Big Love. The Mormons celebrate 15 years
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Indulge in this television classic one more time with a marathon put together by HBO on the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary. Bill Paxton, Amanda Seyfried and others.
Big Love. Polygamy, Mormons and intersecting stories. Relive the series on its 15th anniversary.
Big Love made its series debut on HBO in 2006. It had been two years since the end of the revolutionary Sex and the City, which had begun in 1998 and turned out six successful seasons. Six Feet Under had concluded in 2005, just six months earlier. June 2007 would bring the finale, also after six seasons, of one of the most iconic HBO series, The Sopranos. We are talking about major moments in HBO series, so Big Love had huge shoes to fill. And it managed to do so handily. Today it is considered one of the channel's best productions, filled with decisive topics, first-rate drama and excellent performances.
Heading the project was the late Bill Paxton. His character, Bill Henrickson, was a respected citizen of his community and owner of a successful chain of home improvement stores. Everything in order there, of course. The thing is that Bill had a huge secret: our man actually had not one but three wives, and each came with her respective children. One of these children was played by no less than Amanda Seyfried, who had the role of Sarah Henrickson, the eldest daughter of Bill’s legal marriage.
Bill, and here's the rub, followed the principles of the Book of Mormon, which established the rules for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known for short as the Mormon Church. It is important to note that from the start of the series, the church made it clear in public statements that plural marriage was prohibited in its ranks. But it is also true that there is a separate fundamentalist branch, not considered legitimate by the first group, that does practice polygamy according to Mormon tradition. In fact, in the series, Bill and his family also had to hide their particular situation from other Mormons in order to avoid being reported.
So, this multiple family was concealed from the rest of the community. Bill lived in his house with his first, and legal, wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn), and the other two (Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin) lived in houses next door, posing as single mothers. Of course, we must remember that plural marriage, or polygamy, is illegal. It is worth mentioning here that polygamy may be understood as s cultural concept, based on religious traditions, while what is known as polyamory is a much more modern idea, with no involvement of religious ideas and defined by agreements between the members, generally with no need for ceremonies or contracts such as marriage.
The series thus dealt with two topics that had functioned well for HBO in others: male midlife crises and the drama of female characters, operating together to tackle themes such as family, love, sex and femininity, everything that makes up contemporary life.
Thanks to Big Love, Chloë Sevigny won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, and its creators, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, took home a Writers Guild of America Award in 2007.
And there you have it, this March, enjoy all five seasons, no less than fifty-three episodes, of Big Love, with the marathon we have put together for the fifteenth anniversary. You can also watch the series on HBO GO.
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