All about the family reality shows from KUWTK to Sextuplets Take New York!

All about the family reality shows from KUWTK to Sextuplets Take New York!

In the world of reality TV, controversial shows tend to grab most of the headlines. These days, there’s a reality series about nearly everything, from shows that explore a myriad of careers to docuseries about animal habitats and beyond.  Check out some of these famous reality shows.

1. Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Keeping Up With The Kardashians is an American reality television series that airs on the E! cable network. The show focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian- Jenner blended family.

The series debuted on October 14, 2007, and has subsequently become one of the longest-running reality television series in the US. The eighteenth season premiered on March 26, 2020.

The 20th season is their final season, which premiered on March 18, 2021. The reality series revolves around the children of Kris Jenner, and originally focused mainly on the children from her first marriage to deceased attorney Robert Kardashian: Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob. Kris’ children Kendall and Kylie from her subsequent marriage to American athlete Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner have also been featured on the show since its beginning.

Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kim Kardashian earns $4.5 million per season.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians
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2. The Duggars: 20 and Counting!

20 and Counting is an American reality television series that aired on the cable channel TLC for seven years until its cancellation in 2015. The show features the Duggar family: parents  Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 20 children- 10 daughters and ten sons.

The couple adopted Michelle’s niece’s son, Tyler Duggar, who is their 20th child now. The show focuses on the life of the Duggar family, who are devout Baptists, and frequently discusses values of purity, modesty, and faith in God.

The Duggars avoid birth control, saying they have decided to allow God to determine the number of children they have. The series began on September 29, 2008, and concluded on May 19, 2015.

The show was TLC’s most popular, averaging “Cable Top 25”. As a whole, the Duggar family is worth an estimated $3.5 million. In fact, a report published by E! News in 2009 estimated that one episode of the family’s show brought in anywhere from $25,000 to $40,000.

The Duggars: 20 and Counting
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3. Bringing Up Bates

Bringing Up Bates is an American reality television show on Up TV. It is centred around Gil and Kelly Bates, their 19 children, and extended family.

The Bates family was previously featured on a 2012 TV series called United Bates of America, and it was announced in October 2014 that the family would return in a new series which would be called Bringing Up Bates. The series debuted on January 1, 2015. Season nine began airing on March 5, 2020.

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4. Little People, Big World

Little People, Big World is an American reality television series that premiered on March 4, 2006, and airs on TLC.

The series chronicles the lives of the six-member Roloff family farm near Portland, Oregon. Many of the episodes focus on the parents, Matt and Amy, and one of their children, Zach, who has dwarfism.

On August 26, 2010, TLC announced that the sixth season would be the last for the show. Later on, it was announced in October 2013 that Little People, Big World would return for a seventh season.

Season seven consists of eight episodes and premiered on October 29, 2013. An eighth season began on September 2, 2014, and a ninth season began on July 6, 2015.

The show was renewed for a tenth season which premiered in fall 2016. As of 2018, the show has aired for 12 seasons.

On March 13, 2018, TLC announced the show was renewed for a 14th season to premiere on April 2, 2019. The twentieth season premiered on March 31, 2020. The twenty-first season premiered on September 29, 2020.

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Family Show Little people, Big world poster (Source: Amazon)

5. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is an American reality television series that aired on TLC featuring the family of child beauty pageant contestant Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.

The show premiered on August 8, 2012, and ended on August 14, 2014. The show revolves around Alana Thompson “Honey Boo Boo” and her family’s adventures in the town of, McIntyre, Georgia.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
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6. Sextuplets Take New York

Sextuplets Take New York is an American reality television series that premiered on TLC on September 14, 2010.

The show features the Carpio family, consisting of parents Victor and Digna and their seven children, including sextuplets, the first Latino set born in America.

The series follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children in a modest home in Queens, New York.

Sextuplets Take New York
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7. Meet the Peetes

Meet the Peetes is an American reality television series starring Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peett, their four children, and her mother, Dolores.

The series is Hallmark Channel’s first entry into unscripted reality television. The Peete family had previously starred in For Peete’s Sake for two seasons (2016–2017) on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The series premiered on February 18, 2018, as part of Hallmark Channel’s Sunday-night programming. On March 21, 2018, Hallmark announced the show’s renewal for a second season.

Amid other Sunday-night programming changes, Meet the Peetes moved to Monday nights in season two beginning with episode four on March 18, 2019. The cancellation of the series was announced in May 2019.

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Reality Family Show Meet the Peetes Poster (Source: Amazon)

8. Sister Wives

Sister Wives is an American reality television series broadcast on TLC  that premiered on September 26, 2010.

The show documents the life of a polygamist family, which includes father Kody Brown, his four wives (Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn), and their 18 children. The family began the series living in Lehi, Utah but has since moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Brown and his four wives have stated they participated in the show to make the public more aware of polygamist families and to combat societal prejudices.

Brown believes his polygamist arrangement is legal because he is married legally to only one woman (Robyn), while the other marriages (to Meri, Janelle, and Christine) are spiritual unions.

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9. 1000 lb Sisters

Of all the reality shows produced by the TLC channel, 1000 lb Sisters is perhaps the rawest of them all. The reality series began airing in January of 2020, focuses on the Slaton sisters. Amy Slaton and Tammy Slaton are a pair of sisters from Kentucky, USA. Like the title of the show suggests, both sisters suffer from a massive obesity problem. The sum of their weights exceeds 1000lb, hence the title.

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10. Welcome to Plathville

Welcome to Plathville is an American reality television show that premiered on TLC 2019. The is made by A. Smith & Co-production company.

It features the Plath family: Ethan, Micah, Moriah, Lydia, their four siblings, as well parents Barry and Kim. However, Hosanna Plath, the oldest daughter in the family, is not featured in the show.

The show follows the lives of the older Plath children, along with Ethan and his wife, Olivia. with the early episodes focusing specifically on the whole family.

After its first season, the show was renewed for a second season which will premiere on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 10 pm/9 pm on TLC.

Season two covers the family making changes from moving off their farm into a new house, Micah and Moriah moving into their own rental house (where they are roommates), Olivia and Ethan struggling with marital stability and move doubt.

Welcome to Plathville
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