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United Bates of America was an American reality television show that aired on TLC in 2012. The show chronicled the lives of the Bates family, whose lives were later chronicled in the UpTV show Bringing Up Bates.


See main article: Bates family

The Bates family is made up of Gil and Kelly Bates and their nineteen children.

Bates children:



The show ran for one season, which contained eight episodes:

Episode Title Air Date Summary
1 Love Times 21 August 13, 2012 Gil and Kelly Jo just welcomed their 19th child into the world, but some complications send little Jeb back to the NICU. Back home, the rest of family pulls together to create a special homecoming as they plan to celebrate Valentine's Day Bates Style.
2 Papa Bill's Farm August 13, 2012 The Bates head to the farm! Gil and Kelly Jo load up the family bus and head to see Gil's parents. We'll meet Papa Bill and Mama Jane and see what they think of having 19 grandchildren!
3 Practice Makes Perfect August 20, 2012 Gil and Kelly Jo have 19 very well behaved children, but that didn't just happen overnight. Watch and learn some Bates Basics as we see all the training that goes into making this large family a little more manageable in public.
4 19 Kids, 1 Emergency August 20, 2012 The kids must fend for themselves when Gil rushes Kelly Jo to the hospital after realizing she's dealing with more than just the flu. As the family prays back home for a safe and speedy recovery, how will they handle life at home without mom and dad?
5 19 in Training August 27, 2012 Education comes in many forms for the Bates family. Watch as Kelly Jo teaches some of the younger girls how to cook. And later, can the boys keep up when Gil, a former state champion, teaches them how to wrestle?
6 Bates & Duggar Reunion August 27, 2012 The Bates Family is heading to Texas for the annual homeschooling conference! Watch as we see what it takes to get 21 people packed, loaded up, and out the door for a week-long trip. Later, we see them meet up with their friends the Duggars!
7 New Editions September 3, 2012 Gil and Kelly Jo have decided to take on some new tenants: chickens! Despite past failed attempts at keeping chickens, they're determined to make their land productive. Will the family finally get the bounty of eggs they've been hoping for?
8 Bates Plus 12 September 3, 2012 When you have a family of 21, what's a few more houseguests added to the mix? The Bates get a visit from their friends the Paines who are a family of 12. Later, we get a lesson on dating, and the family has one very big announcement to share.