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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic 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. 80
    A series that seems to get better and better with each season, exploring issues of openness in religious belief, economic betterment and emotional escape that are as relevant and chilling as ever.
  5. The current season, exquisitely plotted so far, deals in part with the repercussions of outing.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Exec producers Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer possess a marvelous knack for dancing right up against the precipice with their narrative arcs without toppling over--aided immeasurably by their talented multigenerational cast.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    80
    Big Love quickly settles you into its odd setting. The particulars of the Henricksons' lives--their intrigues and secrecy, yes, but also their familiar family dynamics and sincere faith--are presented, simply and unpatronizingly, as the reality of the show's universe.
  11. Big Love just doesn't induce love. And yet, the series crafts compelling stories.
  12. The performances by the three lead actresses (and by Amanda Seyfried as Paxton and Tripplehorn's eldest daughter) are so strong, and the nuances of life in such a complicated relationship so endlessly fascinating, that I'll suffer through the rest for a few episodes at a time before Bill's unsettling stare or Roman's calm, criminal sense of entitlement chases me off again.
  13. Everything but the problems feels increasingly awkward and forced. Well-played as the characters remain, we care less about them, not more.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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 bill paxton. can't wait for season four. Full Review »
  2. KevB
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    Better and better... as each episode progressed more importantly each season.
  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 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. Full Review »