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Big Love: Season 2 (2007)




Critic Consensus: Big Love continues to surprise and compel with a second season enlivened by some remarkable performances.


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The Golden Globe-nominated second season of HBO's celebrated polygamist drama opens two weeks after Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) was quietly blackballed from a Utah Mother of the Year pageant by its embarrassed patrons. As a mortified Barb withdraws from her first-wife responsibilities to privately reexamine her place in a plural marriage, Bill (Bill Paxton) is determined to learn who betrayed the Henricksons. He also begins looking for a way to secure his family's financial well-being by pursuing an electronic-gambling enterprise. Although such a vice-ridden industry goes against his core beliefs, Bill takes a risk, believing the acquisition can be used as leverage in a battle between father-in-law Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton) and an even more outlaw polygamous sect led by the diabolical Hollis Greene (Luke Askew). Meanwhile, the Juniper Creek compound is awash in rumors of foul play and a struggle for power after the poisoning of Roman's son Alby (Matt Ross). Evidence points to Wanda (Melora Walters), the unstable wife of Bill's brother Joey (Shawn Doyle), as the culprit. In another scandal, Roman's teenage bride-to-be Rhonda (Daveigh Chase) flees Juniper Creek to hide with Bill's family, though her flight seems less in protest of her impending marriage to the elderly prophet than a clumsy, ill-advised publicity stunt. Also at the Henricksons, Bill and Barb's oldest child Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) grows disillusioned with her three-household home and strikes up an illicit romance with Scott (Aaron Paul), a man 10 years her senior. Meanwhile, Sarah's brother Ben (Douglas Smith) gives serious consideration to following in his father's conjugal footsteps. And those are certainly big shoes to fill as Bill mulls adding a fourth wife after he meets a waitress named Ana (Branka Katic). The idea is as aggressively championed by third wife Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) as it is vehemently opposed by Barb and second wife Nicki (Chloë Sevigny).


Bill Paxton
as Bill Henrickson
Chloë Sevigny
as Nicki Henrickson
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Barb Henrickson
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Margene Henrickson
Harry Dean Stanton
as Roman Grant
Amanda Seyfried
as Sarah Henrickson
Grace Zabriskie
as Lois Henrickson
Douglas Smith
as Ben Henrickson
Shawn Doyle
as Joey Henrickson
Melora Walters
as Wanda Henrickson
Jolean Wejbe
as Teenie Henrickson
Matt Ross
as Alby Grant
Mary Kay Place
as Adaleen Grant
Bruce Dern
as Frank Harlow
Luke Askew
as Hollis Greene
Jim Beaver
as Carter Reese
Carlos Jacott
as Carl Martin
Judith Hoag
as Cindy Price
Margaret Easley
as April Blessing
Doan Ly
as Jordan
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Well-played as the characters remain, we care less about them, not more. For "Big Love," that's big trouble.

June 11, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

June 11, 2007 | Full Review…

The series is as surprising and hilarious as ever.

June 11, 2007 | Full Review…

The series crafts compelling stories.

June 11, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Big Love quickly settles you into its odd setting.

June 11, 2007 | Full Review…

"Big Love" offers up subcultural rubbernecking at its very best.

June 11, 2007 | Full Review…

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