19 Kids and Counting (formerly 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting) is an American reality television show that aired on the cable channel TLC.

Premise Edit

The show focuses on the life of the Duggar family, who are devout Baptists, and frequently discuss 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. All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment such as movies and television is limited. They practice chaperone courtship, in a which a couple becomes acquainted only in a group setting. The values presented in the show have been associated with the Quiverfull movement, which has not been described as promoting strict family conformity, male hierarchies, and subservient roles for women. The Duggars have stated they are not associated with the Quiverfull movement.

Why It Was Cancelled Edit

On May 25, 2015, TLC suspended the series when the Duggars' eldest son Josh publicly apologized for having "acted inexcusably" following reports that he molested five girls, including some of his sisters, by fondling them. These events occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 and 15 years of age, and prior to the beginning of the show. On July 16, 2015, TLC (The Learning Channel) announced that the show was officially cancelled and would not resume production. A spin-off show, Counting On, aired on December 2015 and the fourth season premiered on June 12, 2017.