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 5 premiered on M-Net Series on Friday 1 July 2011, at 22h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 10 episodes in the fifth and final season.
Season 5 Repeats
Saturdays: 04h30, 10h30, 16h30
As if juggling three wives weren't tricky enough, Season 5 of Big Love finds modern polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) tackling problems outside his three-house suburban home and in public.
Bill has built a new church and got himself elected to the State Senate, but some of his loyal followers are skeptical, and the media's glare isn't helping things.
It appears unlikely the family will extricate themselves from the politics at the Juniper Creek compound now that Alby Grant (Matt Ross) is in charge.
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 involving the growing pains of Bill's eldest, Ben (Douglas Smith), Nicki's daughter, Cara Lynn (Cassi Thomson), 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.
Big Love is produced by HBO Entertainment in association with Playtone and Anima Sola Productions; created by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; executive producers, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, David Knoller, Bernadette Caulfield and Mark V.
Olsen & Will Scheffer; supervising producer, Patricia Breen; producers, Seth Greenland and Peter Friedlander; co-producers, Dauri Chase, Don Bensko, Melanie Marnich and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; executive story editor, Julia Cho; story editor, Jami O'Brien; staff writer, Aaron Allen; casting, Junie Lowry Johnson, C.S.A., Libby Goldstein and Lisa Soltau.
Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin star in the series, now in its final season. Other cast regulars include Douglas Smith, Grace Zabriskie, Mary Kay Place, Matt Ross and Cassi Thomson.
Also returning are Joel McKinnon Miller, Bruce Dern, Anne Dudek, Cody Klop, Tina Majorino, Daveigh Chase, Branka Katic, Steve Bacic, Judith Hoag and Ellen Burstyn.
New guest stars this season include Robert Patrick, Judith Ivey and Grant Show.
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