Sunday, March 5, 2017

Brother Husbands on TLC - Well, That Was Interesting!

TLC gave us a new reality special called Brother Husbands, whose title is clearly a play on Sister Wives. The premise is exactly as you'd expect - a wife with two husbands, known as brother husbands.

Here's the scenario: Amanda and Chad married young, at 18 and 21 respectively. They met a guy named Jeremy at church, who became Chad's best friend. Jeremy told Chad he's in love with Amanda, and the trio decided to be in a relationship. From the show, it seems as if Chad and Jeremy are only each intimate with Amanda, but the show certainly doesn't rule out the possibility of threesomes, as all three share a bed sometimes and the guys joined together to buy Amanda lingerie. And the guys hug...a lot. I'm totally open to the idea of all three doing their thing together, but I feel like TLC was maybe afraid to push the limits too far. This is just speculation, though.

In any case, Amanda and Chad have two boys, Atreyu and Cassian. Then when Jeremy came along, he got Amanda pregnant with triplets. TRIPLETS! Fraternal triplets. They're named Eve, Sparrow and Lilith. For part of the show, although Jeremy is presumed to be the dad, the family didn't know that Jeremy was the father, although they did get a paternity test to prove it.

At the end of the episode, the family celebrated their two year anniversary and everyone was happy. You know, the typical TLC.

Oh yeah, and if you think Amanda looks familiar, Inquisitr tells us why:

She was seen on the TBS reality competition series King of the Nerds! It is unknown if this has anything to do with her being discovered for the show Brother Husbands.

So, how was the show?

While I didn't love another TLC special, Meet the Putmans, I did like this one. There was some actual conflict amongst this family - they were REAL. They put their dirty laundry and issues on the table to show the intricacies of a family such as theirs. Sure, some things were staged or played up for the camera (such is reality TV) but their story was pretty legit, and likely not common, but common enough to help others in similar situations to come forward.

An interesting part of the show was when the three parents went to visit Atreyu's teacher (clearly staged but whatever) to talk about their lifestyle and the teacher raised some tough questions: how will this affect Atreyu? Will kids treat him differently?, but ultimately made the most important point of all: if Atreyu's needs are met, no matter what, it's all good.

I give this family a lot of credit - Amanda works while the guys are stay at home dads, each with their own struggles to find where they fit in the relationship. One thing I wonder about is how Amanda's role as a paralegal pays for their beautiful home, plus food and supplies for three adults and five kids.  Maybe I just live in an expensive area, but unless she makes major bank, I cannot figure it all out. Props to them, though!

Would I watch this if it became a series?

HECK YEAH. These people are great. The guys are super hipster looking, there's likely a lot more to their story than we saw, and Amanda was very cool with how she stepped out of her comfort zone to get into this kind of arrangement. This family is a positive example of a non-traditional family. Rock it out!

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