Following in the footsteps of reality shows like that God-awful “Kate Plus Eight,” TLC is airing “Sister Wives.” The title may sound confusing but if you let it sink in it will all make sense. It refers to the sisterhood of wives aka polygamy. It’s a practice that’s been known to take place in certain religious sects in the U.S., most commonly in Utah. As a matter of fact, the show has drawn so much attention to the practice that the stars are being investigated by local authorities.

According to MSNBC, a Utah family consisting of one husband and four wives were excited to be featured on the TLC series “Sister Wives” hoping it will shed a positive light on their lifestyle. Unfortunately, it’s only caused the state police to get involved and launch a probe into their community, which is doing more harm than good. This has some fellow polygamists worried to death about what they’ll find.

“”Sister Wives,” which premiered Sunday, chronicles the life of 41-year-old advertising salesman Kody Brown, his four wives, 13 children and three stepchildren. The Browns, of Lehi, have said they hoped that the peek into their lives would help broaden the public’s understanding of plural families.”

Even though the media has painted Utah as a state accepting of multiple wives, bigamy is a felony that is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The last time they indicted someone on the offense was in 2001, when Tom Green, revealed his 5 wives on TV causing a media uproar. Now, almost 10 years later the Brown family could be up for the same type of scrutiny.

Do you think this was a bad move on their part? Should they have kept their private lives private?