History Series / BigLove

30th Apr '16 4:46:35 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ActingForTwo: the actress that played twins Kathy and Jodean.



* TheDanza: Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson.



* TheOtherDarrin - Teenie was replaced in season 4, came back for a few episodes, and [[LongBusTrip did not feature at all]] in Season 5 except in two or three brief mentions by other characters.
10th Apr '16 1:25:57 PM slvstrChung
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''Big Love'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} drama about the Henricksons, a polygamous family with its roots in a fundamentalist Mormon splinter group hiding in plain sight in a Salt Lake City suburb. The series lasted from March, 2006 to March, 2011, with a total of 53 episodes in five seasons.

Bill, the father and husband, was born on the Juniper Creek Compound, run by a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism known as the United Effort Brotherhood (UEB). His grandfather was a prophet who died under mysterious circumstances. [[DarkMessiah Roman Grant]] took over the sect afterward and Bill was thrown out of the compound at age 14. He eventually succeeded in life despite being thrown out. He attended college where he met his first wife Barbara, and eventually started his own business, Home Plus, a small chain of home improvement stores similar to Home Depot.

Barbara 'Barb' Henrickson was a mainstream LDS who met Bill at the U. They have three children: Ben, Sarah and Teeny. Barb worked as a substitute teacher to bring in extra money. She developed uterine cancer and nearly died after the birth of Teeny. Bill brought in a girl from the compound to help care for Barb and the children. On her "deathbed" she agreed to take Nicki as a second wife for the family. Barb's family disowned her for this decision. She is the HaremNanny.

Nicolette 'Nicki' Grant is a daughter of Roman Grant, the Prophet of Juniper Creek, by his sixth wife. She was raised on the compound and dresses very modestly. Of the three wives, she is the most comfortable with polygamy and the challenges of such a large family. She is not very used to the outside world and has her own issues relating to the world. She became a shopaholic and was responsible for most of the ProductPlacement. She has two sons by Bill. Her sons needed a baby sitter when the boys were younger, resulting in the hiring of Margene.

Margene 'Margy' Heffman is the third wife and the youngest. She was a klutzy employee of Bill who was not born a Mormon. Hired as the babysitter, she was very attracted to Bill and joined the family. She's been the breeder of the family with three kids in the short time she's been married.

Additional major characters live at Juniper Creek, including Roman Grant, the Prophet and leader of the compound. Bill's brother Joey and Joey's wife, [[{{Yandere}} Wanda]], as well as Bill's mother and father, and his father's other wives also make appearances.

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''Big Love'' is an {{Creator/HBO}} drama about the Henricksons, a polygamous family with its roots in a fundamentalist Mormon splinter group hiding in plain sight in a Salt Lake City suburb.drama. The series lasted from March, 2006 to March, 2011, with a total of 53 episodes in five seasons.

Bill, Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) is, by all appearances, a traditional family man. He met his wife Barbara (née Dutton) Henrickson (Jeanne Tripplehorn) in college and has had three children by her: Ben (Douglas Smith), Sarah (Creator/AmandaSeyfried) and Tancy. Though Barb had a close brush with uterine cancer, the father two remain HappilyMarried. Bill has started his own business, "Home Plus," a small chain of home-improvement stores, and husband, was born has made enough to buy the two houses on either side of his own, which he now rents out to single mothers as a charity project. Oh, and, yes, he and his wife are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, that's not really a big deal...

...except for how Bill is actually a member of a fundamentalist Mormon splinter group that practices polygamy. The two neighbors, Nicolette Grant (Chloe Sevigny) and Margene Heffman (Ginnifer Goodwin), are also his wives, and their sons and daughters are his. Nicky Grant is the daughter of [[DarkMessiah Roman Grant]], who took over
the Juniper Creek Compound, run by a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism known as polygamist compound where Bill grew up, after Bill's grandfather, the United Effort Brotherhood (UEB). His grandfather was a prophet who died former leader, passed away under mysterious circumstances. [[DarkMessiah Roman Grant]] took over She joined the sect afterward and Bill was thrown out of the compound at age 14. He eventually succeeded in life despite being thrown out. He attended college where he met his first wife Barbara, and eventually started his own business, Home Plus, a small chain of home improvement stores similar to Home Depot.

