Parents' Guide to

Sister Wives

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docuseries turns polygamists into reality stars.

TV TLC Reality TV 2010
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 2+

Disturbing for TV

This show should never be on TV for children or anyone. their lifestyle is not normal and should be kept among themselves. Kody called himself "Head of the Family" So very bothersome to listen to him, he's just a boy in his behaviour. His sons are more mature than he is. He's a Bully with a capital "B" Please !!! give this Show Time to another meaningful and educational program that will help, inspire, motivate, guide and protect honest and respectful Adult and Children who are trying to reach their goals. The lifestyle of these people are not meaningful, or encouraging for young people, they have nothing to offer to others or to any community. Kody should get off that show, get a real job to support all those hundreds of children. What is Kody's purpose on the show ??? Just sleeping around from house to house ?? what's his job. Kody talks about disrespect in his own home, really ? the understanding is, these wives bought their own homes. Listen Kody, when a real man married to a woman, he should be the main source of financing the household. Kody, did you ever put any down payment of your own money on these homes for your wives ??? As for the women who called themselves "Kody's wives"Stop talking about Religion and God, you're all lost soles, lost in yourselves, lost to your children. To understand more about who you are, just start reading the "Holy Bible" (both new and Old Testament.) I watch the show only enough to positively voice my opinion of how "Trashy and Insecure" these people are. Who will take on "The financial Burden" of all those children when Kody and those "so called wives" are no longer around. ?
age 18+

I liked it in beginning

I am concerned now, with Cody's comments, it's a cult. A marriage is working together; making decisions together. Cody is now demanding that they follow HIS rules; meet his demands. That is not a marriage. He needs to come into this century. A marriage is give and take. A cult is, well...what he is doing. If he had been more attentive to Meri, maybe she wouldn't have been catfished. She made a mistake but Cody cannot forgive. She forgives Cody for not being attentive and understanding but he cannot accept that. God teaches forgiveness. Cody preaches but doesn't follow..

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Sister Wives offers a fairly voyeuristic look at plural marriage from the point of view of people who have chosen to live according to a religious doctrine that promotes it. The series' intent is to show how complex this cohabitation lifestyle is and to counter some of the stereotypes about plural marriage that exist today. But while Brown and his family discuss some of the challenges that come with choosing their lifestyle, including the emotional and financial burdens it creates, overall the series paints a happy picture that sometimes seems a little too idyllic.

The family is very likable, and they seem to be a bit worldlier and open compared to other plural families (both real and fictional) depicted in the media. Despite all of this, some of the choices they make and other unspoken signs indicate that they're sometimes not as comfortable in the mainstream as they appear on camera. Nonetheless, the show ultimately offers viewers a unique chance to see real people openly share their experiences as part of a plural family.

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