19 Kids and Counting

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19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Starring The Duggar Family
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 205 (plus specials) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Sean Overbeeke
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 17–44 minutes
Production company(s) Figure 8 Films
Original channel TLC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 29, 2008 (2008-09-29) – present
Preceded by
  • "14 Children and Pregnant Again!" (2004)
  • "Raising 16 Children" (2006)
  • "16 Children and Moving In" (2006)
  • "On the Road with 16 Children" (2006)
  • "Duggars' Big Family Album" (2007)
  • 17 Kids and Counting (2008)
  • 18 Kids and Counting (2009)
External links

19 Kids and Counting (formerly 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting), rendered graphically as 19 Kids & Counting in its onscreen logo, is an American reality television show on TLC. The show is about the Duggar family, which consists of parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children—nine girls and ten boys (including two sets of twins), all of whose names begin with the letter "J". Since the show began, three of the children have gotten married, with the eldest raising three of his own and another expecting her first child. The series began on September 29, 2008.


The Duggars live in Tontitown, Arkansas, and originally appeared in several TLC and Discovery Health one-hour specials, most of which focused on four of Michelle's last five deliveries.[1][2][3] Jim Bob Duggar has one older sister, Deanna, who occasionally appears on the show. Michelle Duggar has six siblings. The couple met in the early 1980s when Jim Bob Duggar and a fellow church member were sent for a follow-up visit after Michelle Duggar had experienced a religious conversion.[4] Jim Bob and Michelle were married on July 21, 1984.[5]

The Duggars chose to delay having children and used birth control pills when they got married. Their eldest child, Josh, was born in 1988. They then resumed using oral contraceptives; despite precautions, they conceived again but Michelle miscarried. Michelle revealed that they had named the child Caleb despite not knowing what the sex was.[6] Believing the miscarriage was due to the contraceptive, the Duggars decided to stop using birth control and allow God to determine the number of children they would have.[7] Shortly after, Michelle became pregnant with her first set of twins, Jana and John-David. Thereafter, Michelle has given birth approximately once every year and a half.

The Duggars are devout Independent Baptists[8] and adherents of the Christian patriarchy movement.[9] In accordance with their beliefs, they only watch what they consider to be wholesome family television on DVD, and various historical events. They have filtered Internet service.

They adhere to certain standards of modesty in clothing; they do not wear shorts and tank tops, while women do not wear skirts above the knee. According to Michelle, the Duggars feel that exposing the thighs amounts to "nakedness and shame," and also runs the risk of "defrauding" others by encouraging lustful thoughts. They also avoid beaches and swimming in public to avoid the risk of their men lusting after women.[10] Also, the females keep their hair long, and the males are clean-shaven and short-haired. Instead of dating, they practice chaperoned courtship, which encompasses the couple abstaining from any physical contact. In the event of engagement, the suitor seeks permission from the young woman's father before proposing to her.

The children are homeschooled using a mix of materials, including those of Switched On Schoolhouse, Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), and Accelerated Christian Education (ACE).[11] For college studies, several of the older kids use the CollegePlus! program.[12]

The Duggars raise their children using a buddy system, wherein an older sibling is assigned to a younger sibling and assists in the latter's primary care. According to Michelle, "They help them with their little phonics lessons and games during the day and help them practice their music lessons. They will play with them or help them pick out the color of their outfit that day and just all of those types of things."[13] In 2004, Michelle Duggar won the "Young Mother of the Year Award" in Arkansas, which is sponsored by American Mothers Incorporated.[14]

Jim Bob Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, he was defeated by for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate by incumbent Tim Hutchison by a vote of 71,576 to 20,546.[15] He later became a real estate agent and investor. The Duggars' income is derived from the rental proceeds of the commercial properties they own.[16][17] They live debt-free,[18][19] which Jim Bob Duggar has said is "the fruit of Jim Sammons' Financial Freedom Seminar" he attended years ago[citation needed]. (Sammons' Seminar is endorsed by IBLP.). The construction of their 7,000 square-foot (650 square-meter) house was begun by the family in 2000 when they bought the lot and ordered the frame. Discovery Networks completed it, by finding local Arkansas construction workers to donate their skills and time. The home was completed on January 20, 2006. Some of the painting, decorating, furnishings, appliances, and other finishing touches—such as a stocked pantry—were provided by Discovery Networks and corporate sponsors as part of the one-hour television special[17] entitled 16 Children and Moving In.

