The Little Couple

Common Sense Media says

Extraordinary newlyweds have good messages for families.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show isn't positioned as an educational series, but viewers will learn lessons about acceptance and diversity.

Positive messages

The show raises awareness about people with obvious differences without being preachy.

Positive role models

Bill and Jen are open and honest about the challenges that their stature poses, but neither ever wallows in negativity about their circumstances. They're both successful professionals, and their struggles and joys in the early stages of their marriage will resonate with most couples.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Bill and Jen often kiss in front of the camera, and there's some rare insinuation of sexual activity. In one scene, for example, they glance knowingly at each other and say they're going to bed -- and in the next scene there's giggling in the background as someone hangs a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the hotel door.

Language

Infrequent instances of "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The couple -- and other adults in social settings -- often drink wine or other alcoholic beverages with dinner.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Little People, Big World spin-off raises awareness about people with differences by immersing viewers in everyday life of a newlywed couple with dwarfism. Although Bill and Jen sometimes discuss how hurtful some people's reactions to them can be, the show focuses more on their very typical relationship issues (he criticizes her driving, she thinks he's a control freak) than on how their unique circumstances set them apart. Ultimately it celebrates the human spirit and celebraes the things we all have in common.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE LITTLE COUPLE follows newlyweds Bill Klein and Jen Arnold as they start their married life. Five months after saying "I do," Bill and Jen -- both of whom stand under four feet tall -- are finally moving in together when he leaves New York to be with her in Houston. As any couple can attest, marriage has its challenges, and this extraordinary couple isn't immune to any of them as they share their thoughts on life -- and each other.

Is it any good?

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It's impossible not to be intrigued by this obviously unique couple, but what's most striking about Bill and Jen is their ability to turn the focus away from what makes them different and direct it at what they have in common with everyone else. Most of the issues that arise are standard newlywed fare (his tendency to be overprotective, her expensive tastes in clothes, etc.), which allows viewers to relate to them on a personal level. Both have a natural ease with the camera and an unassuming way of handling sensitive topics like people's hurtful stares or comments, leaving viewers inspired by their warmth and a little more aware of how to handle similar situations.

This series is full of great messages for adults and kids alike. Bill and Jen have a loving, mutually respectful relationship, and none of the show's content seems forced for the camera's sake. Both are successful professionals (he's a businessman, she's a doctor), they dream about building a home and starting a family, and they're obviously comfortable with who they are. Bottom line? The Little Couple is a big reminder that despite our outward differences, underneath it all we're pretty much the same.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about looking past outward appearances. How would you react if you encountered someone who looked very different from you at the store or at school? Would it be hard for you to look past those differences?

  • Why is it important to get to know a person before you judge him or her? What does “prejudice” mean? Have you ever found yourself being prejudiced? How can you change that behavior?

  • Are Bill and Jen good role models?

TV details

Cast:Bill Klein, Jen Arnold
Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old January 2, 2010
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11
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It is good BUT....................

I think it is ok...and is for ages and 11 and up...there is some concerns that I have of my own about this show and im concerned about the fowl languge...besides that...this is a very good reality TV show.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old March 19, 2014
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4
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super cute show

I think this show is so cute. I realised there wasnt alot of recent comments so here is one. This show is based on two newlyweds who bulit their giant dream house and are starting there lives together. Bill and Jen live In Texas and are dwarfs. They soon have a miscarriage and adopt a little boy named will from China and actually go to china. Will is very cute and funny and really listens to his parents. Other people said that bill swares alot but all ive heard is hell. Jen and Bill clearly love each other very much and they have a healthy relationship. After a few months they adopt their second child from india. Her name is Zoey. She at first just cries and cries and swats her new parents but later lays on bills back and kisses everyone. Will is very nice to Zoey. Sadly later jen gets stage 3 cancer and losses her hair and gets a wig. Warning to parents I have a mother who had a knee replacement and a father with a hip replacement and have seen all the stuff they had injected into them and I was still kind of scared when I saw jen on the hospital bed getting tons of drugs injected into her and screaming and bill almost crying in the background. Overall this show is full of laughs tears and cuteness.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byfumar July 1, 2011
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7
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great

i love , jan and bill , wish i could meet . such a wonderfull couple . i donot see there size , thear r just to happy couple in love and i canot what for them to have a famley , whot great perents thay well be .

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