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
A Monumental Proposal 07x35
Unbeknownst to Josie, Kelton's planning to pop the question at her dream destination! But when he surprises her at work with her parents, will she be clued into the grand plan? And the countdown is on for Zach and Whitney's Vow renewal, as they meet up at the flower shop to discuss final details for their special day.
Blue Or Pink, What Do You Think? 07x34
Is it a Boy or Girl?! The entire Bates family gather in Tennessee to learn the gender of Tori and Bobby's first child! Meanwhile, Kelton works on finalizing the details of his proposal to Josie. And it's morning time at Zach and Whitney's house. Over breakfast with their kids, Zach and Whitney discuss their Vow Renewal "To Do" list. Finally, as Josie is working at the hair salon, Kelton surprises her in a big way!
Baby Fever and Proposal Decisions 07x33
Kelton's eager to propose to Josie so he reaches out to Gil and Kelly Jo to discuss ideas on where he should "pop" the question. Meanwhile, the Bates church is undergoing a massive renovation with the help of the ministry group, Carpenters For Christ. And later, Whitney and her kids stop by Erin's house for a cousin's play date. Whitney experiences "baby fever" holding newborn Everly, while Erin catches her up on how things have changed since adding a third child to the mix!
The Ring, The Dress and Ready for Next Steps! 07x32
Kelton meets up with his buddy Bobby to look at engagement ring settings for Josie; family members lend a helping hand to load up the moving truck for Tori and Bobby; Whitney hunts for the perfect Vow Renewal dress.
Asking Permission and a Big Decision 07x30
Eager to move forward with the next phase of their relationship, Josie and Kelton meet up with Zach and Whitney for advice; Tori and Bobby visit Dr. Vick and experience their first ultrasound; the Bates' church outgrows its space.
Milestones and New Chapters 07x29
Since Tori's left the family nest, she's desperately in need of a cooking lesson before she and Bobby move to Nashville, so Erin volunteers to give her a few pointers. Meanwhile, now that the older boys have moved on to new careers, it's time for the middle boys to get schooled on the Bates Family Tree business, learning to cut and climb trees. Finally, it's a milestone moment for Tori, Trace and Josie, as they graduate from college, and begin the next chapter in their lives.
Chaperoning Do's & Don'ts 07x28
Now that the older Bates girls are "coupling up," Gil and Kelly Jo decide to give the younger kids a lesson on the do's and don'ts to being the perfect chaperone. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for Tori and Bobby's big move to Nashville! Before they make a leap to a new city, the young couple goes apartment hunting and has a double date with Carlin and Evan – interrupted, though, by an unexpected surprise. Last, with a pending proposal in the wings, Josie, along with her chaperone Katie, spend some quality time with Kelton and his family.
Labor Paines 07x27
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?
A Bundle of Joy and a Rodeo Show 07x26
KJ goes to Florida to stay at Alyssa's side when she delivers.
One Week, Three Babies?! 07x25
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, Please… 07x24
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! 07x23
It's Addee, Ellie, and Callie's turn to visit their big sis in Chicago. Michaella gives the girls their first sewing lesson and they enjoy some bonding time while painting ceramics at a pottery studio.
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.
The Bates Get Candid 07x18
The Bates family speak for the first time about their experience shooting the show. They look back, share funny stories, and discuss how being on TV has impacted them.
Tori's Winter Wonderland Wedding 07x17
It's the big "Bringing Up Bates" wedding episode! Watch the highlights of Tori and Bobby's big day!
Countdown To 'i Do' 07x16
Tori Bates is stunned when she sees her wedding dress for the first time... and Bobby Smith admits he has a honeymoon surprise in store!
Another Beautiful Season Of Blessings 07x15
Beach Blanket Bachelorette! 07x14
Another Beautiful Season Of Blessings 07x13
The Bates head to South Carolina for their annual Thanksgiving tradition with Papa Bill and Mama Jane; Papa Bill recruits all the young men to help him finish building a barn; Mama Jane enlists the help of Kelly Jo, Alyssa, Whitney, Carlin and the kids to help pick pecans and bake brownies; and Mama Jane prepares her home cooked supper, where the family gathers around the table and gives thanks.
Beach Blanket Bachelorette! 07x12
Kelly Jo and her sisters plan a Bachelorette Beach getaway for Tori.
Can You Have A Wedding Shower Without The Bride & Groom? 07x11
Fan Edition featuring fan tweets and social comments: Before Tori "Ties the Knot" to Bobby, Gil takes her out for special father/daughter outing. Will Gil be able to hold back the tears, as they take a walk down memory lane? Meanwhile, now that Josie is working toward her Cosmetology license, Whitney takes Kaci Lynn to her aunt for her very first hair cut! Later, Michaella and Brandon meet up with Erin and Whitney to help decorate for Tori and Bobby's wedding shower. But as a crowd gathers for the festivities, there's no sign of Tori and Bobby. Will this be a Bride and Groom-less shower?
Fixin' For New Beginnings 07x10
Big Decision, Bigger Opinions 07x09
Before Kelly Jo and the girls head to Kentucky for Tori's wedding dress fitting, the entire family, including Michaella and Alyssa, gather for a festive family picnic! But when Gil discovers some mysterious envelopes, the topic of conversation turns to which sibling might have some surprise news? And later, Kelly Jo, Tori and her sisters meet up at Renee's Bridal shop to try on customized bridesmaid and wedding dresses. But having several sisters means hearing several different opinions. After trying on three distinct wedding dress styles, will Tori find her dream dress or will her indecisiveness get the best of her?
Icing on the Cakes 07x08
Kelly Jo has assembled a wedding planning team for Tori and Bobby's nuptials and now it's time to scout the venue! While Tori desires a winter wonderland themed wedding, will her indecision on the details prevent Kelly Jo from checking things off her To Do List? Meanwhile, Lawson, Nathan and Trace spend some time at the ranch, catching up and riding horses. And later, Isaiah celebrates his 13th Birthday with an epic laser-tag Battle in the Bates' Backyard. Always a competition, will the Birthday boy end up on the winning team?
Save the Date and Decisions to Make! 07x07
The Best is Yet to Come 07x06
It's been love at first sight for Tori and Bobby, but ever since Bobby moved to TN, Tori has been eager for him to "pop the question!" While an engagement ring might be burning a hole in Bobby's pocket, he still needs to come up with the perfect proposal plan, so he turns to Gil and Kelly Jo for advice. And later, when Bobby, Kelton and Evan take their leading ladies out on a special triple date, will the romantic setting inspire Bobby to get down on one knee? Or will he come up with an even bigger surprise moment to ask for Tori's hand in marriage?
Erin's Surprise Takes the Cake! 07x05
Sun Day, Fun Day 07x04
Bobby's Happy Camper 07x03
Decorating Dilemmas And Job Decisions 07x02
The 4 C's – Carat, Clarity, Carlin & Courtship 07x01