Mar 25, 2009
    10
    When u watch Big Love the one hour seems like a half hour.the plotlines,dialogue and acting is terrific.special kudos to chloe sevingy and When u watch Big Love the one hour seems like a half hour.the plotlines,dialogue and acting is terrific.special kudos to chloe sevingy and bill paxton. can't wait for season four. Expand
  3. JasonG
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    I still think Big Love is one of the best Drama's on television today. Season 1 was excellent. Season 2 was great, though not quite as I still think Big Love is one of the best Drama's on television today. Season 1 was excellent. Season 2 was great, though not quite as good as Season 1. But thus far, Season 3 has been nothing short of brilliant. I'm left wanting more with every episode. It is a shame HBO confines this series to a mere 10 episodes per season. Expand
  4. KevB
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    Better and better... as each episode progressed more importantly each season.
  5. DeannaA
    Feb 23, 2009
    9
    Love this show! It has gotten so much better over time. One of the best things on TV now. Chloe Sevigny is especially good in the part of Love this show! It has gotten so much better over time. One of the best things on TV now. Chloe Sevigny is especially good in the part of Nicki. She always has something hilarious to say under her breath that kills me!! Passive agressive at it's best!!!. Expand

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