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HBO is big on Big Love

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 6th 2009 9:02AM
big loveIn the immortal words of Lennon and McCartney, all you need is love. That's especially true for the Hendrickson family of Utah, also known as Big Love. The polygamist clan that's been the center of more complicated stories than most daytime dramas has taken hold and HBO has given Big Love a fourth season renewal.

The Tom Hanks produced series recently returned to HBO after an extended lay-off -- thanks in part to the Writers Strike -- and it's come back stronger than ever. I know for me, it's one of the main reasons I haven't dropped HBO.

In fact, Big Love is one of those series that is actually getting better as it unwinds. The first season was not a big hit, but because of HBO's faith in Hanks and company, Big Love was given a second year. And now its third is doing big numbers in the ratings. Even with the competition of Sunday's Super Bowl, last Sunday's episode was up 29% from its January season premiere.

If you're not already watching Big Love, do yourself a favor and give it a try. The acting, starting with Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin is superb, and the stories are so complicated and fascinating that you can't help but get caught up with it. Will Bill take a fourth wife? Will Roman Grant be convicted of forcing young women into marriage? And what is Lois going to do with Bill's father now that she seems to have changed her mind about killing him?

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I love the show, but there are so many characters that creep me out. Bill's mom, Roman and his harsh wife, the potential fourth wife (she's so blechh, why would they want her to join the family??), Nicky, the pale twin sisters and Alby. Maybe that's why I keep watching, I don't know, but sometimes I get this nauseated feeling- especially when Roman is on screen. I love Harry Dean Stanton, tho, as he's been in lots of David Lynch films.

February 09 2009 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This season has been awesome so far. I'm digging the fact that they got higher ratings up against the Super Bowl. I love football, but when 6:00 rolled around (I'm a West Coaster with all the HBO channels), I turned on Big Love.

February 06 2009 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Been watching since the pilot, and it's still getting better. How come no more TV Squad ep recaps?

February 06 2009 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love everything about this show, except the ice skating opening...so weird!

February 06 2009 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I couldn't agree more. The longer this show goes on the better it gets. Not many other shows out there can claim that.


February 06 2009 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

DH and myself watch this show and love it.. Glad to hear it's getting renewed. Too bad Swingtown couldnt have made it to HBO. :(

February 06 2009 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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