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Big Love is an American television drama that aired on HBO between March 2006 and March 2011. The show is about a fictional fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah that practices polygamy. Big Love stars Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn (Electric City), Chloë Sevigny (Hit & Miss, Those Who Kill) and Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time), as well as a large supporting cast.
The series premiered in the United States on March 12, 2006 following the sixth-season premiere of the HBO series The Sopranos. The show was a success for HBO, running for five seasons before concluding its run on March 20, 2011.
Big Love received widespread critical acclaim, and earned several major awards and nominations throughout its run. The third season was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and the first three were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. For acting, Chloe Sevigny won a Golden Globe Award for her supporting role, and Bill Paxton was nominated three times for his leading role. At the Emmys, Ellen Burstyn (That’s Life, Political Animals, Louie), Bruce Dern (The Hunt), Mary Kay Place (Bored to Death, Getting On) and Sissy Spacek were all nominated for their recurring roles. Creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama.
The series left behind a legacy as one of television’s most complex studies of American family life, and has been the subject of seminal pieces in top academic journals including the Columbia Law Review, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and Law and Contemporary Problems. Several publications listed the series’ first three seasons as among the best television of the decade 2000-09, and its final season ranked among the best-reviewed scripted series of 2011.