Sister Wives

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Docuseries turns polygamists into reality stars.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Polygamy is described here as a lifestyle that can be positive and healthy for those who choose it. Kody Brown clearly notes the distinction between the L.D.S. (mainstream Mormons) and what he calls the Fundamentalist Mormon Doctrine that promotes and practices polygamy. The Browns voice some concerns over prejudice toward their lifestyle.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Browns practice a fundamentalist doctrine that endorses plural marriage. Neither Brown nor his wives proselytize or criticize other faiths. The women appear to care about and respect one another. Most of the wives come from plural families.The adults (and some older children) share in parenting duties.

Violence

Some talk about dying at the hands (or fins) of sharks ... and toasters.

Sex

Discussion about the existence of sexual relationships between Brown and his individual wives.

Language
Consumerism

The family drives large cars like Honda minivans and Chevy Suburbans. But the logos/brands aren’t highlighted.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series presents the polygamist lifestyle as one that's both positive and healthy for those who choose to live it. Much of the show's focus is on the relationship between the sister wives themselves and their ability to deal with their husband’s courtship of a potential fourth wife. There’s no proselytizing here, but the family occasionally makes references to being fearful of living out in the open and dealing with prejudice. There are also some mild conversations about the importance of healthy sexual relationships between each individual sister wife and their husband.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySusanLC January 25, 2020

Kody makes a fool of himself

Kody has turned into an all and all out bully when it comes to his first wife Meri. He's mean, calculated, dismissive, disrespectful and rude to her and i... Continue reading
Adult Written bySharman March 25, 2019

Wildman

Kody Brown looks like a wildman, recent photos.
He is a poor provider and is not a good man. I agree with the sinner comments, I have read about him. Those po... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 21, 2019

A little weird....

It’s ok if you think that these “sister wives” want to be with the dude but if you’re part of a religion that doesn’t do this then you may be offended..I honest... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAurora95 April 7, 2011

You shouldn't be criticized if your different

I have no problem with this show. This is a lifestyle like so many others that people have chose to follow. If you have watched the show, you will see that the... Continue reading

What's the story?

SISTER WIVES follows the day-to-day life of an American polygamist family. Husband Kody Brown and his three wives -- Meri, Janelle, and Christine -- negotiate their relationships with each other, their 13 children, and, on occasion, with the mainstream world. Viewers also get to see how the courting and introduction of a fourth wife, Robyn, into the family circle impacts the wives, as well as the overall family dynamic.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lifestyle presented in this show. Why/how do some families practice polygamy if it's illegal in the United States? 

  • What are some of the stereotypes surrounding polygamists? Do you think this show contradicts some of these stereotypes?

  • Why do you think this family agreed to be in a TV show?

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