Thursday, January 1, 2015

Meet the Bates Family

Bringing Up Bates premieres tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on UP TV. For those who cannot tune in, we will post a recap of the hour-long episode after it airs.

Led by devoted father Gil (50) and his loving wife Kelly Jo (47), the Bates do everything in bulk while staying true to their values and rules for their family – which means everyone has chores, little to no TV, only dresses for girls (though pajamas are worn in private), strictly side-hugs until marriage (except for front hugs on special occasions), and more.

With a grand total of 19 children ranging in age from 2 to 25, the Bates are the definition of a “big, happy family.”  But lately – as viewers will see – their simple rural lifestyle in Tennessee is in a flurry of transitions and is continually challenged by the modern world.

The new season will explore new, ever-changing family dynamics, as the Bates...

Celebrate the birth of the 1st grandchild, Bradley Gilvin (born October 29th), with son Zach (26) and his wife Whitney.

Foster the courtship of Michaella (24) and Brandon Keilen by allowing him to share an extended visit with the family during the holiday season.

Support Erin (23) and her husband, Chad Paine, as they face a health issue that challenges their hope of starting a family

Check in on newlywed Alyssa (20) as she finds her way in Florida with new husband, John Webster,
the son of a U.S. Congressman, and makes a surprise announcement.

Encourage Tori (19) to bring order to the family schedule and step up to meet the challenges of child training, as her parents have become more lax in their later years.

To support his super-sized family, Gil runs a tree service and relies on sons Lawson (22), Nathan (21), and Trace (17) to help him.

Callie Bates
And catch up with the other Bates kids. Gil and Kelly share the personality traits of their youngest 11 children: 

Carlin (16) is high-energy and very expressive. Josie (15) is quiet (when you first meet her) and caring. Katie (14) is spunky. Jackson (12) is always growing and thinking. Warden (11) is always moving. Isaiah (10) has a tender heart. Addallee (8) thinks of others before herself. Ellie (7) is miss smiley. Callie (5) thinks she is the boss of the family and is little miss sassy. Judson (4) is a teddy bear and loves to cuddle. Jeb (2) is full blast, 90 mph and can tackle his older brother Judson.

Meanwhile, Kelly Jo navigates all the meals, laundry, homeschooling, cut knees, birthdays and more as the holidays approach. With the next generation of Bates couples building lives outside their parents’ nest and responsibilities shifting to the younger kids – who may not be ready to handle the pressure – this abundant family will have bigger drama, bigger challenges, and bigger life events to celebrate in the UP Original Series Bringing Up Bates.

27 comments:

  1. Will there be anyway to view the episodes? We do not get UP tv

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    1. Hi Kim,

      We are working with UP TV to figure out a solution for readers who cannot tune in live. :)

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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    2. I watched it on YouTube. I dont know if all episodes will be on there. I just searched "Bringing up Bates" and the whole episode was there.
      Hope this helps.
      God Bless
      Melissa

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  2. I cannot see the show on UP channel so I am really glad to hear that you are going to have a link here! Thanks! Blessings to the Bates.

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  3. Hi! I really like the new blog. I was curious if you would make a new little section on the blog with the name, age, birthday, and individual picture of each kid...Thank you for your efforts!

    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura,

      We are working on creating more pages for the blog. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  4. Saw the 1st episode on demand. It was fantabulous! Can't wait to watch each week! Definitely time for some new blood! Welcome Bates family!

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  5. Anyone know if this channel is on Dish and what number is the channel.

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  6. Welcome aboard. Looking forward to the show. Praying you stay strong and focused on the Lord as you are about to be hit with a wave of negative energies. Also allot of positive too. BLESSINGS

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  7. I hope someone will post episodes to YouTube for those of us overseas!! I'd love to be able to watch this show!

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  8. Cool!!!! So what is the health issue with Erin????

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  9. Okay, I know this is a minor issue but I am a serious grammar nut and every time the Bates family is referred to as a plural, it should be the Bateses! I'm not trying to be rude, just giving a reminder! :) Regardless, I love your blogs!

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  10. Hi Lilly and Ellie,
    Is there any way I can watch the UP tv show on the computer? I really want to see it and we don't have tv. Please help if you can!!
    Thank you and God bless.
    Love this blog by the way~
    Love Ashley

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    1. Hi Ashley,

      We are still working with UP TV to try to find a way to watch the show online after it airs. We will keep you posted. :)

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

      Lily and Ellie

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  11. it did not air on TLC Jan. 1st.

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    1. it is not on tlc it is on up tv

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    1. bringing up bates is on the up tv channel

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  13. Loved the show! Cant wait to see more

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  14. I watched it, was glad I could get the channel, they remind me so much of the Duggars who I love, will be watching every week

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  15. Enjoyed the show. My heart broke for Erin and her hubby. Another reason to be grateful for cable and my DVR

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  16. I think that you should make a blog like the Duggars!!With each individual picture and name and also probably age.

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