Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Duggars vs Bates


New episodes of 19 Kids and Counting return in less than three weeks--mark your calender for August 28th at 9PM EST/8PM CST! For our lovely international readers and those who don't have TV, we will post recaps as usual.

On another note, Gil and Kelly Bates (dear friends of the Duggars) and their brood of nineteen are gearing up for the premiere of their new TLC series, United Bates of America, on Monday at 9PM EST/8PM CST. The entire family traveled to New York City and were featured on Good Morning America and ABC Nightline (videos below).

What similarities and differences do you see between the Duggars and Bates?

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50 comments:

  1. the similarities of Duggars and Bates they both have 19 kids, both familes homeschools their children , both familes have a child name jackson and josie, both of familes kids wants a big family and both familes both have been to new york. and the Differnces of the Duggars and Bates, the duggars have two sets of twins and the bates dont have any twins, The Bates named their children with all different letter names and the Duggars named all their children with all "J" names, The Bates are from Tennessee and the Duggars are from Arkansas.
    -brittani cant wait watch both familes

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  2. I really Love both the families personalities and traits. They are true to what they believe and we need more people with that type of character in this world.

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  3. Woah--major differences! The Duggars are more "modern" I guess, while the Bates are definitely more "southern" and conservative. They are both great families, though. :D
    I was shocked that no Bates had even heard of Justin Bieber of Kim Kardashian (BUT THEY'RE NOT MISSING OUT ON ANYTHING!!!) ;-) or even star wars. They seem like a nice family. =) I did notice one little girl (front row) in the Bates' family didn't raise her hand when asked if she wanted another sibling. :0 :)
    I wonder if the Duggar's have heard of Bieber, KK, or Star Wars???

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  4. not even their parents knew who Bieber or kardashian was? And only the dad had even heard of star wars? wow
    I guess that's not a major loss though. ;-) They're a sweet family!!

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  5. Both families seem to genuinely love being together. They both enjoy singing and playing music, but the Bates' music tends to be more southern bluegrass. The Bates tend to match their clothing more, and the Bates have more girls, while the Duggars have more boys. All of the kids seem motivated and well-behaved. Both families seem to organize their home in similar ways. As far as homeschool and college go, it seems like the Bates use more traditional curricula, while the Duggars favor computer/online courses.

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  6. Here's one difference: the Richard had two sets of twins but I believe Mrs. Bates had no twins.

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  7. The Bates style is getting more modern (but remember, the Duggars were very out of touch early on as well). Since they like bluegrass so much, I wonder if they do any kind of dancing in their family. Guess we'll find out. Their values are pretty similar, but Gil and his boys work for a living, whereas Jim Bob is a landlord for a living. Other than that, I see no real differences yet, but I'm sure in the next few weeks I will.

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  8. wow thanks Lily and Ellie I never really had much of an opinion of the Bates before as I have only seen a little of them on 19kac but after watching that segment I really really like them, what a beautiful modest (in dressing and attitude)family. I pray someone will post there show on you tube so I can view it over here
    xx Australia

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  9. the bates children are very talented erin has a very good voice. they need to stop wearing matching clothing. those colors on the boys were awful.

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  10. I tend to like the Duggars more even though the Bates are nice. I like how the Duggar girls dress, fix their hair, and just THEIR style. =) The Bates are just more towards the southern and rustic style of living. It even shows in their music. Does anyone know if the Duggars wear earings?!

    Rebecca

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  11. I think Bates sing and play better!

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  12. Similarities Same values, 19 kids, homeschool, girls wear skirts
    Differences Bates are more southern and conservative, bates youngest kid is a boy while the duggars youngest is a girl,

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  13. The Bates seem to GLOW with happiness. Love their simplicity and less tendency toward the worldly. They just might trump the Duggers for this fan!

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  14. can't wait to see the Duggars again!

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  15. While I do enjoy and appreciate the Bates family, I'm hoping their two shows aren't too similar. Like the clip that showed the subway - we've seen the exact same thing with the Duggars already.

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  16. The bates read the bible twice a day and do not own a computer. They play instruments better than duggars.

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  17. yey! Can't wait for the duggars to come back on. Also, for the Bates to come one!

    Annie

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  18. The Bates Family will be a very welcome show. Fine Christian family, wwhat more can you ak for.

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  19. Thank you for sharing the videos! I love it!! Regards from Germany

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  20. Lily and Ellie, You should start a Bates family blog aswell- i love the Bates they are so down to earth and still live modestly. Thanks

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  21. The Bates family plays more bluegrass music, while the Duggars focus more on Classical. Both families sing and play Christian Southern gospel music. There are so many more similarities than differences, and that is one of the reasons why they are such good and close friends. (The Duggars have commented on that very thing in the past.) An observation regarding the Bates dressing alike: this is the first time I've ever seen them dress so much alike. If you are a long-time viewer of the Duggars and recall episodes with the Bates family in them, they don't usually dress this much alike (ie. in color). I am looking forward to seeing the Bates and the Duggars both on TV again!

