Bringing Up Bates
Twenty-seven years ago Gil and Kelly Jo Bates tied the knot with no plans to have kids. Fast forward 19 kids later and this tight-knit family, seemingly too good to be true, has a tremendous bond but are far from perfect. As you will see, when you have a house full of 19 children, from ages two to 25, daily chaos is multiplied exponentially, but so are the joyful and poignant moments that life can bring.
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Season 1Up Faith Family | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Jan 1, 2015
Meet the Bates (Part 1) Jan 1, 2015 Part 1 - Gil and Kelly Bates, and their 19 kids, are buzzing about the latest addition to their family; the first Bates grandchild!
S01 E01Jan 1, 2015
Meet the Bates Jan 1, 2015 The Bates' first grandchild causes much excitement for everyone and prompts the girls to plan a baby shower in the series premiere of this reality show spotlighting a family with 19 children living in rural Tennessee.
S01 E01Jan 1, 2015
Meet the Bates (Part 2) Jan 1, 2015 Part 2 - Gil and Kelly Bates, and their 19 kids, are buzzing about the latest addition to their family; the first Bates grandchild!
S01 E02Jan 8, 2015
Courtship & Marriage Jan 8, 2015 Erin has sleepover with her siblings so that she doesn't feel so lonely in her house where just she and her husband live; Zach and Whitney prepare for parenthood; and Michaella and her chaperone surprise her boyfriend with a visit to Texas.
S01 E03Jan 15, 2015
Bates Go Wild Jan 15, 2015 The whole Bates clan packs up and heads to the great outdoors! If you think packing for your family is hard... try packing for 21!
S01 E04Jan 22, 2015
Training up Bates Jan 22, 2015 Disciplining kids is never easy, but by now, Gil and Kelly have it down to a science with a method they call “Train Up.” Plus Chad and Erin head to the doctors where they are expecting a baby.
S01 E05Jan 29, 2015
Nashville Son Jan 29, 2015 Gil, Kelly and the younger kids plant a fall garden. With so many opinions to juggle, deciding on its location, let alone what to plant, is difficult. Meanwhile, budding gospel country singer and songwriter Lawson heads to Nashville to effort his dream of a music career. With one published CD under his belt, he lands a meeting with a record label executive and gets a coveted session with a well-known vocal coach. Back at the Bates house, the garden finally gets planted with Chad’s help and the family eagerly awaits news from Lawson in Nashville.
Season 2Up Faith Family | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Jun 4, 2015
All Together Again (Part 1) Jun 4, 2015 Part 1 - In the season 2 premiere, the family celebrates their special tradition, "I Love You Day," with surprise gifts (and surprise guests) for the whole family.
S02 E01Jun 4, 2015
All Together Again Jun 4, 2015 In the season 2 premiere, the family celebrates their special tradition, 'I Love You Day,' with surprise gifts (and surprise guests) for the whole family. Gil and Kelly Jo host a special 'game night' just for the couples and everyone joins together to prepare for Alyssa's baby shower!
S02 E01Jun 4, 2015
All Together Again Jun 4, 2015 In the season 2 premiere, the family celebrates their special tradition, ‘I Love You Day,’ with surprise gifts (and surprise guests) for the whole family. Gil and Kelly Jo host a special ‘game night’ just for the couples and everyone joins together to prepare for Alyssa’s baby shower!
S02 E02Jun 11, 2015
Future in Laws? Jun 11, 2015 Gil, Kelly Jo and Michael head to Chicago to see Brandon’s parents. Brandon corners Gil for a ‘heart to heart’ talk in the most unlikely of places! Meanwhile, back in Tennessee, Erin and the kids rush to redecorate their parent’s bedroom before Gil and Kelly Jo get back.
S02 E03Jun 18, 2015
High Risks, High Hopes Jun 18, 2015 Erin and Chad meet with Dr. Vick to discuss the risk of having a stillbirth and the precautions they must take for the rest of her pregnancy. Later, the couple invites Zach, Whitney and baby Bradley over for dinner while the older boys square off against the younger ones in a giant Airsoft battle!
S02 E04Jun 25, 2015
Movin' in with Meema Jun 25, 2015 Gil and Kelly Jo take Trace and Josie to the orthodontist to get braces, and Gil reveals how he can afford orthodontia for so many kids. Later, Kelly Jo’s mother Meema announces that she wants to live closer to the kids. So Kelly Jo takes her house hunting, but the task proves tougher than anyone could have imagined.
S02 E05Jul 2, 2015
Blessings... and New Beginnings? Jul 2, 2015 With Erin and Chad’s due date looming, the whole family gathers for their baby shower. Erin’s friend Kelsey comes for the occasion and helps put together a sentimental surprise that leaves Erin speechless. Nathan and Lawson’s friends from New York, Ashley and Anastasia, also visit and the kids have fun showing these city folk a real country adventure!
Season 3Up Faith Family | Rent or Buy
S03 E01Jan 7, 2016
Welcome Back Bates Jan 7, 2016 The past year has been one of enormous change and growth for the Bates. In the Season 3 premiere, the Bates clan rallies together to help Michaella finally find the wedding dress of her dreams. Later the family braves a stormy outdoor wedding for Kelly Jo's sister, and celebrates Gil's dad, Papa Bill, with an awesome 4th of July birthday party!
S03 E02Jan 14, 2016
Sweet Tea & Sit Ups Jan 14, 2016 With Michaella's wedding quickly approaching, Kelly Jo and Gil wager to see who can get in shape to look their best for the big day. While Kelly Jo enlists Tori to motivate her and help with workouts, Gil finds his coach, Lawson, uses a more hands off approach to whip him into shape.
S03 E03Jan 21, 2016
15 Kids and an Empty Nest Jan 21, 2016 With the big wedding just days away the family is busier than ever. Gil and Kelly take the kids to the park for some rollerblading and playground exploring. Erin hosts a laughter filled candle making party for Michaella and her bridesmaids. Nathan, Lawson, and Trace take Brandon on an outing to the skating rink, but an accident on the ice could put the wedding in jeopardy.
S03 E04Jan 28, 2016
Headed to the Altar Jan 28, 2016 The wedding of Brandon and Michaella is just days away; a look back at Brandon and Michaella's relationship and courtship, from their first days together to the romantic proposal.
S03 E05Feb 4, 2016
Wedding Bliss and a First Kiss Feb 4, 2016 The day that Michaella has been waiting for is here! But after months of planning it’s a bittersweet moment for the Bates family, who realize she’ll soon be leaving home. There’s lots to do before 800 guests arrive to celebrate and see Michaella and Brandon say, ‘I do’ and finally share their first kiss.
S03 E06Feb 11, 2016
Fly Fishin' Zip Linin' Honeymoon Feb 11, 2016 Michaella and Brandon travel to Montana for a romantic honeymoon exploring the great outdoors; Gil treats his youngest daughters to a dinner date; Zach comes home from the police academy for a home cooked meal with Whitney and Josie.
S03 E07Feb 18, 2016
Training Wheels and Trick Saddles Feb 18, 2016 Judson turns five and gets a brand new bike for his birthday; Erin heads to Nashville to record a Christmas album; Lawson, Nathan, and Trace get a visit from a couple of The Dixie Stampede trick riders and learn some tricks of their own.
Season 4Up Faith Family | Rent or Buy
S04 E01Jun 2, 2016
Big Family, Big Changes Jun 2, 2016 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.
S04 E02Jun 9, 2016
Bates Boys Birthday Bash Jun 9, 2016 It’s Trace and Jeb’s birthday and there’s only one rule: no girls allowed! The brothers, who share a birthday and a special bond, plan a party for Bates boys only complete with go carts and ice cream! Meanwhile, Erin and Chad travel to South Carolina to speak to and encourage a group of young girls about female empowerment.
