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.
Season 4 originally aired on M-Net Series from 19 May to 14 July, 2010, on Wednesdays at 21h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 4 premiered on Top One on Monday 26 March 2012, at 21h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are nine episodes in the fourth season.
As if juggling three wives weren't tricky enough, Season 4 of Big Love finds modern polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) tackling problems outside his three-house suburban home.
Bill is building a new church for himself and his family, but some of his loyal followers are skeptical.
Meanwhile, the Henricksons face the pressure of opening their new Mormon-friendly casino with their Native-American partners, and Bill takes on a public campaign in hopes of one day creating more stability for his unconventional family.
It appears unlikely the family can extricate themselves from the politics at the Juniper Creek compound and with Roman Grant's (Harry Dean Stanton) legacy.
The power struggles between first wife Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), second wife Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and third wife Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) continue.
And then there are the assorted family dramas including the growing pains of Bill's two oldest, Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) and Ben (Douglas Smith), and the endless challenges brought on by his brother Joey (Shawn Doyle), their father Frank (Bruce Dern) and mother Lois (Grace Zabriskie).
Bold, funny and wholly original, Big Love continues to explore the evolving institution of marriage through this typically atypical family.
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