"United Bates of America" is a reality television series on TLC that was ordered following the success of the special, "The Bates Family: Baby Makes 19."

"United Bates of America" follows Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their large brood of 19 children, ranging in age from six months to 23 years old. Audiences will recognize the Bates family from several episodes of the hit series "19 Kids and Counting," as they are close friends of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's clan.

Each episode of "United Bates of America" explores a new adventure with the Bates family as they manage everyday life in the hills of Tennessee — and the inevitable chaos that ensues with 10 girls and 9 boys running around under one roof. See how they manage life with such a large family that includes up to 20 loads of laundry, 7 gallons of milk and 9 loaves of bread every week. Their back-to-basics life is free of distractions like television and video games, but full of activities like chores, singing and spending time with each other. We'll follow the family as they share their love of music and family values, and see for ourselves how they pull it all off.

This series begins with newborn Jeb's emotional homecoming from the hospital — and the unavoidable adjustment of adding another child to the family — along with the children planning for their much-anticipated annual Valentine's "I Love You Day" gift exchange soiree. Over the course of the season, Kelly Jo and Gil share their love of music and family values — from homeschooling their children, to goofing off while building chicken coops and whitewater rafting. Second oldest daughter Erin, heads off to college for the first time to continue her education beyond her many years of homeschooling and the gang goes to hang out with the Duggars at the biggest social event of the year — the annual ATI homeschooling conference.

While the Bates family makes the country life look easy, they aren't without their struggles. See how the family copes with the older boys working at Gil's dangerous tree-cutting business, and when Kelly Jo is hospitalized, can the family function smoothly without her?

"United Bates of America" is produced by Figure 8 Films on behalf of TLC. Senior executive producer for Figure 8 Films is Bill Hayes along with executive producers Kirk Streb and Deanie Wilcher.


Network: TLC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: March 13, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Figure 8 Films

TLC Delivers More Family Fun with 'United Bates of America' — Premiering Monday, August 13, the new TLC reality docu-series follows Gil & Kelly Jo Bates and their large brood of 19 children. Read more...

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