Big Love Tonight

I avoided the first few episodes of Big Love because the basic premise (polygamy) just seemed too creepy, but my wife started watching it after I went to sleep, and now I’ve gotten hooked on it too. HBO is replaying the first four episodes tonight starting at 8:00 P.M. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to check it out.

One thing that strikes me watching this show is that the Henricksons could eliminate about half of their current problems just by coming out of the closet and announcing to the world that they’re polygamists. Many of their problems are caused not by the polygamy, but by the desire to hide it. Of course, that would probably remove a lot of the dramatic tension so I doubt it will happen any time soon; but honestly I can’t imagine that all that many people really care all that much.

2 Responses to “Big Love Tonight”

  1. peter royal Says:

    Polygamy is illegal in Utah, so they have to hide.

  2. Elliotte Rusty Harold Says:

    It’s only illegal if you have a state sanctioned marriage (i.e. a marriage license). In practice, most polygamists simply don’t bother to state sanction the second, third, and further marriages. This has actually been addressed on the show. Apparently it’s better to be first wife because you then have more legal protections in the event of divorce, death, etc.

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