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Bringing Up Bates

Bringing Up Bates

Bringing Up Bates (stylized as Br1n9ing Up Bates) is an American reality television show on Up TV. It is centered around Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their 19 children. Gil and Kelly Jo got married on December 19, 1987, when he was 22 and she was 21. Since then, they have had 9 boys and 10 girls, all of whom were born between the years 1988 and 2012. There are no sets of multiples in their family. As of May 2019, they have seven children that are married, as well as ten grandchildren, seven granddaughters and three grandsons, as well as three more on the way.

The Bates family was previously featured on a 2012 TV series called United Bates of America, and it was announced in October 2014 that the family would return in a new series which would be called Bringing Up Bates. The series debuted on January 1, 2015.[1] Season seven began airing on January 4, 2018.[2]

Bringing Up Bates
StarringBates Family
Country of originUnited States
No.of seasons8
No.of episodes105 (including specials) (list of episodes)
Running time20–26 minutes
Original networkUp TV
Original releaseJanuary 1, 2015 –
External links
Website [100]
Production website [101]

Bates family


  • William Gilvin "Gil" Bates – born (1965-01-01) January 1, 1965[3]

  • Kelly Jo (Callaham) Bates – born (1966-10-26) October 26, 1966[4]

  • Anniversary: December 19, 1987


NameDate of birthNotes
1Zachary “Zach” Gilvin(1988-12-30)December 30, 1988[5]Married to Whitney Perkins with one son and one daughter, and expecting their third child, a daughter[5]
2Michael “Michaella” Christian(1990-01-23)January 23, 1990[6]Married to Brandon Keilen[6]
3Erin Elise(1991-05-02)May 2, 1991[7]Married to Chad Paine with one son and two daughters and expecting their fourth child, a daughter [8][9]
4William "Lawson"(1992-07-27)July 27, 1992[10]
5Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan"(1993-08-29)August 29, 1993
6Alyssa Joy(1994-11-09)November 9, 1994[11]Married to John Webster with three daughters [12]
7Tori Layne(1995-12-20)December 20, 1995[13]Married to Bobby Smith[14] with one son
8Trace Whitfield(1997-02-01)February 1, 1997[15]Courting Chaney Grace Kahle[16]
9Carlin Brianne(1998-04-11)April 11, 1998[17]Married to Evan Stewart and expecting their first child[18][19]
10Josie Kellyn(1999-08-04)August 4, 1999[20]Married to Kelton Balka with one daughter [21][22]
11Katie Grace(2000-10-05)October 5, 2000[23]
12Jackson Ezekiel(2002-02-17)February 17, 2002[24]
13Warden Justice(2003-05-19)May 19, 2003[25]
14Isaiah Courage(2004-10-16)October 16, 2004[26]
15Addallee Hope(2006-02-17)February 17, 2006[27]
16Ellie Bridget(2007-04-28)April 28, 2007[28]
17Callie-Anna “Callie” Rose(2009-08-02)August 2, 2009[29]
18Judson Wyatt(2010-09-15)September 15, 2010[30]
19Jeb Colton(2012-02-01)February 1, 2012[31]


NameDate of birthSpouseWedding Date
1Charles Steven "Chad" Paine III(1987-04-18)April 18, 1987Erin EliseNovember 2, 2013
2Whitney Eileen Perkins(1993-09-21)September 21, 1993Zachary GilvinDecember 14, 2013
3John Elliott Webster(1989-11-21)November 21, 1989Alyssa JoyMay 24, 2014
4Brandon Timothy Keilen(1989-09-15)September 15, 1989Michael ChristianAugust 15, 2015
5Robert Ellis "Bobby" Smith III(1995-02-16)February 16, 1995Tori LayneDecember 16, 2017
6Kelton Edward Balka(1995-07-04)July 4, 1995Josie KellynOctober 5, 2018
7Evan Patrick Stewart(1995-08-24)August 24, 1995Carlin BrianneMay 25, 2019


