The Little Couple

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The Little Couple
FormatReality television
StarringBill Klein
Jen Arnold
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes90 (inc. Special)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eric Schotz
Ruth Rivin
Producer(s)Sonya Gay Bourn
Elizabeth Massie
Oliver Oertel
Editor(s)Paul Yates
Ryan Ely
Scott Reynolds
Adrian Herrera
Location(s)Houston, Texas
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)LMNO Productions
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Original runMay 26, 2009 – Present
External links
Website
 
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The Little Couple
FormatReality television
StarringBill Klein
Jen Arnold
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes90 (inc. Special)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eric Schotz
Ruth Rivin
Producer(s)Sonya Gay Bourn
Elizabeth Massie
Oliver Oertel
Editor(s)Paul Yates
Ryan Ely
Scott Reynolds
Adrian Herrera
Location(s)Houston, Texas
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)LMNO Productions
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Original runMay 26, 2009 – Present
External links
Website

The Little Couple is an American reality television series featuring Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold, who both have dwarfism. The series debuted on TLC in 2009. Jen is 3'2" and Bill is 4 feet tall. They live in Houston, Texas, where the series has documented the customized building of their home and attempts to have a child. Jen is a neonatologist who works at the Texas Children's Hospital, and Bill is a businessman.[1][2]

They were originally introduced in a one-hour TLC special, "Little People: Just Married". Season 1 of the show premiered on May 26, 2009, and averaged 1.1 million viewers. Season 2 premiered on October 27, 2009. On February 22, 2010, TLC renewed The Little Couple for a third season consisting of 20 episodes.[3] The mid-season finale aired after 9 episodes on July 27, 2010, and season 3 returned on October 12. It was announced on Facebook that the show would be returning for its 4th season on May 31.[4] Again, the season was split, with the second half of season 4 premiering on September 27.[5]

Season 5 is set to begin on March 20, 2012, and follows Bill and Jen as they move into their custom-built dream home and launch a brand-new business.[6]

Contents

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesSeason PremiereSeason Finale
114May 26, 2009August 4, 2009
218October 27, 2009February 23, 2010
319June 1, 2010December 7, 2010
424May 31, 2011November 1, 2011
5March 20, 2012

Episodes

Specials

Ep #TitleAirdate
S-01"Little People: Just Married"January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19)
Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold are introduced in this one-hour special following them before, during, and after their wedding. 

Season 1

Ep #TotalTitleAirdate
11"Bill Moves To Houston"May 26, 2009 (2009-05-26)
Jen has started her new job in Houston, and Bill is ready to move to Texas from New York. They take a road trip, with a stop in New Orleans on the way. 
22"Jen's Birthday"May 26, 2009 (2009-05-26)
Bill wants to make Jen's birthday special, giving her flowers and jewelry and going to pick up her new specially-modified car. 
33"Gym, Spa, Shop 'Til Bill Drops"June 2, 2009 (2009-06-02)
Bill is finally in Houston. He decides to spend a Saturday morning at the gym, while Jen opts for a spa day with friends. 
44"Work & Play in Galveston"June 2, 2009 (2009-06-02)
Jen gives a presentation at a conference in Galveston. Bill goes along, hoping to spend some time with his wife. 
55"House Hunting"June 9, 2009 (2009-06-09)
Bill and Jen start house hunting, but they want very different things. Jen wants to be near the city, and Bill wants to be in the suburbs. 
66"One Year Anniversary"June 9, 2009 (2009-06-09)
Bill and Jen spend their first anniversary together, but they worry about the medical bills from Bill's recent surgery. 
77"Leavin' on a Jet Plane"June 16, 2009 (2009-06-16)
Jen is left alone in Houston while Bill goes on a business trip to Baltimore. 
88"While the Cat's Away"June 23, 2009 (2009-06-23)
While Bill goes to Las Vegas for his brother's bachelor party, Jen's mother visits her daughter in Houston and Jen deals with critically ill patients at the hospital. 
99"Bill's Honey-Do List"June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
Jen makes Bill a honey-do list of home chores. Later, they learn about parenthood when they visit a teenager with dwarfism. 
1010"Hawaii Here We Come: Part 1"July 7, 2009 (2009-07-07)
Bill and Jen are off to Hawaii for vacation. 
1111"Hawaii Here We Come: Part 2"July 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)
Bill and Jen continue to enjoy their vacation in Hawaii and participate in hula lessons, attend a luau and do lots of shopping. 
1212"The Big Bang Theory"July 21, 2009 (2009-07-21)
Jen and Bill decide to work on their personal security after a break-in in their apartment complex. Jen takes a self-defense class, while Bill goes to the shooting range
1313"Wedding Bells Are Ringing"July 28, 2009 (2009-07-28)
Bill and Jen go to Disney World for Bill's brother's wedding. 
1414"Maybe a Baby?"August 4, 2009 (2009-08-04)
Bill and Jen want to have children someday, so they head to the doctor to discuss the health concerns about Jen having a baby. 

