The theme song for the final two seasons of the series was "Home", by the band Engineers.During the first three seasons, "God Only Knows", by The Beach Boys, played during the opening titles.For acting, Chloë Sevigny won a Golden Globe Award for her supporting role, and Bill Paxton was nominated three times for his leading role.At the Emmys, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Mary Kay Place and Sissy Spacek were all nominated for their recurring roles. Olsen and Will Scheffer won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama.Of her character, Chloë Sevigny says, "There is definitely a power struggle that goes on between the wives." The show's fictional fundamentalist group, the "United Effort Brotherhood," or UEB, has characteristics similar to the historic "United Effort Plan" established by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and taken over by the state in 2005.The FLDS is one of the most prolific and well-known polygamist groups and identifies as the legitimate successor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which officially discontinued polygamy in 1890.
The mall scenes from season one were filmed in the Fox Hills Mall, in Culver City, California.Other exterior shots were filmed in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah and Sandy, Utah, as well as northeast Los Angeles, California. Directors of the series include Jim Mc Kay, Adam Davidson, Rodrigo Garcia, Charles Mc Dougall, Sarah Pia Anderson, Dan Attias, Burr Steers, Michael Spiller, Alan Taylor, John Strickland, Mary Harron, Steve Shill, Julian Farino, Michael Lehmann, and Alan Poul (former executive producer of Six Feet Under).The show's producers are Alexa Junge, David Byrne recorded a complete soundtrack to the second season, released as Big Love: Hymnal on August 19, 2008.The series left behind a legacy as one of television's most complex studies of American family life.
It has been the subject of seminal pieces in top academic journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Law and Contemporary Problems, and Michigan Journal of Gender & Law.
The series premiered in the United States on March 12, 2006, following the sixth-season premiere of the HBO series The Sopranos.