NameDate of birthParents
1Bradley Gilvin Bates(2014-10-29)October 29, 2014Zach and Whitney
2Allie Jane Webster(2015-04-11)April 11, 2015Alyssa and John
3Charles Steven "Carson" Paine IV(2015-05-14)May 14, 2015Erin and Chad
4Kaci Lynn Bates(2016-06-20)June 20, 2016Zach and Whitney
5Brooklyn Elise Paine(2016-08-06)August 6, 2016Erin and Chad
6Lexi Mae Webster(2017-01-26)January 26, 2017Alyssa and John
7Zoey Joy Webster(2018-03-28)March 28, 2018 (age1 year 5 months)[32][33]
8Everly Hope Paine(2018-03-30)March 30, 2018 (age1 year 5 months)[34]Erin and Chad
9Robert Ellis "Kade" Smith IV(2018-11-09)November 9, 2018 (age10 months 12 days) [35][36][37]Tori and Bobby
10Willow Kristy Balka(2019-07-19)July 19, 2019 (age2 months 2 days) [38]Josie and Kelton
11Khloé Eileen BatesDue November 10, 2019Zach and Whitney
12Holland Grace PaineDue December 27, 2019Erin and Chad
13Baby StewartDue February 24, 2020Carlin and Evan

Series overview

SpecialN/ADecember 31, 2015N/A
113January 1, 2015March 26, 2015
214June 4, 2015September 3, 2015
314January 7, 2016April 7, 2016
425June 2, 2016[39]December 29, 2016
515January 5, 2017April 13, 2017
616June 1, 2017September 14, 2017
726January 4, 2018September 26, 2018
8TBAJanuary 3, 2019TBA



Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
Sp–1"Best Bates Moments"December 31, 2015 (2015-12-31)0.154[40]
The family sits down to share their favorite moments and 20th Bates winner is revealed! The family announces that someone is expecting
Sp–2"Mother's Day [41]"May 5, 2016 (2016-05-05)N/A
A look back at all of the motherly moments for Mother's Day with 19 kids and new perspectives from the family.
Sp–3"From the Couch: Back Seat Bates [42]"May 12, 2016 (2016-05-12)N/A
The kids relive some of their favorite memories with Back Seat Bates
Sp–4"From the Couch: Organized Chaos [43]"May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19)N/A
The family sits down to relive some of their favorite moments with Organized Chaos
Sp–5"Summer Fun"May 26, 2016 (2016-05-26)N/A
Memorable summertime events are recalled by the Bates. Included: an adventure at Dollywood; outdoor summer games; and trips to the lake.
Sp–6"From the Couch: The Bates Go To Florida"September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08)N/A
The Bates reflect back on the monster truck ride through the swamp on a Florida adventure.
Sp–7"From the Couch: Thanksgiving"November 17, 2016 (2016-11-17)N/A
The Bates family re-live some hilarious and touching moments from their Thanksgiving at Papa Bill and Mama Jane's house.
Sp–8"Bates Birthing Babies Bonaza"September 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)N/A
In this special episode, we relive the births of Whitney, Erin, and Alyssa's children and the emotional journeys that went along with all 6 of them.
Sp–9"from friends to fiances"September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28)N/A
Take a look back the relationship of Bobby and Tori as the couple celebrates their engagement.

Season 1 (2015)

Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
1"Meet the Bates"January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)0.525[44]
Introduction to the Bates family who have 19 children and are expecting their first grandchild.
2"Courtship and Marriage"January 8, 2015 (2015-01-08)0.491[45]
Erin invites a few of the younger siblings to a sleepover while Michael goes to visit her boyfriend. Zach and Whitney have their final ultrasound. Chad and Erin consult the doctor to find out what caused their miscarriages.
3"Bates Go Wild"January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)0.590[46]
The family goes camping and Kelly Jo has the kids help with packing.
4"Training Up Bates"January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22)0.601[47]
Disciplining kids is never easy, but by now Gil and Kelly Jo have it down to a science with their method: "Train Up." Chad and Erin are expecting again and head for a checkup.
5"Nashville Son"January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29)N/A
Gil, Kelly Jo, and the younger kids plant a fall garden. With so many opinions to juggle, deciding on location and vegetation is difficult. Meanwhile, budding gospel/country singer/songwriter Lawson heads to Nashville to further his musical career. With one published CD under his belt, he lands a meeting with a record-label executive and a coveted session with a well-known vocal coach. Back at the Bates base, the garden finally gets planted with Chad's help and the family eagerly awaits news from Lawson in Nashville.
6"Organized Chaos"February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05)0.555[48]
The family changes their wardrobe from winter to spring, then sings at a bluegrass music festival.
7"Welcome Grandbaby Bates"February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12)0.528[49]
With their first child due in two weeks, Zach and Whitney have a lot to do and the family steps in to help. Finally the big day arrives, bringing with it Bradley – the Bates' very first grandson!
8"The Purity Ring"February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19)N/A
Carlin goes on a special date with Gil and Kelly, who give her a special surprise. The family also visits baby Bradley and his parents, Zach and Whitney. Later, Lawson performs the National Anthem before a huge crowd.
9"Brandon and Michaella"February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26)0.787[50]
Brandon visits, but will there be an engagement?
10"A Big Bates Thanksgiving"March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05)0.353[51]
Headed for a visit with Alyssa and John, the family has to stop and celebrate Thanksgiving. Also: Chad and Erin learn that they are expecting a son!
11"The Bates Go to Florida"March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12)0.258[52]
The family heads to Florida to visit John and Alyssa, who reveal that they are expecting a daughter.
12"All About the Bates"March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19)0.402[53]
The family sits down to answer questions from the fans.
13"A Birthday to Remember"March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26)0.556[54]
The family gathers to celebrate Gil's 50th birthday.

Season 2 (2015)

Season two premiered on June 4, 2015.[55]

Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
1"All Together Again"June 4, 2015 (2015-06-04)0.314[56]
The Bates family celebrates their "I love you" days and then they throw Alyssa a baby shower.
2"Meet the Parents"June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11)0.274[57]
Gil, Kelly, and Michael head to Chicago to meet Brandon's parents while Chad, Erin, and the kids redecorate Gil and Kelly's room.
3"High Risk, High Hopes"June 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)0.262[58]
Chad and Erin have a checkup to make sure the baby is doing well. The boys build a fort. Chad and Erin spend time with Zach and Whitney.
4"Movin' In With Meema"June 25, 2015 (2015-06-25)0.264[59]
Gil and Kelly take Josie and Trace for braces. Later, Kelly takes her mother house-hunting.
5"Blessings... and New Beginnings?"July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02)0.194[60]
Lawson and Nathan have their NYC friends over while the girls throw Erin a shower for baby Carson.
6"Brandon Pops the Question*"July 9, 2015 (2015-07-09)0.326[61]
Gil and Kelly head out to Florida to meet John and Alyssa's daughter Allie Jane, then go to DC to see Michaella get engaged.
7"Doctor's Orders"July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)0.432[62]
Michaella starts to plan her wedding by looking at churches, while Chad and Erin go for another checkup on baby Carson.
8"Life Lessons"July 23, 2015 (2015-07-23)0.222[63]
Kelly shows how she homeschools; Tori heads to college; Nathan goes to flight school.
9"The Wedding To-Do List"July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)0.335[64]
Brandon and Michaella keep planning their wedding; Lawson gets his wisdom teeth extracted.
10"Erin's Little Miracle"August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06)0.319[65]
After three miscarriages, Chad and Erin welcome their first son into the world.
11"Boating With the Bates"August 13, 2015 (2015-08-13)0.294[66]
The family go to the lake for an annual vacation and engage in swimming and boating adventures, but thunder arrives and prompts them to take cover.
12"The Quest for the Dress"August 20, 2015 (2015-08-20)0.374[67]
Michaella goes dress shopping for her wedding gown with her mother and sisters, but she struggles to find something she likes.
13"Addee & Ellie's Pool Party"August 27, 2015 (2015-08-27)0.249[68]
Kelly Jo bonds with Trace; Gil and Josie set off on an adventure; Addee and Ellie have a swim party to celebrate both of their birthdays.
14"Hello Dollywood!"September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)0.197[69]

Season 3 (2016)

Season three premiered on January 7, 2016.

Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
1"Welcome Back Bates"January 7, 2016 (2016-01-07)0.351[70]
Michaella shops for her wedding dress. The family heads to Papa Bill's birthdays. Zach and Whitney announce that they are expecting baby #2
2"Sweet Tea & Sit Ups"January 14, 2016 (2016-01-14)0.239[71]
Gil and Kelly decide to enlists Lawson and Tori for work outs.
3"15 Kids and an Empty Nest"January 21, 2016 (2016-01-21)0.246[72]
Gil and Kelly take the little kids for rollerblading and playground. The boys take Brandon ice skating. The girls head to Erin's for candle making.
4"Headed to the Alter"January 28, 2016 (2016-01-28)0.224[73]
As the family gets ready for the wedding, they take a look back at the courtship. We also get to see Zach and Erin's courtship
5"Wedding Bliss and a First kiss"February 4, 2016 (2016-02-04)0.233[74]
Brandon and Michaella are married.
6"Fly Fishin' Zip Linin' Honeymoon"February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)0.202[75]
Brandon and Michaella are on their honeymoon while Gil takes the little girls for daddy/daughter time.
7"Training Wheels and Trick Saddles"February 18, 2016 (2016-02-18)0.200[76]
Judson celebrates his birthday, the boys got learn some tricks with the horse. Erin and Chad head to Nashville.
8"Windy City Newly Weds"February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25)0.238[77]
Kelly takes some kids to visit Brandon and Michaella. Zach graduates from the police academy. Later Whitney reveals that she is expecting a little girl.
9"Beaches, Boates and Bates"March 3, 2016 (2016-03-03)0.253[78]
The family is heading to Florida to enjoy some time in the sun!
10"Back Seat Bates"March 10, 2016 (2016-03-10)0.252[79]
Zach takes the family to the police academy where they get to ride, do a course and learn about guns. Chad and Erin design the Christmas cover and Lawson sings for the children at the hospital. Also Chad and Erin are expecting a little girl.
11"Time to Renobate!"March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17)N/A
The girls redo their bedroom now that three girls have left. Zach and Whitney finished redoing their living room with a new couch.
12"Bringing Up Bradley!"March 24, 2016 (2016-03-24)N/A
Bradley turns one. Kelly goes overboard on shopping for Bradley's first birthday. Whitney shares a announcement at the birthday party!
13"Love in the heir"March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)N/A
Gil and Kelly celebrate their anniversary. Zach and Whitney check on their baby. Nathan talks about courting Ashley.
14"The Big Apple of Nathan's eye"April 7, 2016 (2016-04-07)N/A
Nathan and Ashley start their courtship. Zach and Whitney revealed the sex of their second child.

Season 4 (2016)

