Meet The Polygamists Next Door

Sunday night brought the premier of the new series Sister Wives on The Learning Channel. The affable Kody Brown and his three wives have opened their home to the world, and we get a new take on contemporary polygamy. This is billed as a reality series, but are these people for real or is this TV with an agenda?

Polygamy has gotten a lot of media attention in recent years, from FLDS compounds in the news to HBO’s hit drama Big Love. These portrayals mostly range from bizarre to fictional. Who can relate to the swoop-haired wives of the FLDS compound? They are a curiosity at best, creepy cult at worst. Meanwhile, Big Love has devolved into an over-the-top dramatic mess like some Mormon Melrose Place. Entertaining, sure, but not reality.

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