Big Love is an American television drama series created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer and produced by Anima Sola Productions and Playtone Productions about a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah that practices polygamy.
The series aired in the USA on HBO from 12 March, 2006 to 20 March, 2011. There are 53 hour-long episodes in five seasons.
The first season of Big Love first aired in South Africa on M-Net from 12 November, 2006 to 28 January, 2007, on Sundays after the 8pm movie (typically around 22h00).
It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series channel then moved from M-Net to M-Net Series from Season 2 onwards. It also aired on TopTV's Top One channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Big Love premiered on Top One on Monday 11 October 2010, at 21h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 12 episodes in the first season.
Top One Repeats
Big Love is an off beat comedy-drama about modern-day Utah Bill Henrickson who lives in suburban Salt Lake City with his three wives, seven 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 each night.
While managing the household finances together and routinely sharing "family home nights," they try to keep simmering jealousies in check and their arrangement a secret - polygamy is illegal in Utah and banned by the mainstream Mormon Church.
Adding to Bill's woes are a series of crises affecting his parents who live on a fundamentalist compound in rural Utah. His ruthless father-in-law, Roman, the powerful head of the polygamist commune where his parents live is another constant trouble he needs to face.
Big Love explores the evolving institution of marriage through a typical atypical family. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to have three wives - the series provides the answer.
Season 1 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 12 Nov 2006 | Finale: 28 Jan 2007 | Sundays, 22h00
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 19 Dec 2007 | Finale: 5 Mar 2008 | Wednesdays, 22h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 11 Oct 2010 | Finale: 27 Dec 2010 | Mondays, 21h00
Season 2 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 4 Jun 2008 | Finale: 20 Aug 2008 | Wednesdays, 22h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 3 Jan 2011 | Finale: 21 Mar 2011 | Mondays, 21h00
Season 3 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 29 Apr 2009 | Finale: 1 Jul 2009 | Wednesdays, 22h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 1 Aug 2011 | Finale: 3 Oct 2011 | Mondays, 21h00
Season 4 (9 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 19 May 2010 | Finale: 14 Jul 2010 | Wednesdays, 21h30
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 26 Mar 2012 | Finale: 21 May 2012 | Mondays, 21h00
Season 5 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 1 Jul 2011 | Finale: 2 Sep 2011 | Fridays, 22h30