United Bates of America

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United Bates of America
United Bates of America
Genre Family reality
Created by Figure 8 Films
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Hayes
Deanie Wilcher
Kirk Streb
Producer(s) Bill Hayes
Running time 20–26 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel TLC
Original run August 13, 2012 – September 3, 2012
External links
The Bates family
Production website

United Bates of America is an American reality television show on TLC.[1] The show is about the Bates family, a "mega-family" consisting of Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children living in Lake City, Tennessee. The show premiered on August 13, 2012; additional episodes aired over the next several weeks.[1]

The family also appeared on several episodes of the TLC reality TV series 19 Kids and Counting, which features their friends, the Duggar family of Arkansas, another family that includes 19 children. A TLC special about the Bates family, The Bates Family: Baby Makes 19, aired on March 13, 2012.[2]

Background

Parents Gil and Kelly Jo Bates both grew up in South Carolina. They met as undergraduate students, attending Anderson College in South Carolina and Carson-Newman College in Tennessee.[3][4] They were married in 1987 at ages 22 and 20.[4] As evangelical Christians, early in their marriage they decided that they would not use birth control, instead "let[ting] the Lord decide how many children we would have".[2]

The nineteen Bates children are nine boys and ten girls, all of whom were born singly (there have been no multiple births).

[5] Gil Bates is engaged in the business of cutting and trimming trees, aided by the couple's older sons.[2][4]

The Bates family house has 4,000 square feet (370 m2) of space,[5] including five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two kitchens, as well as a schoolroom for the children's homeschooling.[6] To accommodate the family's large volume of laundry, there are five clothes washers and three dryers.[5] In late 2010, the family was reported to be in the process of expanding the house.[6] As of March 2012, when the first TV show about the family was aired, the family did not own a television and did not plan to acquire one. Gil Bates expressed his opposition to the medium, saying "TV can be a big time-waster", but told a reporter that the family would go to a local hotel to watch themselves on TV.[7]

In 2010, the oldest Bates child, Zach Bates, was elected to the Anderson County Commission, becoming the youngest person ever to be elected to that office.[8]

In November 2013, Erin married Chad Paine. [9] It was revealed that Chad and Erin were expecting their first child but the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.[10]

In December 2013, It was announced that Michael is courting Brandon Keilen.[11]

In December 2013, Zach married Whitney Perkins[12] and welcomed their first child Bradley on October 29, 2014.[13]

In May 2014, Alyssa married John Webster.[14] It was announced that John and Alyssa are expecting their first child due in April 2015.[15]

It was also announced that the Bates family will return on UP Tv as "Bringing up Bates" that starts on January 1, 2015.[16]

Children

Name Date of birth Notes
1 Zachary Gilvin "Zach" (1988-12-30) December 30, 1988 (age 25)[17] Married to Whitney Perkins;[18] with one child[19][20]
2 Michael Christian "Michaella"[21] (1990-01-23) January 23, 1990 (age 24)[22] In a courtship with Brandon Keilen[23]
3 Erin Elise (1991-05-02) May 2, 1991 (age 23)[24] Married to Chad Paine[25]
4 William Lawson (1992-07-27) July 27, 1992 (age 22)[26]
5 Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan" (1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 21)[27]
6 Alyssa Joy (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 20)[28] Married to John Webster,[29] pregnant with first child[30]
7 Tori Layne (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 19)[31]
8 Trace Whitfield (1997-02-01) February 1, 1997 (age 17)[32]
9 Carlin Brianne (1998-04-11) April 11, 1998 (age 16)[33]
10 Josie Kellyn (1999-08-04) August 4, 1999 (age 15)[34]
11 Katie Grace (2000-10-05) October 5, 2000 (age 14)[35]
12 Jackson Ezekiel (2002-02-17) February 17, 2002 (age 12)[36]
13 Warden Justice (2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 11)[37]
14 Isaiah Courage (2004-10-16) October 16, 2004 (age 10)[38]
15 Addallee Hope (2006-02-17) February 17, 2006 (age 8)[39]
16 Ellie Bridget (2007-04-28) April 28, 2007 (age 7)[40]
17 Callie-Anna Rose (2009-08-02) August 2, 2009 (age 5)[6]
18 Judson Wyatt (2010-09-15) September 15, 2010 (age 4)[6]
19 Jeb Colton (2012-02-01) February 1, 2012 (age 2)[41]

Zach's family

Zach married Whitney Perkins on December 14, 2013.[18]

Children

Name Date of birth
1 Bradley Gilvin Bates (2014-10-29)October 29, 2014[20]

