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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: The final season of the HBO drama, finds Bill and his family under attack from both sides after revealing their lifestyle.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 3, 2011
    Will Big Love go out with a big bang? If the final season's opener is any indication, the answer is a big "yes."
  2. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Feb 3, 2011
    One welcome aspect of all this is that some of the plot threads which became so distracting last season, threatening to tip Big Love into crazy-flatulent "L.A. Law" territory, seem to be gone. There is more than enough left, along with consistently brilliant acting all over, to keep the show as mesmerizing as it ever was.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 3, 2011
    In early episodes, Big Love quickly reclaims its astonishing ability to balance the insightful and the absurd, hilarity and heartbreak and the personal with the political. The hours race by and already the final season seems far too short.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 3, 2011
    By concentrating on what it means to practice polygamy in the 21st century, the series again comes close to achieving its goal of defining what it means to be a family.
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Feb 3, 2011
    The first two new episodes are better focused and often affecting but don't quite cohere, possibly in part because of the mop-up work left after the whirlwind of season four. The third episode sent to critics, however, is one of the strongest the show has done in a while, possibly since the excellent third season.
  6. Reviewed by: J.C. Frenan
    Feb 3, 2011
    As a result, what began as a quasi-voyeuristic family drama about polygamists trying to find a place for themselves as suburban, middle-class American citizens has transformed into an allegory of the growing place of libertarianism in mainstream politics.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 3, 2011
    Season five is a definite improvement on season four, but only to a point. There aren't as many different stories rattling around, but the show's still so crowded that it has to bounce from scene to scene, subplot to subplot, so quickly that very little gets a chance to breathe.

See all 8 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Apr 28, 2011
    I'm new one here. Please post some news, articles, blogs & Photos about my favorite gamer girl Celeste Thorson. She's my #1 actress and I love her so much. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    This Season Big Love returns back to its former strength. The focus is back on the characters and their individual strength and struggles. A pure relief after the fast paced and overall chaotic, although entertaining, Season 4. Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2011
    My wife and I both Love the series in a Big way! Excellent acting, black humor when it's at its best, and a story line that we enjoy following.
    It's original and adult and we are sorry that it will be ending soon.
  4. Mar 8, 2011
    I was more comfortable when they were all sneaking around, avoiding the limelight. This season is a little tough to watch because Bill in a real sense endangers his whole family with his "mission" without giving full weight to the impact on the three wives. So, I guess, the believablilty factor has dropped for me, making it more difficult to like. First we have gay marriage, now the implication is plural marriage for America. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    Show jumped the shark S4 to me, Roman Grant was my favorite characther though so I might be a little bias. S5 had a lot of potential but ending up making me question why I ever started watching this series. I slammed the first two seasons Ondemand in a week & I should've stopped

    Did like the finale episode, well atleast the last 15 minutes, atleast some friggin closure
  6. Feb 9, 2011
    I must respectfully disagree with critics who find this season a return to form. To me, it continues--even accelerates--the decline that began with the death of Roman (Harry Dean Stanton). I don't know whether it was Roman the character or Stanton the actor who inspired the writers for the first three seasons, but, once he was gone, the show seemed to lose its way, clutching at topical storylines, some truly preposterous, and putting the characters through ridiculous changes. The exception was the flirtation between the youngest wife and the oldest son, much closer to her age than her husband, which was spot on and handled well. Season five finds the family, improbably, dealing with the aftermath of a monumentally ill-timed "coming out," and everyone seems to be handling the stress by indulging in selfish acting out and equally narcissistic blather. I'll admit, I channel-surfed out of there when Barb and her mother started berating each other over old grievances during a public forum, something neither character would ever, ever do. And all of this is too bad, because one of the show's earlier strengths was the delicate balance between the "big love" of its title and the petty disputes and rivalries that perturb it. Expand
  7. Feb 14, 2011
    This show should have ended after season two. For there to be a fifth season, makes me sick. They have dried up all the good story lines and the plot twists continue to go downhill. Thankfully, this is the last season. Collapse

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