Kirstie Alley has never lacked passion, whether it’s her passion for food or the hatred she bestows onto the paparazzi, the scourge of her earth.  She also has never held back expressing herself and this show is no different. Big Life is a loud, boisterous romp through the personal life of Alley and the menagerie that occupies not only her house but the grounds of her beautiful home. But, when the focus is too dim on Alley, it stretches out past her and towards her family and best friends.

Her 17 year old is engaged and his mom decided that he needed to know what it was like to be a man and feel the pressure of having to provide for a family. So she challenged him to get a paying gig for his band in five days. It was fun watching him man-up to the task as at first he felt it couldn’t be done, but later felt the flush of success when he pulled it off. The best part of the show for me is always Kirstie’s voiceovers. As the camera zooms in on her often wacky facial expressions, we get to hear what’s going on in that mind of hers. Without those, I don’t think the show would be half as funny as it is.

We know there is some background about a weight-loss system that will hopefully sell, and we’re going to have to lose some weight to get out of the gates there, but it’s hard to put your finger on the angle we’re really working. She doesn’t talk about the system, or seem to go through the motions of what it might entail, at least in the first couple of episodes, and she doesn’t seem particularly motivated… and she hires a trainer.

I have held off reviewing this show for a bit, because I got addicted to it. I’ve now watched four or five episodes and I’m hooked. A lot of it has to do with how attractive I find the once and future Saavik to be. But, also I have to make the time to deal with reality shows. It’s a close cousin to the Gene Simmons Family Jewels show, as it wants you to humanize the celebrity hero that you’ve built up in your mind. Honestly, all I could think about is how no matter how big Alley gets, she’s still hot. I recommend the show to everyone.


Catch it on A&E Sundays at 10/9C!

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