S04 E03Jun 16, 2016
A LOVEly Day Jun 16, 2016 The whole family arrives at the Bates house to celebrate their favorite holiday, ‘I Love You Day’ AND there’s someone new at the table – Tori’s new beau! The family is happy to see Michaella and Alyssa return home, as well as Nathan’s girlfriend, Ashley, who arrives for the celebration to have a very important conversation with Kelly Jo and Gil. Later, at the family’s celebration someone in the family makes a very special announcement!
S04 E04Jun 23, 2016
Sunshine State Bates Jun 23, 2016 While Alyssa, John, and Allie Jane may live far from the rest of the family, they’re never far from their hearts! We check in with the Webster’s in Florida to see what life is like for the family of three – from their family business to their favorite pastimes. Meanwhile, expectant moms Erin and Whitney, get together with Kelly Jo to talk about all things baby girl!
S04 E05Jun 30, 2016
Tough Decisions and Large Ambitions Jun 30, 2016 Change is afoot for all the Bates boys. Lawson travels to Nashville and makes exciting new plans for his music career, but when he shares his plans with the family, they worry he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Meanwhile, expectant couples, Zach and Whitney and Erin and Chad bond over their upcoming baby girls. And Nathan shares some unexpected news about his courtship.
S04 E06Jul 7, 2016
The Big Chill Jul 7, 2016 It’s time to get cookin’! The Bates family is reunited once again to perform at an event very dear to their hearts, the annual Volunteer Fire Department Chili Fundraiser. As they wait for the married couples to arrive, Trace decides to get serious about his trick riding and enlists the help of Gil and Jackson to build a ring to practice in. Later at the big event, the family gets nervous about their upcoming performance. Without much time to practice, will they come up flat or be able to pull it together in time to hit a high note?
S04 E07Jul 14, 2016
The Great Bates Clean-Up Jul 14, 2016 It’s that time of the year again and the Bates are ready to clean house! With a big family, Spring cleaning is no easy feat. Kelly Jo leads the project and tries to convince the kids to get rid of their old junk and used toys. But when Gil gets sentimental he may make a mess of the whole endeavor. And while the family is working hard at home, Chad is hard at work at his job at the metal yard.
Season 5Up Faith Family | Rent or Buy
S05 E01Jan 9, 2017
Summer Lovin', Guitar Strummin and a Surprise a Comin'! Jan 9, 2017 Up presents Bringing Up Bates. The Bates are back! It's a season of new beginnings for the Bates family. A potential new courtship, a new song and an unexpected guest stops by to surprise the family with a very big announcement!
S05 E02Jan 12, 2017
Plans, Bands And Mashed Potatoes! Jan 12, 2017 Up presents Bringing Up Bates. Kelly Jo is about to turn 50, so Erin calls a meeting to plan a surprise party. Later, Erin invites Warden, the Bates budding chef, over to teach him how to cook her favorite recipe.
S05 E03Jan 19, 2017
A Birthday and A Birdie Jan 19, 2017 Not only is the Bates brood growing, but they're all maturing and reaching new milestones! As the family comes together to celebrate Katie's turning 16, it's time for her to finally join in on the Bates girls' tradition of receiving a purity ring. With the entire family together, Kelly Jo and Gil get to share the good news that they've secured a new location for their congregation, Mama Jane gets to meet her new great-grandbabies for the first time, and Papa Bill, Gil and Lawson hit the links to see which Bates is the best golfer.
S05 E04Jan 26, 2017
Doggy Dilemmas Jan 26, 2017 Erin and Chad certainly have their hands full with a newborn baby, a toddler, and their new furry addition, Max. Realizing they're in need of some assistance, they enlist the help of the little kids for some puppy training. In Chicago, it's almost been a year of wedded bliss for Michaela and Brandon, so we check on on the newlyweds and their life in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Bates make progress on their new basketball court and Lawson and Emily Ann come together to perform at the Children's Hospital.
