Daytime TV: "A Husband And His Two Wives"
Remember the show "My Husband's Three Wives" on The Learning Channel? It first appeared on September 24, 2006, and later in reruns. It featured a polygamist husband named Brian living in Waller, Texas, and his wives. The household got terrible reviews from poly viewers. "His attitude was so threatening in a passive-aggressive way, I thought 'cult' for a moment," wrote one. "Brainwashed women with no real say in their lives, they just revolve around him."
Brian was back on TV this afternoon (July 13, 2007), this time on the Dr. Keith Ablow Show, with his two long-term wives Pam and Kathy and their six kids. (The prospective third wife in the earlier show never joined up.) This new appearance first aired on May 14, 2007. Its promo tells how the household began 16 years ago:
When faced with infidelity, a wife’s feelings of betrayal turned into shock when her husband said he wanted to move his girlfriend into their home and he did. Today, Dr. Keith talks to a husband, his two wives and their six children, living together under the same roof.
I caught the show's last half. Everyone seemed frozen on camera except a couple of the kids. The two wives seemed very traditional, and looked remarkably identical. The host was challenging but respectful. I heard no mention of polyamory, or signs that any of them has ever made contact with a polyamory community that might provide them (at least the women!) with some context and a wider perspective. The kids mostly said that multiple wives won't be for them when they grow up, but that they love and respect the three parents and consider the two moms as equals.
If you want to see Brian's full name, more of his life story, anonymous accusations against him, and his responses, just google "three wives" "Waller" "Brian". Blecch.
P.S. If you arrived here because you're interested in better types of multipartnering than the above, enter the word "polyamory" into Google or Wikipedia. Or better yet, browse other articles on this site (especially these), or start off with these fine entry points:
New Scientist magazine article
Franklin Veaux's poly site
The alt.polyamory home page