20/20 ABC Airs Story on Our Polygamous Family

The following is a re-post of a blog I wrote last fall when the original 20/20 story aired. Tonight they are running a rerun. Overall we were happy with the episode, but we felt that there was some content that could have improved the show, and we will watch tonight with interest to see if they made any changes. One of the problems we have is that we don’t have a TV so if anyone lives close and wants to invite us over…

Originally Posted November 2011:

Tonight is the big debut of 20/20 on our polygamous family.  We have done a lot of media, and this story was supposed to debut when the other media came out in September, but for various reasons they delayed it until tonight. It is by far the biggest we have done. I am told they have about 10 million viewers.

20/20 ABC Photograph of Darger Family

20/20 ABC Photograph of Darger Family

We are, of course, excited and nervous. You never know how it will turn out or come across. We also don’t know how the show will be received by authorities or public at large. It has already been difficult being public, but at the same time liberating. Of course, the reason we do it is to put a different light on our family and culture than is often portrayed.

Alina and Joe

Alina and Joe 20/20 ABC picture

Alina has been the most nervous, and probably had the hardest time doing the media, yet she comes across the most natural it seems. Her daughter, Ali recently had a friend in second grade refuse to sit by her because “she was a polygamy.” Our daughter was hurt by it, but for the most part dealt with it and moved on.


Joe and Valerie 20/20 picture

Valerie is usually the quiet one but has become much more vocal and outgoing since we have been public. I have enjoyed watching her personality blossom. I think she will come across very strong on camera.

Joe and Vicki 20/20 ABC picture

Vicki had a very difficult day right before we did the interview with Elizabeth Vargas. It was an emotional time of the month, and there were a lot of pressures outside of the interviews that were pressing on her, and yet right before it was time she prayed her heart out, found her center and came out ready for the interview strong.

Overall, I am humbled and yet proud to be associated with them, their light will shine on the world tonight and I am eternally grateful for the association I have with such fine women. They are my Love Times Three.

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5 Responses to 20/20 ABC Airs Story on Our Polygamous Family

  1. S. says:

    Cannot WAIT to see the 20/20 episode–I did not get to see it the first time it aired. Thanks for letting us know!

  2. Kim says:

    I also missed it the first time, so am looking foward to seeing it tonight. I just finished you book and was very impressed by your family. And I thought having 3 dogs and 3 cats was a handful…I didn’t realize how easy I have it. Your family is awesome!!!
    Thanks for sharing you lives and shedding light on what polygamy is suppose to be about.

    Kim N
    Las Vegas, NV

    • Joe says:

      Sorry to you and everyone, the producer told us the day before it was ready to air and they had it on their website, but last minute they made a schedule change. It is still set to air I am not sure when but when we know we will tell you.

  3. S. says:

    I am glad to see you post that the show was cancelled at the last minute–I thought I was losing my mind when it wasn’t on! Please do keep us updated on when it will be aired! :)

  4. CC says:

    Dang! You gotta tell us more than 6hrs ahead of time. Missed it again!

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