Monday, October 5, 2020

16 Years of Duggars


Has it really been 16 years? We say this every fall, but time sure does fly. 2020 marks the 16th anniversary of the Duggars' first television special. "14 Children and Pregnant Again" premiered on September 6th, 2004. 

Since that day, more than 300 specials and episodes of 17 Kids and Counting, 18 Kids and Counting, 19 Kids and Counting, and Counting On have been shown to the public. It's no doubt that the Duggars will go down in reality TV history.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com). 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

83 comments:

  1. Yes, that's a long time, and we can only hope they'll go off the air soon.

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  2. If they go down in "reality TV history," it may not be for the reasons you're thinking.

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  3. Have noticed that Jinger and Jeremy’s baby which is due next month isn’t even listed with their family in the birthdays column (altho it’s listed with the grandkids 🤷‍♀️)

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    1. Its there.... above of joe n kendras new baby for feb 2021

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    2. It's there in the birthday column, but maybe it was just added. But it does say Baby #2, November 2020.

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    3. How is she supposed to put the baby on the birthday list when the baby doesn't have a birthday yet? Is this a real question?

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    4. An unborn baby does not have a birthday.

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    5. If the blog listed or pictured all the unborn babies, it would be a very very long list! Pages!

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  4. Time 4:03PM Mon 10/5/20
    I just want to say before I make
    A comment about the Duggars some
    People need to be shame of themselves for posting mean comments etc. Actual Duggar fan
    Would not do that. I dont see mean
    Comments on the Bates Blog. I see
    Comments about why dont these
    Women have jobs etc. Iam 32 disabled attend a program with
    Adults with special needs live with
    My mom & have no Job. So please
    Think before u speak some of u guys
    Have kids who might be hurt that
    Their parents bully this family
    Be a role model to your kids
    Nephews nieces etc.

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    1. Comparing your plight to the duggars is an unfair matchup. None of the Duggar's kids have special needs

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    2. the majority of kids are not hurt that their parents vehemently disagree with the duggars life choices

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    3. Thank you Neddy for your reminder. All of us need to be kinder to one another and less judgemental. My friend always says, when you point your finger at someone, remember you have three fingers pointing back at yourself.

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    4. Neddy, I simpathize with your feelings about the comments about the girls’ jobs. However, none of the Duggar girls are disabled, so they don’t have anything preventing them from working. They can choose not to, but of course people are going to wonder why they don’t.

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    5. Haven't we been over this topic enough?

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    6. Very well said Neddy, more people need a kind heart at this time of world upset. My dad always used to say if you can’t say anything nice then say nothing at all, some people would do well to heed that advice. Iv been very ill recently & it’s made me re-evaluate how I treat people in general & to live everyday to the best I can & be kinder to people, as I received so much kindness when I was ill in hospital I want to give the same back to others.

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    7. The Duggars are not disabled. Not everyone is a fan, either. Just let people be who they are and comment as they choose, and you do the same. No need to scold others, because we are not in charge--the blog authors decide what to post or not post.

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    8. In my opinion its not mean to motivate women to earn money. If something happens to the husband, the wife has still money to provide for the children. Its not mean to question their decision not to work its just a concern. If a woman is able to have a job she can be independant if the situation asks for it. I m sorry for your situation Neddy but if you get angry of reading comments on a blog about people you dont even know in real life, i think you should consider stop following this blog. Just relax lady! Focus on the positive.

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    9. I enjoy the blog, it makes me laugh because a lot of the comments are ridiculously funny.

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    10. Time 12:58PM Thurs 10/8/20
      First off dont tell me to stop
      Following the blog & 2nd I know real
      Life I WAS MAKING A POINT ABOUT
      THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE Women in the
      Family I dont have a problem with
      Women work. I know about real life
      Probably MORE THEN U SO DONT TELL
      ME NOT TO.FOLLOW THIS BLOG. Yes I
      Do focus on being postive sometimes
      I do feel negative. So.dont tell
      Me I dont know real life I DO.

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    11. Just relax..... I didnt tell you to stop reading but i told you to consider it. Thats not the same. I have a disabled son myself so i know real life, lady. Have a good evening!

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    12. And i didnt say you dont know real life. I said you dont know the duggars in real life. Or you know them face to face? My overall point is that you seem so angry and upset for comments about people you dont know. Please just relax and enjoy the nice pictures and updates on this blog. I certainly enjoy the updates and like to read about the Duggars

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    13. Time 10:15PM Thurs 10/8/20
      Course I dont know the Duggars in
      Real life & No never mention
      Duggars course I dont know them
      I feel like I do. I have been
      Watching them since 19 kids & counting
      Was on air.

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    14. Saskia, sometimes people just use caps for emphasis, because there's no other good way to do it in this format. No italics or bolding available.

