Bringing Up Bates is an American reality television show that began airing on UpTV on January 1, 2015. The show chronicles the lives of the Bates family, a conservative Baptist megafamily from eastern Tennessee.

Family Members Featured

see main article: Bates Family

The Bates family has 19 children from parents Gil and Kelly Jo Bates. They currently have twelve children living at home: Lawson, Nathan, Trace, Katie, Jackson, Warden, Isaiah, Addallee, Ellie, Callie, Judson, and Jeb. The other seven children are married:

Seasons

Season Episodes Premiere Finale
1 13 January 1, 2015 March 26, 2015
2 14 June 4, 2015 September 3, 2015
3 14 January 7, 2016 April 7, 2016
4 25 June 2, 2016 December 29, 2016
5 15 January 5, 2017 April 13, 2017
6 16 June 1, 2017 September 14, 2017
7 26 January 4, 2018 September 26, 2018
8 24 January 3, 2019 November 21, 2019
9 TBD March 5, 2020 TBD

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Season One

Season one began airing on January 1, 2015, and finished airing on March 26, 2015. The season contained thirteen regular episodes.

Major events featured in this season:

Births

  • Bradley Gilvin Bates, son of Zach and Whitney

Gender Reveals

  • Erin and Chad: boy
  • Alyssa and John: girl

Trips

  • Michael visits Brandon in Texas
  • family camping trip
  • the family sings at a bluegrass festival
  • the family visits John and Alyssa in Florida

Birthdays Celebrated

  • Gil (50)

Other

  • special purity ring dinner for Carlin

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Season Two

Season two began airing on June 4, 2015, and finished airing on September 3, 2015. The season contained fourteen episodes.

Major events featured in this season:

Births

  • Charles "Carson" Stephen Paine IV, son of Erin and Chad
  • Allie Jane Webster, daughter of Alyssa and John (birth not featured, just discussed)

Baby Showers

  • Erin
  • Alyssa

Relationships Milestones

  • Brandon Keilen proposes to Michael

Trips

  • Gil, Kelly Jo, and Michael travel to Chicago to meet Brandon's parents
  • Gil and Kelly Jo travel to Florida to meet Allie
  • Gil and Kelly Jo meet Michael in Washington, DC, for the proposal
  • the family lake day is rained out
  • the family visits to Dollywood

Birthdays

  • Addee (9)
  • Ellie (8)

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Season Three

Season three began airing on January 17, 2016, and finished airing on April 7, 2016. The season contained fourteen episodes.

Major events featured in this season:

Pregnancy Announcements

  • Zach and Whitney

Relationship Milestones

  • Nathan begins courting Ashley Salyer

Weddings

  • Michael and Brandon
  • Aunt Beth

Trips

  • Kelly Jo and some of the kids visit Michael and Brandon in Chicago
  • the family goes fishing in Florida
  • Nathan and Lawson visit the Salyer family in New York, NY

Birthdays

  • Papa Bill
  • Judson (5)
  • Bradley (1)

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Season Four

Season four began airing on June 2, 2016, and finished airing on December 29, 2016. The season contained twenty-five episodes.

Major events featured in this season:

Births

  • Kaci Lynn Bates, daughter of Zach and Whitney
  • Brooklyn Elise Paine, daughter of Chad and Erin

Relationship Milestones

  • Tori begins dating Bobby Smith

Trips

  • the family goe sto Florida for Allie's birthday
  • Gil and Kelly go to Niagara Falls

Birthdays

  • Trace (19)
  • Carlin (18)
  • Jackson (14)
  • Jeb (4)
  • Allie (1)
  • Carson (1)

Other

  • a special contest winner gets to spend a day with the Bates family

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Season Five

Season five began airing on January 5, 2017, and finished airing on April 13, 2017. The season contained fifteen episodes.

