In a small, rural community just outside of Salt Lake City lives one of the most controversial families to ever make a television debut. Brady Williams, his five wives, and his 24 children occupy two large houses in the Mormon-dominated community. The polygamist family made their way into the media spotlight after they agreed to be featured on their own television show produced by TLC.
The show “My Five Wives” debuted on Sept. 15, 2013, IMDB reports. In the ABC News segment below, cameras are invited into the Williams home where each day begins with Williams making the rounds and greeting each of his five wives in bed. The report goes on to explain that while the Williams family may seem traditional, they are, in fact, progressive compared to fundamentalist Mormons, so much so that other polygamist families have “shunned” the household.
According to The Atlantic, the Williamses made a pivot away from the fundamentalist church because Williams and his five wives didn’t want to force the polygamist mind-set onto their kids. Robyn Williams, one of the wives, told The Atlantic, “I think we kind of went from an exclusive viewpoint to an inclusive one,” further explaining that they want the kids to have a broader outlook on the world.
It goes without saying that there is never a dull moment in the 30-member household. ABC News footage shows the robust home buzzing with energetic kids, communal dinners, and card playing between Williams and his wives. The segment addresses the questions that are on everyone’s minds when it comes to polygamy, including that of jealousy amongst the five wives.
Despite initial interest in the show, “My Five Wives” only ran for two seasons before TLC decided to cancel the show, EnStars explains. Stories from entertainment websites including TMZ reported Williams had filed for bankruptcy, however, the claim was never confirmed by Williams himself. Today, the Williamses continue to reach out to their fans via YouTube where they upload routine updates to their channel Brady and Wives.