The Little Couple – Season 1 is a reality show that brings into viewers’ living rooms the challenges and successes of a pair of little people.
THE LITTLE COUPLE - SEASON 1 - LOTS OF LOVE IN SMALL PACKAGES
In January of 2009, TLC aired a one-hour special called “Little People: Just Married” which introduced Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold to the American viewing audience. 1.1 million viewers tuned in that night; and as it usually happens when a special captures a good audience share, TLC followed up with the couples’ own reality show, The Little Couple – Season 1 on May 26, 2009. From that day on I looked forward to inviting this couple into my living room each week.
Bill is 4’ tall; and his wife, Jennifer, is 3’2”. They both have Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia (SED), a form of dwarfism caused by a random genetic mutation which precipitates abnormal collagen formation. This condition is usually characterized by a short trunk, neck and shortened limbs. Both Bill and Jen have had hip replacement surgery due to this condition. Nothing, however, has held this couple back from having successful careers and happy lives.
Jennifer received her medical degree from John Hopkins University and interned in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Arnold is now the Medical Director of The Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Newborn Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
Bill has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and has done graduate coursework in cellular physiology at New York University. After 15 years’ experience in senior management at various companies with annual revenues of $45-200 million, Bill co-founded and is Chief Operating Officer of Emerge Sales in New York City. Emerge is a pioneer of sales force automation, web-based productivity, e-commerce, social media and operational efficiency. In 2009 Emerge was selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the Business Services category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA).
EPISODE 1 – BILL MOVES TO HOUSTON
Jen picks Bill up in New York; and they take a road trip to Houston via New Orleans. Jennifer was just starting her job at Texas Children’s Hospital at the beginning of the first season; and the two lived in an apartment while looking for their first home.
You’ll get an opportunity to see Jennifer on the job, carrying her step stool from incubator to incubator, not letting her size get in the way of doing her job.
EPISODE 2 – JEN’S BIRTHDAY
It’s Jen’s birthday; and Bill goes all out with flowers, jewelry and a special surprise. The couple celebrates their one-year anniversary and worry about how they will pay for Bill’s recent surgery. In spite of this, they seem to be living very comfortable lives and take a vacation in Hawaii and visit Disney World for Bill’s brother’s wedding.
EPISODE 3 – GYM, SPA, SHOP ‘TILL BILL DROPS
During Bill’s first weekend in Houston, Jen already has a spa date planned with her friends, so Bill spends some time at the gym.
EPISODE 4 – WORD AND PLAY IN GALVESTON
Both couples work long hours and have trouble spending time together, so Bill decides to accompany Jen when she does a medical stimulation workshop in Galveston. As happens many times, thoughtful Bill has a surprise for her.
EPISODE 5 – HOUSE HUNTING
Bill and Jennifer have the age-old difference of opinion – Jennifer wants to live in the city near the hospital; and Bill wants to live in the suburbs. The couple wants to have a child some day; and the risks and options of child-bearing are discussed with their doctor.
EPISODE 6 – ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
The couple has a ton of expenses from Bill’s recent surgeries; but the couple attempts to put work and financial worries behind them to celebrate their first anniversary.
EPISODE 7 – LEAVIN’ ON A JET PLANE
Bill leaves for Baltimore on a business trip. He and Michael, his business partner find something fun to do to ease the after-hours tension.
EPISODE 8 – WHILE THE CAT’S AWAY
Bill’s in Vegas for his brother’s bachelor party. Jen constantly calls and texts Bill while he’s away -- and Bill ignores the communiques!
EPISODE 9 – BILL’S “HONEY DO” LIST
Bill makes time to work on Jen’s list of home repairs and improvements. Parenting skills are tested when the couple spends time with a teenage little person.
EPISODE 10 – HAWAII HERE WE COME PART 1
The couple heads off to Hawaii for some R&R. With friends Lakshmi and Nikhil, some competition on the golf course ensues.
EPISODE 11 – HAWAII HERE WE COME PART 2
The couples’ days, thanks to Jen, are packed with Yoga, swimming with the dolphins, hula lessons, a luau and shopping.
EPISODE 12 – THE BIG BANG THEORY
There is an attempted break-in in the couple’s neighborhood. Bill adds additional security items to the apartment; and Jen takes a course in self-defense.
EPISODE 13 – WEDDING BELLS ARE RINGING
Bill and Jen head to Disney World for Bill’s brother Joey’s wedding.
EPISODE 14 – MAYBE A BABY?
The couple meets with a doctor who specializes in pregnancy for little people.
The obvious love that this couple shares is very touching; and Bill is always very protective and considerate of his bride.
**With all the bullying in today’s society, this is the type of enlightening show that would benefit people of all ages. It shows that some people may look different; but they are the same as anyone else.
This show is available on DVD and Amazon Instant Video and is rated G.
The Little Couple is another reality series that I highly recommend.
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