Season 2

Ep #TotalTitleAirdate
115"Waiting to Exhale"October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)
Jen goes to the doctor to determine her lung capacity, but Bill decides to go to a football game which may keep him from being with Jen when the results come in. 
216"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)
Jen and Bill get invited to throw out the first pitch at a Houston Astros game, so Jen practices her pitching at a picnic with new friends. 
317"Rocky's Revenge"November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
Bill is fed up with Rocky's antics, and wants him to get some training, while Jen plans on adopting a new dog. 
418"Fish Tales"November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
While in Orlando for a bridesmaid dress-fitting, Jen and Bill decide to have a contest to see who can catch the bigger fish. 
519"Off to See Dr. Oz"November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
Jen and Bill go to New York City to discuss skeletal dysplasia on "The Dr. Oz Show", but their nerves start to get the best of them as they get closer to going before the cameras. 
620"New York State of Mind"November 24, 2009 (2009-11-24)
Jen and Bill pay tribute to New York City firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001, including Bill's own uncle Dennis; things get emotional when Bill and Jen visit her close friend Manju, who just had a baby. 
721"Boston Bound"December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01)
Jen has to take a business trip to Boston, and enlists Bill to come with her, but they lose track of time and things turn chaotic. 
822"All Work and Some Play"December 8, 2009 (2009-12-08)
While still in Boston, Jen attends a medical simulation training while Bill visits one of his company's call centers in Albany, New York. 
923"To Build or Buy?"December 15, 2009 (2009-12-15)
Bill and Jen are looking to buy a house, but they are having difficulty deciding whether to buy an existing structure, or build a new one. They enlist Jen's mother for help in the decision. 
1024"On Track for Bill's Birthday"December 22, 2009 (2009-12-22)
Jen has a big surprise in store for Bill's 35th birthday. 
1125"Honey, Are You Wearing That?"January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05)
Jen is asked to emcee a Texas Children's Hospital charity golf tournament of doctors and patients who don their worst pants; the hospital CEO invites Bill to join his golf foursome. 
1226"The Grand Opening"January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12)
Jen prepares her staff for the grand opening of the Simulation Center at Texas Children's Hospital; Bill heads to New York City to work on rebranding his company. 
1327"Now We're Cooking"January 19, 2010 (2010-01-19)
Bill and Jen take a gourmet cooking class at Well Done Cooking Classes; Jen and Bill meet with their builder to sign the final paperwork on their new home. 
1428"Houston, We Have a Problem"January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26)
Rain clouds threaten to ruin Bill and Jen's plans for a fun-filled weekend with their friends. 
1529"Baby Steps"February 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)
Jen and Bill head to Los Angeles to learn the genetic risks of having a baby and explore the possibility of finding a surrogate mother. 
1630"Three Shops and a Baby Doc"February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09)
When Jen and Bill go shopping, he finds a store that caters to men of his stature; Jen awaits results from a fertility specialist. 
1731"Family Matters"February 16, 2010 (2010-02-16)
Bill and Jen prepare to spend some special time with both their families; Jen makes an emotional visit to a patient undergoing chemotherapy. 
1832"Before We Build, We Rent"February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
Things get crazy when Jen and Bill move into their temporary rental; Bill loses the watch that Jen gave him on their anniversary; Rocky sneaks under the fence of the new backyard. 

