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The Bates family is a "mega-family" consisting of Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children living in Lake City, Tennessee.

The family first came to prominence when they 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.[1] This special was a pilot for their own series titled United Bates of America. The series ran for nine episodes. On January 1, 2015, the family returned to reality TV in a series titled Bringing Up Bates on UP TV.


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.[2][3] They were married in 1987 at ages 22 and 20.[3] 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".[1]

The nineteen Bates children are nine boys and ten girls, all of whom were born singly (there have been no multiple births).[4]

Gil Bates is engaged in the business of cutting and trimming trees, aided by the couple's older sons.[1][3]

The Bates family house has 4,000 square feet (370 m2) of space,[4] including five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two kitchens, as well as a schoolroom for the children's homeschooling.[5] To accommodate the family's large volume of laundry, there are five clothes washers and three dryers.[4] In late 2010, the family was reported to be in the process of expanding the house.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

In November 2013, Erin married Chad Paine. [8] It was revealed that Chad and Erin were expecting their first child but the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.[9] On January 22, 2015, it was announced that Chad and Erin are expecting their first child.[10] On January 29, 2015, it was revealed that the baby is due on June 8, 2015.[11]

In late December 2013, It was announced that Michael is courting Brandon Keilen.[12] Earlier that same month, Zach married Whitney Perkins[13] and welcomed their first child, Bradley Gilvin on October 29, 2014.[14]

In May 2014, Alyssa married John Webster, the son of Florida congressman Daniel Webster.[15] It was announced that John and Alyssa are expecting their first child due in April 2015.[16] They welcomed, daughter, Allie Jane on April 11, 2015.[17][18]

On April 16, 2015, after a year and a half long courtship, it was announced that Michaella and Brandon were engaged.[19]


Name Date of birth Notes
1 Zachary Gilvin "Zach" (1988-12-30) December 30, 1988 (age 26)[20] Married to Whitney Perkins;[21] with one child[22][23]
2 Michael Christian "Michaella"[24] (1990-01-23) January 23, 1990 (age 25)[25] Engaged to Brandon Keilen[26]
3 Erin Elise (1991-05-02) May 2, 1991 (age 24)[27] Married to Chad Paine;[28] expecting first child[29]
4 William Lawson (1992-07-27) July 27, 1992 (age 22)[30]
5 Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan" (1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 21)[31]
6 Alyssa Joy (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 20)[32] Married to John Webster;[33] with one child[34]
7 Tori Layne (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 19)[35]
8 Trace Whitfield (1997-02-01) February 1, 1997 (age 18)[36]
9 Carlin Brianne (1998-04-11) April 11, 1998 (age 17)[37]
10 Josie Kellyn (1999-08-04) August 4, 1999 (age 15)[38]
11 Katie Grace (2000-10-05) October 5, 2000 (age 14)[39]
12 Jackson Ezekiel (2002-02-17) February 17, 2002 (age 13)[40]
13 Warden Justice (2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 11)[41]
14 Isaiah Courage (2004-10-16) October 16, 2004 (age 10)[42]
15 Addallee Hope (2006-02-17) February 17, 2006 (age 9)[43]
16 Ellie Bridget (2007-04-28) April 28, 2007 (age 8)[44]
17 Callie-Anna Rose (2009-08-02) August 2, 2009 (age 5)[5]
18 Judson Wyatt (2010-09-15) September 15, 2010 (age 4)[5]
19 Jeb Colton (2012-02-01) February 1, 2012 (age 3)[45]

Zach's family

Zach married Whitney Perkins on December 14, 2013.[21]


Name Date of birth
1 Bradley Gilvin (2014-10-29)October 29, 2014 (age &&&&&&&&&&&&01896 months 7 days)[23]

Erin's family

Erin married Charles Steven "Chad" Paine III on November 2, 2013.[28] On January 23, 2015, the couple announced that they are expecting their first child. They delayed the announcement because it is considered a high risk pregnancy.[46] It was revealed that they are due on June 8, 2015 [47] On March 5, it was revealed via twitter, that Erin and Chad are having a boy, who they plan on naming, Charles Stephen Paine IV, and calling him Carson.[48]

