Sister Wives, one of the latest reality shows to air on TLC, has just finished its first and,perhaps, only season. It chronicles the every day goings-on of the Browns, a suburban family that resides in Lehi, Utah…and, oh, yeah, they just happen to be polygamists.
Things started out with 41-year-old long-haired puppy dog Kody Brown aboding in supposed bliss with spouses Meri, Janelle, Christine and their large brood of kids. They are fundamentalist Mormons who believe that plural marriage is a right of their faith, despite the fact that more traditional Mormons frown on the practice and it is illegal.
If you are expecting bizarre behavior, you may be surprised, as the Browns come across like a ridiculously wholesome unit. They seem personable, honest and “normal” acting with everybody getting along amiably. It is all deceptively benign until you realize the realities of what these women have to live with, including scheduled conjugal visits and the possibility of new spouses being added when the “Kodester” takes a shine to another lady.
At the start of the show, Kody was dating Robyn, a divorcee and mom of 3 children of her own. The other gals, however, were not particularly enthusiastic at first, but worked to overcome their jealousy over their younger and more fetching rival. Despite their misgivings or that fact that Kody’s television exposure of his simultaneous marriages might put them all in jail , he went with his feelings and the season ended with Robyn becoming the 4th missus.
Although the Browns attempt to convince us that they are one, big happy family , I suspect the one with the biggest advantage here is Kody. He gets to have four women who cater to his every need and treat him like a king.
While all these women are required to juggle duties and self esteem, ol’ Kody sits back looking as satisfied as a cat who fell into a gigantic tub of cream.