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The Mormon religion has been finding itself the topic of more and more mainstream discussions as time goes on, and this is due to a number of factors. Of course, Mitt Romney's candidacy for the American Presidential office has led to great scrutiny of the faith, but there have been some other significant cultural examples of the religion, as well. Although polygamy has been absent from the official LDS religion for well over 100 years, there are some sects of people who feel that the church strayed away from its true calling by denouncing the practice. These people practice the Mormon religion with polygamy as a central aspect, and they are becoming increasingly more prevalent in the media. One polygamist family even has its own show ? TLC's Sister Wives.

Sister Wives follows the lives and struggles of a polygamist family headed by Kody Brown. Kody practices what is known as fundamentalist Mormonism, and he has a total of four wives and 17 children. During the first season, the show depicted the family in Lehi, Utah, but since then, the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada as a means of avoiding prosecution for their lifestyle. The first season depicts the normalcy of the family unit, while contrasting it with the unusual nature of their beliefs and lifestyle choices. Though the season began with Kody being married to three wives, one of the first season's major story lines is his courtship of and eventual marriage to wife number four.

The Brown family believes that by showing themselves on Sister Wives, they can have an impact on how the public views them and their faith. While people certainly tune into the show to see a family that is completely different from their own, they also cannot help but remark at how much they have in common with the Browns, in spite of the polygamous nature of the family. There are, obviously, many differences between the Browns' lives and the lives of ordinary people, but the show depicts them as a fairly average family.

Sister Wives is currently in the midst of its third season on TLC, and fans of the show continue to tune in each week to see what types of drama the polygamist Brown family will experience. The family members are unique and relatable, which is why the show has become so popular, but there is always the possibility of new people joining the family. With this formula, Sister Wives could conceivably go on for many more seasons.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on TLC
9 Seasons, 115 Episodes - Currently Airing
September 26, 2010
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  • The Browns' perfect Hawaiian getaway takes a turn when they argue about parking cars and beach umbrella placement; Kody and Meri make efforts towards improving their struggling relationship in the show's 100th episode.

  • This week the four wives focus on Kody and divulge some of his secrets. They discuss why he became a polygamist and what he was thinking when he agreed to go public with his illegal life.

  • The Brown family is getting ready for their vacation to Hawaii, but Robyn is anxious about traveling with her newborn, Ariella. Meanwhile Meri and Janelle move forward with therapy.

  • Robyn's due date has arrived and she's worried the baby is breach, so she and Kody go for one more ultrasound; Madison goes to her wedding gown fitting.

Sister Wives News

Another 'Sister Wives' Expansion: Kody Brown and New Wife Robyn Bring in Baby No. 17

The ‘Sister Wives’ family will be adding yet another member to the household. Kody Brown, the open polygamist in the TLC reality series, will welcome child number 17. His newest wife, Robyn is pregnant. "You should have seen the look on his face when we found out," Robyn told People. "It was priceless." "I'm overjoyed," declares Kody about the pregnancy.

Kody Brown, Star of TLC's 'Sister Wives', Allegedly Wants More Wives

Most men can hardly deal with one wife. But then there's Kody Brown of Sister Wives, the TLC reality show that follows a polygamist family. He just took on his fourth wife - during the show, of course - and seems to want another one. This is supposedly what went down. Kody was meeting with producers of the show and executives for TLC. They were brainstorming some ideas for the show's directions and Kody came up with a brilliant one.

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