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 time23–26 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Original runAugust 13, 2012 – September 3, 2012
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 time23–26 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTLC
Original runAugust 13, 2012 – September 3, 2012
External links
The Bates family
Production website

United Bates of America is an American reality television show on TLC.[1] The show is about the Bates family, a "mega-family" consisting of Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children living in Lake City, Tennessee. The show premiered on August 13, 2012; additional episodes aired over the next several weeks.[1]

The family also 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]

Family[edit]

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.[3][4] They were married in 1987.[4] As evangelical Christians, early in their marriage they decided that they would not use birth control, instead "let[ting] the Lord decide how many children we would have".[2]

The nineteen Bates children are nine boys and ten girls, all of whom were born singly (there have been no multiple births). In order from oldest to youngest, they are: [5]

NameDate of birthNotes
1Zachary Gilvin "Zach"(1988-12-30) December 30, 1988 (age 24)[6]Engaged to Whitney Perkins[7]
2Michael Christan "Michaella"[8](1990-01-23) January 23, 1990 (age 23)[9]
3Erin Elise Paine(1991-05-02) May 2, 1991 (age 22)[10]Married to Chad Paine[11]
4William Lawson(1992-07-27) July 27, 1992 (age 21)[12]
5Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan"(1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 20)[13]
6Alyssa Joy(1994-11-09) November 9, 1994 (age 19)[14]Courting with John Webster [15]
7Tori Layne(1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 17)[16]
8Trace Whitfield(1997-02-01) February 1, 1997 (age 16)[17]
9Carlin Brianne(1998-04-11) April 11, 1998 (age 15)[18]
10Josie Kellyn(1999-08-04) August 4, 1999 (age 14)[19]
11Katie Grace(2000-10-05) October 5, 2000 (age 13)[20]
12Jackson Ezekiel(2002-02-17) February 17, 2002 (age 11)[21]
13Warden Justice(2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 10)[22]
14Isaiah Courage(2004-10-16) October 16, 2004 (age 9)[23]
15Addallee Hope(2006-02-17) February 17, 2006 (age 7)[24]
16Ellie Bridget(2007-04-28) April 28, 2007 (age 6)[25]
17Callie-Anna Rose(2009-08-02) August 2, 2009 (age 4)[26]
18Judson Wyatt(2010-09-15) September 15, 2010 (age 3)[26]
19Jeb Colton(2012-02-01) February 1, 2012 (age 1)[27]

Gil Bates is engaged in the business of cutting and trimming trees, aided by the couple's older sons.[2][4]

The Bates family house has 4,000 square feet (370 m2) of space,[5] including five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two kitchens, as well as a schoolroom for the children's homeschooling.[26] To accommodate the family's large volume of laundry, there are five clothes washers and three dryers.[5] In late 2010, the family was reported to be in the process of expanding the house.[26] As of March 2012, when the first TV show about the family was aired, the family did not own a television and did not plan to acquire one. Gil Bates expressed his opposition to the medium, saying "TV can be a big time-waster", but told a reporter that the family would go to a local hotel to watch themselves on TV.[28]

In 2010, the oldest Bates child, Zach Bates, was elected to the Anderson County Commission, becoming the youngest person ever to be elected to that office. His siblings helped in his campaign.[29] In 2012, the family actively supported the candidacy of Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination.[2]

Two of the older Bates children, Zach and Erin were to be married in late 2013.[30] Zach is marrying Whitney Perkins, whose father, Johnny Owens is the pastor of Beacon Baptist Church,[31] on December 14, 2013. Whitney is adopted and comes from a family of eleven children.[30] Erin married Chad Paine on November 2, 2013.[32] Chad comes from a family of ten children. Many of his siblings are involved in working for the Institute in Basic Life Principles,[33] a conservative Christian organization established by Bill Gothard and located in Illinois. Erin's sisters Alyssa, Tori and Carlin were bridesmaids. The wedding was scheduled to be shown on the next season of 19 Kids and Counting. Both couples plan on living close to the Bates family home in Tennessee so Erin can continue her studies at Crown College of the Bible and Zach can continue serving a county commissioner.[30]

Episodes[edit]

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

Season 1[edit]

Ep #TitleAirdate
Pilot[34]"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[edit]

  1. ^ a b "United Bates of America". Discovery Communications, Inc. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Juju Chang (March 12, 2012), "Bates Family of 21 Talks Growing Clan, New Reality Show", ABC News Blogs (Yahoo.com) 
  3. ^ "Family ties; Local woman is grandma to TV show kids". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). August 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c 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). 
  5. ^ a b c 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. 
  6. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Zachary". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ http://blog.thebatesfamily.com/2013/09/24/zach-pops-the-question/ Bates family blog. Retrieved November the 5th, 2013.
  8. ^ "Kelly Bates explains the origin of Michael's name to a blog reader". 17 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Michaella". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Erin". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  11. ^ http://chadloveserin.com/view/9654125448317241/38060222 Chad and Erin's Wedding Website. Retrieved November the 5th, 2013.
  12. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Lawson". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Nathan". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Alyssa". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  15. ^ http://blog.thebatesfamily.com/2013/11/07/courting-news/ Bates family blog. Retrieved November the 8th, 2013
  16. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Tori". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Trace". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Carlin". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Josie". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Katie". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Jackson". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Warden". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Isaiah". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Addallee". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Bates Family Baby Photos - Ellie". ABC news. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  26. ^ a b c d "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. 
  27. ^ Alicia Dennis (February 9, 2012), "Gil and Kelly Bates Welcome Baby No. 19", People 
  28. ^ Terry Morrow (March 12, 2012). "Bates family of Lake City braces for TLC reality fame". Knoxville News Sentinel. 
  29. ^ Bob Fowler (August 12, 2010). "21-year-old youngest person elected to Anderson Commission". Knoxville News Sentinel. 
  30. ^ a b c http://blog.thebatesfamily.com/2013/09/24/zach-pops-the-question/
  31. ^ http://www.brbaweb.org/TheChurchs.asp
  32. ^ http://chadloveserin.com/
  33. ^ http://12paines.com/
  34. ^ "United Bates of America". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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