What can I say? This series is pure crack. I'm hooked. I look forward to season 5, resent that it will be the final season, and hate that I'll have to wait four weeks until season 4 comes out on DVD.
Ha, Thomas, you've discovered it!
I think it's mainly meant to be real. As real life, life in this series has funny parts, not-so-funny parts, and downright awful parts. Because I have neither experienced fundamentalist Mormonism nor read up on it, I can't say if the producers succeeded at making it real. But they certainly made the storylines plausible and coherent. What's more, the producers manage to juxtapose the disparate elements in a dramatic style I find almost Shakespearean. As a happy aside, that's not at all unusual for HBO series. I wouldn't be surprised if future art historians categorized the HBO of the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s as a Golden Age of adult entertainment made for actual adults.
Yes, I agree with your "real" assessment. (Not that I'm an expert on Mormon marriages, or anything .... wrong country.
But there is also a healthy, endearing, humorous, "soap opera" quality to Big Love
. Which is part of what's kept me hooked. Though I have not seen the last series ... SBS, which has been televising the series here, changed their programming arrangements to a night I couldn't accommodate. So will will have to do the catch-up thing via my DVD hire shop.
I love HBO too!
It almost (but not quite) makes me wish I had cable access. (I just don't watch enough TV to warrant it.)
Last week I finished watching Six Feet Under
& I suffered similar addictions to those you describe with Big Love
. I think I might have broken some new world record for watching an entire (very long) TV series in the shortest time possible! Loved it.
was the best thing on TV last year, in my opinion. We still haven't seen the (4th?) series, which you guys just saw. I will buy it the very minute
it is released here!
And I think Angels In America
(years ago) was in a class of it's own. Just Brilliant.
Anyway, I see I have quite a bit of catching up to do.
Any suggestions, Thomas? Or anyone?
Any other "must see" HBO suggestions?
My contact at the DVD hire place suggests, Dexter
s (I think that's the correct title?), The Sopranos