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United Bates of America is a reality television series that follows the Bates family of Tennessee as they live their daily lives. The Bates family areunique in that the family is composed of a husband and wife and their nineteen biological children. Having nineteen children to raise is a huge challenge and the United Bates of America focuses on all the adventures and complications that the Bates family has to go through. A central part of the series is focused on the Bates family's home renovation project which is devoted to increasing the size of their five bedroom home to one that can adequately hold the entire family. The family isn't even able to travel in normal vehicles, instead they all board a bus whenever they go somewhere.

Each episode of the United Bates of America focuses on a different challenge faced by the Bates family. With nineteen kids, someone is always facing a crisis or getting sick. One episode focuses on the youngest, Jeb, being placed in an neo-natal intensive care unit because he was so sick at birth. In another episode, it is Mrs. Bates that gets sick, leaving all nineteen children to fend for themselves while she is in the hospital. The family lives on a farm in Tennessee and running the farm is a full-time job.

All nineteen children are helpers on the farm, even the very young ones. In one episode, the family decides to take on the monumental job of trying to raise chickens. In addition to family farming, all the children are homeschooled. Mrs. Bates teaches the girls especially how to be good housewives and homemakers. She teaches them how to cook and sew. Mr. Bates teaches the boys the more masculine pursuits such as auto and home maintenance. He even teaches them how to wrestle like champions. Each episode of the United Bates of America is thirty minutes long.

United Bates of America is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on August 13, 2012.

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Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on TLC
1 Season, 8 Episodes
August 13, 2012
Cast: Gil Bates, Kelly Jo Bates, Zach Bates, Michaella Bates
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United Bates of America Full Episode Guide

  • The Bates get a visit from their friends the Paines who are a family of 12. Later, a lesson on dating and the family shares a big announcement.

  • The Bates Family is heading to Texas for the annual homeschooling conference! Watch as we see what it takes to get 21 people packed, loaded up and out the door for a week-long trip. Later, we see them meet up with their friends the Duggars!

  • The Bates family heads to Texas for a homeschooling conference and some fun with the Duggars. They also prepare for a musical performance in front of a large audience.

  • The kids are all alone when Gil must take Kelly Jo to the hospital after her flu-like symptoms grow more severe.

  • Gil and Kelly Jo have 19 very well behaved children. Watch as they share some of their basics to making this large family a little more manageable in public.

  • The Bates head to the farm! Gil and Kelly Jo load up the family bus and head to see Gil's parents. We'll meet Papa Bill and Mama Jane and see what they think of having 19 grandchildren!

  • Gil and Kelly Jo just welcomed their 19th child into the world, but some complications send little Jeb back to the NICU. Back home, the rest of family pulls together to create a special homecoming as they plan to celebrate Valentine's Day Bate's Style.

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