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 Proposal To Remember & A Baby On The Way 08x13
Fan Edition: Uncharted Waters 06x18
From Friends to Fiances 06x17
Uncharted Waters 06x16
Courtship, Kiddos, And Future Son-in-laws? 06x15
Here's The Scoop! 06x14
The Fabulous Backwoods Bates Boys 06x13
Zach organizes a camping trip in hopes of having some bonding moments with his brothers; Zach gets an unexpected call; Kelly Jo, Erin and Whitney gather up the younger kiddos for a swimming lesson.
The Night The Lights Went Out in Tennessee 06x12
Now that Nathan is a certified flight instructor, he's moved back to Rocky Top, TN to teach flight lessons; Kacie Lynn is turning the big One; a power outage leads to an impromptu slumber party and game night.
One Cap, Two Gowns? 06x11
Bobby's big graduation party; a few rounds of disc golf; Bobby and Tori discuss their future together; Josie gets the chance to spend some time with Kelton.
Lawson And Sadie's Big Breakup 06x10
Now that Lawson's wrapped up recording his country album, he's taking the next step with his career and making a music video, co-starring actress Sadie Robertson. But can he turn his song about heartbreak into a high quality music video? Meanwhile, Kelly Jo thinks it's time the middle boys receive a manners lesson so they can become gentlemen. After giving them a few pointers, like making sure to always say please and thank you, the boys take their mom out for a special lunch and put their manners skills to the test!
More Bloopers, Outtakes And Mishaps, Oh My! 06x09
With 19 kids you never know what's going to happen! And as we've seen, the Bates kids are chock-full of hilarious sayings and entertaining moments. Here's a look back at some of the funniest and wackiest things the Bates kids have said and done, updated with even more fun clips and mishaps!
Stop, Drop And Wash 06x08
Don't Worry, We've 'goat' This! 06x07
Newlywed Edition 06x06
He Said, She Shed 06x05
Sibling Revelry 06x04
Erin, Tori, Carlin, Whitney, Josie and Katie join together for a self defense class and engage in a little friendly competition; Gil gathers the kiddos for a "Car 101'' lesson; double date night for the married couples.
Bobby's Movin' In 06x03
Bobby and Tori are making plans for the future; Bobby is hoping to move from Florida to Tennessee to be closer to Tori; Bobby interviews for jobs and looks for a place to live; Kelly Jo takes the boys to a martial arts class.
Road Trip Romance 06x02
Carlin and Katie hit the road to spend some quality time with Carlin's Songwriting Suitor, Evan, and his family. Evan and the girls have some fun at an indoor skating park and the young couple work on a special song for Evan's family. Will Carlin pass the parent approval test and is a future courtship on the horizon? Meanwhile, Jackson is the next Bates family member in line to get his learner's permit. Will he prove to be a better driver than his sisters, Josie and Katie?
Summer Of Love 06x01
It's Wedding time - but who is walking down the aisle? Love is blooming for the Bates, with Carlin finding a 'special friend' in Evan and Tori and Bobby deepening their bond. And even the married couples have big news, especially Erin and Chad. Will their family be growing by two?