United Bates of America

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United Bates of America
GenreFamily reality
Created byFigure 8 Films
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bill Hayes
Deanie Wilcher
Kirk Streb
Producer(s)Bill Hayes
Running timeapprox. 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Original runAugust 13, 2012 – present
External links
The Bates family
Production website
 
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United Bates of America
GenreFamily reality
Created byFigure 8 Films
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bill Hayes
Deanie Wilcher
Kirk Streb
Producer(s)Bill Hayes
Running timeapprox. 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Original runAugust 13, 2012 – present
External links
The Bates family
Production website

United Bates of America is an American reality television show on TLC that premiered on August 13, 2012.[1] The show is about the Bates family, a "mega-family" consisting of Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children (10 girls, 9 boys) living in Lake City, Tennessee. The family appeared on several episodes of the TLC reality TV series 19 Kids and Counting, which features their friends, the Duggar family of Arkansas, another family that includes 19 children. A TLC special about the Bates family, The Bates Family: Baby Makes 19, aired on March 13, 2012.[2]

In late 2010, the family was reported to be in the process of expanding its five-bedroom house, which at the time also contained eight bathrooms and two kitchens, as well as a schoolroom for the children's homeschooling.[3]

Contents

Family members

Parents

Parents Gil and Kelly Jo Bates both grew up in South Carolina. They met as undergraduate students, attending Anderson College in South Carolina and Carson Newman College in Tennessee.[4][5] They were married in 1987.[5]

Children

All 19 children were born as singletons.[6] In order from oldest to youngest, they are:

  1. Zachary Gilvin – born (1988-12-30) December 30, 1988 (age 24)[7]
  2. Michaella Christan – born (1990-01-23) January 23, 1990 (age 23)[8]
  3. Erin Elise – born (1991-05-02) May 2, 1991 (age 21)[9]
  4. William Lawson – born (1992-07-27) July 27, 1992 (age 20)[10]
  5. Kenneth "Nathan" Nathaniel – born (1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 19)[11]
  6. Alyssa Joy – born (1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 18)[12]
  7. Tori Layne – born (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 17)[13]
  8. Trace Whitfield – born (1997-02-01) February 1, 1997 (age 16)[14]
  9. Carlin Brianne – born (1998-04-11) April 11, 1998 (age 14)[15]
  10. Josie Kellyn – born (1999-08-04) August 4, 1999 (age 13)[16]
  11. Katie Grace – born (2000-10-05) October 5, 2000 (age 12)[17]
  12. Jackson Ezekiel – born (2002-02-17) February 17, 2002 (age 11)[18]
  13. Warden Justice – born (2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 9)[19]
  14. Isaiah Courage – born (2004-10-16) October 16, 2004 (age 8)[20]
  15. Addallee Hope – born (2006-02-17) February 17, 2006 (age 7)[21]
  16. Ellie Bridget – born (2007-04-28) April 28, 2007 (age 5)[22]
  17. Callie-Anna – born (2009-08-02) August 2, 2009 (age 3)[3]
  18. Judson Wyatt – born (2010-09-15) September 15, 2010 (age 2)[3]
  19. Jeb Colton – born (2012-02-01) February 1, 2012 (age 1)[23]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesSeason premiereSeason finale
19August 13, 2012September 3, 2012

Season 1

Ep #TitleAirdate
Pilot[24]"The Bates Family: And Baby Makes 19"March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)
Introduction to the Bates family, Gil and Kelly Jo and their 19 children. 
1"Love Times 21"August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)
Gil and Kelly Jo welcome Jeb, baby number 19 but due to complications, he is sent to the NICU while the other Bates children set up a welcome home celebration back at home for the new arrival. 
2"Papa Bill's Farm"August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)
Gil and Kelly Jo take the kids in the family bus and travel to see Gil's parents, Bill and Jane's, farm in South Carolina
3"Practice Makes Perfect"August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20)
Gil and Kelly Jo discuss how they manage their 19 children and how they got them to become the well behaved children that they are. 
4"19 Kids, 1 Emergency"August 20, 2012 (2012-08-20)
Gil has to rush Kelly Jo to the hospital when they realize that she has more than just the flu and the rest of the kids have to take care of themselves. 
5"New Editions"August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)
Gil and Kelly Jo buy chickens, even after have not so successful attempts at keeping chickens before. 
6"19 in Training"August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)
Kelly Jo teaches some of her younger daughters how to cook while Gil, a former state champion, teaches his sons how to wrestle. 
7"Bates Plus 12"September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)
The Bates family gets a visit from the Paine family from Illinois, who have 12 members of their own. The Bates family take their guests on a train ride to go white water rafting
8"Bates & Duggar Reunion"September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03)
The Bates family go to a BBQ in Texas with the Duggars

References

  1. ^ "United Bates of America". Discovery Communications, Inc. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Juju Chang (March 12, 2012), "Bates Family of 21 Talks Growing Clan, New Reality Show", ABC News Blogs (Yahoo.com), http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/bates-family-21-talks-growing-clan-reality-show-110723664--abc-news.html
  3. ^ a b c "The family that prays together... gets bigger and bigger: Meet devoutly Christian Mr and Mrs Bates and their EIGHTEEN children". The Daily Mail. November 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Family ties; Local woman is grandma to TV show kids". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). August 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Charmaine Smith-Miles (August 19, 2012). "Honea Path couple, their son featured in new television show, 'United Bates of America'". Anderson Independent Mail (Anderson, South Carolina). 
  6. ^ Daisy Dumas and Kristie Law (August 13, 2012). "America's largest family, the Bates, on miracle 19th child who survived after failing to breathe on his own at birth". Daily Mail Online. 
  7. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Zachary". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Michaella". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Erin". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Lawson". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Nathan". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Alyssa". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Tori". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Trace". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Carlin". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Josie". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Katie". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Jackson". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Warden". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Isaiah". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Addallee". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Ellie". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Alicia Dennis (February 9, 2012), "Gil and Kelly Bates Welcome Baby No. 19", People, http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20568636,00.html
  24. ^ "United Bates of America". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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