My Five Wives features Brady Williams and his wives named Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie, and Rhonda, plus their 24 kids. What makes this show different than Sister Wives is that it feels much more genuine, right off the bat. We learn right away about the pain, jealousy and challenges faced by the wives - there's no pretense that their polygamous family life is easy.
|The My Five Wives Family|
The family is more relatable in ways we can all understand - like when it comes to money and having kids. The family, like millions of others, was hurt by the recession, and the family isn't afraid to talk about it. For example, Nonie, one of the wives, talked about having another kid and if the family could financially handle it.
Brady's also realistic about his time - he admitted that he's stretched thin giving his wives and kids attention. He also makes decisions into family decisions, like when Rhonda brought up the idea of adoption. He suggested that Rhonda bring it up in a family meeting. While Rhonda admitted she'd be devastated if a sister wife shot down her idea, it was a good way to bring the whole family into the choice and not just put the power in Brady's hands.
I liked that the family is honest about their jealousy and the wives are open about their feelings. They have jealousy - strongly - but they work through issues together and keep their jealousy under control. They're also realistic - when discussing adoption, the family discussed emotional, legal and financial implications.
My thoughts on My Five Wives? Watch the show. It's nice to take a look at a polygamous family besides the Browns. As far as I'm aware, the show isn't picking up where there's major drama coming up (like Kody marrying Robyn); it's showing the day-to-day life of the family. I'm not sure if I'll burn out on this show like I did with Sister Wives, but I'm going to give it a try and find out!
Note: the family is no longer Mormon. Interesting, right?