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Bringing Up Bates

Bringing Up Bates

  • Premiered: 
    January 1, 2015
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  • Network: UP
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Continuation of the series United Bates of America 
  • Subject Matter: Family
  • Tags: large family

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Plot Synopsis

BRINGING UP BATES is a half-hour reality series that follows the Bates family. Led by devoted father Gil (49) and his loving wife Kelly Jo (47), the Bates do everything in bulk while staying true to their values and rules for the 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, they are the definition of a "big, happy family." But lately, their simple rural lifestyle in Tennessee is in a flurry of transitions and is continually challenged by the modern world. This series explores new, ever-changing family dynamics as the Bates celebrate the birth of the 1st grandchild with son Zach (25) 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 (19) 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 (18) 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 supersized family, Gil runs a tree service, and relies on sons Lawson (22), Nathan (21), and Trace (17) to help him. Meanwhile, Kelly Jo navigates all the meals, laundry, home schooling, 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. On Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, UP premiered the 14-episode second season of BRINGING UP BATES. In the one-hour season opener, "All Together Again," the family celebrates their special tradition, "I Love You Day," with surprise gifts (and surprise guests) for the whole family. Gil, Kelly Jo and the couples go out on a quintuple date and everyone joins together to prepare for Alyssa's baby shower. Other highlights this season include Brandon's romantic engagement to Michaella in Washington, D.C. and the couple's plans leading into their August 15th wedding in Knoxville, TN; dramatic milestones in Erin's challenging first pregnancy and joyful birth of baby Carson; the birth of Alyssa & John's first child, Allie Jane, in Orlando, FL; a fun-filled annual family trip to the lake; Addee and Ellie's joint birthday pool party; and a joyful season finale, featuring the family's singing debut at Dolly Parton's Dollywood! Season 3 of BRINGING UP BATES premiered on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 9-10pm ET/PT on UP. The 13-episode new season picks up with a bevy of excitement and a bit of a scare as the entire family prepares for Michaella and Brandon's charming rustic wedding in Knoxville, Tennessee. From choosing her dream wedding gown, to getting in shape to look their best on the big day, to attempted pranks and a bachelor outing that goes awry, the family joins together to make the special day eventful and memorable. When the big day finally arrives, viewers will get a front-row seat at the huge but warm wedding with over 800 guests, including some very special friends that share in the beautiful ceremony. With laughter and tears, it's a bittersweet moment for the entire family knowing that they must say goodbye to Michaella as she leaves the family nest and moves to her new home in Chicago. With such a big family filled with talented, precocious and uniquely different children and married couples -- all sharing a close, loving bond - there's bound to be more big excitement. Accomplished pianist Erin prepares for a trip to Nashville to promote her music career and country gospel music singer Lawson continues to pursue his dream with a big performance. Eldest son Zach takes the next step in his law enforcement career as he completes a rigorous training program and graduates from the Police Academy. Also, he and his wife Whitney plan for the first birthday of their son Bradley, the Bates' first grandchild. There's also vacation time and the family packs up for a fun-filled, family trip to sunny Florida. As always, there is organized chaos as mother Kelly Jo navigates all of the home schooling and various chores for the family, while dealing with individual opinions and bigger-than-life personalities of the ever-expanding group. Doting father Gil prepares both his heart and his wallet for all of the new challenges and changes. UP premiered the fourth season of BRINGING UP BATES on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT. It's a season of change for the Bates family with new loves, new careers, and a new grandbaby on the way! But when Gil undergoes a serious medical procedure, it forces everyone to contemplate what the future holds for them all in the season opener, "Big Family, Big Changes." The 13-episode fifth season of BRINGING UP BATES premiered on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on U, with a one-hour season opener, "Summer Lovin', Guitar Strummin' and a Surprise a Comin'!" It's a season of new beginnings for the Bates family. The family travels to North Carolina to pick up Warden, Jackson, and Isaiah from sleepaway camp but not without getting a VIP tour from camp counselor and Tori's boyfriend, Bobby. Could a future courtship be on the horizon for Bobby and Tori? While at camp, the Bates have no idea what they're in for when they they're met with a giant scream-inducing swing and some wild water activities! Meanwhile, Lawson's focused on his music career. He heads back to the studio to record a duet with country artist, Emily Ann. Later, the whole family gathers together for a special dinner and an unexpected guest stops by to surprise the family with a very big announcement! On Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, UP premiered the sixth season of BRINGING UP BATES. In the season opener, "Summer of Love," love is blooming for the Bates, with Carlin finding a special friend in Evan and Tori and Bobby deepening their bond; the married couples have big news, especially Erin and Chad. Season 7 of BRINGING UP BATES premiered on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 9-10pm ET/PT on UP. In the one-hour season opener, "The 4 C's: Carat, Clarity, Carlin & Courtship," love is in the air for the Bates Girls! But which daughter is next in line to tie the knot? And will Gil be able to "let go" of his not so little girls? Now that Evan has the green light to officially court Carlin, he puts his "courtship proposal" plan in motion. Will Carlin get "clued in" to Evan's big surprise for her? And before Bobby moves to TN, he makes a pitstop at a jewelry store in Florida. Meanwhile, it's a milestone Birthday for Josie. She's turning 18 and the entire Bates family, including Alyssa and Michaella, are in TN for her surprise party! Will suitor Kelton be on hand when she makes a wish? And later, the Bates have their first official church service in their new congregation space!
On Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 9-10pm ET/PT, UP tv premiered the season finale of BRINGING UP BATES. In the one-hour season ender "A Monumental Purpose," unbeknownst to Josie, Kelton's planning to pop the question at her dream destination! But when he surprises her at work with her parents, will she be clued into the grand plan? And the countdown is on for Zach and Whitney's Vow renewal, as they meet up at the flower shop to discuss final details for their special day. Later, Josie's epic proposal adventure begins! While seeing the sights in Utah, Kelton presents Josie with special charms along the way, signifying memorable stages of their relationship before finally ending in Arches National Park, where he has the ultimate question to ask his love Josie!


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