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The 50 Best TV Dramas of All Time

31. Big Love

Network: HBO
Air Dates: March 12, 2006 – March 20, 2011
Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, Douglas Smith, Grace Zabriskie, Mary Kay Place, Matt Ross, Cassi Thomson, Amanda Seyfried, Shawn Doyle, Mireille Enos, Melora Walters, Daveigh Chase, Bruce Dern, Harry Dean Stanton

HBO's drama of polygamy in the Mormon community rankled plenty within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its depiction of life within the church. Whether or not extreme liberties were taken, Big Love remains a fascinating portrait of love and relationships in an unusual circumstance.

What was particularly excellent about the show was the group of wives married to Bill Paxton's Bill Henrickson. Watching Big Love, you can't help but wonder what Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny), and Margie (Ginnifer Goodwin) would get into if they came untethered from the Henrickson clan. Unfortunately, just when viewers were about to have the opportunity, the series came to an end.

Still, the five seasons of Big Love we received are full of quirkiness and grace. —Brenden Gallagher

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