The season started on June 2, 2016

Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
1"Big Family, Big Changes"June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02)N/A
Gil gets ready for surgery while the family holds down the fort. Zach and Whitney share their baby's name.
2"Bates Boy Birthday Bash"June 9, 2016 (2016-06-09)N/A
Trace and Jeb celebrate their birthdays with the boys.
3"A Lovely Day"June 16, 2016 (2016-06-16)N/A
The whole family gathers to celebrate Valentine's Day. Chad and Erin announce baby #2 to the family. Nathan and Ashley share an update on their courtship. The family meets Bobby (Tori's boyfriend).
4"Sunshine State Bates"June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23)N/A
John and Alyssa reveal what they do for a living. John plays softball with his family. Back in Tennessee, The boys finished the fort.
5"Tough Decisions and Large Ambitions"June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)N/A
Nathan announces his break up with Ashley while Lawson talks about his music. The boys cut wood and Gil accidentally runs over Judson's bike.
6"The Big Chili"July 7, 2016 (2016-07-07)N/A
The family performs at a Volunteer Fire Department Chili Fundraiser.
7"The Great Bates Clean-Up"July 14, 2016 (2016-07-14)N/A
The family spring cleans their house. Gil gets sentimental about getting rid of things.
8"Bloopers, Outakes and Mishaps, Oh My!"July 21, 2016 (2016-07-21)N/A
Taking a look back and highlighting the funniest things the Bates kids have done.
9"Birthdays and Boyfriends"July 28, 2016 (2016-07-28)N/A
Allie Jane and Carlin share a big birthday bash back in Florida. Kelly Jo and Gil meet Tori's boyfriend's family.
10"Who's In Charge?"August 4, 2016 (2016-08-04)N/A
The Bates kids are in charge while Kelly Jo and Gil take a much needed vacation; a movie night at Zach and Whitney's house.
11"Bates Make the Grade"August 11, 2016 (2016-08-11)N/A
Trace and Carlin get their high school diplomas; Kelly Jo falls ill while planning the graduation party.
12"The 20th Bates"August 18, 2016 (2016-08-18)N/A
The 20th Bates contest winner embarks on a day-in-the-life of a Bates from doing chores to riding horses.
13"Growing Paine"August 25, 2016 (2016-08-25)N/A
Grandbaby Carson is turning one with a celebration; Erin hosts the party while Kelly Jo arrives with the party's entertainment.
14"Bates Dish It Out"September 1, 2016 (2016-09-01)N/A
A no-limits buffet entices the hungry Bates clan; Lawson acquires a high-profile duet partner; Emily Ann Roberts, a former finalist on "The Voice".
15"You Can't Spell Paintball without PAIN"September 15, 2016 (2016-09-15)N/A
Jackson is turning 14 and helps on a tree job; Erin and Chad record a new lullaby CD; the guys play paintball to celebrate Jackson's birthday.
16"Three Pointers and Puppies"September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)N/A
The Bates boys go to basketball camp; a competition between the brothers; Chad and Erin look for a new puppy.
17"Meet Kaci Lynn Bates!"September 29, 2016 (2016-09-29)N/A
The family gets ready for Kaci Lynn's arrival; Whitney gets an ultrasound and finds out the baby is breach.
18"SUPERSIZED: Extra Paine"October 6, 2016 (2016-10-06)N/A
Jackson's paintball party and a visit from Meemaw.
19"Muddy Buddies"October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)N/A
The family goes on a messy adventure mudding on four wheelers; the weather takes an unexpected turn; Michaella and Brandon come into town to meet the Bates' newest member, Kaci Lynn.
20"Nashville Nights & Country Campouts"October 20, 2016 (2016-10-20)N/A
Lawson shines up his boots for a gig in Nashville; Jackson, Warden and Isaiah camp out in their favorite spot; Lawson takes the stage at a venue in Nashville.
21"And Baby Makes Five?"October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27)N/A
Erin and Chad are days away from meeting their little girl; Erin heads to Nashville to finish her lullaby album; Erin and Chad get a puppy.
22"SUPERSIZED: Extra Birthday Bash"November 3, 2016 (2016-11-03)N/A
More birthday fun with Jeb and Trace.
23"SUPERSIZED: Extra Chili"November 10, 2016 (2016-11-10)N/A
Get more from the Bates as they attend an event at the fire station that saved Addallee's life when she was a baby.
24"SUPERSIZED: Extra Birthdays and More Boyfriends"December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)N/A
The girls' birthday party and Tori's new boyfriend.
25"Year End Special"December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)N/A
The Bates reveal their favorite moment from the past four seasons.

Season 5 (2017)

The fifth season started on January 5, 2017.

Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
1"Summer Lovin', Guitar Strummin' and a Surprise a Comin'!"January 5, 2017 (2017-01-05)0.227[80]
In the fifth-season opener, the Bates head to North Carolina to pick up Warden, Jackson and Isaiah from camp, and Tori's boyfriend gives the family a special tour of camp. Alyssa surprised the family with news that she was pregnant with Lexi Mae.
2"Plans, Bands and Mashed Potatoes!"January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12)0.278[81]
Kelly Jo is about to turn the big 5-0; the Bates boys try to figure out if they can install a real court in their yard; Lawson invites his Band over for a practice in the living room.
3"A Birthday and a Birdie"January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)0.221[82]
Katie receives a purity ring; Mama Jane meets the babies; Kelly Jo and Gil share good news about their new congregation location; three Bates men compete for bragging rights on the golf course.
4"Doggy Dilemmas"January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26)N/A
Erin and Chad have their hands full; puppy training; checking in on newlyweds, Michaella and Brandon, and their life in Chicago.
5"Surprise! Kelly Jo's Big 5-0!"February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02)0.239[83]
Kelly Jo's 50th Birthday Party is planned; Gil takes Kelly Jo on a romantic getaway to Chattanooga, TN, or so she thinks.
6"I Donut Know What I'd Do Without You!"February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)0.234[84]
The Bates visit Florida so that Tori can spend time with Bobby, who has a big surprise for her.
7"Shakeups, Steaks, and Showtime!"February 16, 2017 (2017-02-16)N/A
Lawson releases a CD of original songs and gears up for his first big tour; Zach and Whitney finally get a much deserved date night.
8"Sweet Home Spartanburg"February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)0.240[85]
Kelly Jo takes the whole family back to her hometown, Spartanburg, South Carolina, to continue her milestone birthday celebration; Kelly Jo shows the kids the house she grew up in, her high school alma mater and introduces them to her childhood friends.
9"Fire Trucks and Diaper Dumps"March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02)0.256[86]
The Bates household faces an unexpected emergency when a house fire erupts in the laundry room; Kelly Jo spends some quality time with Michaela in Chicago, before they depart for Alyssa's baby shower in Florida; Alyssa's Diaper Pounding.
10"Loads of Laundry and Lots of Lessons"March 9, 2017 (2017-03-09)0.249[87]
The Bates temporarily relocate to a hotel after a house fire; the Bates head to the Ark Encounter; the younger boys learn important life lessons when Gil and Kelly try to help them understand the true dangers and consequences a fire can have.
11"Bike Racks, Barbers & Big Duets!"March 16, 2017 (2017-03-16)N/A
Lawson's album release tour is in full swing and the next stop is Mount Airy, NC; Lawson and Nathan visit the iconic sights of the Real Mayberry; Gil teaches the younger boys how to build a bike rack out of logs.
12"Mass-a-somethin'"March 23, 2017 (2017-03-23)0.242[88]
The Bates family is hitting the slopes; after ski lessons, the family decides to head down the mountain on their own.
13"Working Up An Appetite"March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30)0.194[89]
The family completes their Basketball court; Carlin and Josie experience a pain-filled escapade when they get their wisdom teeth pulled out.
14"The Cubs Land in Chicago!"April 6, 2017 (2017-04-06)N/A
It's a Windy City adventure for the younger Bates boys; Gil and Kelly Jo are in Australia; Josie is following in her sister's footsteps and taking college courses.
15"New Baby Born and Love All Around!, A"April 13, 2017 (2017-04-13)0.232 [90]
Gil, Kelly Jo and the kids head to Florida to await the arrival of Alyssa and John's second child, Lexi Mae; Alyssa checks in at the birthing center for a checkup; the Bates sisters come together for a spa day and dish about Carlin's new boyfriend.

Season 6 (2017)

Season six started on June 1, 2017 and finished on September 14, 2017.

Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
1"Summer of Love [91]"June 1, 2017 (2017-06-01)0.210[92]
Love is blooming for the Bates, with Carlin finding a special friend in Evan and Tori and Bobby deepening their bond; the married couples have big news, especially Erin and Chad.
2"Road Trip Romance"June 8, 2017 (2017-06-08)N/A
Carlin and Katie hit the road to spend some quality time with Carlin's Songwriting Suitor, Evan, and his family; Evan and the girls have some fun at the indoor skating park and the young couple work on a special song for Evan's family.
3"Bobby's Movin' In"June 15, 2017 (2017-06-15)0.247[93]
Bobby and Tori are making plans for the future; Bobby is hoping to move from Florida to Tennessee to Be closer to Tori; Bobby interviews for jobs and looks for a place to live; Kelly Jo takes the boys to a martial arts class.
4"Sibling Revelry"June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)N/A
Erin, Tori, Carlin, Whitney, Josie and Katie join together for a self defense class and engage in a little friendly competition; Gil gathers the kiddos for a "Car 101" lesson; double date night for the married couples.
5"He Said, She Shed"June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)N/A
Gil must clean the shed when Kelly Jo cashes in on her "I Love You Day" gift from him, but this project is no easy task; Nathan gets sidetracked; Carlin paints lines on the new basketball court; Trace plays a pickup game with a few college players.
6"Newlywed Edition"July 6, 2017 (2017-07-06)0.216[94]
The younger Bates couples see how well they know their respective partners.
7"Don't Worry, We've Goat This!"July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13)0.204[95]
Erin and Chad have expanded their family with twin pygmy goats, but having extra kids means more household chores; Gil and the younger kids stop by to help paint the goats' new shed; Gil and the kids reconfigure a safer design for the zip line.
8"Stop, Drop and Wash"July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)N/A
The Bates Family organizes a car-washing fundraiser to give back to the heroic volunteer firefighters who responded to their emergency situation; Zach gives a tutorial on the do's and don'ts of properly washing a car.
9"MORE Bloopers, Outtakes and Mishaps, Oh My!"July 27, 2017 (2017-07-27)N/A
A look back at some of the funniest and wackiest things the Bates kids have said and done, updated with even more fun clips and mishaps.
10"Lawson and Sadie's Big Breakup"August 3, 2017 (2017-08-03)0.211[96]
Lawson takes the next step with his career and makes a music video, co-starring actress Sadie Robertson; Kelly Jo thinks it's time the middle boys receive a manners lesson so they can become gentlemen.
11"One Cap, Two Gowns?"August 10, 2017 (2017-08-10)0.282[97]
Bobby's big graduation party; a few rounds of disc golf; Bobby and Tori discuss their future together; Josie gets the chance to spend some time with Kelton.
12"The Night The Lights Went Out in Tennessee"August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17)N/A
Now that Nathan is a certified flight instructor, he's moved back to Rocky Top, TN to teach flight lessons; Kacie Lynn is turning the big One; a power outage leads to an impromptu slumber party and game night.
13"The Fabulous Backwoods Bates Boys"August 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)N/A
Zach organizes a camping trip in hopes of having some bonding moments with his brothers; Zach gets an unexpected call; Kelly Jo, Erin and Whitney gather up the younger kiddos for a swimming lesson.
14"Here's the scoop!"August 31, 2017 (2017-08-31)N/A
Kelly Jo, Erin, Carson and Tori head to Chicago to visit Michaela and Brandon and take in a few sights; Carlin, Josie and Katie are on babysitting duty while mom's away.
15"Courtship, Kiddos, and Future Son-In-Laws?"September 7, 2017 (2017-09-07)N/A
The family is headed to an adventure resort on the rim of West Virginia's New River Gorge; Tori's down in the dumps because Bobby won't be joining her on this trip; Carlin is extra excited to have her boyfriend Evan along for the ride.
16"Uncharted Waters"September 14, 2017 (2017-09-14)N/A
The Bates family continues their thrill seeking vacation at Adventures on the Gorge, in West Virginia; a high level white water rafting course; Gil is in for a big surprise when Bobby pulls him aside.

Season 7 (2018)

UP TV announced Bringing Up Bates will return on January 4, 2018 for their seventh season.

