Sister Wives on TLC: Polygamy TV Show Start Time, TV Schedule
Sister Wives on TLC Takes a Real-Life Look at Polygamy in This Seven-Part Series
Sister Wives starts on TLC on Sunday September 26 at 10pm ET and continues for seven weeks to give an inside look into what it is like to be married and be head of a polygamist family.
Some have expressed horror at this glorification of polygamy while others have expressed interest to obtain a more in-depth look into a lifestyle many outside the Mormon faith know little about.
Kody Brown is the head of this polygamist family with 13 children and three wives, soon to be four. He says the hardest part about being the only husband is trying to balance his time and his wives' emotional and financial needs. He also works hard to keep their existence secret from the outside world, although now they will be on TLC that is next to impossible.
His three wives range from 37 to 40 years old, and the soon-to-be fourth wife is Robyn, 31-years-old.
Meri is the only wife Kody is legally married to; they have been married 20 years and have one daughter, Mariah 14. Kody then met Janelle three years later and they have now been married 17 years, and have had six children: Logan, 15, Madison, 14, Hunter, 13, Garrison, 11, Gabriel, 8 and Savanah, 5.
He met Christine one year after marrying Janelle and they have now been married sixteen years. They have five children: Aspyn, 14, Mykelti, 13, Paedon, 11, Gwenelyn, 8, Ysabel, 6 and baby Truely is on its way.
Robyn is set to become Kody's fourth wife and she has three children from a previous marriage: Dayton, 10, Aurora, 7, and Brenna, 5.
"It just felt like our story needed to be told," said Brown, the affable patriarch who works in advertising and lives with his family in Lehi, Utah. "There's a lot of stereotypes out there that are actually perpetuated by the press. I wanted to make sure the world understood that we're polygamists, but we're not the polygamists that you think you know."
For this family the most important reason behind this show is to give a face to polygamy.
"We come from a closed society," said third wife Christine, 37. "That was one of the reasons we wanted to do the show, to open up our society, just so people can see what it's like. Because of that, I think that there is a lot of fear that comes from doing things like this. We just want to show our family. We don't even want to go into our church life."
Multiple marriages is illegal in Utah where the Brown family live, but many known polygamous sects live in Utah and Arizona. The Utah Office of the Attorney General issued this statement about polygamy in Utah, saying they have chosen to focus on crimes within polygamous communities that involve child abuse, domestic violence and fraud, and not the illegal practice of bigamy itself.
Sneak Peak of Sister Wives on TLC: