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7 Little Johnstons

7 Little Johnstons

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Photo Credit:  TLC
  • Premiered: 
    March 31, 2015
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  • Network: TLC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Family
  • Tags: little people

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Plot Synopsis

7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS is a reality series that follows the Johnston family, the world's largest known family of Achondroplasia dwarfs, as parents Trent and Amber try to find a balance between maintaining the spark in their marriage and completing a massive home renovation, all while raising five children: Jonah, 15, the eldest biological son of Trent and Amber, who is part of the drum line in his high school band; Anna, 14, who was adopted by Trent and Amber from Siberia, Russia, and recently underwent spinal fusion surgery; Elizabeth, 13, the second biological child of Trent and Amber, who is a social butterfly; Alex, 9, who was adopted into the Johnston family from Seoul, South Korea, and is the family jokester; and Emma, 9, who is the youngest Johnston, adopted from China, and is the free spirit in the family. The Johnstons were first featured in a one-hour special on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Almost two years later -- on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT -- TLC premiered the one-hour "7 Little Johnstons: A Little Home Improvement" special, revealing the family's home renovation. Then, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT -- one week before the official series premiere -- TLC debuted the one-hour "Peek-a-Boo" special, which took a look back at the Johnstons over the past two years and offered a sneak peek of the new series. In this series, Trent and Amber deal with all the typical issues of being parents -- first-time dating rules, a disastrous attempt at discussing the "birds and the bees," nail-biting soccer team tryouts, and vacation-changing illnesses. Season 2 of 7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS premiered on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on TLC, shortly after a five-hour marathon (4-9pm) of encore episodes. This season, after a major home renovation Amber, Trent, and their five children -- Jonah, Anna, Elizabeth, Alex and Emma -- take time to enjoy the summer, but things take a turn when their youngest son may have to undergo a risky surgery. Plus, the Johnston family deals with everything from swimming lessons and cheerleading camp to braces, family vacations, and first-time driving lessons. The family also enjoys quality time at the beach, but when Amber's trip to visit her biological father is canceled, she realizes how hurt she is by his actions, and calls him to see if he is interested in continuing a relationship. In the premiere episode, the family wraps up their home renovations just in time for summer, and Amber feels it's time to renovate herself! She enlists Trent to help highlight her hair, but once she sees the finished product she realizes it's time to see a professional. Meanwhile, their youngest son, Alex, begins to have back problems, and Amber notices that he hasn't been able to walk correctly for some time. Trent and Amber make an appointment to have him checked out by a doctor, but are concerned that if he needs surgery at such a young age, he will face a lifetime of pain. On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, TLC debuts the first eight episodes of a new season of 7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS. This season, the Johnston family -- parents Amber and Trent and their children Jonah, 16, Anna, 15, Elizabeth, 14, Emma, 11, Alex, 10, their chocolate lab Jessie and their new 7-month old French bulldog, Louie -- have their fair share of ups and downs giving viewers a glimpse into their daily lives. For a little family, surgeries are not unusual but it's still scary when Alex is diagnosed with central apnea and must get an MRI to see if he needs brain surgery and Amber suffers a medical emergency of her own. Meanwhile, Trent, who is approaching his 40th birthday, is hoping to hit his weight loss goal before the big day. Amber sets out to plan a surprise party for him along with a big gift he doesn't expect. Their oldest daughter Anna isn't allowed to attend prom since she is not yet a senior in high school, but the family bands together to throw her a sweet 16 birthday party. In the season opener, "License to Drive," Jonah and Anna are both put to the test -- Jonah needs his driver's license and Anna needs her learner's permit. Meanwhile, Alex is diagnosed with central apnea and undergoes an MRI to find out whether he needs brain surgery. TLC premiered the third season of 7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT. The season opens when the family is gearing up for a big joint birthday party for oldest son Jonah and daughter Elizabeth. Prior to the party, Trent decides to have the dreaded talk with the kids about the "birds and the bees," especially Elizabeth, whose close friend will be attending, and their reactions are priceless. Once again, the whole family must prepare for yet another surgery as Elizabeth finally gets ready to have her postponed leg operation. Later in the season, Amber tries to lead everyone into a drastically healthier lifestyle, but will the changes be too extreme? Trent and Amber consider getting tattoos, Anna prepares for her driver's license test and Alex and Emma have to learn to ride bikes before entering a big race. The family also faces crude comments while out in public, and must figure out together how to handle the bullying. Finally, Amber and Trent make a big decision that will affect the rest of the family.
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On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, TLC premiered the Season 3 finale of 7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS. In the season ender, "The M Word," as their home is shown at open house, the family heads to an amusement park where they're harassed and called the 'M' word. Upon return, they discover that their dream home has fallen through, leaving them unsure of where they will end up living.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by LMNO Productions (as LMNO Cable Group)

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