Season 3

Ep #TotalTitleAirdate
133"Breaking New Ground"June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)
Bill and Jen each get a new look for summer; the couple must choose windows and plumbing fixtures for their new home. 
234"Testing, Testing"June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)
Miguel pours the foundation for Jen and Bill's future home; the couple has tests to determine if they can have a baby. 
335"There's an Art to It"June 15, 2010 (2010-06-15)
The couple celebrates their second wedding anniversary; in honor of being together for two years, Bill gives Jen two of everything, including flowers and cards. 
436"Runway Dreams"June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)
The couple goes to their first fashion show, which features spring dresses celebrity designer, Chloe Dao; Chloe also surprises Jen by showing how she will make a dress for her. 
537"Spotlight on Jen"June 29, 2010 (2010-06-29)
Jen is asked to speak at a pediatric conference in Atlanta; Jen gets to show off her custom-made gown at the gala reception. 
638"It's Comedy Tonight!"July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)
While Bill and Jen are in New York City for a celebration, Bill takes a comedy class and performs on stage. 
739"A House Taking Shape"July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20)
Bill and Jen can feel what their new house is going to look like; Bill goes to his brother's bachelor party while Jen does another overnight at TCH. 
840"Just the Facts, Please"July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27)
Bill heads off to a sales conference in Waterloo, Iowa; Bill and Jen finish their on-line profile; Jen spends a long day at the NICU. 
941"A Little FAQ"July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27)
Bill and Jen field viewer questions. 
1042"New House, New Hormones!"October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12)
Jen and Bill check up on the construction of their new home. And later on, it's time for Jen's first fertility medication. 
1143"Cruisin' to the Caribbean"October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12)
Bill, Jen, and the entire family are invited by Bill's brother to go on a cruise to the Bahamas. 
1244"We Have a Project"October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)
Jen's parents consider moving to Houston with the prospect of Jen and Bill giving them a grandchild. 
1345"Rocky's Companion"October 26, 2010 (2010-10-26)
Jen's hip pain keeps her from helping on chore day. Also, Bill steps up while Jen scopes out dog adoption sites online. 
1446"What's Up Doctors?"November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)
Bill and Jen are headed to Los Angeles for Jen's appearance on the TV show, The Doctors. 
1547"Great Egg-Spectations"November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09)
Jen and Bill are in Los Angeles for their first attempt to retrieve some of Jen's eggs. Are their baby dreams about to come true? 
1648"Las Vegas Tails"November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)
Jen, Bill and the pets are in Las Vegas to meet Jen's parents; Bill and Dave attend the PetZoo convention to start making contacts for their pet boutique. 
1749"24 Hours in the NICU"November 23, 2010 (2010-11-23)
Jen is in the NICU for a 24 hour on call service. 
1850"Pushing the House Forward"November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30)
Jen is needed on a case at the hospital leaving Bill to communicate her visions for the look of the house. 
1951"This Changes Everything"December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07)
A big week for the couple; Bill's parents are in town, and a big conversation with Dr. Boostanfar is on the horizon. The couple learn that Jen's hormone shots are not doing as well as they first expected. 

Season 4

Ep #TotalTitleAirdate
152"Third Time's a Charm?"May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31)
The discovery of two fertile eggs leave Bill and Jen to wonder if there will be a reason to celebrate. 
253"Any Way We Want It"May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31)
Bill and Jen travel to Atlanta to speak about adapting and customizing things in a life with special needs; they prove life can be less of a struggle and more of a joy ride. 
354"Yee Haw!"June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07)
Jen and her parents check out the legendary Houston Rodeo. 
455"Off the Deep End"June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07)
Jen is on a 24 hour call for work; Bill checks out the pool. 
556"Home Stretch"June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)
Jen's mom is in town for her birthday; Bill makes a surprise birthday cake in the shape of a horse. 
657"Dr. Arnold Goes to Washington"June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)
Jen is asked to give a keynote speech at a simulation conference. 
758"Hooray for Hollywood!"June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21)
Jen and Bill fly to Los Angeles for a quick procedure that turns into a waiting game. 
859"It's Valentine's Day?"June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)
Tension is high as Jen and Bill wait for Jen's eggs to grow large enough for extraction. 
960"In laws! Incoming!"July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05)
Jen's parents are moving to Houston but need to find a place to stay until they settle. 
1061"Another Egg-Cellent Attempt"July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12)
After a long day in the NICU, Jen and Bill are off to Los Angeles for another attempt at extracting eggs. 
1162"Big Apple Anniversary"July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19)
Jen and Bill are celebrating their third anniversary in New York City 
1263"New House Delays"July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26)
There are several weeks before Jen and Bill can move into their new house. 
1364"The Match Game"August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02)
Bill and Jen are asked to speak to kids about bullying at a local school; it's time for Bill and Jen to meet their potential surrogate face-to-face. 
1465"Will You Be My Surrogate?"September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)
The Little Couple meet Cindy and James, the couple that may be their surrogate family. 
1566"See You Later, Alligator?"September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)
While Bill goes camping; Jen works with a local interior designer. 
1667"Uncle Bill"October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
The couple heads to Florida to meet the newest member of the Klein family; the baby reinforces Bill and Jen's desire that they are ready to become parents. 
1768"Mother Knows Best"October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
Jen's mom is in town to help the couple pack up their rental house; the interior designer shows them his design plans for the new house. 
1869"There's No Place Called Home"October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Bill and Jen are desperately trying to find a suitable temporary living situation while their custom home nears completion; Dave and Judy, Jen's parents, are arriving from Florida. 
1970"You Bowl Me Over"October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Jen, Bill, Judy, Dave and their five dogs are still living in a rental apartment; to blow off steam, the family goes bowling. 
2071"Home at Last"October 18, 2011 (2011-10-18)
The Little Couple is just days away from owning a custom-built dream home. 
2172"It's All By Design!"October 18, 2011 (2011-10-18)
The Little Couple is on the verge of moving into their new home and getting pregnant at the same time. 
2273"The Start of Something Big"October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)
Bill and Jen' must decide if they are willing to have their two embryos go through genetic testing. 
2374"A Little More Q & A"October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)
Bill and Jen take viewer questions; an inside view of the past four seasons. 
2475"Are We Pregnant?"November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)
Bill and Jen's embryos have thawed and now it's time to transfer them to their surrogate. 

