7.7
674 votes
Big Love

Big Love

HBO 2006

Bill Henrickson seems like a typical suburban husband and father, except for the fact that he has three wives, seven kids and three homes to maintain. The Salt Lake City polygamist has to juggle his families' needs while overseeing his growing chain of home-improvement stores and attempting to reconnect with his fundamentalist relatives.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Big Love

Big Love - S2E4

#1 - Rock and a Hard Place

7.26

Season 2 - Episode 4

Bill and Roman butt heads when Rhonda disappears from the compound. The prosecutor offers Joey a plea bargain in exchange for a confession. Meanwhile, Sarah takes an interest in a boy from her support group.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Big Love from 42 votes.

Big Love - S3E9

#2 - Outer Darkness

7.26

Season 3 - Episode 9

Nicki's homecoming, after a visit from her sister wives, isn't what she imagined; Barb endures a trying experience at her old church; Ted does an about-face on the casino project; Scott's reunion with Sarah doesn't go over well with her father or brother; Joey is upset by Bill's change of heart about Roman after the Greenes' latest move.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Big Love from 42 votes.

Big Love - S5E5

#3 - The Special Relationship

7.28

Season 5 - Episode 5

Bill finds success in the Senate but finds new roadblocks set up by the Mormon church. Barb comes to a new conclusion about her life. Cara Lynn's adoption faces a new obstacle. Lois recalls her past with Frank.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Big Love from 43 votes.

Big Love - S1E8

#4 - Easter

7.38

Season 1 - Episode 8

Bill and Roman's disagreements result in lawsuits from both sides as well as unwanted houseguests from the compound. Sarah learns about her family's history from her grandmother and Joey confides in Barb.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Big Love from 55 votes.

Big Love - S1E11

#5 - Where There's a Will

7.40

Season 1 - Episode 11

Both Bill and Barb get social recognition as Barb is selected as a finalist for a "Mother of the Year" award and Bill is asked to become a member of the Salt Lake City Leadership League. Meanwhile, the sister-wives draw up their wills, and Rhonda gets to know what life outside the compound is like for teenage girls when she hangs out with Sarah and Heather.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Big Love from 42 votes.

Big Love - S2E1

#6 - Damage Control

7.41

Season 2 - Episode 1

After they're outed as polygamists, Barb decides to leave the family while Bill starts an investigation of who leaked the information. Meanwhile, Sarah attends a support group for ex-Mormons.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Big Love from 46 votes.

Big Love - S2E7

#7 - Good Guys and Bad Guys

7.44

Season 2 - Episode 7

Margene's mother visits the family. Scott has upsetting news about Alby. Meanwhile, a familiar face returns to Juniper Creek.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Big Love from 41 votes.

Big Love - S1E6

#8 - Roberta's Funeral

7.47

Season 1 - Episode 6

Bill attends the funeral of Frank's first wife Roberta at Juniper Creek, and strikes a deal with Roman. With Roberta out of the picture, Bill's mother Lois attempts to rise up on the social ladder at the compound, and Barb and Nicki find themselves in a hairy situation at Henrickson Home Plus.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Big Love from 55 votes.

Big Love - S1E9

#9 - A Barbecue for Betty

7.48

Season 1 - Episode 9

Bill wants to throw a party to celebrate Don's plans of getting a fourth wife but Nicki's massive credit card debt weighs heavily on his mind. Pam's friend attempts to make his moves on Margie, but she is preoccupied with wanting to know more of how she became a part of the Henrickson family.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Big Love from 54 votes.

Big Love - S1E2

#10 - Viagra Blue

7.49

Season 1 - Episode 2

While Bill seeks protection against the religious compound led by Roman Grant, things heat up between the sister-wives over Margene's overtly sexual behavior. Roman "The Prophet" asks Bill's father to act as a go-between to deliver a message to his son, and the Hendricksons get together for a family dinner with Bill's business partner and his three wives. Meanwhile, Margene pressures Bill about buying her a car and Ben goes out on a date with a girl that seems too mature for him.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Big Love from 80 votes.

Big Love - S2E5
#11 - Vision Thing
7.50
Season 2 - Episode 5

Bill attempts to sign the deal on the video poker devices before Roman. Joey and Wanda are having a rough patch and Joey wants Barb to help them. Meanwhile, Nicki's upset with the Catholic summer school Wayne is attending. Finally, Bill is captivated by a pretty waitress.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Big Love from 44 votes.

Big Love - S4E4
#12 - The Mighty and Strong
7.50
Season 4 - Episode 4

Pressed by Coburn to state his intentions, Bill gets his family to stage an elaborate rally announcing his candidacy. He isn't so lucky when an audit uncovers insurance discrepancies caused by his multiple wives. To protect his secret and save his candidacy, he ends up asking Don to take the fall, and moves up his announcement by three days.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Big Love from 36 votes.

