Big Love: Season 1 (2006)



Critic Consensus: It has a bawdy premise, but Big Love presents a sympathetic view of a complex family relationship.


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Meet the Henricksons. They're the typical suburban American family, occupied with hectic schedules and bills to pay, as well as trying to make sense of an increasingly complicated world. Oh, and they also happen to be polygamists. In the first season of this unconventional, critically acclaimed drama, every day is a new adventure for patriarch Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), who lives outside Salt Lake City with his three wives---Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin)---and their collective brood of seven children, including Bill and Barb's teenagers, Ben (Douglas Smith) and Sarah (Amanda Seyfried). Owner of a profitable home-improvement superstore, Bill is anxious to expand his empire (and support his growing family) by opening another Home Plus location with his business partner and fellow polygamist, Don Embry (Joel McKinnon Miller). However, an unwanted investor hoping to share in Bill's good fortune emerges: Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton), the scheming "Prophet" of the remote Juniper Creek polygamist compound who is also Nicki's father. There's been bad blood between Bill and Roman ever since the former was expelled from Juniper Creek as an adolescent, largely by the latter's hand. Bill also clashes with Adaleen (Mary Kay Place), one of Roman's wives, and their power-hungry son and chief enforcer, Alby (Matt Ross). But Bill is not alone in this feud, as his father Frank (Bruce Dern), mother Lois (Grace Zabriskie) and brother Joey (Shawn Doyle) still live at Juniper Creek and identify, to varying degrees of familial allegiance, with Bill's enmity for Roman. On the home front, third wife Margene risks exposing the Henricksons' illicit lifestyle by befriending a Mormon neighbor; Nicki tries to hide a shopping addiction and the tens of thousands of dollars of credit-card debt that goes with it; and Barb tiptoes into the spotlight after one of her kids nominates her for Utah's Mother of the Year award.


Bill Paxton
as Bill Henrickson
Chloë Sevigny
as Nicki Henrickson
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Barb Henrickson
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Margene Henrickson
Amanda Seyfried
as Sarah Henrickson
Douglas Smith
as Ben Henrickson
Bruce Dern
as Frank Henrickson
Grace Zabriskie
as Lois Henrickson
Keegan Holst
as Wayne Henrickson
Shawn Doyle
as Joey Henrickson
Melora Walters
as Wanda Henrickson
Jolean Wejbe
as Teenie Henrickson
Matt Ross
as Alby Grant
Jodie Markell
as Wendy Hunt
Tina Majorino
as Heather Tuttle
Lynn Wanlass
as Sue Sue
Neil Hopkins
as Ken Byington, Governor's Aide
Mary Kay Place
as Adaleen Grant
Van Epperson
as Enthusiastic Home Plus Employee
Jim Abele
as Hotel Manager
Newell Alexander
as Dan Potts, Home Plus Security Guard
Larry Sullivan
as Highway Patrol Officer
Sarah Mahoney
as Checkers Drive Thru Attendant
Spencer Gray
as Raymond Henrickson
Garrett Gray
as Raymond Henrickson
Carlos Jacott
as Carl Martin
John Ingle
as Holloway
Cristine Rose
as Evelyn Linton
Kyle Gallner
as Jason Embry
Doan Ly
as Jordan
John Lacy
as Security Company Guy
Andrew A Rolfes
as Roman Grant's Business Manager
Stewart Skelton
as Pharmacist
Kevin Alejandro
as The Hustler
Tina Marjorino
as Heather Tuttle
Robert Pine
as Stuart Kimball
Hannah Leigh Dworkin
as Girl in Barb's Class
Francisco Viana
as Motel Desk Clerk
Lindsay Hollister
as Sally, Home Plus Cashier
Julie Shimer
as Paralegal
Jordan Timsit
as "Sun" in School Play
Lee Garlington
as Grace, Advertising Agency Exec
Carey Scott
as Wendell Peller, Photographer
Jeffrey Scott Kelly
as Governor's Assistant
Garrett Greay
as Raymond Henrickson
David Sullivan
as Junior Accountant
René Ashton
as Journalist
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo
as Tui/Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Big Love Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (20)

Big Love works as well as it does, which is fairly well, because it's thoughtful and playful, and it approaches its sensational subject with restraint.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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Subtly and not so subtly misogynistic as well as inveterately pitying of the benighted, hen-pecked, breeder male.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's rare enough for TV to come up with a compelling, quality family drama, but HBO has upped the ante.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

In 'Big Love, HBO's fine new series, polygamy is not played for laughs and ridicule.

Mar 12, 2006 | Full Review…

Though Big Love is highly entertaining -- and compelling to watch given its stellar cast -- the show does disappoint.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A terrific foundation for the exploration of faith in "everyday life." Not just religious belief, but the bonds between relatives and relations.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Unless you're a diehard fan of the actors involved, or a closet polygamist yourself, you'll likely have a hard time caring about any of the characters or what happens to them next.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

Even though I can't pretend to understand their lifestyle, I still find myself interested in the characters and what makes them tick.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The series makes a powerful case that fundamentalism of any stripe exists in an uneasy truce with the civil and economic religion of American mass culture.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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How much time do you really want to spend with a nice guy dealing with triple the bills, triple the kids and triple the stress?

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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