Step aside, Gosselins. The oh-so-fertile Duggar family is taking center stage on TLC with its new series, 17 Kids and Counting.
And, by the way TLC, I’m now calling you The Large-family Channel because the mainstay of your programming consists shows about very large broods. (Like this is all we care to see or something.)
Back to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and the J’family. They are very, VERY conservative. No High School Musical CDs in the van; they have religious sing-a-longs. The girls wear skirts. The kids are homeschooled. Older kids help the younger ones. They have a family bus that would make John Madden jealous.
And, every kid’s name begins with J. Who knew so many J names existed?
So the first couple episodes take them to NYC where we see the group the size of my daughter’s first-grade class attempt to hail a fleet of cabs, take up 1/2 a pizza restaurant having lunch, and finally to the Today Show where Jim Bob and J’Michelle decide to surprise the kids with the news of #18, due around New Year’s Day.
Of course, the kids smiled, but weren’t jumping up and down with glee when Mom broke the news. Seriously. In that household saying “I’m pregnant” is like saying “It’s time to take a shower.” Because the pregnancies happen ALL. THE. TIME.
Upcoming episodes include the Duggars hosting another mega-family and providing tips on how to stretch a dollar. Also, the eldest Duggar, Josh, will be proposing to his girlfriend. (He got married a couple weeks ago.) Of course, I scoped out the newlyweds’ website,scrolled down to the bottom and snooped at their Walmart wedding registry. (OK, when I got married 15 years ago, I did not register for Gatorade or beef jerky. I’m just saying.)
So, J names anyone? Are there any left at this point?
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