A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?