'Sister Wives' Season 16: 5 things you didn't know about Kody Brown and his wives

Robyn Brown made her first appearance on 'Sister Wives' from the very first season in 2010 and instantly became a favorite with the fans


                            'Sister Wives' Season 16: 5 things you didn't know about Kody Brown and his wives
Janelle, Meri, Robyn, and Christine Brown from 'Sister Wives' (Instagram)
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In the finale of Season 15 of 'Sister Wives'  Christine was seemingly at her breaking point with the family and said that she wanted to move back to Utah - something that no one agreed with. Christine and Kody tied the knot in 1994 and share six children. The controversial American reality TV series began airing on TLC in 2010. The show documents the everyday life of a polygamist family, including father Kody Brown, his four wives, and their 18 children. The family of 23 began the series while staying in Utah but moved to Nevada, and later to Arizona.

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Kody Brown and his wives were vocal about their participation on the show; the reason being to create awareness among the public for polygamist families. Kody also believes that his arrangement is legal since he is legally married to only one woman (Robyn Brown), while the other 3 marriages (to Meri, Janelle, and Christine Brown) were all just done in a spiritual manner. Season 16 of the show is bound to get more rocky as we hear one of the wives talking about 'everything crumbling'. So as you wait for the show to make its entry on TLC let's take a look at the family who makes up all the drama. 

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Let's take a look at the cast of the TLC reality show

Kody Brown 

Kody Brown is husband to four wives, namely Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, and is the biological father of 15 children, having adopted another 3 kids.  Kody is only legally married to Robyn. He divorced his first wife, Meri, in order to adopt Robyn's three children from her previous marriage. Kody married his sister-in-law, Janelle, after she divorced his brother, though they say the divorce is unrelated to their relationship.

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According to Radar Online, Kody filed for bankruptcy in 2005. Taking care of such a huge family is no mean feat. He even had to slash the selling price of their Las Vegas home by $25,000 due to their money troubles. Kody and his family have dabbled in business in the past and tried launching a jewelry line, which has not gone very well. 

Kody was raised in a Mormon household. Growing up, he recalls that his parents struggled with the Mormon faith and plural marriage. Interestingly, Kody's father was also a polygamist as well and had three wives, although he didn't become a polygamist until much later in life. Kody has a total of nine siblings himself. 

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The Browns had to flee police after they began looking into the family. The police were looking into their life of polygamy and possibly if there was a case for bigamy. It seems their hypervisibility due to their show may have backfired on them


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Robyn Brown

Robyn Brown made her first appearance on 'Sister Wives' from the very first season in 2010 and instantly became a favorite with the fans. However, in 2015, Kody divorced Meri Brown so that he could legally marry Robyn. The two got married in 2014 and went on to adopt 3 of Meri’s children.

Robyn too grew up with parents from plural marriage. She was inspired by her mother since childhood and learned to respect relationships ever since she was little. Compared to most people in a similar setting, Robyn had very few issues adjusting to changes growing up and everyone in the family was loved equally.

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Meri Brown

Kody decided to divorce Meri and marry Robyn. Kody adopted Robyn’s three children. It may seem simple enough but to the other wives and the public it simply looked as though Kody was marrying his favorite wife. In a dynamic as delicate as polygamy, this ruffled a few feathers amongst the wives. Meri also strayed and started chatting to a man called Sam Cooper online. She started to fall in love with him only to find out that he was a woman leading to a catfishing scandal.

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Other cast details 

The test of the cast includes Janelle and Christine Brown.

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Season 16 of 'Sister Wives' releases on November 21, 2021, on TLC.