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Updated on November 9, 2011

I hate the Duggars. I’m growing more than a bit tired of having to watch (because my wife controls the converter when it’s not hockey season) TV shows that feature couples who think reproduction is some kind of endurance sport where score is tabulated by how many offspring you have.

Case in point: “18 Kids and Counting” (formally called “17 Kids and Counting”). I don’t want to judge, but I think they might be taking the old “be fruitful and multiple” request a tad bit too far.

I love kids as much as the next person, but when you turn your womb into a Disneyland turnstile, you might get an award for having the most children on your block, but I question how much quality time you are able to give each of your offspring.

We also have the very popular “Jon and Kate Plus 8” (I am assuming it is a popular show because the couple is on every single supermarket tabloid cover). Jon and Kate recently broke up, but the TV execs won’t let that stop the popular show from airing. You would think that their break up would prove to be the ‘jump the shark moment” of that particular show, but it looks like viewers will be able to follow the unhappy couple all the way to their guest appearance on “Divorce Court.”

If there are any Hubbers out there who have connections to any Hollywood big wigs, can you please request them to develop alternative-types of programming for people like me who really can't stand the Duggars anymore? Perhaps something with the working title of “Bill and Meryl Go Sterile” .


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      Sed-me 3 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      I think Ive seen this show once. I don't blame you for not liking something that your forced to watch. Ive been staring at the screen while a bunch of men run around with one form of a ball or another for 40 years. But reading the comments here... it's weird to me the things ppl will criticize. Ppl having big families... I don't know. There's ppl out there doing bath salts. Seems like there are worse issues.

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      Dislike duggars 4 years ago

      I love TLC but change the channel when I see the Duggars. The way Jim Bob and Michelle get involved with their older children's lives is disgusting. The older children should be studying in Universities. The Duggars sure didn't mind using the most advanced medical care when Josie was born prematurely. Yet none will ever be educated enough to work in a hospital as a doctor or nurse. There will be no engineers. The children need to get a life and a career away from their parents. That type of family is not good for America.

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      Pam 6 years ago

      I am not a big lover of this show. However one and only thing I do notice and like is that they are not 'helicopter'parents. They can't possibly be LOL. But aside from that...I like how the most common pic shown of the nother from high school, is in a cheerleader outfit - showing A lot skin LOL

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      Greg 6 years ago

      The lack of critical media attention regarding the duggars is making me wonder if the whole thing is a conspiracy, or simply grotesque for grotesques sake.

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      Miranda 6 years ago

      I completely agree! They literally disgust me. They are over populating the world. As the parents are screwing each other in the bedroom, the older kids are taking care of the younger ones.

      It is ridiculous to have that many children. They don't give each child enough attention. Their children are completely brain washed. And why does all the children and the dads name start with j while just the moms start with m? It just bothers me.

      Somebody need to smack the parents and tell them to stop!

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      Bridget hairline 6 years ago

      I think the way the Duggars care for their children borders on neglect. I think allowing your 11-year old son to run around like a hooligan by a 12 foot orchestra pit is one way to ask for trouble. It also should not be the job of the crew to watch out for the younger children. That is the job of the parents.

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      rhonda 6 years ago

      i think that in a time where the majority of people live paycheck to paycheck, this show does nothing to positively influence any one. They have a mental disorder cause no right thinking person has that many children. when someone has an obsession with pets ,they call it hoarding. why is the tv station even giving them airtime? plus all of their views are double standard. The children cant dance as its a Duggards rule but the adults have no control over themselves. This show should be cancelled cause they are having more children for money and that is pretty selfish and sick to be honest

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      6 years ago

      20? Seriously....

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      martine 6 years ago

      The thing that killed me was that pathetic excuse for a wedding dress worn by Anna...shoot the designer!

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      Rachel 7 years ago

      The Duggars are a part of the "quiver" movement. It is misogynistic, and my heart breaks for the Duggar's daughters, to be raised in a quiver household. Obviously, they're brainwashed. There comes a point in a child's life where they have to experience the outside world, judge their values against those of other people, so that they can understand themselves and other people better. The Duggars are raising ethnocentric, ignorant hypocrites who are not going to be able to contribute as much to the world as they would be able to if their parents let them experience the world and form their own opinions. Yes, the parents are controlling, manipulative, and narcissistic. Shame on them. They'll get what they deserve, I'm sure (and it isn't the blessing they think they seem to think they deserve).

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 7 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      I love your articles. However, I believe that the Duggars have mental health issues. Yes, they do! They are abnormal psychologically. No logical, thinking person in their right minds have that many children. Psychologists maintain that some women suffer from baby hunger i.e. they must have a baby, forget that older children need love and care. People should not even bother watching "persons" such as the Duggars. They need intense psychological help. They have a narcissistic personality and have these children to glorify them.

      It is obvious that they do not raise their children. It is the oldest children who raise the younger siblings. This is typical in large families. Parents in large families have it EASY! Parents in large families do not RAISE their children as parents in small families do! Oldest siblings in large families raise the children. This is why oldest siblings in large families are MISERABLE! The only people I truly pity in the Duggar family are the oldest siblins. In fact, I pity ALL OLDER SIBINGS in LARGE FAMILIES- they have no individual lives. In fact, when they become adults, all the oldest siblings leave home in a lighting bolt and never look back. They resent and actually hate their younger siblings. Being the oldest sibling in a large family is analogous to being a slave laborer. No, oldest children in large families have it worse than slave laborers. How wonder many oldest girls in large families leave their parents' residence at very young ages.

      The Duggars are not the only parents who have large families treat their children like they do. In fact, the majority of parents who have large families(five or more children) treat their children in such a matter. People from large families claim to love children but they do not. Parents who have large families see their children as cogs, automotons, and as collective sums, not as individual beautiful beings that parents who have small families view their children. It is the PARENTS who have SMALL FAMILIES who TRULY LOVE children.

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      Pritchard 8 years ago

      You know, I think these people, Mr and Mrs Duggar are hypocrites. No television is allow in their home. They indoctranated their children to believe TV is evil yet they do a reality show which is the worst form of tv ever. It does not compute.

      Seems to be a case of it's okay to participate in trash tv just don't watch it. Talk about mixed messages.

      I find Mrs. Duggar to be a poor role model to her daughters. Obviously she is teaching them that her body is only good for procreation. Nothing more. What about developing your mind, growing your brain?

      These parents outlaw dancing saying it doesn't do anything positive for people. I've got an idea, how about a little less dancing between the sheets you two?

      These kids are homeschooled and only socialize with their brothers and sisters. Kind of makes it difficult to see how the other half of the world lives--which may be 360 degrees opposite of your family.

      I grew up playing in the school yard of my public school with people different from me. Being around others from different socio-economic backgrounds, is the only way to see how you fit in with society, how your family dynamics may differ from others. Sticking to a segragated family system does not teach a child early on about differences, appreciation of differences and most importantly--tolerance.

      These Duggars do not deserve any award for being Perfect Parents. They are anything BUT. The are, however, oppressive, opinionated, controling, manipulative and in for a rude awakening when one, two, three or more of their children ends up a drug addict or worse.

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      Janetta 8 years ago

      Ok, that made me laugh! Turning your womb into a Disneyland turnstile!! LMAO I think that should be the title of your next hub!!