Think having three wives is a dream come true? Meet Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), a modern-day Utah polygamist who lives in suburban Salt Lake City with his three wives, eight children, and a mounting avalanche of debt and demands. The owner of a growing chain of home improvement stores, Bill struggles to balance the financial and emotional needs of Barb, Nicki and Margene, who live in separate, adjacent houses and take turns sharing their husband's bed each night.
For a show about polygamy, this was approached and dealt with in a realistic manner. I found it to be heart-wrenching at times when the first wife had to accept the husband had to 'spend time' with the second or third wife. the way they had to hide their way of life was a surprise to me as I thought they would have lived in a community that accepted their choices.
Bill Paxton was his usual watchable self and I think he did some of his best acting here. I lost track of it towards the end but hope to catch up with it one day.
This polygamist reality show started off entertaining, but gets old very quickly. Focusing on the difficulties of the polygamist lifestyle was the premise of the show, but it quickly devolved into being centered on in-fighting amongst the family. The show discreetly highlights the level of neglect their numerous children face, and by the end it was more sad to watch then enjoyable.
Dynamic and interesting, I love how complex Bill's life is, there is honestly no charm in multiple wives. However, the religious aspect is deeply driven in the show, you must be able to stomach a lot of Morman rituals.