During the series[edit]

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

On December 10, 2009, Michelle gave birth via emergency Caesarean section to Josie Brooklyn, three months prematurely. Michelle was rushed to the hospital for gallstones and it was there that doctors discovered she had pre-eclampsia and performed an emergency delivery. Josie weighed 1 pound 6 ounces (0.62 kg) at birth. A week after the birth, Michelle reported that Josie was "doing as well as can be expected for a baby at her age. We are taking each hour as it comes." On April 6, 2010, after nearly four months in the hospital, Michelle and Jim Bob were able to take Josie to their rental in Little Rock, while they awaited the okay to take her home to Tontitown.[20][21] However, on April 8, 2010, Josie Duggar was readmitted to the hospital after her vital signs dropped. Fortifiers that had been added to breast milk to help her gain weight appeared to be the cause.[22] The Duggars were able to take Josie home to Tontitown on June 23, 2010. Michelle said Josie was doing well and weighed about nine pounds.[citation needed] By that December she weighed 15 pounds 12 ounces (7.1 kg).[23]

The couple had discussed the possibility of having more children, with Michelle Duggar saying,

We would love more! I'm 43, almost 44 this September. I know that my mommy years are probably numbered, and I don't know how many more children God will see fit to give me. ... [I]t is something we've been praying about because we do love children. Each child really is a gift and that doesn't mean just our children. We asked the Lord to give us a love of children the way He loves children. That is something that we've prayed about, and we'll just see what the Lord has in store for our family in the future.[24]

On December 2, 2008, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's book The Duggars: 20 and Counting! was released.[25] Their second book, A Love That Multiplies, was released on June 7, 2011.[26]

On November 8, 2011, Michelle Duggar and family appeared on NBC's Today Show to announce that she was expecting their 20th child.[27] On December 8, 2011, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar revealed that she miscarried.[28] Six days later, they held a memorial service for their stillborn girl whom they named Jubilee Shalom (which means celebration and peace).[29][30]

A few months after the birth of their daughter, Mackynzie, Josh and Anna learned that she was pregnant with their second child. However, the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.[31] On Mackynzie's first birthday, Josh and Anna learned that they were expecting again and that the baby was a boy. The couple welcomed their second child, Michael James, on June 15, 2011. They learned that they were pregnant again in September 2012, right after the family got back from their Asia trip. During Anna's pregnancy with their third child, Josh was offered a job at Family Research Council. Marcus Anthony was delivered by a midwife on June 2, 2013. On June 18, 2013, it was announced that Josh was hired to be the executive director of the Family Research Council's political action committee and that he and his family would be moving to Washington, D.C.[32] Josh and Anna announced on December 2, 2014 that they are expecting their fourth child, due mid-2015.[33]

On September 18, 2013, it was announced that Jessa Duggar was in a courtship with Ben Seewald, whom she met through their church and that the couple were "enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another."[34][35] On August 15, 2014, after 11 months of courting, it was announced that Ben and Jessa were engaged.[36][37] Ben and Jessa were married on November 1, 2014.[38]

On March 31, 2014, it was announced that Jill had been in a courtship with Derick Dillard since November 2013. They were introduced by Jim Bob, who told People magazine that "I felt like from the beginning, they had similar personalities and goals. I thought they would hit it off". They got to know each other via supervised Skype and text conversations while Derick was serving as a missionary in Nepal, before meeting in person.[39] After five months of courtship, it was announced on April 9, 2014 that the couple were engaged.[40] Derick and Jill were married on June 21, 2014.[41][42] It was announced on August 20, 2014, that Jill is pregnant with their first child, due March 2015.[43] On October 21, 2014, it was announced that the couple is expecting a baby boy, due March 2015.[44]

The tenth season will start on February 17, 2015.[45]

Duggar family[edit]



