Bringing Up Bates

Bringing Up Bates

8 Seasons

When Gil and Kelly Jo Bates married in 1987, they didn't plan to have kids, but something changed over time; now they're parents to 19 children -- yes 19! When they range from toddler to 20-something and live under one roof, challenges abound, even for a tight-knit family like the Bates brood. Among those are the parents' strict rules, which include everyone's chores, watching little to no TV, and the girls wearing only dresses. Gil runs a tree service that employs some of his sons, while Kelly Jo stays home to make the meals and do the laundry, home schooling and other tasks. As the eldest child gets older, new issues -- including romance, careers and babies -- enter the picture.

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Bringing Up Bates
  • Summer Lovin', Guitar Strummin' and a Surprise a Comin'!

    Episode 1

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. The Bates are back! It’s a season of new beginnings for the Bates family. A potential new courtship, a new song and an unexpected guest stops by to surprise the family with a very big announcement! 

  • Plans, Bands and Mashed Potatoes!

    Episode 2

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. Kelly Jo is about to turn 50, so Erin calls a meeting to plan a surprise party. Later, Erin invites Warden, the Bates budding chef, over to teach him how to cook her favorite recipe.

  • A Birthday and a Birdie

    Episode 3

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. The Bates kids are maturing and reaching new milestones! Katie is turning 16, and it’s time for her to receive a purity ring. Kelly Jo and Gil share the news that they’ve secured a new location for their congregation.  

  • Doggy Dilemmas

    Episode 4

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. Erin and Chad certainly have their hands full with a newborn baby, a toddler, and their new furry addition, Max.  Realizing they’re in need of some assistance, they enlist the help of the little kids for some puppy training.

  • Surprise! Kelly Jo's Big 5-0!

    Episode 5

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. After months of planning, the time has finally come to honor Kelly Jo’s 50th!  To make sure the surprise stays in tact, Gil takes Kelly Jo on a romantic getaway to Chattanooga, TN.

  • I Donut Know What I'd Do Without You

    Episode 6

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. It’s Tori and Bobby’s “1 year” anniversary. To celebrate, Tori and the Bates family are headed to Florida to visit Bobby! Tori wants to share some fun in the sun with her boyfriend, but he’s planned a bigger surprise for her.

  • Shakeups, Steaks, and Showtime!

    Episode 7

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. Lawson is releasing a CD of original songs, and gearing up for his first big tour! But how will he handle the pressure of performing at a big event? Meanwhile, Zach and Whitney finally get a much deserved date night!

  • Sweet Home Spartanburg

    Episode 8

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. Kelly Jo takes the family to her hometown and shows them the house she grew up in, her high school and introduces them to her childhood friends. We’ll also check in with Alyssa and John as they get ready for their new baby! 

  • Fire Trucks and Diaper Dumps

    Episode 9

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. The Bates face an unexpected emergency when a house fire erupts in the laundry room. The family investigates who is responsible for the fire and deals with the consequences.

  • Loads of Laundry and Lots of Lessons

    Episode 10

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. Since a fire in the laundry room caused severe smoke damage inside the Bates house, how will the family handle their daily routine, since temporarily relocating to just two rooms in a hotel?  

  • Bike Racks, Barbers & Big Duets!

    Episode 11

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. Lawson’s album release tour is in full swing! Will Lawson and Emily Ann be in sync for their big duet or will Lawson fall flat during their performance? Gil teaches the younger boys how to build a bike rack out of logs.  

  • Mass-a-somethin'

    Episode 12

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. The Bates are hitting the slopes! Gil and Kelly Jo plan a ski trip in Virginia! After ski lessons, the family decides to head down the mountain! Will this be a one-time deal or will this turn into an annual tradition?

  • Working Up an Appetite

    Episode 13

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. The Bates are close to completing their basketball court. It’s time to install the goal, but will the boys be able to follow instructions? Carlin and Josie experience a pain-filled day as they get their wisdom teeth removed. 

  • The "Cubs" land in Chicago!

    Episode 14

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. It’s a Windy City adventure for the younger Bates boys when Michaella and Brandon jump at the chance to babysit while Gil and KJ are in Australia.   

  • A New Baby Born and Love All Around!

    Episode 15

    UP presents Bringing Up Bates. The Bates family heads to Florida to await the arrival of Alyssa and John’s new baby, Lexi Mae! Before the big "I Love You Day" celebration, the Bates sisters come together for a spa day and dish about Carlin’s new boyfriend.