S05 E05Feb 2, 2017
Surprise! Kelly Jo's Big 5-0! Feb 2, 2017 It's a milestone birthday for the Bates matriarch and the family wants to make sure it's a birthday Kelly Jo will never forget! After months of planning, the time has finally come to honor Kelly Jo's 50th! To make sure the surprise stays in tact, Gil takes Kelly Jo on a romantic getaway to Chattanooga, TN, or so she thinks. Meanwhile, the Bates kids are scrambling behind the scenes to pull off this major clandestine event and surprise Kelly Jo with a Bates style celebration! Can they pull it off?
S05 E06Feb 9, 2017
I 'Donut' Know What I'd Do Without You! Feb 9, 2017 Love is in the air! It's Tori and Bobby's ‘1 year' anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Tori and the entire Bates family are headed to Florida to visit Bobby! Tori wants to share some fun in the sun with her boyfriend, but he's planned a bigger surprise for his leading lady. Is an ‘official courtship' on the horizon? In between putt putt, parasailing and beach time, Tori is left to ponder when Bobby will ‘pop' the big question!
Season 6Up Faith Family | Rent or Buy
S06 E01May 31, 2017
Summer of Love May 31, 2017 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.
S06 E02Jun 8, 2017
Road Trip Romance Jun 8, 2017 Carlin and Katie hit the road to spend some quality time with Carlin's Songwriting Suitor, Evan, and his family; Evan and the girls have some fun at an indoor skating park and the young couple work on a special song for Evan's family.
S06 E03Jun 15, 2017
Bobby's Movin' In Jun 15, 2017 Bobby and Tori are making plans for the future! After he graduates from college, Bobby is hoping to move from Florida to Tennessee to be closer to Tori. Before he makes a final decision, he heads to Knoxville to interview for jobs and look for a place to live. And in an effort to add a little structure to Jud and Jeb’s roughhousing, Kelly Jo takes the boys to a martial arts class. Later, Bobby and Tori discuss their future timeline with Gil and Kelly Jo over dinner. Is an engagement on the horizon?
S06 E04Jun 22, 2017
Sibling Revelry Jun 22, 2017 It’s Sister bonding time! Erin, Tori, Carlin, Whitney, Josie and Katie join together for a self defense class and engage in a little friendly competition! Meanwhile, Gil has many young Bates drivers behind the wheel, he gathers the kiddos for a ‘Car 101’ lesson. Later, it’s double date night for the married couples! Since Erin and Zach have a serious appreciation for cooking, they convince Whitney and Chad to join them for a cooking class!
S06 E05Jun 29, 2017
He Said, She Shed Jun 29, 2017 Kelly Jo cashes in on her ‘I Love you Day’ gift from Gil and wants him to clean up the shed. Can Gil complete the project in a timely fashion and without any complaints? As the boys help Gil organize the shed, Nathan gets sidetracked and uses scrap items to make an impromptu zip line. Meanwhile, Carlin escapes clean up duty and opts to paint lines on the new Bates Basketball court! Later, Trace plays a pickup basketball game with a few college players. Will he be able to keep up and secure a spot on the team or will Lawson sabotage the game?
S06 E06Jul 6, 2017
NEWLYWED EDITION Jul 6, 2017 On this special ‘Newlywed’ Episode of ‘Bringing Up Bates,’ we’ll see how well the younger Bates couples know their partners! Can they guess their spouse’s favorite meal? How about their dream vacation destination? Let’s hope they’ve been paying attention to each other over the years, otherwise things could get awkward!
