I watched this earlier this week when it was broadcast. My overall grade for the show is a “B”. I give it an “A” for production values, a “B” for effort, and a “C” for overall balance and accuracy. Case in point: referring to the various polygamous sects in Utah as “fundamentalist Mormons” is about as accurate as referring to the Church of England a century after Henry VIII as “fundamentalist Catholics”. I may post a more detailed critique of the show (which I recorded) later; I do intend to post on some of the specific issues raised. ..bruce..
[UPDATED 06/15/07 – 2036 MDT]
Since I seem to be getting a steady stream of people coming into this post (usually via Google), here are two follow-up posts I have written on the PBS special, “The Mormons”:
And here are a few other posts that, while not directly responding to the PBS special, do address some of the issues raised therein:
And, finally, here’s my own background and qualifications to write about all this.
Welcome to the site; I hope these posts are useful. ..bruce..