Original Air Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Oprah welcomed Kody Brown and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn to the show.
TLC's show Sister Wives features the unconventional Brown family -- husband Kody, his 4 wives, and their collective 16 children -- yes they are believers in the Fundamentalist Mormon Church and practice polygamy. But the Brown family doesn't appear very different than what you would think of as a typical American family. In recent years closed polygamist communities in the FMC have been in the news and live very conservative lives. The Brown family wear popular clothes, have modern hairstyles, work outside the home, go out to dinner, take vacations, their children attend public school -- things you would expect in other families. While the Brown's are coming under fire for their practice from local police in Utah, they did the show to reveal to the audience that we are all more alike than we are different, and break the myths of what people think when they consider polygamy.
This episode featured the following highlights:
- Sister Wives is a term used to describe the multiple wives of one husband, who have a relationship more like sisters and friends, who work together as a family.
- Meri, Janelle, and Christine have been together as a family with Kody and their biological children for 16 years, Robyn began a courtship with the family over a year ago and joined the family with her 3 children from a previous marriage 5 months before the episode. While adding 4 people to the family changed things, the family is adjusting and shared that they are very happy with the way the family is now.
- The Brown family works through and experiences any and everything a monogamous family would -- they deal with jealousies and raising children, they celebrate holidays as a family and each bring their own traditions, they spend one-on-one time together, they have strong relationships with each of their children -- and they hope they will continue to live the lifestyle they chose without punishment from the law.
What to Take Away from the Show:
If you came into the episode without having watched Sister Wives on TLC, you may have come with preconceived notions about what polygamy is, and how different the lifestyle is from your monogamous, typical American family. After watching the show, it's hard to see Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, Robyn, and their children as being very different from the many ways a family can come together in our country. We all have something that is unique about the ways our families were formed or created, but the Brown family's choice appears to be one that works for them, brings joy and love together, and gives everyone support. While I still don't know how I feel about the legal aspect, or even about polygamy in general, after watching the show it's hard to fault an individual family that joined together through love.