Twenty-seven years ago Gil and Kelly Jo Bates tied the knot with no plans to have kids. Fast forward 19 kids later and this tight-knit family, seemingly too good to be true, has a tremendous bond but are far from perfect. As you will see, when you have a house full of 19 children, from ages two to 25, daily chaos is multiplied exponentially, but so are the joyful and poignant moments that life can bring.
In the season 2 premiere, the family celebrates their special tradition, ‘I Love You Day,’ with surprise gifts (and surprise guests) for the whole family. Gil and Kelly Jo host a special ‘game night’ just for the couples and everyone joins together to prepare for Alyssa’s baby shower!
Gil, Kelly Jo and Michael head to Chicago to see Brandon’s parents. Brandon corners Gil for a ‘heart to heart’ talk in the most unlikely of places! Meanwhile, back in Tennessee, Erin and the kids rush to redecorate their parent’s bedroom before Gil and Kelly Jo get back.
Erin and Chad meet with Dr. Vick to discuss the risk of having a stillbirth and the precautions they must take for the rest of her pregnancy. Later, the couple invites Zach, Whitney and baby Bradley over for dinner while the older boys square off against the younger ones in a giant Airsoft battle!
Gil and Kelly Jo take Trace and Josie to the orthodontist to get braces, and Gil reveals how he can afford orthodontia for so many kids. Later, Kelly Jo’s mother Meema announces that she wants to live closer to the kids. So Kelly Jo takes her house hunting, but the task proves tougher than anyone could have imagined.
With Erin and Chad’s due date looming, the whole family gathers for their baby shower. Erin’s friend Kelsey comes for the occasion and helps put together a sentimental surprise that leaves Erin speechless. Nathan and Lawson’s friends from New York, Ashley and Anastasia, also visit and the kids have fun showing these city folk a real country adventure!
The Bates celebrate two joyous occasions in a special episode! First, Gil and Kelly Jo fly to Florida to see Alyssa and John and welcome their new granddaughter, Allie Jane, to the world. Then, a few days later, they’re off to Washington, DC, where Brandon plans to propose to Michael using an elaborate scavenger hunt that will have her trekking all over the city!
Erin has been experiencing early contractions, so she and Chad rush to their doctor, to find out what’s wrong. Meanwhile, Michael and Brandon discover how stressful it can be to plan a wedding long distance via video chat.
The family takes us inside the rewards and challenges of homeschooling so many kids, each with a different learning style. Kelly talks candidly about her daughter Addee’s hearing disability and we get a glimpse into the special relationship between Addee and her sister Ellie. Then Gil leads the boys through a hard-core PE class!
Michael and Brandon meet with a wedding planner to go over all the details of their upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, Chad comes up with a clever plan to make some extra money before the baby arrives.
Erin and Chad have their final appointment with Dr. Vick and anxiously await the arrival of their baby. Since the delivery is a high-risk procedure, the family is on pins and needles, hoping and praying that all goes well.
It’s time for the annual family lake trip! The kids waste no time jumping into the lake, swimming, boating and skiing! But what starts out as a perfect day soon turns to disaster when thunder strikes and the family has to head for the hills!
Michael takes Kelly Jo and her sisters into town to look for a wedding dress. But after hours and hours of searching, she gives up. None of the dresses are right. The wedding is only 2 months away and Michael is starting to get nervous!
When you have 19 kids, it’s hard to spend one-on-one time with any of them. But it’s not impossible. Kelly makes a point to spend the day with Trace, while Gil and Josie take off for a father/daughter adventure. Afterward, the whole family gathers together as Addee and Ellie celebrate their birthdays with a joint swim party!
Lawson gets the opportunity of a lifetime – to perform at the world famous ‘Dollywood,’ in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. While he does his sound check on stage, the rest of the family enjoys the theme park and keeps an eye out for Dolly herself!
In this one hour special we meet the lucky winner of the ‘Be the 20th Bates’ contest and highlight their day with the Bates family! We’ll also be counting down the very best moments of the past year and get an exclusive look at the upcoming season.