Just in case you don't watch, Sister Wives is a reality tv show that plays on TLC. It premiered on September 26, 2010 and started it's 10th season on January 5, 2020. The show documents the life of a polygamist family, which includes father Kody Brown, his four wives (Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn), and their 18 children.
The focus of the series is how they attempt to navigate life as a "normal" family in a society that shuns their lifestyle. The percentage of Americans who find polygamy to be morally acceptable has more than doubled since 2001, according to the results of a Gallup survey. Rough estimates place the polygamous population in the U.S. somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 people, chiefly in Muslim and fundamentalist Mormon families.
Kody and Meri Brown's marriage began in 1990 when she was was just 19 years old. Meri remained Kody's only wife for three years until he married Janelle in 1993. And while at the time, Meri was Kody's only legal spouse, from the beginning, their union has faced difficulties.
After having their first child in 1995, the couple faced fertility problems. Meri revealed later that she suffered a miscarriage in 2008.
“I was so frustrated and so angry. I didn’t understand why, after another 12 years of trying, and then, it was just taken away from us. I didn’t understand that. It was really hard,” Meri said on a Sister Wives episode.
In 2014, they faced another challenge. Meri agreed to legally divorce Kody that year so that he could officially marry Robyn, which would then make it possible for him to adopt her three children from a previous marriage.
The family has faced a lot of discrimination over the years for their lifestyle. The family was forced out of Utah due to that state’s strict anti-polygamy laws. They then settled in Las Vegas. However, they weren't sure that Las Vegas was the best place to raise their kids.
“Vegas changed a lot over the last few years. So we started worrying a lot more about what the kids are getting exposed to,” Robyn Brown said, according to In Touch Weekly. “We needed to move out. We needed to make an adjustment. The timing was just right for getting our kids out of Las Vegas and into a safe place,” explained Kody.
The family decided to move to Flagstaff, Arizona.
As you might imagine, the move hasn't been easy for the family. Not only are they starting new, the wives will be living in four different houses in the same town instead of on the same street, which will only stretch Kody's time even thinner.
In last nights episode, Meri opened up about how she may be kicked out of her rental house due to her religious beliefs and lifestyle.
Meri explained to husband Kody and sister wives Janelle, Christine and Robyn
“The neighbors contacted the owner of my rental. I had a conversation with the owner. Pretty much the first thing she said to me was, ‘Meri, I am second guessing the fact that I approved you to rent this house,’ She asked me if I would consider leaving the house and not renting from her.”
Even though they disclosed and explained the family lifestyle ahead of time .
"I was like completely open with her. They put it in the contract, in the rental contract. She knows we're a plural family, she knows we're going to be filming in the house," Meri Brown noted in response.
"By the end of the conversation, you know, she was just like, 'I need to rethink this. I need to consider whether or not I want to have you continue renting from me,'" Meri Brown added."But that’s not up to her," Kody hopped in to say. "Cause the contract, it’s actually up to you and me."
Many have speculated that the move to Flagstaff was a poor idea.
"If I walk away, what does that say about me? Just being a chicken? Is that like, letting them win? Because of their bullying? Cause that’s what it is, they’re bullying me, they're bullying the owner to kick me out because they don’t like who I am without even knowing me," Meri Brown said. "If I cave and I let them bully me out of this house, then they win."
Looks like this season is going to hold a lot of emotion. Meri and Kody also attempt to work through their marital issues by returning to therapy.