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    15. Time 6:06PM Sat 10/10/20
      I only use Caps when I yell at people.
      U dont even know me..

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    16. To Neddy and all the other readers talking about “disabled” and “not disabled,” I think all of the Duggar women may be disabled in some way. Except maybe Jana. “Disabled” does not always have to be physical.

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    17. Needy, I was giving you the benefit of the doubt about the caps. Now we know you were yelling. Thank you for clearing that up.

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  5. Time 4:05PM Mon 10/5/20
    Congrats to the Duggar family for
    Their 16th anniversary on TV.
    ❤❤❤🌈🌈🌈❤❤🦄🌈❤🌈🌈❤🦄

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    1. Neddy U have deep kindness in U, and I love kindness!!!!

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  6. I always enjoy the shows. I wish TLC would replay the early shows.
    And I would enjoy a show with just the remaining children living at the big house. And maybe a show about the various Duggar businesses and the Duggars who work there or who are owners. Sincerely Queenie Lovehart.

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    1. I’d like to watch some of the early shows, too!

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  7. Wow, time sure flies by fast!!!!!!

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  8. WOW!!!! they have sure grown up!!! I am ready for another baby / pregnancy announcement!! YAY!!!!

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    1. As of today, (Oct. 7th,) there are currently two Duggar couples, who are expecting, babies. Jinger & Jeremy, are expecting a baby girl, in November. Kendra & Joeseph, are expecting a baby, in Feb. 2021.

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    2. 3:26: Thank you, we didn’t know…

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  9. I wonder when Kendra will announce her third kids gender?

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    1. I was thinking that too. It was August 19 when they announced baby #3 was due to arrive in February 2021. Maybe they're keeping the gender secret this time?

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    2. Maybe they've run out of things to shoot at, blow up, or drop from the sky?

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    3. I wonder when Kendra will announce her 4th baby.

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    4. Maybe Kendra will use the smash cake reveal at Addison's first birthday (next month) like she did with Garrett. She and Joe seem content with a more low-key approach to life.

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    5. 6:51 haha 😂 love this comment

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  10. i remember seeing a commercial for the show and decided we've got to watch it since my husband wanted at least 8 kids ourselves. sure makes me feel old watching the 'little ones' growing up

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    1. How many kids did you have?

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    2. Thanks for asking. We had 8 kids. Enough. Having more would have been a burden on us and on society and on taxpayers. Schools, health care premiums paid by smaller families subsidizing ours, tax deductions, etc.

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  11. Yes they definitely will go down in Reality TV History.... blows the mind seeing the younger 10 Duggars and now Anna/Josh older 2 kids growing so much!

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  12. 👋 Hi 😊🥰🤗

    🤔 How Come The Series Seems Sooo Short >🤔 Does NOT Seem Like You Are On Very Long 🤔

    You Are The ~ ONLY ~ Reason I Tune Into ~ 'TLC' ~ There Is NOT Too Many Clean ~ Family Programs On That STAND On "GOD'S" BIBLICAL VALUES!!!!!! 💖🥰💖🥰

    🤔 How Come 'Jill & Derick' & Family Are ~ Not ~ On Anymore????🤔

    🤗💖😍 I Love You ~ ALL ~ And ~ I Love The Program!!!!! 😍💖🥰🤗

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    1. Jill & Derick, are no longer on Counting On, because a couple of years ago, they announced that they were quitting the show. Season 11, of Counting On, which aired its' season finale on Sept. 22nd, consisted of 12 episodes, whereas season 10, of Counting On, only consisted of 10 episodes. Thus, season 11, of Counting On, was one of Counting On's longer seasons. https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/counting-on/

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  13. It's been rather amazing watching this family grow up. Also, a lot of memories pop up for me, as a fan: Josie as a preemie, losing first Grandpa Duggar, then Grandma, Josh getting into so much trouble, the kids getting their wisdom teeth out, the building and decoration of the big house -- just so much. It would sure be nice to meet the Duggars someday. I've watched so many episodes, they nearly feel like family.

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  14. Love them. Hope they're on tv many more years

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  15. I've watched every single episode, starting when it started in 2004.Back then it was narrated by a male voice, documentary style, and not up close and personal like it is now.

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  16. There is a doubt that the Duggars will go down in reality TV history.

    They are not the longest running reality TV Show; NOT even in the top 10. The top 10 show no signs of being cancelled. They are long lasting and popular.

    Remember the Duggars are popular with only a small segment of the TV viewing public, aired on a channel/network many people do not watch.

    The Duggars should be congratulated for being on the air since 2004 but let's not go over-board with the praise.

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    1. A show about a family with 19 kids that has lasted the long? Yeah, that's pretty remarkable. What other reality families have been on that long?