Season 5

Ep #TotalTitleAirdate
176"Getting Back on Track"March 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)
Bill and Jen are ready to move forward following the miscarriage. 
277"A Little Thanks"March 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)
Bill and Jen celebrate their first Thanksgiving in their new home by hosting a dinner for their friends. 
378"Can We Deck The Halls?"March 27, 2012 (2012-03-27)
Jen hires a decorating service to come out and transform their new house into a Texas-sized holiday display. 
479"Man Cave; Woman Cave"March 27, 2012 (2012-03-27)
Bill and Jen find that there's a few more details that can use a personal touch in their new home; Bill refinished the floor of the garage and Jen decorates her closet. 
580"Four Little Embryos"April 3, 2012 (2012-04-03)
Bill and Jen head back to California for another procedure to transfer embryos to their surrogate, Cindy. 
681"A Store is Born"April 3, 2012 (2012-04-03)
Bill needs to renovate his new pet store and hire employees; Judy helps Bill interview potential employees and Jen gives her opinion on the design. 
782"A Very Klein Christmas"April 10, 2012 (2012-04-10)
Bill and Jen are having a big holiday celebration in their new house with both their families. 
883"Ready, Set, Relax!"April 10, 2012 (2012-04-10)
Between their recent surrogacy attempt and the busy holidays, life has become very stressful for Bill and Jen; Bill takes Jen to Galveston for a surprise weekend at the beach. 
984"Grand Opening Weekend"April 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)
It's Grand Opening Weekend for Bill's new pet store; Jen finds out she needs to get to LA for an egg extraction during the celebration. 
1085"New Leash On Life"April 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)
Jen and Bill put the recent egg retrieval behind them and focus on their crazy work schedules; Jen is inspecting a new addition to the hospital; Bill brings a pet psychic to the pet store. 
1186"The Cocktail Party"April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24)
Jen and Bill are hosting a cocktail reception in their home to celebrate the hospital and fire department coming together. 
1287"A Little Bit Country"May 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)
Bill decides to go with Jen to Nashville where she is the keynote speaker at a health care conference. 
1388"A Little State Pride"May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
Jen and Bill take a road trip from Houston to San Antonio; the couple reminisces about their first year in Houston and plans for a family. 
1489"Adopting A New Approach"May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15)
Jen and Bill have set up a meeting with an organization dedicated to finding parents for kids with special needs. 

Special TV appearances

References

  1. ^ Cindy George. "City has a big role in Little Couple". Houston Chronicle. May 24, 2009. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Kate O'Hare. "'The Little Couple' takes on the world. The Sudbury Star. June 18, 2009. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Bill Gorman. "The Little Couple Renewed For Third Season By TLC". TV by the Numbers. February 22, 2010. Retrieved on February 23, 2010.
  4. ^ 'The Little Couple official Facebook page' May 6th, 2011
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z - little couple, the on tlc". TheFutonCritic.com. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/little-couple/listings/. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  6. ^ "TLC’s "The Little Couple" returns for Season 5 on March 20". channelguidemag.com. http://www.channelguidemagblog.com/index.php/2012/02/22/tlcs-the-little-couple-returns-for-season-5-on-march-20-video/?preview=true. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 

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