Parents' Guide to

19 Kids and Counting

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mild behind-the-scenes look at an unusually large family.

TV TLC Reality TV 2008
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 3+

Dumb Show!

This show and Counting on gives young girls the wrong message. Girls should go to college. This show only focus on young girls getting married, sex then the baby. Sham on you TLC. The family family don't watch tv but want you to watch them. They have made plenty of money off if tv. Boycott this ridiculous out dated show.
age 18+

Annoying and boring

Annoying and repetitive All about pregnancy in early age Boring show. I am no longer watching this

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (21 ):

Despite the fact that they severely limit their children's access to TV, the Internet, and other mainstream media, the Duggar clan has become quite famous thanks to their voyeuristic reality show. 19 Kids and Counting contains lots of positive messages about family, faith, and love, thanks to Michelle and Jim Bob's gentle, but firm, approach to parenting, and the children's willingness to help their parents and each other without being bratty or disrespectful. The series also showcases the unique steps the family takes to keep the household running smoothly, as well as some of the family and faith-based activities they participate in.

While they don't discuss all the specifics of their conservative Christian beliefs or their participation in the controversial Quiverfull Movement (which views having large families as a way of promoting their faith) on camera, later seasons of the show stirred up some controversy thanks to Michelle's high-risk -- and highly-publicized -- 19th and 20th pregnancies, one of which resulted in a miscarriage. As a result, one can't help but wonder why they are putting themselves, and some of their more personal moments, in the secular limelight. But if you can get past this, the show is certainly a peek into a different world.

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