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The Willis Family

The Willis Family

  • Premiered: 
    May 5, 2015
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  • Network: TLC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Continuation of the series The Willis Clan 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

This reality series follows the Willis family as they share the challenge of maintaining their large, 14-member family -- including four boys and eight girls -- while keeping up with the workload required to manage their touring band. After gaining national prominence in a 2011 GAC television special and their 2013 TV series, THE WILLIS CLAN, the Willis family's profile grew when they made it to the final rounds of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT in the summer of 2014. Now, this series, THE WILLIS FAMILY, provides an inside look into their lives as they travel the country sharing their talents and balancing a life at home in a small town outside of Nashville, TN. Throughout the season, viewers follow the Willis family as they produce and record their new album. From making deadlines to planning an album release party and creating music videos, the family stays busy making new music and preparing for shows large and small. They also gear up for their first West Coast tour traveling the country in a new tour bus, and Brenda organizes an Irish music festival in Nashville. From historic auditoriums to small local performances, the family devotes their time to connecting to people through music. In one episode, Brenda gears up for her birthday, but with mountains of laundry piling up and meal-planning for 14 getting in the way, her special day seemingly gets put on the backburner. That's when her kids, led by the eldest siblings Jeremiah and Jessica, step in to make sure it is a birthday she won't soon forget. Jessica, with the help of her brothers and sisters, composes an original song, "Mama," that brings the whole family to tears. Later they sing the song at the Grand Ole Opry, the legendary stage where they frequently perform. In the same episode, the family also heads to a local library for an intimate concert to raise money for a community charity. Season 2 of THE WILLIS FAMILY premiered on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on TLC. In the season opener, "Coming Home," the Willis family is now back from tour, and they make a few discoveries of who (or what) has been living in their house. The family goes canoeing for Jedi's 16th birthday and suit up for airsoft. Also this season, viewers will learn more about the older siblings as Jair moves on from his broken engagement and Jeanette starts dating. As the older kids grow up and follow their own passions, the younger children step into bigger roles of the family band. More so than ever, all of the children are dedicated to making their family's upcoming performances the best ones yet. With homeschooling, scheduling, and extracurricular activities, everyone is busy scrambling to get everything done.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, TLC premiered the Season 2 finale of THE WILLIS FAMILY. In the season ender, "Making Moves," the Willis Family ends their tour with a fun family activity: dog sledding! But which Willis has the fastest pack? Back at home, the kids race against the clock to pull together an extra special anniversary surprise for Brenda and Toby.


  • - Ashland, Tennessee USA