Television
"Little People, Big World” Returns
By LaDale Anderson
Nov 15, 2012 - 5:49:08 AM

HOLLYWOOD—It was the reality series that after one episode I found myself instantly hooked.  I could watch an entire marathon of “Little People, Big World” on TLC.  When the final episode of the series aired back in 2010 it was unfathomable for me.  A series that educated me on the lives of little people and the issue of dwarfism was no more.  The Roloffs had become a staple in my home; as a viewer you feel connected to these people’s lives. 

 

For those who eagerly awaited the return of the Roloffs, the wait is over. “Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm” is the new series on TLC that follows the Roloffs as they transform their gigantic farm into a wedding venue.  In my personal opinion, I felt as if the series was the return of “Little People, Big World,” but with a twist.  I did notice that both Amy and Matt (the parents) have taken a more active role on the screen.  Molly, Zach, Jeremy and Jacob are still primary players on the show, there parents are the stars. 

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Matt and Amy Roloff.

 

Jacob, the youngest of the bunch was only seen in a handful of scenes in the episode, whereas Molly, the only girl in the bunch was a big focus of the first episode.  Those familiar with the series are well aware of the ups and downs of the family as the children age and begin moving away from the Roloff farm.  Jeremy, the oldest of the bunch just a few mere seconds to his twin brother Zach, has already left the abode and is attending photography school in California.  Zach, who is the only child that suffers from dwarfism, is spending much of his time with girlfriend, Torrie. Molly is wrapping her senior year and preparing to head to college. 

 

I honestly was glued to the screen watching the family celebrate Molly’s penultimate moment as she prepared for the next step in life, adulthood and college.  It was reminiscent of my time graduating from high school; a moment we all dream about and when it finally arrives we start to question if we’re ready for what’s about to happen next.  More importantly we start to realize the people that have been in our lives for so many years won’t be right next to us anymore.   It was so touching to see Molly pour out her heart to her family during her graduation speech. 

 

As for Amy and Matt, they continue to butt heads on multiple occasions, but what couple doesn’t’ have differences; we get to see those things play out on the small screen and it’s not something that appears forced for the camera.  It feels so real.  That’s what I love about this series; I feel like I’m watching something that is not over fabricated to lure in the audience.  There is an authenticity to this family on the screen, and it’s lighthearted. 

 

Anyone and everyone in the family can enjoy the show.  It was a bit frenetic to watch both Amy and Matt run around prepping the farm to showcase it off to wedding planners.  Roloff Farms is a massive piece of land, so it should be a delight for any wedding planner as there is so much available for use.  Matt is known for taking huge risks, but Amy who was a bit skeptical in the beginning opened up to the idea seeing the potential for the family and the farm.  If the first episode is any indicator expect many shenanigans, family bonding and moments sure to tug at the heart.  “Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TLC.



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