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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Summer Of Love 05x19
Summer Fun: More Good Times! 05x18
Mother's Day: Now With More Kids! 05x17
Supersized: The 19th Hole 05x16
A New Baby Born and Love All Around 05x15
The 'cubs' Land In Chicago! 05x14
Working Up An Appetite 05x13
Bike Racks, Barbers & Big Duets! 05x11
Loads Of Laundry And Lots Of Lessons 05x10
Fire Trucks And Diaper Dumps 05x09
Sweet Home Spartanburg 05x08
Shakeups, Steaks, And Showtime! 05x07
I 'donut' Know What I'd Do Without You! 05x06
Surprise! Kelly Jo's Big 5-0! 05x05
It's a milestone birthday for the Bates matriarch and the family wants to make sure it's a birthday Kelly Jo will never forget! After months of planning, the time has finally come to honor Kelly Jo's 50th! To make sure the surprise stays in tact, Gil takes Kelly Jo on a romantic getaway to Chattanooga, TN, or so she thinks. Meanwhile, the Bates kids are scrambling behind the scenes to pull off this major clandestine event and surprise Kelly Jo with a Bates style celebration! Can they pull it off?
Doggy Dilemmas 05x04
Erin and Chad certainly have their hands full with a newborn baby, a toddler, and their new furry addition, Max. Realizing they're in need of some assistance, they enlist the help of the little kids for some puppy training. In Chicago, it's almost been a year of wedded bliss for Michaela and Brandon, so we check on on the newlyweds and their life in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Bates make progress on their new basketball court and Lawson and Emily Ann come together to perform at the Children's Hospital.
A Birthday and A Birdie 05x03
Not only is the Bates brood growing, but they're all maturing and reaching new milestones! As the family comes together to celebrate Katie's turning 16, it's time for her to finally join in on the Bates girls' tradition of receiving a purity ring. With the entire family together, Kelly Jo and Gil get to share the good news that they've secured a new location for their congregation, Mama Jane gets to meet her new great-grandbabies for the first time, and Papa Bill, Gil and Lawson hit the links to see which Bates is the best golfer.
Plans, Bands And Mashed Potatoes! 05x02
Lots of plans are being made in the Bates household! Kelly Jo is about to turn the big 5-0, so Erin calls a meeting with the siblings to plan for a surprise party. But will the younger kids be able to keep it a secret? The Bates Boys, meanwhile, inspired by their time at basketball camp try to figure out if they can install a real court in their yard. While Lawson, who has big plans for his concert tour, invites his band over for a practice in the living room. Last, as the older girls are moving away and going to college, it's time for the boys to learn how to cook. Erin invites Warden, the Bates budding Chef, over to her house, to teach him how to cook her favorite recipe.
Summer Lovin', Guitar Strummin' and a Surprise a Comin'! 05x01
The Bates are back! It's a season of new beginnings for the Bates family. The family travels to North Carolina to pick up Warden, Jackson, and Isaiah from sleepaway camp but not without getting a VIP tour from camp counselor and Tori's boyfriend, Bobby. Could a future courtship be on the horizon for Bobby and Tori? While at camp, the Bates have no idea what they're in for when they they're met with a giant scream-inducing swing and some wild water activities! Meanwhile, Lawson's focused on his music career. He heads back to the studio to record a duet with country artist, Emily Ann. Later, the whole family gathers together for a special dinner and an unexpected guest stops by to surprise the family with a very big announcement!