Little People, Big World

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Little People, Big World
GenreReality
Starring
  • Matthew Roloff
  • Amy Roloff
  • Jeremy Roloff
  • Zach Roloff
  • Molly Roloff
  • Jacob Roloff
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes234 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gay Rosenthal
  • Jeff Weaver
  • Joseph Freed
  • Nicholas Caprio
  • Paul Barrosse
Camera setupMultiple
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Gay Rosenthal Productions
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runMarch 4, 2006 (2006-03-04) – present
Chronology
Followed byLittle People Big World: Wedding Farm
External links
Website
 
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Little People, Big World
GenreReality
Starring
  • Matthew Roloff
  • Amy Roloff
  • Jeremy Roloff
  • Zach Roloff
  • Molly Roloff
  • Jacob Roloff
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes234 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gay Rosenthal
  • Jeff Weaver
  • Joseph Freed
  • Nicholas Caprio
  • Paul Barrosse
Camera setupMultiple
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Gay Rosenthal Productions
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runMarch 4, 2006 (2006-03-04) – present
Chronology
Followed byLittle People Big World: Wedding Farm
External links
Website

Little People, Big World is an American reality television series that premiered on March 4, 2006, and airs on TLC. The series chronicles the lives of the six-member Roloff family farm near Portland, Oregon. Many of the episodes focus on the parents, Matt and Amy, and one of their sons, Zach, who are diagnosed with dwarfism.

On August 26, 2010, TLC announced that the sixth season would be the last for the show.[1][2][3] After its final season, TLC aired several specials:[4] Conquering Mount St. Helens, Breaking Down the Walls,[5] and Welcome to the Jungle.[5] On October 5, 2012, TLC announced a spin-off series – Little People Big World: Wedding Farm.[6][7] It chronicles Matt and Amy as they jump-start their wedding business on the farm.[8] The series premiered on November 13, 2012, and ran for six episodes.[9]

It was announced in October 2013 that Little People, Big World would return for a seventh season.[10] Season 7 consists of eight episodes, and premiered on October 29, 2013.[10]

Background[edit]

In 2010, Amy Roloff commented on the beginnings of the show: "TLC came to us about five or six years ago, and so we suddenly realized we were given a great opportunity to educate people about dwarfism. When it was offered that we do a show about our lives, my husband and I were like, "Wow, nothing like this has even been on the air." Nothing had depicted dwarfism in an everyday way. Lo and behold, a few episodes turned into six seasons. And here we are."[11]

Premise[edit]

The show follows the daily lives of the Roloff family — parents Matt and Amy, and their four children: Zach, Jeremy, Molly and Jacob. Matt, Amy and Zach are little people, while Jeremy, Molly and Jacob are of average height. Zach and Jeremy are fraternal twins; although Zach is not of average height, his brother Jeremy is average height (6'1", or 185 cm).

The family lives on the 36-acre (150,000 m2) Roloff Farms, located north of Hillsboro in Helvetia, Oregon (a suburb of Portland). Although crops of pumpkins are grown and sold by the family, much of the farm has been converted into a series of playground set pieces for the Roloff children. They were designed by Matt, who spent most of his childhood in the hospital. He has tried to make his children's life the best possible.

Episodes of the show typically showcase one or more members of the Roloff family engaging in everyday activities such as shopping, athletics and dealing with household finances. The drama of the show arises from the fact that many of these activities are made more challenging due to the height of the dwarfs in the family, as Matt and Amy are 4'1" (124 cm) and Zach is 4'4" (132 cm).

Cast[edit]

Jacob's accident[edit]

Jacob Roloff and family friend Mike Detjen, were seriously injured in an accident on the family farm on Saturday, October 28, 2006 (episode aired April 9, 2007). They were injured when the family's trebuchet (which they use to launch pumpkins as part of the pumpkin season promotion) prematurely triggered. Jacob was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and underwent surgery to relieve swelling in his head caused by a small piece of skull pushed into his brain. Jacob and Mike recovered from the injuries and were released on Monday, October 30, 2006.[14]

Although a TLC camera crew was at the farm recording footage, they were not in the area where the accident occurred. The accident, therefore, was not recorded. Prior to the airing of two new episodes on November 4, TLC aired a brief segment with Matt and Amy acknowledging the accident and thanking everyone for their support. Jacob was shown with what appeared to be an injury around his right eye.

