Kate Plus 8

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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More Kate than kids in reality series spin-off.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

Kate's frustrations often run high with the kids, but the show also includes some intimate, heartfelt moments between Kate and her kids in which viewers can glimpse her range of emotions as a mom. The show explores the difficulties, exaggerated as they might be, of being a single parent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It’s clear that Kate’s goal is to be a good parent, but she does lose her temper at times and make sarcastic and snide remarks toward the kids. She also shows her bitterness toward Jon during solo confessionals for the camera, though she strives to keep her comments light when she’s talking to the kids.


Marginal language like “It pisses me off,” but nothing stronger.


The Gosselins are treated to luxuries like private buses, personalized play houses, and birthday trips to Sea World.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that but for the obvious exception of Jon’s presence, there’s little to differentiate this series from what it was under its old moniker, Jon & Kate Plus 8. The focus remains on the often-stressful life of now-divorced mom Kate and her eight kids, and tensions frequently run high within the busy household. With Jon's absence, Kate gets more screentime, and it's tough to believe she doesn't enjoy it -- though without Jon, there's less bickering onscreen. Parents will certainly relate to Kate’s frustrations over temper tantrums and sibling rivalry, but the show holds no value to kids, who won’t understand the reasoning behind Kate’s biting sarcasm and pithy comments about Jon.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBillie B. July 11, 2017

Spoiled Brats

I am over this family... Watching all the vacations and just a life of fun is not real... The kids are smart mouth undisaplined kids... They show no appreciatio... Continue reading
Adult Written byMandy M. January 14, 2017

Kate plus 8 Mother who absolutely hates her kids but bc of them she makes her show and money!

First of all her eyes are gonna roll in the back of her head one day as much as she rolls them when it comes to her talking about her kids. Most of all Mattie i... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 7, 2011

the shows not all that great but theres no bad content

of course kate makes mean comments and loses her temper sometimes!SHE HAS 8 KIDS!!and kate makes sure she doesnt cuss in front of the kids only in interviews an... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 16, 2011

Please, please, please!!! Just don't watch it!

Kate Gosselin. She is a brat, she thinks of herself so highly, she's a terrible mother, who treats her kids like [email protected], and she uses her negative feedback a... Continue reading

What's the story?

KATE PLUS 8 centers on newly single mom Kate Gosselin and her eight kids: twins Mady and Cara, and sextuplets Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel, Collin, and Aaden. Fresh from her divorce from Jon, Kate is faced with the daunting tasks of keeping her household running, managing her worldwide notoriety, and being a working mom (she’s a published author and recently competed on Dancing With the Stars). While the bulk of the show’s content centers on birthday parties, family outings, and the kids’ milestones, the fallout from the divorce does come up during Kate’s confessionals on camera.

Is it any good?

Whether you love or hate Kate’s polarizing personality, it’s impossible to dismiss her position as a symbol of modern motherhood. She faces the same types of stresses that other moms do, but on a much larger scale because of her family dynamic. Now that she’s divorced, of course, there’s a whole new set of issues to resolve, but an unexpected plus is that Jon’s absence makes for far less bickering. On the downside, Jon's absence also means more camera time for Kate, and she clearly soaks up the extra attention.

There’s really no reason for kids to tune in to this show, since they won’t get anything positive out of watching the Gosselin tots take elaborate trips or zip around in their flashy riding toys. Kate makes harsh comments about Jon during her camera confessionals (she holds her tongue around the kids), and she's sarcastic to the kids themselves . Then there's the issue of her inviting media attention through the show while crying foul on the paparazzi's interest in her family. If you can tolerate Kate’s strong personality, though, the show does feature the occasional heartfelt moment between her and the kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media portrays family relationships. Do you think this series gives an honest account of life in the Gosselin household? How does their family compare to yours? Do you think reality series like this one are realistic? Why or why not?

  • How has the definition of “family” changed over the past few decades? How do you define the word? Does the media lead the change or change to reflect it? What shows do you know of that portray different kinds of American families?

  • What do you think of Kate’s parenting style? Is it too harsh? Is it fair to judge her having never been in her shoes? Do you think this show exploits the kids for monetary gain? Why or why not? What is the point to someone airing her dirty laundry on TV? Can anything good come of it?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 10, 2007
  • Cast: Kate Gosselin
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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