Skip to comments.Utah polygamists star in new TV show
Posted on 08/06/2010 6:24:07 PM PDT by Colofornian
The makers of the hit television reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 are producing a new series that easily could be called Kody & Meri & Janelle & Robyn Plus 15.
Sister Wives, a seven-episode series for the TLC network, is the first reality show that follows a polygamist family. Filmmakers are profiling Kody Brown and his three sister wives, a group of fundamentalist Mormons in Utah (the family does not want to reveal the city they live in).
The show, which was introduced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills Friday, premieres Sept. 26 with a one-hour special and then continues with six half-hour episodes.
They are very much a modern family. They are open-minded. They are generally adorable, said Bill Hayes, president of North Carolina-based Figure 8 Films and co-executive producer of the show.
Figure 8 was first approached by two independent producers last fall with the idea to follow the Brown family.
When we met this family, we thought, Wow, what a great story to tell, Hayes said.
Their children were so well behaved and polite and healthy and happy, he added. Pardon the cliche, but the proof was in the pudding. I thought, What a bunch of great young people, and there was nothing strange about them. They have an unusual lifestyle, but for them, it was their lifestyle.
The suburban Brown family consists of the patriarch, who works in advertising; his first wife Meri, 39, and their 14-year-old daughter; second wife Janelle, 40, and their six children, ages 5 to 15; and third wife Christine, 37, and their five children, ages 6 to 14, with one on the way. The show follows Kody Browns pursuit of a fourth wife, Robyn, who has three children, ages 5 to 10, from a previous marriage.
According to a description of the show, Sister Wives captures the intense dynamics surrounding a man juggling three wives while attempting to keep it a secret from the outside world.
From their unconventional family structure and living arrangements to financial challenges, the description adds, each half hour episode exposes the inner workings of a polygamist household, revealing the unexpectedly tight-knit and loving relationships between Kodys wives.
Sister Wives was shot late last year and is still filming the family in case the series is picked up for a second season, Hayes said.
While the family had been living in quasi-secret over its lifestyle for many years, Hayes said the Browns decided to do the series to show that polygamy does not have to be a world shrouded in dark secrets, he said.
They just felt they had enough of that, he said. They didnt want to be perceived as strange or weird or perverted.
In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune last year, Kody Brown said they were careful with whom they revealed their lifestyle.
In the past polygamists have had to be secret due to the threat of indictment or expulsion from work. Our civil rights got thrown out a long time ago, he said. Even though society has evolved to the point of not knocking on my door with pitch forks and a lynch mob, that doesnt mean that they couldnt get away with it.
While Sister Wives is the first reality series to delve into a polygamist family, it follows in the success of HBOs Big Love, a fictional drama starring Bill Paxton about a Utah polygamist and his three wives. That show premiered in 2006 and will debut its fifth season sometime next year.
From the article: (the family does not want to reveal the city they live in).
Too late. Joe Flint of the LA Times ran an article -- also run in the Provo Herald-Extra -- revealing the city was Lehi, Utah. See: 'Big Love' for real in Lehi
Can you find some articles to post about things that really matter, such as JOBS for our fellow Americans?
Wow, and I remember when they said acceptance of polygamy was a slippery slope. How many polygamist shows have they aired so far. Good thing I already dropped TV some time ago.
Normal folks never seem to have to worry about that.
I remember another stupid show called “Amish In The City”.
I can see the polls now. Which door will Jody pick tonight? Will it be door number one, two or three. LOL
Lemme guess; number 1 wife is an old harridan and #2 and #3 are Brazilian beach goddesses in nokinis. Right?
They use ‘religion’ to get all the sex they can handle- even with children at times.
Just as this Earthly Nation is of God, spiritual warfare has many fronts here and beyond, and the devil has many foot solidiers in guise of both earthly foes as well as so called “friends” and those sadly deceived into his will.
Lol! I wonder if the “patrirch” manages to feed all of them on his salary or on the taxpayer’s dime...If they even ask.
It’s like “My Five Wives” with Rodney Dangerfield but made for TV!
One word: BALANCE.
You can just bet we’re footing the bill for this scum.
First it was normalizing homosexual marriage. Now it is polygamy. Next will be polyandry. From there it will probably run in the direction of multiple men and women together, then inanimate objects, then children, followed by animals but not necessarily in that order.
The legacy of Joey Smith...
So our "free republic" is now reduced to your microcosm of the American economy? (No wonder we're in trouble as a nation)
And the definition of marriage in your eyes...who cares?
I would remind you that our fledgling Republican party took on two social evils in 1856: Polygamy and slavery, which they referenced as the "twin relics of Barbarism."
But let's face it: You're farrrr from being an 1856 type of Republican, aren't you?
Well, now you know why the very foundation of the Republican Party was to take on polygamy. And why 7,000 million citizens signed a 28-roll petition to keep B.H. Roberts out of Congress in 1898...after Roberts took on yet a third wife after his "prophet-in-chief" hoodwinked America into thinking it was dropping polygamy in 1890.
You think Roberts' third wife disturbed Utah voters who voted this Democrat into office...even though 8 years prior, their "prophet-in-charge" told them he was "tucking away" polygamy? (Not on your life)
Mormons in the 1880s, 1890s, and 1900s said one thing and then talked out of the other side of their mouths simultaneously when it came to discussing polygamy.
(That's what happens when they don't want to be as "open" in discussing the "meaty" part of their teachings)
Thanks for that important piece of history I was not aware of.
Until God is happy, politics is going to remain an issue. So concentrating solely on the latter will do nothing for the former.