Footage taken shortly after the accident occurred on the farm was shown December 16 in the final minutes of the season 2-A finale, "Farm Overload." A crowd had gathered around Jacob, who was lying on the ground near the trebuchet. The first two episodes of season 2-B focus on the accident, and how the local media reacted to it.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesSeason PremiereSeason Finale
120March 4, 2006May 13, 2006
252October 7, 2006July 16, 2007
344October 15, 2007June 2, 2008
448October 13, 2008May 11, 2009
540October 12, 2009June 14, 2010
620September 6, 2010December 6, 2010
78October 29, 2013December 17, 2013

Reception[edit]

The first season of Little People, Big World generated solid ratings for TLC (especially in the important 18–49 demographic), leading to the show's renewal for a second season.[15] Critical reviews of the series have been generally positive, citing the show's positive portrayal of little people.[16][17] Conversely, other reviews have claimed that the show has a voyeuristic bend to it (albeit a non-sexual one), but allows the viewer to feel good about watching because it is not outwardly or overtly exploitive.[18][19]

Since the show began airing, Roloff Farms has become an extremely popular tourist destination. While the farm and its many attractions have long been available for public viewing during pumpkin season (October), it is now receiving far more visitors than can be accommodated. During the 2006 season, more than 30,000 people arrived to buy pumpkins and tour the farm, which only has space for a few hundred vehicles. The farm was shut down temporarily by Washington County deputies on one Saturday in October 2006, due to massive traffic. Area residents have complained about the gridlock caused by the visitors, as well as about the increased media scrutiny the show has brought.[20]

The Roloffs receive as many as a dozen emails per minute from supporters.[17] The increased exposure, however, has led to safety concerns for the family, who now deal with trespassers and fans. They have since installed a security gate on their property.[20]

The Roloffs have hit the headlines a number of times. In 2006, Jacob and Mike Detjen, a family friend, were severely injured when a pumpkin catapult prematurely launched. In 2007, Matt was arrested on DUI charges. While he was found not guilty of the DUI, he was found guilty of refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test. As a result of his refusal, his driver's license was suspended for three years, because he had previously admitted guilt in a drunken-driving diversion program that he completed in 2003.[21]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (August 27, 2010). "'Little People, Big World' upcoming season will be its last". The Oregonian. 
  2. ^ Ward, Kate (August 26, 2010). "'Little People, Big World' final season premiering Sept. 6". Entertainment Weekly. 
  3. ^ "TLC Confirms the Final Season of Little People, Big World". The Futon Critic (Press release). August 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Nededog, Jethro (July 7, 2011). "'Little People, Big World' Returns to TLC With 4 New Specials". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (July 12, 2013). "Two 'Little People. Big World' Specials to Premiere Tuesday Jully 23 & July 30 on TLC". TV by the Numbers (Press release). 
  6. ^ Acken, Lori (November 20, 2012). "'Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm': 'Bing, bang, boom! We're in the wedding business!'". Zap2it. 
  7. ^ Owen, Rob (November 11, 2012). "Roloff family returns to TLC, 'Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm'". The Oregonian. 
  8. ^ Brady, Elizabeth (November 13, 2012). "'Little People Big World: Wedding Farm' star Amy Roloff: 'We had to scramble'". Zap2it. 
  9. ^ "'Little People Big World' returning to TLC with new 'Wedding Farm' series". Reality TV World. October 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (October 3, 2013). "New Season of 'Little People, Big World' to Premiere Tuesday, October 29 on TLC". TV by the Numbers. 
  11. ^ "Ability Magazine: Amy Roloff Discusses Dwarfism with Chet Cooper" (2010)". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2204820/bio
  13. ^ "Amy Roloff — Cruising for a Cause" ABILITY Magazine (Regina Hall Issue — April/May 2010) Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  14. ^ "Pair in pumpkin launch incident still hospitalized". Retrieved November 5, 2006. 
  15. ^ Crupi, Anthony. (April 24, 2006). "TLC Gives Little People 2nd Run". Mediaweek. Retrieved May 8, 2006.
  16. ^ Gelman, Pam. Series review. Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 8, 2006.
  17. ^ a b Mandel, Michelle (December 3, 2006). "'Little People' delivers big lessons". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 11, 2006. 
  18. ^ Kennedy, Dan. (March 24, 2006). "Will TLC's new reality show change our perception of dwarfs?". Slate. Retrieved May 8, 2006.
  19. ^ Heffernan, Virginia. (March 4, 2006). "The Challenges of an Oversize World". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2006.
  20. ^ a b "Accident adds to scrutiny of Roloff family". Retrieved November 5, 2006. 
  21. ^ "'Little People, Big World' star Matthew Roloff found not guilty of DUI". Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  22. ^ Little Family, Big Values: Lessons in Love, Respect, and Understanding for Families of Any Size (in English). 2008. ISBN 1416549110. 

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