Show: Little People Big World

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January 13th, 2007 at 12:17am
The show follows the daily lives of the Roloff family - parents Matt and Amy, and their four children, Zach, Jeremy, Molly and Jacob. Matt, Amy and Zach are little people, while Jeremy, Molly and Jacob are average height. Teenaged Zach and Jeremy are twins, despite the fact that they are not both little people.

The family lives on the 34-acre Roloff Farms, located in Helvetia, Oregon. Although crops such as peaches and pumpkins are grown and sold by the family, much of the farm has been converted into a series of playground set pieces for the Roloff children. They were designed by Matt, who spent most of his childhood in the hospital.

Episodes of the show typically showcase one or more members of the Roloff family engaging in everyday activities such as shopping, athletics and dealing with household finances. The drama of the show arises from the fact that many of these activities are made more challenging due to the height of the little people in the family (Matt and Amy are 4'1", Zach is just under 4').

As with any reality show, the segments that are aired are ones that are expected to generate viewer interest. However, Little People, Big World avoids portraying the Roloffs in a stereotypical or sensational light. The situations encountered in the show are ones that most families deal with, although the ways in which the Roloffs deal with them are unique to them and are from the perspective of little people.

Matt “ 45-year-old (as of Season 2) husband and father; Matt's most recent career was in computer software sales. As the series began, Matt was no longer employed by a company, but was engaged in establishing the business he co-founded, Direct Access Solutions. The company markets accessibility kits for little people to the hotel industry. As the first season ended, Matt started another job as a software salesman with Amdocs in order to provide the family with additional income. Matt's type of dwarfism, diastrophic dysplasia, resulted in numerous childhood surgeries. He walks with the aid of crutches and uses a motorized cart when needed. Matt is also a former president of Little People of America. He also played an Ewok in the made-for-TV special, Ewok: The Battle for Endor.
Amy “ 43-year-old (as of Season 2) wife and mother; Amy is a stay-at-home mother, although she recently took part-time jobs as a soccer coach and preschool teacher to provide the family with additional income. Amy's type of dwarfism is achondroplasia, and she has experienced very few (if any) complications.
Zach and Jeremy “ 16-year-old (as of Season 2) twin brothers; Jeremy is average height, while Zach has achondroplasia like his mother. Unlike his mother, however, Zach has had numerous medical complications. As a child, Zach had a skull shunt implanted to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid. The shunt failed and had to be replaced surgically (as depicted in the season one episode "Zach's Emergency"Wink. Zach used to play soccer competitively, but no longer can since children his age are now much bigger and faster than he is.
Molly “ 13-year-old (as of Season 2) daughter; Molly, who shares a birthday with Amy, is average height. She plays volleyball and is a skilled student.
Jacob “ 9-year-old (as of Season 2) son; Jacob is average height. He plays on a youth soccer team coached by Amy.
In addition to the main family, Matt's average-height parents Ron and Peggy Roloff are shown in numerous episodes. They live a few miles from Roloff Farms.



I love this show. I think it's awesome. I haven't called a little person a midge ever since the first time I saw it.
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January 13th, 2007 at 12:30am
Ohh, I like this show!

I've seen it a few times and I thought it was pretty interesting.
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January 21st, 2007 at 03:14am
yeah it's a good show
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February 23rd, 2007 at 07:03am
Ooooh the mother was watching that one day and I watched it with her, and it was amazing!!
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February 23rd, 2007 at 10:50am
i love this show OMGyes

its on TLC ali the time.
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February 23rd, 2007 at 12:43pm
I liked the episode when they all went on vacation Very Happy
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