Barbara 'Barb' Henrickson was a mainstream LDS who met Bill at the U. They have three children: Ben, Sarah and Teeny. Barb worked as a substitute teacher to bring in extra money. She developed uterine cancer and nearly died after the birth of Teeny. Bill brought in a girl from the compound
family to help care for Barb and the children. On her "deathbed" she agreed to take Nicki as a second wife for the family. look after them all during Barb's family illness and convalescence. When she herself began to have children of her own, Margie was brought in as a babysitter. Both women joined the plural marriage of their own free will, though Barb's mother, a traditional Mormon, disowned her for this decision. She is the HaremNanny.

Nicolette 'Nicki' Grant is a daughter of Roman Grant,
decision.

The series centers around
the Prophet lives of these characters, as well as ancillary ones from Juniper Creek, by his sixth wife. She was raised on the compound and dresses very modestly. Of the three wives, she is the most comfortable with polygamy and the challenges of such a large family. She is not very used to the outside world and has her own issues relating to the world. She became a shopaholic and was responsible for most of the ProductPlacement. She has two sons by Bill. Her sons needed a baby sitter when the boys were younger, resulting in the hiring of Margene.

Margene 'Margy' Heffman is the third wife and the youngest. She was a klutzy employee of Bill who was not born a Mormon. Hired as the babysitter, she was very attracted to Bill and joined the family. She's been the breeder of the family with three kids in the short time she's been married.

Additional major characters live at Juniper Creek, including Roman Grant, the Prophet and leader of the compound.
Creek; Bill's brother Joey and Joey's wife, [[{{Yandere}} Wanda]], as well as Wanda]]; Bill's mother and father, and his father's other wives. And, of course, there's the typical soap opera drama resulting from a deconstructed TenchiSolution, in which a man can cheat on two of his wives also make appearances.by sleeping with the third one when it's not her turn on the schedule. (And yes, that happens. By the first half of the first season.)



* ClusterFBomb: ''The only show on HBO that averts this.''

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* ClusterFBomb: ''The only show on HBO that averts this.'''' As Mormons, the characters are fastidious about abstaining from profanity.
29th Oct '15 3:19:59 PM backpack
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* NeverTrustATrailer: Early ads seemed to give the impression that Nicki and Barb scheming against each other would be the major source of conflict in the series. While they were at odds often, both of them always wanted what was best for the entire family.
12th Oct '15 9:58:25 PM DrOO7
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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Bill struggles with bouts of impotency at various points throughout the show, most often during the first season, due to the incredible emotional and physical stress that he's frequently under.



* TheUnfavorite: Nikki, in spades. Her dialogue and backstory makes it's obvious that she grew up as this, being female on the male-dominated compound. Then, we learn Bill took her in not because he'd fallen in love with her, but both to secure a loan from her father, and because Barb's illness left her unable to have more children. A good deal of her behavior can be attributed to this.

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* TheUnfavorite: Nikki, in spades. Her dialogue and backstory makes it's obvious that she grew up as this, being female on the male-dominated compound. Then, we learn Bill took her in not because he'd fallen in love with her, but both to secure a loan from her father, and because Barb's illness left her unable to have more children.children, meaning that she's this in her own marriage. A good deal of her behavior can be attributed to this.
28th May '15 10:42:54 AM Pinokio
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The interior and exterior of several cult buildings are The House of the Book performance hall and library building at the American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley, California.
8th May '15 8:56:50 PM BadSplice
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* TheDanza: Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson

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* TheDanza: Bill Paxton as Bill HenricksonHenrickson.
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler: In the series finale, it shows Sarah's son who's named after Bill.]]



