Twenty-seven years ago Gil and Kelly Jo Bates tied the knot with no plans to have kids. Fast forward 19 kids later and this tight-knit family, seemingly too good to be true, has a tremendous bond but are far from perfect. As you will see, when you have a house full of 19 children, from ages two to 25, daily chaos is multiplied exponentially, but so are the joyful and poignant moments that life can bring.Led by devoted father Gil (49) and his loving wife Kelly Jo (47), the Bates do everything in bulk while staying true to their values and rules for the family -- which means everyone has chores, little to no TV, only dresses for girls (though pajamas are worn in private), strictly side-hugs until marriage (except for front hugs on special occasions), and more. With a grand total of 19 children ranging in age from two to 25, they are the definition of a "big, happy family." But lately -- as viewers will see -- their simple rural lifestyle in Tennessee is in a flurry of transitions, see it all on Bringing Up Bates. Add to my shows

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Now that Alyssa's given birth to her third child, Erin's up next! Before her big due date, the Bates sisters treat her to a pedicure, but when Chad stops by for a visit, will he succumb to his own mani/pedi experience? And later, Erin's strong contractions have Chad rushing to the hospital, but will they make it in time? And if they do, will Dr. Vick be ready?
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KJ goes to Florida to stay at Alyssa's side when she delivers.
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Gil and Kelly Jo are gearing up to be on hand for the birth of Erin and Alyssa's third child, while Lawson and Trace are busy preparing for their upcoming rodeo performance.
Just A Little Off The Top, Pleaseā€¦ 08x02
Now that Josie's graduated from cosmetology school, she's landed a new job at a salon. But when Trace stops by for a trim, will his attention to detail put Josie's skills to the test? Meanwhile Tori and Bobby meet up with Gil and Kelly Jo to discuss their plans to move to Nashville. And before baby Everly is born, Erin and Chad spend some bonding time with Carson and Brooklyn. Later, Zach and Gil attempt to make a handmade shuffle board game at the Bates house, but when the rest of the family decides to play wiffle ball, will another Bates project go uncompleted?
Lions, And Tigers, And Bates, Oh My! 08x01
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Hit The Road Jack! 07x22
Jackson goes to the DMV to take his Driver's Test. Erin and Chad prepare for their third child.
Seas The Day! 07x21
Carlin takes household responsibilities after the older Bates girls have moved out of the house.
Eye Love You Day! 07x20
Kelly Jo is getting eye surgery to correct her vision, putting the Bates household hold up while she's in recovery mode.
A Heavenly Honeymoon & A Courtship Countdown! 07x19
After a picture-perfect wedding ceremony, Tori and Bobby head out for their Honeymoon. Upon arriving in California, the newlyweds take a romantic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and set sail for a picturesque boat ride on the Monterey Bay. But after Tori has a video chat with her Mom and Dad, will she feel homesick for TN? Meanwhile, the courtship countdown is on! Now that Gil and Kelly Jo have granted Kelton permission to officially ask Josie to Court, he begins to put his plan in motion. After taking Josie on a scenic tram ride and ice skating adventure in Gatlinburg, TN, will Kelton finally take a leap of faith and ask her the "Big Question?" And later, Tori and Bobby continue their Honeymoon adventures in Yosemite National Park.

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