Name[47][better source needed] Date of birth Notes
1 Joshua James "Josh" Duggar (1988-03-03) March 3, 1988 (age 26) Married to Anna Keller with three children and expecting fourth child.
2 Jana Marie Duggar (1990-01-12) January 12, 1990 (age 25)
3 John-David Duggar
4 Jill Michelle Dillard (1991-05-17) May 17, 1991 (age 23) Married to Derick Dillard[41] and expecting their first child, a boy
5 Jessa Lauren Seewald (1992-11-04) November 4, 1992 (age 22) Married to Ben Seewald[38]
6 Jinger Nicole Duggar (1993-12-21) December 21, 1993 (age 21)
7 Joseph Garrett Duggar (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 20) Attending Crown College.[48][49]
8 Josiah Matthew Duggar (1996-08-28) August 28, 1996 (age 18)
9 Joy-Anna Duggar (1997-10-28) October 28, 1997 (age 17)
10 Jedediah Robert Duggar (1998-12-30) December 30, 1998 (age 16)
11 Jeremiah Robert Duggar
12 Jason Michael Duggar (2000-04-21) April 21, 2000 (age 14)
13 James Andrew Duggar (2001-07-07) July 7, 2001 (age 13)
14 Justin Samuel Duggar (2002-11-15) November 15, 2002 (age 12)
15 Jackson Levi Duggar[50] (2004-05-23) May 23, 2004 (age 10)
16 Johannah Faith Duggar[51] (2005-10-11) October 11, 2005 (age 9)
17 Jennifer Danielle Duggar[52] (2007-08-02) August 2, 2007 (age 7)
18 Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar[53] (2008-12-18) December 18, 2008 (age 6)
19 Josie Brooklyn Duggar[54] (2009-12-10) December 10, 2009 (age 5)

Josh's family[edit]

Anna Renee Duggar (née Keller) – born (1988-06-23) June 23, 1988 (age 26)[citation needed] – married Josh on September 26, 2008.[55] They announced on December 2, 2014 that they are expecting their fourth child, due mid-2015.[33][56]


Name Date of birth
1 Mackynzie Renée Duggar (2009-10-08) October 8, 2009 (age 5)[57]
2 Michael James Duggar (2011-06-15) June 15, 2011 (age 3)[58]
3 Marcus Anthony Duggar (2013-06-02) June 2, 2013 (age 1)[59]

Jill's family[edit]

Derick Michael Dillard  – born (1989-03-09) March 9, 1989 (age 25)[citation needed] – married Jill on June 21, 2014.[41][42] They are expecting their first child, a boy, due March 24, 2015.[43][44]

Jessa's family[edit]

Benjamin Michael Seewald – born (1995-05-19) May 19, 1995 (age 19)[citation needed] – married Jessa on November 1, 2014.[38][60]

Guests appearing[edit]

Family members[edit]

Name Relationship Notes
Mary Duggar Jim Bob's mother Lives with the family
Jimmy Lee Duggar Jim Bob's father 1936–2009 (aged 73)
Deanna Duggar Jordan Jim Bob's sister Appears in two episodes in season 3 and in "A Duggar Leaves Home"
Amy Rachelle Duggar[61][62] Jim Bob's niece Sang "Amazing Grace" in the closing credits of the episode of her grandfather's funeral; appears in several episodes and is featured in "A Duggar Leaves Home" (where she goes on to pursue a career as a country music artist), as well as "Amy's Nashville Dreams" [63]
Garrett Floyde Ruark Michelle's father 1924–2010 (aged 85); appears in one episode
Priscilla Lynn Waller (née Keller) Anna's sister Stayed at the Duggar home in late 2010 to help care for the younger children; married to David Waller; they have a son, Paul, and a daughter, Davia[64][65]
Suzanna Keller Anna's sister A bridesmaid in Anna's wedding and has made brief cameos on the show


Bates family[edit]

The most often recurring guests (other than relatives) are the Bates family from Tennessee. Because they are so similar to the Duggars (having 19 kids of their own), they have become close friends. In 2012, there was a spin-off series featuring the Bates family, called United Bates of America. They returned to television with a new show on January 1, 2015 titled Bringing Up Bates.

Other notable guests[edit]



Title Region 1 Discs
Season 1 2009[66] 2
Season 2 February 23, 2010[67] 3
Season 3 April 27, 2010[68] & March 13, 2012[69] 3
Season 4 April 5, 2011[70] & April 17, 2012[71] 4
Season 5 May 1, 2012 [72] 4

Online releases[edit]

Episodes of the series are available for download from the iTunes Store, Amazon Instant Video, and Microsoft's Zune Marketplace.


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