* {{Subculture}}: Radical LDS Offshoots

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* ShownTheirWork: The creators Mark and Will spent three years researching polygamy to make a fair assessment, accentuated by hiring writers like [[Film/{{Milk}} Dustin Lance Black]] who actually grew up in Mormon households.
* {{Subculture}}: Radical LDS OffshootsOffshoots.
15th Jan '15 9:37:49 PM detachableface
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* YourCheatingHeart: Nicki in season 3. Also Bill's flirtation with Ana that he carried on behind the other three's back. And a strange "inside" version, when Bill and Barb have an "affair" during Season 1(he's not supposed to sleep with her on nights designated for the other two). When Nicki finds out, she's very hurt and upset, as it confirms what she's clearly always suspected--that Bill doesn't love her as much he does Barn.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Nicki in season 3. Also Bill's flirtation with Ana that he carried on behind the other three's back. And a strange "inside" version, when Bill and Barb have an "affair" during Season 1(he's not supposed to sleep with her on nights designated for the other two). When Nicki finds out, she's very hurt and upset, as it confirms what she's clearly always suspected--that Bill doesn't love her as much he does Barn.Barb.
30th Dec '14 10:59:31 AM nombretomado
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''Big Love'' is an {{HBO}} drama about the Henricksons, a polygamous family with its roots in a fundamentalist Mormon splinter group hiding in plain sight in a Salt Lake City suburb. The series lasted from March, 2006 to March, 2011, with a total of 53 episodes in five seasons.

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''Big Love'' is an {{HBO}} {{Creator/HBO}} drama about the Henricksons, a polygamous family with its roots in a fundamentalist Mormon splinter group hiding in plain sight in a Salt Lake City suburb. The series lasted from March, 2006 to March, 2011, with a total of 53 episodes in five seasons.
25th Nov '14 5:17:56 PM Katsuhagi
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* ImAManICantHelpIt: At one point Sarah discovers a flirtatious message from an ex-girlfriend on her boyfriend Scott's phone. She jokingly says it sounds like they hooked up, which he confirms. When she gets upset, he uses this as an excuse (Sarah and Scott are not sexually active at this point). Here, the claim is treated as completely legitimate. Bear in mind, by the way, that they're both Mormons.
** First of all, he was not a Mormon, IIRC, he was a Baptist (heresy!). And it was NEVER considered OK by the show - Sarah was devastated by the incident, and Scott was made out to be a complete douche for it. Their entire relationship was never treated as healthy - it was treated as Sarah running away from home in a socially acceptable fashion just to get away from the walking traumatizer that was Bill Henrickson.

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* ImAManICantHelpIt: At one point Sarah discovers a flirtatious message from an ex-girlfriend on her boyfriend Scott's phone. She jokingly says it sounds like they hooked up, which he confirms. When she gets upset, he uses this as an excuse (Sarah and Scott are not sexually active at this point). Here, the claim is treated as completely legitimate. Bear Deconstructed in mind, by the way, that they're both Mormons.
** First of all, he was not a Mormon, IIRC, he was a Baptist (heresy!). And it was NEVER considered OK by the show -
Sarah was devastated by the incident, and Scott was made out to be a complete douche for it. Their entire relationship was never treated as healthy - it was treated as Sarah running away from home in a socially acceptable fashion just to get away from the walking traumatizer that was Bill Henrickson.
15th Mar '14 10:51:25 AM Gillimer
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* GoshdangItToHeck: Very much used, highly surprising for a HBO series, although justified considering the main characters are an offshoot of the conservative Mormons.

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* GoshdangItToHeck: Very much used, highly surprising for a HBO series, although justified considering the main characters are an offshoot of the conservative Mormons. It is also a common Mormon mannerism to, e.g., abbreviate "H**l" to "H".
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