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Bringing Up Bates, tagged "The Other Duggar Family," is a new reality television show chronicling an East Tennessee family of 19 children ranging in ages from 2-25. The Bates children are nine boys and ten girls. Parents Gil and Kelly Jo Bates open up their home and private moments. Follow the family as they celebrate marriages and births as they welcome the first grandbabies. Experience the love they have for one another as they face tragedies and heartache, dealing with accidents and miscarriage.

Gil and Kelly Jo, as well as the children, speak openly about their faith in God. Bringing Up Bates is in their second season.

Thursdays 9:00 PM et/pt on UP
7 Seasons, 164 Episodes
January 1, 2015
Family, Reality
Cast: Lawson Bates, Nathan Bates, Gil Bates, Kelly Jo Bates
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Bringing Up Bates Full Episode Guide

  • Unbeknownst to Josie, Kelton is planning to pop the question at her dream destination; and the countdown is on for Zach and Whitney's Vow renewal.

  • The entire Bates family gather in Tennessee to learn the gender of Tori and Bobby's first child. Meanwhile, Kelton works on finalizing the details of his proposal to Josie; and it's morning time at Zach and Whitney's house.

  • Kelton's eager to propose to Josie, so he reaches out to Gil and Kelly Jo to discuss ideas on where he should pop the question. Meanwhile, the Bates church is undergoing a massive renovation with the help of the ministry group Carpenters for Christ.

  • Kelton meets up with Bobby to look at engagement ring settings for Josie. Its moving time for Tori and Bobby. Whitneys on the hunt for the perfect Vow Renewal dress to say I do" in, a second time around.

  • Josie and Kelton are eager to move forward with the next phase of their relationship.

  • Erin volunteers to give Tori a few pointers in cooking.

  • Gil and Kelly Jo give the younger kids a lesson on being a chaperone.

  • The Bates sisters treat Erin to a pedicure before giving birth.

  • KJ goes to Florida to stay at Alyssa's side when she delivers.

  • Gil and Kelly Jo are gearing up to be on hand for the birth of Erin and Alyssa's third child, while Lawson and Trace are busy preparing for their upcoming rodeo performance.

  • Josie has graduated from cosmetology school and lands a new job at a salon.

  • Now that Michaella and Brandon have more spacious digs, it’s Addee, Ellie and Callie’s turn to visit their big sis in Chicago! Back home, Tori and Bobby ponder their upcoming move to Nashville with mixed emotions.

  • To celebrate his "Sweet 16," Jackson heads to the DMV to take his Driver's Test. Erin and Chad Paine prepare for the arrival of Baby #3, Everly Hope. Trace gets a flying lesson from his brother Nathan.

  • Carlin takes household responsibilities after the older Bates girls have moved out of the house.

  • Tis the season for love, as the family preps for this year’s “I Love You Day” festivities. Kelly Jo is finally getting eye surgery to correct her vision, but how will the Bates household hold up while she's in recovery mode?

  • After a picture-perfect wedding ceremony, Tori and Bobby head out for their Honeymoon. Upon arriving in California, the newlyweds take a romantic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and set sail for a picturesque boat ride on the Monterey Bay. But after Tori has a video chat with her Mom and Dad, will she feel homesick for TN? Meanwhile, the courtship countdown is on! Now that Gil and Kelly Jo have granted Kelton permission to officially ask Josie to Court, he begins to put his plan in motion. After taking Josie on a scenic tram ride and ice skating adventure in Gatlinburg, TN, will Kelton finally take a leap of faith and ask her the “Big Question?” And later, Tori and Bobby continue their Honeymoon adventures in Yosemite National Park.

  • With 5 weddings under their belt, if the Bates know one thing, it's weddings! See all the great moments of weddings past - including never before seen footage!

  • This year, Mother's Day with the Bates is a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more fun! Join the family for the most motherly moments throughout the series as we celebrate some of favorite moms; now updated with new content!

  • The Bates family speak for the first time about their experience shooting the show. They look back, share funny stories, and discuss how being on TV has impacted them.

  • Tori and Bobby's wedding day arrives. The family hustles to take care of last minute decorations.

