Big Love

2006 TV-MA 4 seasons

Big Love

2006 TV-MA 4 seasons
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In a Salt Lake City suburb, store owner and polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) manages his expanding business and expansive family -- three wives, nine children and three houses -- while attempting to keep the cat in the bag. Wives Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) jostle for position while career-minded Bill makes political strides in both the family and the community.
Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Seyfried, Grace Zabriskie, Melora Walters
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (2006) - 5 discs

Salt Lake City business owner Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) is struggling to balance his work and family life. But as a fundamentalist Mormon with three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin), seven kids and three houses, Bill's burdened with a juggling act that requires more finesse than most. Can our polygamous hero survive his addiction to love? Find out in Season 1 of this decidedly offbeat HBO series.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the main character in this edgy polygamy drama has three different families with three different wives -- but even with all of those families, very little in the show is appropriate for kids. Instead of focusing on how one man juggles three families, it focuses on how he satisfies his three wives. Everything else -- his job, his kids -- is less important. It's important to note that although this show is about polygamy, the characters are not Mormons.

Sexual Content

There's so much sex that sometimes it feels like it's the only thing the show is about. They talk about it, they do it, they bare it. Scenes have included Bill's naked butt, an erection shown through a blanket, and children talking about erections.


Guns are displayed here and there; a husband is poisoned by his wife; verbal jousts abound.


Some minor-league cursing ("damn").

Social Behavior

One husband, three wives, and a father-in-law with a 14-year-old partner, not to mention the usual dysfunctional family relationships aired like too much dirty, tawdry laundry.


One shopaholic wife has practically memorized all of the popular mail-order catalogs, reeling off labels like a doctor does medical jargon. But her behavior is portrayed negatively.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

So many other vices are indulged that there's little room for run-of-the-mill substances and dependencies, though the main character takes Viagra.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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