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Bringing Up Bates

Release Date: 1/15/2015

Part-time minister Gil Bates and his wife Kelly Jo are devoted parents to their 19 children, who range in age from toddlers to married adults. A family so large presents plenty of challenges, but Gil and Kelly Jo meet them all with love, a sense of humor, and a deeply-held Christian faith, as they strive to be supportive of their adult children, help their teens navigate the difficult years into adulthood, and keep order among the youngsters. It isn’t always easy, but love and faith see them through.

Bringing Up Bates is an upbeat, inspirational, and often humorous look at the everyday travails of family life – though with their large family, there are often a few more travails than usual. The program contains no content to concern parents. Sex is discussed only obliquely, most often in terms of Gil and Kelly Jo’s Christian convictions about maintaining purity and chaste, prudent relationships between the sexes before marriage. There have also been a few mentions of married daughter Erin’s miscarriages, and the other married children’s pregnancies. There is no violence or profanity on the show.

Bringing Up Bates is a celebration of family, and how love, patience, and deep faith combine to make family life both strong and fun. The Parents Television Council is proud to award Bringing Up Bates with the PTC Seal of Approval®.

Bringing Up Bates is recommended for viewers of all ages.

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