  • The countdown for Tori and Bobby's wedding begins; Tori has her final wedding dress fitting and she sits down with Carlin to come up with a hairstyle for her special day; Gil, Nathan, and the middle boys work on the wedding décor; the Paines take a family trip to the Doctor for Erin's ultrasound; Gil and Kelly Jo have a memorable date night in honor of their 30th anniversary; and Nathan jumps up on stage for an unexpected surprise.

  • The Bates head to South Carolina for their annual Thanksgiving tradition with Papa Bill and Mama Jane; Papa Bill recruits all the young men to help him finish building a barn; Mama Jane enlists the help of Kelly Jo, Alyssa, Whitney, Carlin and the kids to help pick pecans and bake brownies; and Mama Jane prepares her home cooked supper, where the family gathers around the table and gives thanks.

  • Kelly Jo and her sisters plan a Bachelorette Beach getaway for Tori.

  • The Bates and Paines are ready to renovate. Now that Chad has started a new job as a subcontractor, he has been assigned to work on a fixer-upper.

  • Before Kelly Jo and the girls head to Kentucky for Tori's wedding dress fitting, the entire family, including Michaella and Alyssa, gather for a festive family picnic! But when Gil discovers some mysterious envelopes, the topic of conversation turns to which sibling might have some surprise news? And later, Kelly Jo, Tori and her sisters meet up at Renee's Bridal shop to try on customized bridesmaid and wedding dresses. But having several sisters means hearing several different opinions. After trying on three distinct wedding dress styles, will Tori find her dream dress or will her indecisiveness get the best of her?

  • Kelly Jo assembles a wedding planning team for Tori and Bobby's nuptials. Lawson, Nathan and Trace spend some time at the ranch, catching up and riding horses. Isaiah celebrates his thirteenth birthday with a laser-tag battle.

  • Now that Tori and Bobby are officially engaged, they’re hoping they can move up their wedding date, but can they convince Gil and Kelly Jo that this is a wise decision? And later, the Bates brothers head out for Nathan’s annual “guys only” lake Birthday party, where they hit the water for some fun in the sun! Meanwhile, Kelly Jo and Tori are in full wedding planning mode and first priority is finding Tori a wedding dress! After a consultation with a wedding dress designer, will Tori be convinced that a customized dress is the best fit for her plans?

  • It has been love at first sight for Tori and Bobby, but ever since Bobby moved to TN, Tori has been eager for him to propose. While an engagement ring might be burning a hole in Bobby's pocket, he still needs to come up with the perfect proposal.

  • Erin reveals to her husband Chad some very unexpected news. Whitney balances motherhood, with her new career as a Realtor. Later, Erin bakes a cake with her younger sisters and lets them in on a secret!

  • A total eclipse is coming. Before the event, Brandon gives the kids an interactive science lesson, demonstrating how the moon blocks the sun during an eclipse.

  • Bobby finally moves to Rocky Top so he can be closer to Tori. Before he lands in Tennessee, he stops by a Florida jewelry store to pick up Tori's engagement ring. Meanwhile, Tori and some of her siblings try to ready the camper before Bobby arrives, but plumbing issues may dampen his move in date. Later, Bobby's parents visit the Bates family home for the first time.

  • Michaella and Brandon moved out of their tiny one bedroom apartment into a new rental house. Kelly Jo and Erin pay the young couple a visit and lend a hand with decorating their new space.

  • Evan has the green light to officially court Carlin, he puts his courtship proposal plan in motion; Bobby makes a stop at a jewelry store in Florida; Josie celebrates a milestone birthday.

  • In this special FAN EDITION episode, we'll feature viewer tweets and social content. Join the conversation and see YOUR comments on air!

  • Whether on land, sea or snow, see the Bates as they hit, shoot, tackle, score, wipe-out and take the prize in this compilation of their best (and worst) athletic achievements.

  • We're counting down the Top 25 Most Viewed Bates Clips from that have never before been seen on TV! Will your favorite clip make the list

  • In this all new special, join the Bates in celebrating a Happy New Year as they take a look back at the incredible moments of the past year as well as set their resolutions for the exciting year to come!

  • In this special FAN EDITION episode, we'll feature viewer tweets and social content. Join the conversation and see YOUR comments on air!