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    2. Isn't this the place to show that praise, 12:39? This is a Duggar blog. I still can't understand why people who are not fans of the show, presumably such as yourself, appear here and then cut the Duggars down. This blog seems to be getting more and more trolls.

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    3. Stop using the word troll. It's name-calling, which is not supposed to be allowed.

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    4. 3:25 Are you familiar with the types of programs on TLC? I don't believe people who watch some of those shows watch because they are "fans", but rather because it's like a train wreck that you can't look away from. In other words, some are fascinated by the strangeness and oddity. And that works for the Duggars because it means more views and more income. There may be a few trolls on this page, but mostly not.

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  17. It doesn't seem like 16 years until you look at the faces then and now. I have watched your show from the beginning in 2004 to this day. I love your show and will keep on watching it. I can't wait for the next season of counting on in 2021. Natasha b

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  18. I can't wait for next season in 2021

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  19. And about 15 years too many. Time to live private lives and earn an honest living.

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  20. Congratulations to the Duggar Family. Wishing them many more years of success. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  21. I look forward to the next season also. No family is perfect in every way. I especially like to see the variety of ways they continue to get together as a family. I hope there will be many more seasons so my grandkids will be able to also watch them.

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  22. Many,reality show's have been on longer than the Duggar's they have competition. Am not surprised.

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  23. I wish that TLC would play 19 Kids and Counting reruns or have them on their website

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    1. TLC can't play reruns of 19 kids in Counting because Josh is in them.

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    2. There are some episodes on YouTube.

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  24. Has this season finished already?

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    1. Yes, the Season Finale, of Counting On, aired on Tues. Sept. 22nd.

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  25. I think it's a sad commentary when we glorify a family for jeopardizing the privacy of their children grandchildren for so many years. When is enough, enough?

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    1. @5:44 I agree. There's already one kid in therapy. How many more?

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    2. Oct 7,2020.
      Their not jeopardizing the children or grandchildren it's just like watch a show on tv when kids in it.

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    3. I agree with you. As long as they continue to receive the TV money the Duggars will continue to exploit their children and grandchildren.

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    4. Not only one kid in therapy but the same kid who had to hire a lawyer in order to get paid what was due to her for being on the show. How is any of that healthy for a family?

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    5. Totally agree. There is nothing admirable about exploiting your own children.

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    6. Hollywood has damaged more kids than the Duggars...

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    7. Even 1 child being exploited & emotionally damaged is 1 too many. It doesn’t matter if they’re in Hollywood or Arkansas.

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    8. Hollywood may have damaged more kids than the Duggars, but Hollywood didn't claim to be Christian either. LOL One child damaged is one too many.

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  26. I have yet to see a single, single Duggar leave home. Almost no Duggar’s live off Duggar property. He likes to put them in his rentals the kids let’s face it paid for. If they had such a empire of properties than it makes less sense the kids were not home owners when they married in a fully paid for house. They mostly live in an area where housing is affordable. I don’t see the married adults having lived at home all that and worked from childhood have any assets. I really haven’t seen a single Duggar earn a degree from an accredited program. A spouse maybe. The Bates have attended accredited programs. Not all. But it is so disappointing to see that not really a choice for the Duggar’s. I think the humble thing to do would be to have stopped the show years ago. I wish any show with kids would last no more than 3 years a percentage having to go into an account for the minor kids to have full access to at 21 or 18. Let them grow up. I hate the family put Jesse and Jill on after. They had been through enough. I hate Anna and her kids were sleeping with the girls when her husband was away. Showed a real lack of respect. Some of the married kids have YouTube channels. Let’s hope they keep any income from that.

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    1. You make several good points. I was going to push back on Anna and her kids sleeping with the unmarried Duggar kids, but you're right. It was disrespectful to Anna as an adult and mother. It would have made more sense for her to stay at the guest house next to the Duggar main house. The location would still allow help from the family and Grandma Mary was living there at the time to keep her company. It would also have allowed Anna to show her children in she was a person of authority in the family while their father sought help and that they were still their own familial unit. Instead, she was treated like a dependent and given no privacy.

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    2. well apparently they choose to stay home and have kids. Be best :)

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  27. Well then J've known The Duggar's for 16 years WOWOWOWOW, U guys will never know how much I love all of U like crazy!!! Really,no kidding,U all helped me, and I am glad I, that I stumbled on your show!!!!!!! Who knew 16 years later, I'd be still watching The Duggar's!!!! The First show I saw, was 16 kids, and moving in!!!! I saw Jackson being born, Way BACK then, WOW, and I love U very much!!!!! I love U 22!!!!

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  28. If your claim to fame is using your family in order to stay on a long-running reality TV show, I don't think it's anything to be praised or brag about.

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    1. I agree. I feel sorry for the young children who are being exploited.

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