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"Little People Big World": An Inspiring Show for A First-Time Viewer

Marion Charatan

Posted on August 1, 2021 13:21

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The TLC program, "Little People Big World", is in its twentieth season. It is feel-good TV and I am a new fan!

Reality television equals big money for streamers and networks. The shows often feature real-life people engaged in their daily activities, filmed in real-time. Everyone wants 15 minutes of fame. There are reality shows about dating (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Love Island); the human spirit (Naked and Afraid, Survivor); cooking (The Great British Cooking Show); marriage (90 Day Fiancee, Bridezilla), the list goes on. Topics from rap shows, births, jail life, magical makeovers are all explored. Take a look at Netflix's schedule to get an idea.

The genre is cheap to produce. There are no scripts or expensive sets--just spontaneous dialog which saves money because writers aren't hired. The networks love programming reality TV because viewership is strong. Jersey Shore, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and the Real Housewives franchise made celebrities out of everyday people, though everyday participants make a lot less than established stars.

I search for entertainment distractions when I am not engaged in more intellectual activities. A couple of days ago, I found Little People Big World on TLC (The Learning Channel). I had not seen the program but had heard the name Amy Roloff, the matriarch of the family, from reading press about her. I never realized how incredible she is.

The show documents the lives of the Roloffs, a family comprised of 'little people' (born with dwarfism) and normal-sized members. I had no idea the series premiered in 2006. Filming is done the Roloff's 36-acre family farm near Portland, OR. 

Amy Roloff, 56, is an attractive and articulate blonde-haired 'little person' with an engaging smile and personality that lights the room up. Watching for my first time, I met Amy and her fiance, 'normal' sized Chris Malek, a 54-year-old bachelor who never married. I am convinced Roloff has an innate gift for making people feel good--and I quickly forgot that she had any type of a condition that could be termed as a disability or challenge. In fact, Roloff's emotional strength is what you notice.

Previously, Roloff was married to 59-year-old Matt Roloff, who is also a little person. The couple had 4 children, including fraternal twins Zach, who has dwarfism, and Jeremy, of normal size.

Watching how Amy handled bringing fiance Chris to her ex's and his wife was downright inspiring. She has homegrown wisdom and generosity of spirit we could all learn from. Many people would not have the maturity to socialize with exes. And who bakes homemade muffins for their ex and spouse?

There was a preview of Roloff in her wedding gown. She looked gorgeous. Amy Roloff renews my hope there are decent people out there. It doesn't surprise me the Central Michigan U grad is a motivational speaker. This is feel-good TV and I am a new fan!

Marion Charatan

Posted on August 1, 2021 13:21

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