We once knew that before Modern Oprah Winfrey all paths are correct “Christianity” took over. We need to remember what or forefathers knew, that allowing, or worse turning our back on people, friends, allies or otherwise, as they waltz the path to hell is the most offensive thing of all.
How I Met Your Mother;
and YOUR mother,
and YOUR mother,
and YOUR mother,
and YOUR mother,
and YOUR mother,
and YOUR mother,
and YOUR mother,
and YOUR mother....
I know, just don’t read anything in the religion forum.
Producers should have some guts and try to film a Moslem polygamous family.
Unfortunately, I think that the motive is to ready the American public for muslim control and sharia law ;(.
I got four protesters at my heels after reading THIS little screed!
LOL...I can imagine!
I doubt all of what you have mentioned here is true. Ask yourself in which cases can consent be made? Polygamy or polyandry can involve consent, though I haven’t seen any movement to legalize it. The only movement I see now is the one man, multiple wives scenario. The big reason why to fear polygamy and not the others is because, they will argue that polygamy is consensual, and like the same-sex marriage advocates, will argue that there is no business regulating the bedrooms, or that the relationships are not harmful to children. I am only saying is because ever since 2003 there have been numerous actual appeals to normalize or recognize polygamy, but luckily the courts have turned these down.
salary or taxpayers dime...
That’s a perfectly legit concern. I believe the U.S. has the largest welfare bills payed on Earth. Never mind that our populace is far from being the largest or the most impoverished, or the highest unemployment, at this time. We pay by taxes for a welfare bill that pays for illegitimate children in single-parent families. Most federal medical research goes to AIDS, even though a small minority of the U.S. population is infected with HIV, transmission is most often through reckless behaviors, though not always. A great deal of the support for these occurrences is not on the salaries of those affected, a great deal is payed for by raised taxes.
Producers should have some guts to try and film a Moslem polygamous family.
I agree. The most likely challenge to the courts will not come from a group such as the FLDS who most of us have despised for who knows how long, and for most of us, disagreement and dislike has become traditional. But political correctness is tolerant and protective of Islam in general, and as far as I see, because of “political correctness” a Muslim family is more likely to challenge U.S. law by immigrating here.
If a Muslim polygamous family moved here, what would we do? Force divorce of the wives from the husband? Recognize just civil unions? IMO, it’s a tough question to answer when Muslims constitute a politically protected class.
They didn’t force already existing marriages to be dissolved, but didn’t perform new ones, as far as I know.
Secondly, when someone does enter polygamy, unless there are attempts you can catch at multiple concurrent marriage licenses, there’s not much you can do. Plenty of people cohabitate plurally without marriage licenses nowadays, and that’s the real problem in Utah, a “polygamist” is not legally married and therefore can be in the closet about their “polygamy” for some time. They can infiltrate, appearing and coming out at a convenient time. I would argue that people shouldn’t be living apart from the rest of society in compounds, but in communities with the rest of us, that makes them a whole lot easier to catch or not condone. I think it’s something our pastors could address as unneccessary and to some extent, something that has caused trouble for us on the welfare bills we pay to support these cults.
I would say make Utah pass a statute like Proposition 8, saying that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. Do you think that would work?
Correction. To portray a Moslem polygamous family would probably be worse
One step at a time. It used to be that divorce was looked down up in America. So was having children outside of marriage. Look at how common they are now. How long have the homosexuals been trying to make homosexual marriage normal and legal? No one back forty years ago would have dared to contemplate that! How many states have legalized it? Next up is polygamy. With Muslims getting imported into this country and having large families you’ll see this come into the mainstream. Are you aware that imported Muslims with multiple wives are already here in the USA? Did you know that Muzzie men with multiple wives in Europe are getting various government bennies? I think I have that it has started somewhat here, too, in the USA although it hasn’t been much talked about yet.
It’s all part of the disintegration of America and the West led by the UK.
The biggest trick to the gay rights agenda was infiltration. There was easily a closet of discretion for those decades which you mentioned. That way, there’s all the more shock value when they actually “come out”, as many already have. There’s easily just as much a closet for polygamy as well. The government only really prosecutes when they can prove that there are attempts at multiple concurrent marriage licenses. If one can plurally cohabitate, they can potentially be closet polygamists for a long time. With the ever-increasing polygamy on TV now, just as with your token gay or lesbian on a show, a similar expectation of normalcy can and will occur for polygamists, given the amount of time.
The disintegration of the West is led by European culture. Their populace is not reproducing. The Muslim agenda, has been for some time to cease using terrorism, for the most part, in exchange for a bigger agenda of taking over the population demographic.
Check this video out for reference:
When Muslims do take over so much of the world, trust me, they will have no problem undoing leftist reform. The left has, in effect, purchased their own demise on this matter.
Yes they did. B. Carmon Hardy even lists them by name in his appendix of his book Solemn Covenant: The Mormon Polygamous Passage. About 250 he was able to document (& who knows how many undocumented) -- between 1890-1910.
That's actually why the Lds "prophet" had to issue yet another "proclamation" on the matter in 1903...because Lds authorities under him were ignoring the 1890 proclamation.
Okay, thanks for the text. I can’t say my experience is complete, nor can I be considered an authority. But I only recall that somehow the Mormon Church needed to renounce polygamy at the upper levels to make Utah viable for becoming a state in the U.S. As far as I am concerned though, it looks as if they are subject to the same politically correct rules as most of us are, or at least aren’t seeking exception.
I would like to know the difference between the normal members of my town and the FLDS or group under Warren Jeffs living off in the polygamous compound, though. They don’t seem to be the same group.