Ep #TitleAirdateUS viewers
1"The 4 C's: Carat, Clarity, Carlin & Courtship"January 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)N/A
Evan has the green light to officially court Carlin, he puts his courtship proposal plan in motion; Bobby makes a stop at a jewelry store in Florida; Josie celebrates a milestone birthday.
2"Decorating Dilemmas and Job Decisions"January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)N/A
Michaella and Brandon move out of their one-bedroom apartment and into a new house; Kelly Jo and Erin pay the young couple a visit to lend a hand with decorating their new space; Chad offers is job to Bobby.
3"Bobby's Happy Camper"January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)N/A
Bobby finally makes the big move to Rocky Top, Tenn., so he can be closer to Tori; before he touches down in Tennessee, he stops by a Florida jewelry store to pick up Tori's engagement ring.
4"Sun Day, Fun Day"January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25)N/A
In anticipation of the total solar eclipse, Brandon gives the Bates kids an interactive science lesson, demonstrating how the moon blocks the sun.
5"Erin's surprise takes the cake"February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)N/A
Erin reveals unexpected news to her husband, Chad; Whitney balances motherhood with her new career as a realtor; Whitney gets advice from her new boss; Trace practices basketball drills with his college buddies.
6"The best is Yet to come"February 8, 2018 (2018-02-08)N/A
While Tori is eager for Bobby to pop the question, he is struggling to come up with the perfect proposal plan, so he turns to Gil and Kelly Jo for advice.
7"Bates Sports Special"February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15)N/A
The best Bates sports moments are highlighted.
8"Fan favorite Clips"February 22, 2018 (2018-02-22)N/A
A countdown of the top 25 most viewed clips.
9"Save the Date and Decisions to Make!"March 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)N/A
Now that Tori and Bobby are officially engaged, they're hoping to move up their wedding date; for Nathan's birthday party, the Bates brothers hit the water for some fun in the sun; in wedding planning mode, Tori hunts for a wedding dress.
10"Icing on the Cakes"March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)N/A
Kelly Jo assembles a wedding planning team; Tori desires a winter wonderland wedding; Lawson, Nathan and Trace spend some time at the ranch, catching up and riding horses; Isaiah celebrates his 13th birthday with an epic laser-tag battle.
11"Big Decision, Bigger Opinions"March 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)N/A
The entire family gathers for a family picnic; Gil discovers some mysterious envelopes; Kelly Jo, Tori and her sisters meet up at Renee's Bridal Shop to try on customized bridesmaid and wedding dresses.
12"Fixin' For New Beginnings"March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)N/A
The Bates and the Paines are ready to renovate; subcontractor Chad works on a fixer upper; Erin provides input on interior decorating; Zach and Whitney make a decision to buy a home that needs some work.
13"Can You Have a Wedding Shower Without the Bride & Groom?"March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)N/A
Gil takes Tori out for special father/daughter outing; now that Josie is working toward her cosmetology license, Whitney takes Kaci Lynn to her aunt for her very first hair cut.
14"Beach Blanket Bachelorette!"April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)N/A
Kelly Jo and her sisters have planned a bachelorette beach getaway for the bride-to-be; Bobby recruits some of the younger Bates boys to help him move out of the camper.
15"Another Beautiful Season of Blessings"April 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)N/A
The Bates head to South Carolina for their annual Thanksgiving tradition with Papa Bill and Mama Jane; Josie and Kelton try to gather the courage to ask Gil and Kelly Jo's permission to officially court.
16"Countdown to 'I Do'"April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)N/A
Tori has her final wedding dress fitting and she sits down with Carlin to come up with a hairstyle for her special day; Gil, Nathan, and the middle boys get to work on cutting and trimming trees for Tori and Bobby's winter wonderland wedding decor.
17"Tori's Winter Wonderland Wedding"April 26, 2018 (2018-04-26)N/A
At Christmastime, the family hustles to take care of last-minute winter wonderland decorations for Tori and Bobby's wedding day; when the big day arrives, everyone is full of emotion, especially Gil as he prepares to give his daughter away.
18"A Heavenly Honeymoon & A Courtship Countdown"June 7, 2018 (2018-06-07)N/A
After a picture-perfect wedding ceremony, Tori and Bobby head out for their honeymoon; upon arriving in California, the newlyweds take a romantic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and set sail for a picturesque boat ride on the Monterey Bay.
19"Eye Love You Day!"June 14, 2018 (2018-06-14)N/A
Kelly Jo gets eye surgery to correct her vision; the family prepares for this year's I Love You Day festivities; the growing old together theme may lead to some unexpected costumes, while the single Bates boys may finally secure a seat at the table.
20"Seas the Day!"June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)N/A
Now that many of the older girls have moved out of the house, it's Carlin's turn to tutor her younger siblings; Gil and the family head to Myrtle Beach, S.C., so the children can meet Mama Jane's side of the family for the first time.

Season 8 (2019)

UP TV announced season eight on September 25, 2018. It is scheduled to start on January 3, 2019, it will feature the birth of Tori and Bobby's son, Zach and Whitney's vow renewal, Carlin and Evan's engagement, and Josie and Kelton's wedding.


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