'Sister Wives' is latest reality show to glorify mega-families
This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof).
Cable channel TLC made fauxlebrities out of Jon and Kate Gosselin, parents to a troupe of eight kids (one set of twins plus sextuplets). And the Hayes family of Table for 12 (twins, twins, sextuplets). And the über-prolific Duggar family with its 19 kids (two sets of twins and 15 individual births).
How do you get bigger and weirder than that? Polygamists!
Sister Wives debuted in September, chronicling the adventures of Kody Brown and his three … no, no, wait for it … four wives and their many, many children. They live in Lehi, Utah, and are members of a fundamentalist offshoot of the Mormon church. It’s like Big Love — only for reals!
So far the Duggars actually have the Browns beat, 19 kids versus 16 — but the smart money goes on the Browns to win the long game, as they’ve got four moms hard at work to the Duggars’ paltry one. Luckily, we’ll get a chance to find out. After the conclusion of the show’s short, seven-episode first season, it’s been renewed for a second season, to start airing in March 2011.
James Lee must be rolling in his grave.
So, when can we GINKs expect a reality series about our fascinating lifestyle?