  • A look at Tori and Bobby's romance. Included: the beginning of their relationship; their courtship; and their romantic proposal.

  • A special episode.

  • In the Season 6 finale, the Bates go white-water rafting while on vacation. Later, Gil is in for a big surprise when Bobby pulls him aside and asks him for permission to propose to Tori.

  • The family go on vacation in West Virginia, but Tori's down in the dumps; Evan and Carlin has a big talk with Gil and Kelly Jo; Kelly Jo attempts to overcome her fear of heights.

  • Erin explores new terrain when she heads to Chicago to see Michaela; the kids compete to make the best homemade ice-cream flavor; Michaela confides in Erin about her challenges with getting pregnant.

  • Zach organizes a camping trip in hopes of having some bonding moments with his brothers; Zach gets an unexpected call; Kelly Jo, Erin and Whitney gather up the younger kiddos for a swimming lesson.

  • Now that Nathan is a certified flight instructor, he's moved back to Rocky Top, TN to teach flight lessons; Kacie Lynn is turning the big One; a power outage leads to an impromptu slumber party and game night.

  • Bobby's big graduation party; a few rounds of disc golf; Bobby and Tori discuss their future together; Josie gets the chance to spend some time with Kelton.

  • Now that Lawson's wrapped up recording his country album, he's taking the next step with his career and making a music video, co-starring actress Sadie Robertson. But can he turn his song about heartbreak into a high quality music video? Meanwhile, Kelly Jo thinks it's time the middle boys receive a manners lesson so they can become gentlemen. After giving them a few pointers, like making sure to always say please and thank you, the boys take their mom out for a special lunch and put their manners skills to the test!

  • With 19 kids you never know what's going to happen! And as we've seen, the Bates kids are chock-full of hilarious sayings and entertaining moments. Here's a look back at some of the funniest and wackiest things the Bates kids have said and done, updated with even more fun clips and mishaps!

  • A car-washing fund-raiser is held by the Bates in order to raise money for firefighters, and Zach instructs the kids on how to properly wash a car; Chad and Erin begin their search for a fixer-upper.

  • Erin and Chad have expanded their family with twin pygmy goats, but having extra kids means more household chores; Gil and the younger kids stop by to help paint the goats' new shed; Gil and the kids reconfigure a safer design for the zip line.

  • On this special “Newlywed” Episode of “Bringing Up Bates,” we’ll see how well the younger Bates couples know their partners! Can they guess their spouse’s favorite meal? How about their dream vacation destination? Let’s hope they’ve been paying attention to each other over the years, otherwise things could get awkward!

  • Kelly Jo cashes in on her ‘I Love you Day’ gift from Gil and wants him to clean up the shed. Can Gil complete the project in a timely fashion and without any complaints?

  • Erin, Tori, Carlin, Whitney, Josie and Katie join together for a self defense class and engage in a little friendly competition; Gil gathers the kiddos for a "Car 101'' lesson; double date night for the married couples.

  • Bobby and Tori are making plans for the future; Bobby is hoping to move from Florida to Tennessee to be closer to Tori; Bobby interviews for jobs and looks for a place to live; Kelly Jo takes the boys to a martial arts class.

  • Carlin and Katie hit the road to spend time with Evan and his family; Evan and the girls have fun at an indoor skating park; Carlin and Evan work on a special song for Evan's family; Jackson gets his learner's permit.

  • It's Wedding time - but who is walking down the aisle? Love is blooming for the Bates, with Carlin finding a 'special friend' in Evan and Tori and Bobby deepening their bond. And even the married couples have big news, especially Erin and Chad. Will their family be growing by two?

  • We relive the births of Whitney, Erin, and Alyssa's children and their emotional journeys.

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Bringing Up Bates Video Clips & Extras

Season 8 Begins January 3! Clip (00:31) Bringing Up Bates Fan File -- Episode 736 Clip (03:54) Bates Family Live - Two Proposals and a Season Finale! Clip (13:34) Bringing Up Bates -- Bates Family Live -- Episode 735 Clip (14:38) Cleaning House Clip (01:18) Season Finale Preview! Clip (00:40) Bringing Up Bates -- Bates Family Live -- Episode 734 Clip (13:17) Gender Reveal Ingenuity Clip (00:53)