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17 Kids and Counting

Will You Watch the Duggar Show?

We know the Gosselin family has a loyal fan base and we think it's deservedly so. Daddy Jon and mama Kate make the most of their life with eight darling kiddos that light up the screen. From hectic grocery runs to chaotic birthday parties, the family somehow seems to manage it all with a bit of elbow grease and plenty of smiles.

Another large family, the Duggars from Arkansas, are planning on introducing their 19 member clan to the boob tube starting next week on the Discovery Health show "17 Kids and Counting." As child number 18 is set to arrive near New Year's Eve, the Duggar family keeps expanding and making headlines every time it does. Either way, I'm sure it will be fascinating to watch a crew that large operate as one.

I'll tune in for at least one episode. Will you?

Photo courtesy of Discovery Health

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koby2008 koby2008 8 years
OK No I will not watch this show once was enough.This family Just needs to quit having kids and one way is to stop having SEX!!! I mean come on God did not put us on this earth just to have kids all are life. And I think its bull shit that they force the older Kids to take care of the younger ones, that's not what there for.Let them be Kids them self. They make the rest of us Christians look like thats all we do is have sex.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Ah, ok. I always thought they'd artfully avoided the question to maintain privacy.
BlairBear BlairBear 8 years
I said no because I don't like the way this family works, I agree with everyone else about the older ones taking care of the younger ones; that bugs me. We like to have special on on one time with each of our kids and if we didn't have that, we would feel like we're neglecting them. Our likfe can get a little crazy at times and we need that time to reconnect with our kids. Also, Jon and Kate had Intrauterine Insemination(IUI). Kate said it I think on one of the question and answer episodes.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Fertility drugs are fertility treatments. I don't think anyone thought they conceived all the kids without any help at all.
sweetiee sweetiee 8 years
J&K did say on their show that the 6 were conceived with fertility treatments. Twins were also. I do appreciate that the Duggars don't beg for money, but I do think it is ridiculous to bring that many children into the world. Having that many siblings is not normal in this day and age. Also, I can't stand Michelle's voice. She needs a voice coach. Soon they will run out of kid names that start with J.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Jon and Kate have never said how they conceived 6, did they? I didn't think they revealed artificial insemination. It's entirely possible that she was put on hormones to stimulate egg release and they conceived through sex.
mom2ross mom2ross 8 years
Wow, and here I thought I'd be in the minority with my opinions. I agree, they are just too nice - in a creepy, religious, Stepford Family sort of way. You should not keep having more because you have older children to watch them. You should spend time individually with these children that "God let you have" instead of making more. Jon & Kate are more realistic for me, although artificial insemination has always bothered me. I'm not religious, but I've always felt that if nature didn't want you to have children, why argue? I will always think of the photo shopped inspirational poster someone emailed me a while back. Under a picture of the Duggar family it simply says "Vagina, it's not a clown car."
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
it really is boring....
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I DONT like the duggers. Ive always been one for free speech, freedome and decisions, but i think nearly 20 kids is RIDICULOUS. I grew up raising my younger sisters, so i absolutely do not agree with how they pretty much force the older children to raise the younger. i missed out on so many opportunities, and while i did benifit from a more mature outlook younger, i had no childhood and no parental guidance. I watched one episode and will never watch again. Shes ruining her body having so many children, every new child is years off her life.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
No. I do not mind the Gosselin family, I like them. However this Doggar family bothers me. I understand having a large family and older kids helping out, however I do not agree with having your older children parent the kiddies all day. Yes, they love their siblings however kids need to be kids and I feel that passing those responsibilities onto them is unfair. Besides, how do you fit one-on-one parent/chil bonding time in during the day when you have 17+ children...
jessie jessie 8 years
if i had cable and was flippin thru and came to i'd watch it.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Actually this family had reality shows before Jon and Kate even had twins, much less sextuplets. They've had numerous specials on them for years. So if anyone's a copycat, it's Jon and Kate for cashing in on someone else's idea.
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
Jon and Kate are so much better as far as the honesty goes. Besides, nobody likes a copy cat. These people make all Christians look like freaks. Harsh I know.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Unless I had a dire financial need, I would absolutely not put my family on tv in a reality program. The last thing I'd want is a blog like this critiquing us.
ktdid214 ktdid214 8 years
Also to mamamuffin: J&K+8 do have boundaries. If they don't want something filmed, it isn't. If they don't want something aired, it isn't. The cameras aren't there all of the time. And anyway, if you had the same opportunities that they do, wouldn't you take advantage of it?
ktdid214 ktdid214 8 years
To wadewifey: They can afford it, they pay off all of their bills at the end of each month, never carrying any debt. I will watch just to see, but I agree about overpopulation. I also hate the buddy soon as she is done breast feeding, she hands off the newborn and basically never sees it again because they other kids are taking care of it. I also hate how all the kids names start with J...they said they didn't want anyone to feel left out by having a name that starts with a different letter. J&K+8 is totally different, and I agree about spending time with the kids, etc. They are more realistic than the Duggar's.
lizzyopal lizzyopal 8 years
i said no, and not because "i have other things to do". i just really don't like that family. jon and kate had eight children because they were using fertility drugs. the duggar's have 18 just because they won't use a damn condom! plus, the whole buddy system is kinda ridiculous. if you have so many children that you have to use that thing...stop having kids!
mamamuffin mamamuffin 8 years
Both shows are awful. Plenty of large families have survived without tv shows, private chefs, product placements, etc. At least the Duggars seem to have some boundaries around their kids and their shows-even though they have (IMO) questionable parenting ideas. J&K+8 have no boundaries when it comes to the cameras and their kids which will definitely turn around and bite them on the backside later. Not to mention that if it wasn't for companies using them for free publicity, they wouldn't be living the life they do-it's so not reality.
hollitosway hollitosway 8 years
Yeah, that buddy system turns me off. The mom and dad couldn't possibly have individual time for the kids and I think that's what shapes you as a child so it's really important.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
HELL NO!!!! They can't even afford all those kids. Nope, hell no!!! The mom uses the big kids to baby sit the little ones and I can't stand that.
jopperma jopperma 8 years
I like to watch this family's show just to see if Mom ever completely loses it.... So far it has never even come close. I just don't relate to her sugary-kindness coated personality as much as I do Kate's honest frustration that comes with having so many kids.
ForeverMeg ForeverMeg 8 years
No way. I would never watch them. Personally, whatever, you want to have 17 kids, God bless ya in doing so. They are debt free and all that, so at least they're doing the right thing. But we're living in a world that is becoming scarce on supplies, so it's kind of selfish to bring 17 MORE people onto this earth-- especially when there are SO many children living out there with no family. If they want to have 17 children, why can't they just adopt? Or, have a few, adopt a few, whatever? Now, it may be their religion that prevents them from using birth control (I thought I heard them talk about how they thought God would give them as many children as he wanted them to have). But I STILL think it's pretty ridiculous that they can't take life that God has already put on this earth and bring them in as their own. JMO!! On top of that, they have a system where an older child is paired with a younger one, and it's a good idea I guess, but where is the individual parent time? You always see the parents giving individual attention on Jon and Kate plus 8. They even had three or four episdoes that show them bringing each child out on an adventure alone, plus things like boy time and girl time (Jon taking the boys to the golf course and Kate baking with the little girls). I'm sure the Duggars love their children, but it can't be easy to show individual affection to each child. Anyway, I just don't feel right about supporting the Duggars. This MY opinion on it.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I'll probably watch an episode out of curiosity, but in all, no, probably not. If I want to see someone with a lot of kids, I'll go to my best friends house. She's got 10 of 'em! LOL
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