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.
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A Sweet Shower & A Surprise Switch! 08x04
Summer Fun 03x18
Mother's Day 03x15
When you have 19 Kids, Mother's Day certainly takes on new meaning! This special highlights all the most motherly moments throughout the series from mom of 19 Kelly Jo, to the new moms Whitney, Erin and Alyssa! With new perspectives from the family, you'll see why being a mom in the Bates family is such an important role!
The Big Apple of Nathan's Eye 03x14
Love is in the Heir 03x13
Bringing Up Bradley 03x12
Time is flying and the Bates' first grandbaby, Bradley, is turning one! Kelly Jo and the girls look for gifts, but their outing goes overboard and quickly turns into a shopping spree. Lawson puts his best face forward at a photoshoot for his new album. Later, the family gathers for Bradley's birthday party and Whitney shares a big announcement.
Time to Renobate! 03x11
With the three eldest sisters out of the house, the remaining girls decide it's time to redecorate their bedroom. And Zach and Whitney are doing a little redecorating of their own as they head out to shop for a new couch to spruce up their home. Later the girls test out a new recipe for dinner.
Back Seat Bates 03x10
Beaches, Boats and Bates 03x09
Windy City Newly Weds 03x08
Training Wheels and Trick Saddles 03x07
Fly Fishin' Zip Linin' Honeymoon 03x06
Wedding Bliss and a First Kiss 03x05
Headed to the Altar 03x04
15 Kids and an Empty Nest 03x03
Sweet Tea & Sit Ups 03x02
It's time for the annual family lake trip! The kids waste no time jumping into the lake, swimming, boating and skiing! But what starts out as a perfect day soon turns to disaster when thunder strikes and the family has to head for the hills!
Welcome Back Bates 03x01
The past year has been one of enormous change and growth for the Bates. In the Season 3 premiere, the Bates clan rallies together to help Michaella finally find the wedding dress of her dreams. Later the family braves a stormy outdoor wedding for Kelly Jo's sister, and celebrates Gil's dad, Papa Bill, with an awesome 4th of July birthday party!