Major events featured in this season:

Births

  • Lexi Mae Webster, daughter of Alyssa and John

Relationship Milestones

  • Tori begins courting Bobby Smith
  • Carlin begins dating Evan Stewart

Trips

  • the family tours the North Carolina camp where Bobby works
  • Gil and Kelly Jo go to Chattanooga, TN
  • the family visits Bobby in Florida
  • the family tours Spartanburg, SC, Kelly Jo's hometown
  • Kelly Jo visits Michael in Chicago
  • the family goes to Florida for Alyssa's baby shower
  • Lawson and Nathan visit the iconic sights of "Real Mayberry" in North Carolina
  • the family travels to North Carolina
  • the family goes skiing in Massanutten, VA
  • Jackson, Warden, Isaiah, Judson, and Jeb visit Brandon and Michaela in Chicago
  • Gil and Kelly Jo go to Australia
  • the family goes to Florida for the birth of Lexi

Birthdays

  • Kelly Jo (50)
  • Katie (16)

Other

  • special purity ring dinner for Katie
  • the youngest boys accidentally set a fire at the family's home

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Season Six

Season six began airing on June 1, 2017, and finished on September 14, 2017. The season is had 16 episodes.

Major events featured in this season:

Trips

  • the family visits Rivers on the Gorge in West Virginia
  • the family travels to Chicago
  • Carlin and Katie go on a road trip with Evan's family
  • Chad and Erin go to Hot Springs, NC

Birthdays

  • Chad (30)

Season Seven

The seventh season began on January 4, 2018 and concluded on September 27, 2018. It contained 36 episodes.

Major events featured in this season:

Births

  • Everly Hope Paine, daughter of Erin and Chad
  • Zoey Joy Webster, daughter of Alyssa and John

Relationship Milestones

  • Bobby Smith proposes to Tori
  • Carlin and Evan begin courting
  • Josie and Kelton begin courting
  • Kelton Balka proposes to Josie

Weddings

  • Tori and Bobby

Pregnancy Announcements

  • Erin and Chad
  • Alyssa and John
  • Tori and Bobby

Gender Reveals

  • Tori and Bobby

Birthdays

  • Josie (18)

Other

Season Eight

Season 8 premiered on January 3, 2019 and ended November 21, 2019. This season has 24 episodes

Major events included in this season:

Relationship Milestones

  • Zach and Whitney renew their vows
  • Evan Stewart proposes to Carlin
  • Trace beings a Friendship with Chaney

Weddings

  • Kelton and Josie
  • Carlin and Evan

Births

  • Kade Ellis Smith, Tori and Bobby's Son

Birth Announcements

  • Zach and Whitney Announce their expecting their third child (later miscarried)
  • Kelton and Josie announce their expecting their first child
  • Zach and Whitney Announce their third Child
  • Chad and Erin announce their expecting their fourth child

Gender Reveals

  • Kelton and Josie: Girl
  • Zach and Whitney: Girl

Honeymoons

  • Kelton and Josie

Trips

  • Josie and Kelly Jo travel to New York, NY, to shop for a wedding dress, then again for a fitting
  • Gil, Kelly Jo, and Carlin travel to Portland, ME, with Evan and his parents for the proposal

Other

  • I Love You Day

Season Nine

Season 9 premiered March 5, 2020.

Major events that took place

Relationship Milestones

  • Trace asks Chaney to Court
  • Trace and Chaney Break Up
  • Travis and Katie start courting

Births

  • Willow Kristy Balka, Kelton and Josie's Daughter (photos)
  • Khloe Eileen Bates, Zach and Whitney's Daughter
  • Holland Grace Paine, Chad and Erin's Daughter
  • Layla Rae Stewart, Carlin and Evan's Daughter
  • Kolter Gray Smith, Tori and Bobby's Son

Birth announcements

  • Carlin and Evan revel their expecting their first child
  • Tori and Bobby announce they are expecting their second child

Gender reveals

  • Carlin and Evan: Girl
  • Tori and Bobby: Boy

Honeymoons

  • Carlin and Evan

Trips

  • The Family takes a vacation to Gatlinburg, TN

Other

  • I Love You Day
  • Gil has shoulder surgery
  • Brandon writes a children's book
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