Erin's family

Erin married Charles Steven "Chad" Paine III on November 2, 2013.[25] The couple was expecting their first child to be born in October 2014, but Erin suffered a miscarriage early on in the pregnancy.[42]

Alyssa's family

Alyssa married John Webster on May 24, 2014.[29]

Episodes

Season Episodes Premiere Finale
1 9 August 13, 2012 September 3, 2012

Season 1

Ep # Title Airdate
Pilot[43] "The Bates Family: And Baby Makes 19" March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)
Introduction to the Bates family, Gil and Kelly Jo and their 19 children.
1 "Love Times 21" August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)
Gil and Kelly Jo welcome Jeb, baby number 19 but due to complications, he is sent to the NICU while the other Bates children set up a welcome home celebration back at home for the new arrival.
2 "Papa Bill's Farm" August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)
Gil and Kelly Jo take the kids in the family bus and travel to see Gil's parents, Bill and Jane's, farm in South Carolina.
3 "Practice Makes Perfect" August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20)
Gil and Kelly Jo discuss how they manage their 19 children and how they got them to become the well behaved children that they are.
4 "19 Kids, 1 Emergency" August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20)
Gil has to rush Kelly Jo to the hospital when they realize that she has more than just the flu and the rest of the kids have to take care of themselves.
5 "New Editions" August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)
Gil and Kelly Jo buy chickens, even after have not so successful attempts at keeping chickens before.
6 "19 in Training" August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)
Kelly Jo teaches some of her younger daughters how to cook while Gil, a former state champion, teaches his sons how to wrestle.
7 "Bates Plus 12" September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)
The family gets a visit from the Paine family from Illinois, who have 12 members of their own. They take a train ride to go white water rafting.
8 "Bates & Duggar Reunion" September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)
The Bates family goes to a BBQ in Texas with the Duggars.

References

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  2. ^ a b c Juju Chang (March 12, 2012), "Bates Family of 21 Talks Growing Clan, New Reality Show", ABC News Blogs (Yahoo.com) 
  3. ^ "Family ties; Local woman is grandma to TV show kids". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). August 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Charmaine Smith-Miles (August 19, 2012). "Honea Path couple, their son featured in new television show, 'United Bates of America'". Anderson Independent Mail (Anderson, South Carolina). 
  5. ^ a b c Daisy Dumas and Kristie Law (August 13, 2012). "America's largest family, the Bates, on miracle 19th child who survived after failing to breathe on his own at birth". Daily Mail Online. 
  6. ^ a b c d "The family that prays together... gets bigger and bigger: Meet devoutly Christian Mr. and Mrs. Bates and their EIGHTEEN children". The Daily Mail. November 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ Terry Morrow (March 12, 2012). "Bates family of Lake City braces for TLC reality fame". Knoxville News Sentinel. 
  8. ^ Bob Fowler (August 12, 2010). "21-year-old youngest person elected to Anderson Commission". Knoxville News Sentinel. 
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  10. ^ http://thebatesfamily.com/in-heaven/
  11. ^ http://thebatesfamily.com/love-in-the-air/
  12. ^ http://thebatesfamily.com/zach-and-whits-wedding/
  13. ^ http://thebatesfamily.com/our-grandson/
  14. ^ http://thebatesfamily.com/alyssas-wedding/
  15. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/bringing-up-bates-stars-alyssa-and-john-webster-expecting-first-child-20141811
  16. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/bringing-up-bates-stars-whitney-and-zach-welcome-baby-boy-picture-20143010
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  20. ^ a b "Bringing Up Bates Stars Whitney and Zach Welcome Baby Boy Bradley Gilvin Bates". US Weekly. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Bates, Kelly (17 June 2013). "Explanation of the origin of Michael's name". thebatesfamily.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20. I wanted to give her a Bible name. I read a list of women’s names in the Bible and saw David’s wife (spelled “Michal”). Unfortunately, when she was less than a year old, I read through my Bible for the first time and discovered Michal wasn’t a good role model. We legally could change her name for free if we only slightly changed the spelling while she was under a year old. We changed the spelling to Michael. 
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  23. ^ "Love in the Air". thebatesfamily.com. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
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  28. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Alyssa". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  29. ^ a b http://johnandalyssa2014.com/ John and Alyssa's Wedding website Retrieved January 25, 2014
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  33. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Carlin". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
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  36. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Jackson". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
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  38. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Isaiah". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  39. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Addallee". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  40. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Ellie". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
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