People come in all shapes and sizes, but for some those sizes are a little more unusual than most. My Giant Life follows women who stand heads and shoulders above those around them – all being over six foot six inches tall. The American reality show (which first premiered on TLC July 14th 2015), presents the everyday struggles these women face in a world built for average-sized people, such as getting into a car, stacking the dishwasher, and buying clothes.
In addition, they have to deal with the everyday judgement of others, who can be judgmental about their unusual size. From dating difficulties to trying to ride a bike in public, the stories in each 30-minute episode goes to the core of what it’s like to live a life of the taller end of the scale. So far #MyGiantLife has aired two seasons for a total of 14 episodes, and is produced by Workaholic Productions.
So now you know a little bit more about the show, what about the women who fill it?
First up is Haleigh from Huntington Beach, California. At six feet seven inches, the 24-year-old turns a lot of heads. In the first season (much to her father’s disappointment), she married Bryan – who is only five foot eight. The couple are now facing serious marital problems, and Haleigh is caught in a tug-of-war between her family and her husband.
Teenager Nancy hails from Cypress, Texas and is a jaw-dropping six feet nine inches tall. Struggling through her senior year at school because of her size, Nancy has always relied on her family for support. However, now she is eighteen, she is ready to make it on her own. As a rising basketball star, Nancy can’t wait to get to college and play ball, but for now she has to focus on graduating.
Katja comes from New York, New York and is a lofty eight feet eight inches tall, towering over her petite wife Julie who is only five foot two. The couple want to start the family but have a lot of big questions to ask before they can commit. Who will carry the baby, and do they want them to have taller of shorter genes? Who will be the sperm donor, and to what degree will the surrogates be involved in the process? With such tough decisions to make, problems are brewing behind closed doors, and more big questions start to get asked – namely, are they ready for this next huge step?
Confident and happy-go-lucky Lexi is the tiny one of the women at six feet six inches tall, and is about to get married to a man who is stationed over 2500 miles away. Back home, she gets flirted with constantly and is starting to have second thoughts. Can their love persevere against all odds, or is it too much of a tall order?
So now you know about the show and about the women who feature. But what about the future of MGL? Whilst TLC has a lot of success with reality television shows based around size challenges, most of those are about little people. Does #MGL resonate with viewers as much, and has it done enough to get a third outing? As yet TLC are tight-lipped as to whether the show will return, so to get an idea we need to look at the viewership numbers and review feedback.
In terms of viewership, things aren’t too bad with the first season averaging over 1 million viewers per episode. The second season premiered to 0.981 million viewers, and had an average of 0.8 million fans per episode. In terms of review feedback, things aren’t quite so rosy, with the show only managing a very average rating of 5.8 out of 10 on IMDB, but faring better with a score of 4 stars out of 5 on content streaming service, Amazon Instant Video. Whilst the IMDB reviews aren’t the best, overall the show seems to be faring better than many of its contemporaries, and the viewership numbers hold up. So if we had to put money on it, we would say that it is very likely this show will return for a third season.
There are currently no Blu-Ray or DVD copies of #MyGiantLife available to buy, but you can watch the show online on content streaming service, Amazon Instant Video. Each episode will set you back $2.99, or you can pick up the first two seasons in their entirety for $9.99 or $14.99 respectively. If you live within the US, you can also try and catch re-runs on Dish Network: 183 (HD/SD), 4DTVDigital: AMC-10-604, DirecTV 280 (HD/SD), Verizon FiOS: 639(HD)/139(SD), AT&T U-verse: 1250(HD)/250(SD). Unfortunately, if you are outside of the US, then Amazon is going to be your only chance at getting hold of episodes.
Do you think that a show based around women who struggle with their excessive height is a good concept that highlights a not often shown hardship, or is it just another example of boring reality television? Are the women on the show being treated fairly and are their stories being presented well, or do you think their lives might be getting exploited by the show for the purpose of amusement? Is reality television in general improving, or do you think it’s starting to go too far?
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