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The TLC series, "19 Kids and Counting," chronicles the life of the Duggar family. Dad, Jim Bob, and Mom, Michelle, practice a strong Christian ethic and believe that all children are a gift from God. They do not believe in any type of birth control and consequently are the proud parents of 19 children.

Their eldest child, Josh, is married to Anna and they have two children. Viewers were able to follow their courtship, Josh's proposal and their wedding. The rest of the children are single and range in age from two to twenty-two. The Duggars do not believing in dating, and the teens must be chaperoned when courting.

Michelle homeschools the children with help from the older siblings, and all of the children learn how to play the piano and violin. They are often asked to perform at various churches, and even some of the smaller children participate.

The cameras have followed the family on many of their adventures, including sky diving, a trip to Dollywood, their first trip to New York and much more. They also took a pilgrimage to Israel, Scotland, London and Ireland.

Serving others is important to Jim Bob and Michelle, and several of the older children go on annual mission trips to Central America to lend aid and fellowship. They also traveled to Joplin, Missouri after the devastating 2011 tornado to give encouragement and help families rebuild.

Grandma Duggar, who lives with the family, and Cousin Amy, an aspiring country singer, are often shown. Soundman Jim also makes appearances and has become a minor celebrity.

The youngest child, Josie, was delivered by C-section three months premature after Michelle developed preeclampsia. Weighing only one pound six ounces, little Josie spent several months in the hospital. Cameras followed the family, who live in Tontitown, Arkansas, when they temporarily moved to a rental home in Little Rock to be closer to her.

In 2010, the Duggar family announced that they were expecting their 20th child. Unfortunately, Michelle miscarried one month later. They named the unborn baby Jubilee and had a memorial service for her.

It is important to the family that they spread their faith, and they have revealed that this is the reason they allow cameras to follow them. They hope that the strict adherence to their beliefs will be an inspiration to others.

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Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on TLC
13 Seasons, 241 Episodes - Currently Airing
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19 Kids and Counting Full Episode Guide

  • A sneak peek of Jessa and Ben's wedding.

  • The family comes together for Jessa's special day. But with gloomy weather predictions, a huge bridal party and a list of non-traditional requests, will everything go off without a hitch?

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Anti-Duggar Petition to Cancel '19 Kids and Counting' Reaches 100,000 Signatures

The Duggars: you either love 'em or you hate 'em. Right now, it's looking like at least 100,000 people hate 'em. A petition asking TLC to cancel "19 Kids and Counting," the reality show that centers on the large Duggar family, has reached 100,000 signatures thanks to backlash over the family's anti-gay views. The family is famous for their strictly religious lifestyle, with the show recently detailing the "courtship" of two of the Duggar daughters, Jessa and Jill.

In Defense of Jessa Duggar Having Sex in a Church Right After Getting Married

Of all the possible results of the latest "19 Kids and Counting" wedding, this is perhaps the greatest. According to one semi-anonymous guest of the wedding of Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, the couple was caught doing sinful, sexy things in the back room of the church where they got married...right after they got married. "Multiple people were discussing that when Jinger opened the door to get Jess for the reception, she immediately closed the door with a look of shock on her face.

Jessa Duggar Compares Abortion to Holocaust, Draws Ire on Instagram

Rule number one of being a celebrity: don't compare things to the Holocaust that aren't the Holocaust. Jessa Duggar, the third eldest daughter on "19 Kids and Counting," showed her religious views mixed with her complete lack of decorum when she visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Duggar talked about her impression of the museum on Instagram, but did so by equating the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of approximately 11 million people during the WWII era, to abortion.

It Has Begun: Jill Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Is Already Pregnant

It's time to start the counting back at one. Jill Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" is pregnant with her first child, as confirmed by Duggar and TLC, who airs the show. The news comes just two months after Duggar married her husband, Derrick Dillard, in a ceremony that will be the focus of the upcoming season of the show. Duggar and Dillard started their relationship over Skype, as Dillard was working in Nepal at the time. The show followed Duggar (accompanied by her father) as she flew to Nepal to meet Dillard and begin their courtship.

Another Duggar Girl Is Engaged: Jessa of '19 Kids and Counting' Set to Marry

Congratulations to Jessa Duggar! The "19 Kids and Counting" star is the second girl in the huge Duggar family to celebrate an engagement over the past year, as the family announced her new hand-holding status with boyfriend Ben Seewald. The couple began courting last year, going through the often awkward stages of Duggar dating on the TLC show. That process means that the two could go on chaperoned dates, but would not hug each other (besides the one-armed "side hug") or hold hands until their engagement.

Jill Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Marries

Jill Duggar, one of the many children belonging to "19 Kids and Counting" stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, married on Saturday. It was a big day for the 23-year-old for many reasons. Duggar also recieved her first kiss ever from her new husband. Duggar married Derick Dillard, whom she met through Jim Bob. Dillard, 25, connected with Jill's father while doing missionary work in Nepal. Duggar and Dillard began dating officially in November of last year, and announced their engagement last spring.

'19 Kids And Counting' Mom: 'Overpopulation Is A Lie'

Another prolific procreator made famous by TLC has made some waves. Unlike the general loathing Kate Gosselin managed to engender, the backlash against these remarks will probably be a strongly focused beam from environmental and famine advocates. "19 Kids And Counting" matriarch Michelle Duggar made a Christian Broadcasting Network appearance recently in which she deemed claims that the world has more living things than it can handle to be pure poppycock. Her show follows around herself, husband Jim Bob, their nine sons and 10 daughters (all with first names that start with "J") as they relentlessly go forth and multiply.

An Even 20: '19 Kids and Counting' Adds One More

The Duggar family of ‘19 Kids and Counting’ will get another opportunity to transfer hand-me-downs. Josh 23, the eldest, and wife Anna, 22, are expecting their second child. It was less than two years ago when the family welcomed the first in the cycle of a new generation of children: Josh and Anna’s daughter Mackynzie. Mackynzie and the family will say hello to a baby boy this summer. While the couple told People, they aren’t sure if they will keep family tradition in naming their children names starting in the same letter, they plan to always continue the religious practice they share with daughter Mackynzie.

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