History Series / BigLove

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".
9th Mar '14 6:37:26 PM DrOO7
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Bill is dead]]. But his first grandchild has been named after him, Barb has taken her role as head of the household, Margene is becoming more independent and self-sufficient, and after years of bickering, the three wives have forged a sincere, profound connection.

* HappilyMarried: Bill and Barb were apparently this before the other two came into the picture, and despite subsequent problems, it's consistently obvious that she's the one he loves most of all. He has moments of this with the Nikki and Margene as well.
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* HappilyMarried: Bill and Barb were apparently this before the other two came into the picture, and despite subsequent problems, it's consistently obvious that she's the one he loves most of all. He has moments of this with the Nikki and Margene as well.
21st Feb '14 7:24:43 PM sliz225
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* HotDad: Bill, without a doubt. In the first season, we see either him in his tighty whities or his naked butt.
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