The Roloffs kept themselves afloat, meanwhile, by opening up their family farm to visitors; and they now attract 30,000 or so tourists to the area a year. Matt also co-founded an organization supplying products particularly suited to little people. And, intriguingly, before his marriage, the Roloff patriarch had a role in a Star Wars-affiliated TV movie, playing an Ewok in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
But the Roloffs’ world truly changed forever when they were given their own TLC reality show in 2006. Little People, Big World followed the everyday life of the family and the challenges they often faced due to their size. Amy would later admit that they had decided to accept the offer in a bid to educate viewers about dwarfism.
And the show was a success, initially lasting six seasons as well as spawning multiple specials and 2012 spin-off Little People Big World: Wedding Farm. Then, after a nearly three-year hiatus, the series properly returned in 2013 and proved to be just as popular, with the eighth season finale attracting record ratings. Little People, Big World wrapped up its 12th season in June 2017, with a 13th run of the show currently in production.