YMMV / Big Love

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Bill is unexpectedly killed in the last episode by a neighbor. After being in an argument with Barb all season about his firmly held belief that only the man of the family can hold priesthood, his final words are asking her to give him a blessing.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Very closely tied to the viewers personal beliefs. A Mainstream Mormon, Fundamentalist Mormon, non-Mormon Christian, and atheist, when watching this show, would each see a VASTLY different ensemble of characters.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nicki has become a lot of viewers' favorite character. This is to the point where some people say that she's the only reason why they continue to watch the show.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Roman Grant crosses it with his accidental murder of Kathy.
    • Alby gets it when he kills all the dogs in the compound.
  • The Scrappy: Bill, due to being a patriarchal male chauvinist, obviously gets this from a lot of fans.
  • Seasonal Rot: By general consensus, season 4.
  • Snark Bait: The acting, unfamiliar setting (and therefore odd decisions made by characters) has led to a fair number of viewers watching mostly to mock the show.
  • Tearjerker: Sara's Convenient Miscarriage. Made all the better by everyone's completely appropriate reactions—when Nikki finds her doubled over in pain and asks what's wrong, she doesn't lie, but instead immediately tells her what's wrong. Nikki doesn't badger or lecture her, but reaches out to comfort her, then gently, but firmly pushes her to tell her parents, who also refrain from lecturing her and instead instantly embrace her.
    • The death of Bill Paxton on February 26, 2017.
  • Writer Cop Out: In the finale Bill dies, thus avoiding a humiliating fate of being sent to prison, watching his family struggle to make ends meet without him and potentially losing Barb due to his disrespecting her need to hold a priesthood. His death turned him into a martyr for the family, provides money through life insurance, and gives him an opportunity to win Barb back at the last second by making her head of the church. Redemption Equals Death equals a cop out. It was all too clean for a messy season.