"One huge plural family"
After the raid in Texas, many Americans became aware of polygamy as an alternative lifestyle being practiced secretly all over the U.S. TLC became the first channel to offer viewers an inside look into how polygamy was being practiced by "modern" looking men and women. The network decided to capitalized on the American public's innate fascination with alternative lifestyles and their curiosity with how these all American families; live, interact and find a way to raise and feed households that are often 5 or 6 times the size of the average family.
We had the Browns for years, but there was always this other polygamous family that was public, the Dargers, they wrote a book, went on talk shows, and last year they had their own special on TLC and even joined the Browns on vacation. While these two families may practice the same religion, the way they interpret it is completely different, in fact they all share one house and one kitchen. Their kids grew up as siblings with one set of rules to govern them all. As we watched one of their daughters get married on the special, we saw how they all interacted, supported and loved one another. They will not be back on TLC but if you want more of them check out their website at lovetimesthree.com. The ratings were good but it seems liked the Dargers were not a good fit for TLC so now we will see a new family.
My Five Wives will follow the story of Brady Williams, a project manager living near Salt Lake City, Utah with his wives; Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie and Rhonda. Yup, Brady liked getting married so much that he did it five times. The Williams family together are the parents of 24 children ranging in ages from 4 to 20. The Williams family is founded more on love and commitment, instead of faith, they believe in a God who loves all and equality for everyone. When they left their church they became shunned by their community, estranged from family and left with out a faith based congregation to fall back on. We'll get to see how they raise their children, communicate as a family and see a progressive family take on a typically conservative controversial family structure.
PAULIE (1st Wife): Paulie works as a dental hygienist. She was raised in a polygamist family and expected Brady to have additional wives. Paulie and Brady have been married for 21 years and have six children, ranging in ages from 20 to 9 years old. She respects and is very proud of her oldest daughter, who recently married and plans to live a monogamous lifestyle.
ROBYN (2nd Wife): Robyn and Brady have been married for 20 years and have raised five children together, ranging in ages from 19 to 9 years old. Robyn has taken a few art classes and is known around the house as the “creative” wife, she loves making handmade gifts for her large family. Robyn also grew up in a polygamous home and expected to be a plural wife. Robyn married Brady less than a year after Paulie.
ROSEMARY (3rd Wife): Rosemary was working in the family construction business but stopped after winning a scholarship at the local college. She is passionate about composing and is currently studying to get a teaching degree in music and biology. Rosemary and Brady have been married for 18 years and have four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 11 years old.
NONIE (4th Wife): For more than 15 years Nonie and Brady have been married and have raised five children, ranging in ages from 14 to four years old. Nonie first met Brady while she was living in Montana the two had a brief long-distance courtship before they got engaged. She currently handles the administrative side of the family’s construction business and is the only wife that works with Brady on a steady basis.
RHONDA (5th Wife): Rhonda is Robyn’s cousin, she loves to work outside the home and is currently a medical assistant. Rhonda and Brady have been married for 12 years and have four kids, ranging in ages from 13 to 2. Rhonda had a harder time fitting in with the Williams, it took eight years before she really felt like she belonged in the family. Rhonda admits there are downsides to polygamy, but she loves that her kids always have other mothers around that love them.
MY FIVE WIVES premieres Sunday, September 15 at 9/8c,
following an all-new episode of Sister Wives.
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