Alyssa's family

Alyssa married John Webster on May 24, 2014.[33]


Name Date of birth
1 Allie Jane (2015-04-11)April 11, 2015 (age &&&&&&&&&&&&&02525 days)[49]


United Bates of America

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
Executive producer(s) Bill Hayes
Deanie Wilcher
Kirk Streb
Producer(s) Bill Hayes
Running time 20–26 minutes
Original channel TLC
Original release August 13, 2012 – September 3, 2012
External links
Production website

United Bates of America is an American reality television show on TLC.[50] The show premiered on August 13, 2012; additional episodes aired over the next several weeks.[50]

Season Episodes Premiere Finale
1 9 August 13, 2012 September 3, 2012
Ep # Title Airdate
Pilot[51] "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.

Bringing Up Bates

Bringing Up Bates
Genre Family reality
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes TBA
Running time 20–26 minutes
Original channel Up TV
Original release January 1, 2015 – present
External links
Production website

Bringing Up Bates is an American reality television show on Up TV. It was announced in October 2014 that the Bates family would return in a new series. The series debuted on January 1, 2015.[52] UP TV revealed that the show would be returning for another season in June 2015.[53] The second season was revealed to start on June 4, 2015 [54]

Season Episodes Premiere Finale
1 13 January 1, 2015 March 26, 2015
Ep # Title Airdate
1[55] "Meet the Bates" January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)
Introduction to the Bates family, 19 children and first grandchild on the way.
2[55] "Courtship and Marriage" January 8, 2015 (2015-01-08)
Erin invites her siblings over for a sleepover to help ease the transition from a full house to living with only her new husband, Chad.
3 [55] "Bates go Wild" January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
The whole Bates clan acks up and heads to the great outdoors! If you think packing for your family is hard... try packing for 21!
4[55] "Training up Bates" January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22)
Disciplining kids is never easy, but by now, Gil and Kelly have it down to a science with a method they call “Train Up.” Plus Chad and Erin head to the doctors where they are expecting a baby.
5[55] "Nashville Son" January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29)
Gil, Kelly and the younger kids plant a fall garden. With so many opinions to juggle, deciding on its location, let alone what to plant, is difficult. Meanwhile, budding gospel country singer and songwriter Lawson heads to Nashville to effort his dream of a music career. With one published CD under his belt, he lands a meeting with a record label executive and gets a coveted session with a well-known vocal coach. Back at the Bates house, the garden finally gets planted with Chad’s help and the family eagerly awaits news from Lawson in Nashville.
6[55] "Organized Chaos" February 6, 2015 (2015-02-06)
How does a family of 21 find enough clothes to last through the winter? Get ready for the Bates seasonal clothing switchover, where nothing goes to waste! In the midst of the chaos, the family is asked to sing at a bluegrass music festival... but can they all learn their parts in time?
7[55] "Welcome Grandbaby Bates" February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12)
Zach and Whitney's baby is due in less than 2 weeks, but the nursery is nowhere near ready! Lucky for them, there are plenty of Bates to lend a hand. As Whitney's due-date nears (and passes!) the whole family gets anxious to meet the newest addition to the ever-growing clan. Later, Erin shares surprising news with her parents.
8[55] "The Purity Ring" February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19)
Carlin gets a night out alone with her parents and they have a special surprise for her. Later, the Bates family visits Zach and Whitney as they adjust to being first-time parents. Then, Lawson sings the National Anthem in front of 15,000 people.
9[55] "Brandon and Michaella" February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26)
Brandon comes for an extended stay. Could his visit could mean bigger things for Michaella and him?
10[55] "A Big Bates Thanksgiving" March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05)
Get ready to give thanks... Bates style! The whole family heads to Gil's parents' farm for a super-sized family dinner. The family joins hands to say what they're thankful for. Someone reveals a surprise.
11[55] "The Bates go to Florida" March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12)
The family heads to Florida to visit John and Alyssa.
12[55] "All about the Bates" March 20, 2015 (2015-03-20)
The family sits down and answers questions from the fans.
13[55] "A birthday to remember" March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26)
The family gets ready to celebrate Gil's 50th birthday.


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