TLC renewed Sister Wives for a second season, which will consist of 10 episodes that will premiere in March of next year. This is great news, considering the most popular source of polygamy knowledge (Big Love) will be over next year. Undoubtedly, Bill Paxton will have to go back to wearing denim shirts if we're going to ever care about him again.
Sister Wives follows a polygamist family living in Lehi, Utah, made up of Kody Brown (the husband), and wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Altogether, they have 16 children. They originally signed on to do the show as a means of informing the public about their family's practices, and to combat mainstream society's perception that polygamy is weird and against the law and just a way for your spouse to convince you to give him the OK to sleep with the lady down the street. When the show first premiered, the family was under investigation for bigamy (which is when one person legally marries another person despite already being legally married to someone else) by Utah police, but Kody maintained the family wasn't breaking the law, and in actuality, he was just legally married to Meri. He claimed his marriages to Janelle and Christine were only "spiritual unions."
Last season was fairly dramatic right off the bat. We watched as Christine gave birth to a baby girl, Kody and Meri celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and talked about giving in-vitro fertilization a try and there were even a few instances of jealousy that occurred between the wives, despite openly agreeing to engaging in a polygamist lifestyle. Hopefully the show will continue to provide us with such significant insight into their way of life, seeing as Bill Paxton has thrown in the towel.