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19 Kids and Counting (formerly 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting), rendered graphically as 19 kids &Counting in its onscreen logo, is an American reality television show that aired on the cable channel TLC for seven years, until its cancellation in 2015. The show featured the Duggar family: parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children—nine girls and ten boys, all of whose names begin with the letter "J". During the life of the show, three of the children were married, and several grandchildren were born.

The reality show focused on the life of the Duggar family who are devout Independent Baptists,<ref name="encyclopediaofarkansas.net">Duggar Family at Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture</ref> 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. All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment, such as movies and television, is limited. They practice chaperoned courtship, where the couple gets to know each other in a group setting.<ref name="auto">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The values presented on the show have been associated with the Quiverfull movement, which has been described as promoting strict family conformity, male hierarchies, and subservient roles for women.<ref name="Marcotte">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref><ref name="The Huffington Post">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name=Mesaros-Winkles/> The Duggars do not self-identify as Quiverfull Christians.<ref name="The Huffington Post"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="auto1">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The series began on September 29, 2008 and concluded on May 19, 2015.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The show was TLC's most popular, averaging 2.3 million viewers per new episode in Season 10, and scoring in the Nielsen "Cable Top 25".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

On May 22, 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 to 15 years of age, and prior to the beginning of the show. On July 16, 2015, TLC announced that the show was officially canceled and would not resume production.<ref name=NYDaily>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


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19 Kids and Counting (formerly 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting), rendered graphically as 19 kids &Counting in its onscreen logo, is an American reality television show that aired on the cable channel TLC for seven years, until its cancellation in 2015. The show featured the Duggar family: parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children—nine girls and ten boys, all of whose names begin with the letter "J". During the life of the show, three of the children were married, and several grandchildren were born.

The reality show focused on the life of the Duggar family who are devout Independent Baptists,<ref name="encyclopediaofarkansas.net">Duggar Family at Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture</ref> 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. All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment, such as movies and television, is limited. They practice chaperoned courtship, where the couple gets to know each other in a group setting.<ref name="auto">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The values presented on the show have been associated with the Quiverfull movement, which has been described as promoting strict family conformity, male hierarchies, and subservient roles for women.<ref name="Marcotte">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref><ref name="The Huffington Post">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name=Mesaros-Winkles/> The Duggars do not self-identify as Quiverfull Christians.<ref name="The Huffington Post"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="auto1">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The series began on September 29, 2008 and concluded on May 19, 2015.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The show was TLC's most popular, averaging 2.3 million viewers per new episode in Season 10, and scoring in the Nielsen "Cable Top 25".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

On May 22, 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 to 15 years of age, and prior to the beginning of the show. On July 16, 2015, TLC announced that the show was officially canceled and would not resume production.<ref name=NYDaily>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


19 Kids and Counting sections
Intro  Background  Events during the series  Controversies   Reception   Duggar family  Guests appearing  Availability  References  External links  

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