S06 E07Jul 13, 2017
Don't Worry, We've 'Goat' This! Jul 13, 2017 Erin and Chad have expanded their family with twin pygmy goats, but having extra ‘kids’ means more household chores. So Gil and the younger kids stop by to help Chad paint the goats’ new shed. Back at the Bates household, Nathan’s impromptu zip line wasn’t the safest, so Gil and the kids reconfigure a longer and much safer design. Once they settle on the perfect spot, the kids test it out! And later, Erin surprises Chad with a 30th Birthday Adventure with an escape to Hot Springs, NC for a romantic getaway without the kids.
Season 7Up Faith Family | Rent or Buy
S07 E01Jan 4, 2018
The 4 C’s: Carat, Clarity, Carlin & Courtship Jan 4, 2018 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!
S07 E02Jan 11, 2018
Decorating Dilemmas and Job Decisions Jan 11, 2018 Michaella and Brandon have moved out of their tiny one bedroom apartment and into a new rental house, so Kelly Jo and Erin pay the young couple a visit and lend a hand with decorating their new space. But will the ladies be able to to settle on a design style that will appease Michaella AND Brandon? Back in Rocky Top, Chad’s decided to leave his job at the scrapyard and has offered up his position to Bobby. But after spending the day shadowing Chad at work, will Bobby be the right fit for the position? After work, Bobby meets up with Tori for an ice cream date and to discuss their future together. And back in Chicago, Kelly Jo, Erin, Michaela and Brandon hit up a bowling alley and engage in some friendly competition!
S07 E03Jan 18, 2018
Bobby's Happy Camper Jan 18, 2018 Bobby’s finally making the big move to Rocky Top so he can be closer to Tori. Before he touches down in TN, he stops by a Florida jewelry store to pick up Tori’s engagement ring. But when will Bobby actually “pop the question” to his true love? Meanwhile, Tori and a few of her siblings attempt to cozy up the camper before Bobby moves in, but will plumbing issues put a damper on his move in date? And later, Bobby’s parents visit the Bates family home for the very first time.
S07 E04Jan 25, 2018
SUN Day, Fun Day! Jan 25, 2018 A Total Eclipse is headed directly over Rocky Top, TN! So before the big event, Brandon gives the Bates kids an interactive science lesson, demonstrating how the moon blocks the sun during an eclipse. And later, the Bates family gather together at a pool party for some fun in the sun and to marvel at the dark sky above, caused by the Eclipse. And before Michaella and Brandon head back home to Chicago, they meet up with Dr. Vick for a consultation, as they continue to search for answers about their infertility struggles.
S07 E05Feb 1, 2018
Erin’s Surprise Takes the Cake! Feb 1, 2018 It’s a sweet surprise, as Erin reveals to her husband Chad some very unexpected news. And later, Whitney balances motherhood, with her new career as a Realtor. At the office, Whitney gets advice from her new boss and walks away with a parting gift that puts a smile on her face! Back at the Bates House, Trace practices basketball drills with his college buddies. But will a negative attitude halt his chances of making a spot on the college basketball team? Meanwhile, Erin bakes a cake with her younger sisters and lets them in on a secret! How will the girls react when they realize they’re the first Bates family members to know some very big news?
S07 E06Feb 8, 2018
The Best is Yet to Come Feb 8, 2018 It’s been love at first sight for Tori and Bobby, but ever since Bobby moved to TN, Tori has been eager for him to “pop the question!” While an engagement ring might be burning a hole in Bobby’s pocket, he still needs to come up with the perfect proposal plan, so he turns to Gil and Kelly Jo for advice. And later, when Bobby, Kelton and Evan take their leading ladies out on a special triple date, will the romantic setting inspire Bobby to get down on one knee? Or will he come up with an even bigger surprise moment to ask for Tori’s hand in marriage?
S07 E07Mar 1, 2018
Bates Sports Special Mar 1, 2018 It’s the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in this episode which highlights the best Bates sports moments. Whether on land, sea or snow, see the Bates as they hit, shoot, tackle, score, wipe-out and take the prize in this compilation of their best (and worst) athletic achievements.