Unofficial Big Love

Real Mormons Talking About Fictional Mormons

Episode 3, part 1: Sunstone & Liberal Mormons, Multiple Mortal Progressions, Depression

Two episodes into the fifth season of Big Love, the show has been heavy on deep Mormon references. We’re here to walk you through them, but it’ll take us two parts. Here’s part 1.

What does it mean for Barb and her mother to be members of Sunstone? Why did Betty Ford and the ERA come up?

And what in the world did they mean by multiple mortal progression?

We also talk about depression in Mormon culture, and how some Church leaders and members deal with it.

Questions and Comments for Episode 3

Have any reactions to our second episode? Is there something you’d like us to cover on Episode 3?

Ask away!

Episode 2: Review of Premiere, Word of Wisdom, Multi-Level Marketing

The Big Love season has finally come! And our review of the premiere is here now too.

It’s great to have the Henricksons–and the crowd down at Juniper Creek–back in our lives. We spend a lot of time recapping and reviewing the episode from a Mormon perspective, pointing out some language and actions that rang true and some that didn’t.

The Word of Wisdom featured prominently this epsiode, and the panel explains its significance and history for Mormons. We also talk about the Utah connection to multi-level marketing.

Questions and Comments for Episode 2

Have a question you’d like us to address on episode 2? We’d love to hear from you!

Use this thread to ask us anything about Big Love or Mormonism, or leave any reactions you have to the show. Or, email us at We’ll draw on listener feedback for future episodes.

Episode 1: Panel Intros, Historical Mormon Context, Why We LOVE Big Love!

Greetings! This is the first episode of our new podcast: Unofficial Big Love. We’re really excited about this and we hope you love it. As Mormons, we get asked all the time about what we think of Big Love. Now we can get the word out using our own shiny, new podcast!

In this episode, the panel members introduce themselves. Yes, we’re all Mormons. Some of us even grew up in Utah. All of us love the show.

We then go through some of the show’s story lines and talk about which ones have historical precedents and which ones are a little more out there (at least in terms of their Mormon bona fides), and move on to what the show gets right and what it gets wrong.

The podcast wraps up with each of us love about the show and what it means to us, as Mormons.

You can download the episode here, subscribe via iTunes, or listen through your browser below.


Coming Soon! Unofficial Big Love Podcast (Promo)

What do a bunch of real Mormons have to say about a family of fictional ones? A lot!

Listen to Unofficial Big Love. Look for our initial introductory podcast this week, and a new one discussing each week’s episode, starting with the premiere on Sunday, January 16.

For now, here’s our promo: