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Bill Henrickson is a man with a big heart, so much so that he has three wives, with whom he has sired three families. The difficulties of his polygamy bring both bonuses and tribulations. Following the death of one of his wife’s fathers, Bill decides to run for public office, much to the consternation of his wives...
Big Love (2009 - 2011) had, initially started as a very strong show, combining religion, humour and family drama. By the time the show reached its fourth year, the premise was becoming increasingly absurdly unrealistic, a view probably recognised by the makers who cut the fourth season down to nine episodes. Throughout its five season run, the show became a multi award winning format.
The season sits on a tri-plot device, the first being Bill's attempt to gain the candidacy for state senator, events at the casino and events within the family. The absurdity of a polygamist running for national office is brushed over throughout; surely it would have taken his opponents very little money to hire a private detective to know everything about Bill’s life.
Ok, so this is a made up drama, so for dramatic effects we shall gloss over the plot problems. Bill Paxton makes a very amiable lead man and the show has all the great quality that we have come to expect from a HBO show. The three wives are given substantial roles, not just relegated to support and the actresses, plus Paxton, still give some great performances.
Season Four is presented in a three disc DVD set. There are a number of extras. On disc one we have Inside The Episodes, one for each show. These are all a few minutes long and have the creators of the show talking a little about each character and storyline.
Even at a shorter season, and possibly with the writers running out of ideas, the show is still very funny, stuffed to the brim with dark humour.