Since Sister Wives premiered on TLC in 2010, it’s been one of the network’s most controversial shows. The series, which follows the polygamous Brown family, has been on TV for more than a decade now and fans still wonder if it’s scripted.
Many viewers of the show mostly just watch it for all of the drama involving Kody Brown and his spouses, Meri, Christine, Robyn and Janelle — and there’s a lot of it. But how real are all the tears, theatrics and catfishing? And could it be true that the show is fake? Typical of most reality shows, Sister Wives has its fair share of seemingly manufactured moments.
Interestingly, Janelle all but squashed rumors that the series is fake in a tweet posted in March 2020. “We often forget the cameras are there,” the mom of six wrote amid season 14. “We have never scripted our show and occasionally things happen that get out of control fast. This was one of those times.”
Just a few months later, Christine’s daughter Mykelti Padron (née Brown) agreed Kody’s marital struggles with Meri are “real but blown up” for TV.
“But I don’t know their personal life,” Mykelti said. “Between any of the siblings, individual siblings, individual parents or whatever, we really don’t know a lot of what goes on. We know what’s between us.”
According to Robyn’s former close friend Kendra Pollard-Parra, they previously had more problems behind the scenes. “Kody thinks of Janelle as more of a friend — she’s his buddy,” Kendra alleged to In Touch Weekly in April 2016. “Christine is a problem to him. And Meri, Kody can’t stand her.”
Although they all had a lot of tension in season 15 over buying a house big enough for all of them or four separate houses, Meri slammed breakup rumors in December 2020, revealing she was “committed” to Kody and her family. Christine, Janelle and Robyn also appear to be going strong with Kody to this day.
The long-running show has yet to be renewed by TLC for a 16th season, however fans are confident we’ll see more of the Browns in the future after Janelle announced she was the first of the brood to relocate to Coyote Pass.
Whether or not TLC cameras capture the move, it seems Janelle will be keeping fans updated throughout the exciting process!
“Lots to do out here on the land so I figured why not be onsite,” she wrote in June. “Honestly, I’m alternating between extreme excitement as I’ve always wanted to try this and anxiety at all the unknown variables. So, stay tuned, this is about to get real.”
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