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  22. The Bible says not to compare ourselves to others. God has given them each their own giftings. I'm just so pleased to see that TLC was willing to produce a show about another Christian family! PTL

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  23. I love the Bates family! I love their simple life and country style. The Duggars have seemed to evolve over time, not just with the way they dress, but other stuff as well. (not that dressing more modern isn't good, but rather just changing in general. I don't know if it's the show or what, but even Josh & Anna, who are all over social media now. It's just not quite the same. Even though there's lots of similarities between the two families, there's just something different about the Bates I will enjoy watching!!

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  24. For those of you saying that the Duggars are more modern or have changed, this has obviously been largely due to fame (and dare I say money!) and increased exposure to the world. Let's check on the Bates in a few years (if their show lasts that long which I doubt) and you will see the exact same kind of changes.

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  25. duggars do not do social media it is someone else. they do not even have a facebook page.

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  26. Good job, Lawson, keeping sinful thoughts from your mind!

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  27. okay so I DVR nightline and the Bares WERE NOT on it

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  28. Thank you Serving A Generation For Jesus! What you said is very true. Since we do not have cable, I can only watch on YouTube. I really enjoy watching shows when both families are together. Do YOU know whether the Duggars wear earrings?

    ~Rebecca

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  29. Their accents are different...

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  30. Hi Lily and Ellie,

    Do you plan on posting the recaps for the Bates Family Show? I would really appreciate it if you can, but I understand if you can't.

    -Hannah

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  31. Can't wait to see the show. Both look similar and have the same values. Bates family will be on 20/20 tonight!! Love the colors nice and bright!!

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  32. The Bates are into blue grass music the Duggars are into classical music!The Bates have horses and goats the Duggars have golf carts! The Bates have a Southern Baptist like chapel where they sing and The Duggars have home churches! They both believe in family and love! They both have large families they both don't watch TV! They both dress modestly and go to thrift stores! They both believe in courtship! They are both great families!

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  33. The Bates and Duggars do have similar values and faith; however, the Bates appear more humble and upbeat! Gil has great energy and its easy to see Kelly's love for her family. I think as a family they have a more fun attitude; the Duggars seem more serious.

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  34. Most important thing about both families- Love of God and Family!!

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  35. can you please also post the 20/20 show that the Bates are in tonight? thankyou!

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  36. What? What? What? The Duggars versus the Bates? I sincerely hope God brings you to your knees in posing this question in the first place. What an insulting question for professed Christians to ask for comment on.

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  37. First, tell me what the "versus" is about and where can I find the "versus" in the Bible of Christian versus Christian. I cannot state an opinion to the best of my knowledge based on the Bible of who is "versus" who, whatever the versus means. Please explain the versus.

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  38. It will be interesting so see whether or not the Duggars spay/neuter cats and what this Biblical foundation is based on, or whether they believe all should procreate when placed together, whether that results in millions.

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  39. "They both have large families they both don't watch TV! "
    If it weren't for TV no one would know who they are.

    "Good job, Lawson, keeping sinful thoughts from your mind!"
    It is unrealistic to think certain thoughts do not pass through these kids' minds. I think as long as they know looks are not the most important thing, 'thought shaming' is unnecessary. Considering a person attractive isn't lust.Even crushes are considered wrong by them.

    "I was shocked that no Bates had even heard of Justin Bieber of Kim Kardashian (BUT THEY'RE NOT MISSING OUT ON ANYTHING!!!) ;-) or even star wars"
    They may not be 'missing anything'but these kid have been kept from mainstream society.

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  40. I couldn't stand to read the negativity on the TLC website and was so happy to find your blog. I used to love reading it because you would moderate out these negative comments that were left by people who are very obviously not fans of the Duggar family or of Christians in general.
    I know that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but truthfully, I miss the days when the general rule of thumb was--"if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". I sincerely wish that more folks would adhere to that.
    The television has a whole bunch of channels available and if you don't like watching a particular show, then don't! Or better yet, turn the tv off altogether and take a walk.
    I personally don't need to read these "anonymous" negative comments!

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  41. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous,

    Check out our newest blog page, "United Bates of America": http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/p/united-bates-of-america.html

    ~Lily and Ellie

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  42. Both Families the Bates & Duggars need to stop having so many childten it's like there having a contest of how many children can they pop out . There both too old to be having babies . They have More than enough .

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  43. @Anonymous

    Hi Hannah,

    We have not yet decided if we will be posting recaps of the Bates' show. :)

    Sorry it took so long for us to respond. We posted a response two days ago, but for some reason it didn't go through. Thanks for being a loyal reader!
    ~Lily and Ellie :)

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  44. Thanks Lily and Ellie! I love the blog!
    -Hannah

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  45. I love both families and I am looking forward to seeing them both

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  46. Love both families and can't wait to see more. I agree if u don't like it watch something else:)

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  47. To the girl asking about earrings...I know that Anna and her daughter have their ears pierced. Don't know about the rest.

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  48. "Whosoever looks at a woman and lusts after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew
    We keep our thoughts pure before the Lord. So, yes, good job Lawson!

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  49. I have just fell in love with watching The Bates family. It is such a refreshing change from the Duggars. With the Bates kids, I get to actually see their personalities, they seem real, and yes very humble. I like that although the older kids still live at home, they are allowed to attend college in person, not just online. I just love watching them and can't wait to watch more.

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