Big Love - S5E2
#13 - A Seat at the Table
7.50
Season 5 - Episode 2

After revealing his polygamy to the world the newly elected Bill goes even further out on a limb by calling publicly for more polygamists to come into the open while Barb talks Nancy, her mother, into attending a mother-daughter symposium.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Big Love from 38 votes.

Big Love - S1E4
#14 - Eclipse
7.54
Season 1 - Episode 4

Bill goes on a hunting trip with his son Ben, Barb tries to get accredited as a full-time teacher, and shopaholic Nicki realizes she can't pay her credit card bills. Meanwhile, Sarah goes to a house party but ends up needing her friend Heather's help.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Big Love from 59 votes.

Big Love - S2E6
#15 - Dating Game
7.56
Season 2 - Episode 6

Margene plots to introduce Barb and Nicki to Bill's next potential wife. Meanwhile, journalists take an interest in Rhonda's story.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Big Love from 45 votes.

Big Love - S5E7
#16 - Til Death do Us Part
7.56
Season 5 - Episode 7

Bill eyes a wedding as a chance to reseal his commitment to his wives; Alby makes a game-changing power play.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Big Love from 41 votes.

Big Love - S1E1
#17 - Big Love
7.57
Season 1 - Episode 1

As Bill prepares for the opening of a new addition to his hardware store chain, he receives bad news about his father's health, and also deals with trying to balance the needs of his three wives.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Big Love from 104 votes.

Big Love - S1E3
#18 - Home Invasion
7.60
Season 1 - Episode 3

Bill gets a new home security system, Nicki throws a birthday party, new neighbours move in, and Margene meets her mother-in-law. Meanwhile, there's a break-in in Bill's hardware store.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Big Love from 72 votes.

Big Love - S1E5
#19 - Affair
7.60
Season 1 - Episode 5

Nicki suspects that Bill is having an affair and is considering bringing a fourth wife to the family. Margene, feeling alone in the big house, befriends the new neighbor, Pam Martin. Bill goes after Roman and tries to expose him, but polygamy accusations also fly in the Home Plus. Meanwhile, Ben is trying to cope with his arousing sexuality and being a teenager.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Big Love from 58 votes.

Big Love - S3E4
#20 - On Trial
7.61
Season 3 - Episode 4

Bill attempts to drive a wedge between Alby and Roman, whose case finally goes to trial. Struggling with the decision of what to do regarding her pregnancy, Sarah recruits Heather and Ben for moral support.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Big Love from 41 votes.

Last updated: jan 25, 2021

Comments

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This show is so underrated, sadly. I mean the show is in top 3 of HBO's dramas. Seasons 1 & 2 are kinda bad but after that 'Big Love' becomes a perfection. I'm on season 5 now and it's SO hard to watch. So much happens with all these characters, damn

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I don't know why exactly but every time I've seen Big Love mentioned I just glossed over it for some reason, I finally gave it a hard look this summer and just finished the series last night. Pros: - Strong performances by the lead antagonists, Harry Dean Stanton (Roman Grant) and Matt Ross (Alby Grant) were a cut above the rest here. - It was fun to see familiar faces like Aaron Paul, Amanda Seyfried, Bruce Derns, and Mireille Enos (The Killing) just to name a few. - Chloë Sevigny (Nicolette Grant): You can take the girl out of the compound but you can't take the compound out of the girl. The most interesting of the 3 wives for me early on. - Bill Paxton is Bill Henrickson without a doubt, I never cared for him in other roles but he is a perfect fit here. Cons: - Cheesy at times. - Overall Big Love was one of the weaker HBO shows I've seen when compared with what they had out at the time, it's surprising to me that Rome, Deadwood, and Carnivàle were cancelled yet Big Love was allowed 5 seasons. Side note: Not a con just an oddity, over the entire series it was very hard to relate or sympathize with any of the characters really, from normal daily activities to their whole way of thinking. Everything was just a bit off like an alternate universe type of feeling. When an argument would happen sides would form and I would find my self not caring and take neither side. I'm sure a Mormon or even a religious person would have a better chance at relating but I still expected I would be able to do so in some way at least.

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I finished this series last night. I honestly do not know what to feel or how to rate this so I am not going to do that. Acting was really good. I didn't like the main characters very much nor could relate to them. I was puzzled about how the show presented religions and churches like mormons and polygamist mormons and christians. I kind of liked it because I don't think that they sugar coated a thing. The whole last season was giving very strong messages that there is a big chance that everything is not going to be okay. I feel a bit puzzled because of the ending. I hate and love it same time.

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