Big Love: Season 5 (2011)

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Critic Consensus: Political intrigue and promising performances buoy Big Love's final season, giving viewers a thoughtful rumination on what constitutes a family.

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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 16, 2011
2
Air date: Jan 23, 2011
3
Air date: Jan 30, 2011
4
Air date: Feb 6, 2011
5
Air date: Feb 13, 2011
6
Air date: Feb 20, 2011
7
Air date: Feb 27, 2011
8
Air date: Mar 6, 2011
9
Air date: Mar 13, 2011
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Air date: Mar 20, 2011

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The fifth and final season of the polygamy drama begins with the ugly aftermath of Bill Henrickson's senatorial election victory and the revelation of his polygamy, which doesn't sit well with his colleagues. The fallout leads to impeachment proceedings and an attempt to charge Bill (Bill Paxton) with statutory rape when it's learned that Margie (Ginnifer Goodwin) was only 16 when he married her. Elsewhere, Lois (Grace Zabriskie) develops dementia; Cara Lynn (Cassi Thomson) becomes involved with a male teacher; and Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) pursues the priesthood.

Cast

Bill Paxton
as Bill Henrickson
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Barb Henrickson
Chloë Sevigny
as Nicki Henrickson
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Margene Henrickson
Douglas Smith
as Ben Henrickson
Matt Ross
as Alby Grant
Grace Zabriskie
as Lois Henrickson
Mary Kay Place
as Adaleen Grant
Tina Majorino
as Heather Tuttle
Gregory Itzin
as State Sen. Blade Barn
Bruce Dern
as Frank Harlow
Garrett Gray
as Raymond Henrickson
Keegan Holst
as Wayne Henrickson
Cody Klop
as Gary Embry
Gavin Kent
as Lester Henrickson
Carlos Jacott
as Carl Martin
Anne Dudek
as Lura Grant
Grant Show
as Michael Sainte
Robert Patrick
as Bud Mayberry
Kate McNeil
as Sister Mary
Judith Ivey
as Renee Clayton
M.J. Karmi
as Denise Ivey
Sandy Martin
as Selma Greene
Gary Hershberger
as Bob Chetney
Judith Hoag
as Cindy Price
Hank Cheyne
as Austin Buttercup
Cristine Rose
as Evelyn Linton
Fredric Lehne
as Dennis Innes
Brian Treitler
as Madison Grant
Melanie Cruz
as Bishop Benedict
Nancy Stone
as Deva Pitstone
Melissa Kite
as Minnie Gelder
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Critic Reviews for Big Love Season 5

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

The writers held out in some areas, while rushing to complete other storylines.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

This season Big Love addresses head-on the voyeurism and sexism that has always been at the series' center, and the drama becomes richer than ever.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Of course there are dozens of loose ends in need of tying, but you do get the sense that some will actually get tied, and in a satisfying way.

Jan 16, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Directed Josie Rourle] arrives with an incredibly emotive debut using material many already feel all too familiar with, granting these annals of history a glorious immediacy which few have ever been able to conjure.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It is simply spectacular in its pacing, writing, structure, and every single performance.

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

Much about this current season either didn't make sense or greatly annoyed me... At least Big Love had an ending. Not every HBO series has been so lucky.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Even with its incessant drama, Big Love is such a warm show that we've come to know each of the characters like they are old friends. We want to know how life turns out for the Big Love clan.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Yes, Big Love got silly more than once... But it was never ironic about religion. The show's greatest achievement was its compassionate, complex portrayal of faith and the doubt that comes with it.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Like so many HBO series, this one put an unsettling new frame around familiar, very basic conflicts, in a way that pushed viewers to consider their essence.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

In a way, the very act of taking part in worship is something eternal and mysterious... The series finale of Big Love abruptly re-engages with these questions in a way that's occasionally satisfying, often erratic, and ultimately moving.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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