What Are Some Facts About TLC's "19 Kids and Counting"?


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TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" was a reality television program that began airing in 2008 under the name "17 Kids and Counting." The show focused on the life of Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. After a sexual abuse scandal, TLC canceled the show in July 2015.

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Until its cancelation, "19 Kids and Counting" was TLC's most popular show ever, averaging an audience of 2.3 million during its 10th and final season. TLC aired a total of 227 episodes aired in addition to specials. The Duggars live in Tontitown, Arkansas, and are devout Independent Baptists who don't believe in birth control. The show highlighted their strict family life, including home schooling, restricted access to entertainment and television, and chaperoned courtship.

In 2015, a 2006 police report was revealed to the public that indicated that Josh Duggar had been previously named in several sexual abuse allegations. He was accused of fondling five minors between 2002 and 2003, and four of the five minors were his sisters. Shortly after the reports were publicly released, Josh confirmed the incidents of molestation and issued a public apology via Facebook. TLC responded with an official statement on its website that it was immediately pulling all episodes of "19 Kids and Counting" from the air.

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