I see where the Duggars are headed… and “Duggars on a Double Date”

I already think I can predict what’s going to happen to the Duggars in the not-so-distant future. Let’s take a look at some of TLC’s past famous families:

The Roloffs: Became famous because TLC made a TV series based on a popular one-time special episode. Gained popularity as people watched for their unique family challenges and cute kids. TLC started sending them on trips and putting them in weird situations for more interesting episodes. Eventually, episodes started focusing on the mundane. There was a scandal (dad Matt’s DUI). Then I stopped watching because they were too annoying.

The Gosselins: Became famous because TLC made a TV series based on a popular one-time special episode. Gained popularity as people watched for their unique family challenges and cute kids. TLC started sending them on trips and putting them in weird situations for more interesting episodes. Eventually, episodes started focusing on the mundane (e.g. dentist trips and installing blinds). There was a scandal (Jon allegedly cheating on Kate, and maybe Kate cheating on Jon). Then I stopped watching because they were too annoying.

The Duggars: Became famous because TLC made a TV series based on a handful of popular special episodes. Gained popularity as people watched for their unique family changes and cute kids. TLC started sending them on trips and putting them in weird situations for more interesting episodes. Eventually, episodes started focusing on the mundaine (e.g. dentist trips and installing blinds). …Wonder what’ll happen next…

As for last night’s episode of “18 Kids…,” in which Josh and Anna had a visit with the OB and then went on a double-date with Cousin Amy and Boyfriend Mike, here’s a few notes based on my Twitters during the show:

  • I love Anna, but don’t love the way she uses “And…” as a pause word.
  • Josh is a huge jerk. His wife had morning sickness and they were already running late for her doctor’s appointment, but he had to make a detour to pick up a car for his used car lot… which he ended up not being able to tow anyway, because it had 4-wheel drive. Then they were late for the doctor and he no longer has the excuse that he’s part of a 20-person family, so he just looks like the jerk that he is.
  • Anna’s using the same OB as her mother in-law, how sweet/gross.
  • “She’s like the master of swallowing.” Best quote of the night. Yes, Josh was referring to Anna’s ability to swallow vitamin pills, but thank you TLC for including that one.
  • Also, thank you Josh for pushing the camera crew out of the exam room during your wife’s internal ultrasound, there are some things that do not need to be on TV. However it was very telling that the crew sort of expected that they would have been allowed to stay – I think Josh will let them film almost anything (e.g. he told them Anna was pregnant before he told her). I bet if Dr. Sarver (the OB) hadn’t mentioned that they should probably leave, we would’ve seen the whole exam on the show.
  • Why does Josh always drive the cars he’s selling at his used car lot? Doesn’t that just put extra mileage on them, which would be worse when it’s time to sell them?
  • I was already annoyed by Cousin Amy one minute into her appearance on the show. However, Boyfriend Mike is awesome. He would name his kids after Transformers! And during his pre-dinner prayer, he prayed for the baby that was “being processed.”
  • The whole go kart thing was rediculous. The girls could barely maneuver their long denim skirts into the cars, and poor Anna couldn’t even participate! What kind of date/family outing is that?

4 comments on “I see where the Duggars are headed… and “Duggars on a Double Date”

  1. OK so no mention of “Table for 12” !!! I just started watching this show a week or so ago (I’ve seen 2 episodes) and I LOVE this family. The dad is a cop, the mom stays at home with the kids. The family is geniune and (so far) unspoiled by tv cameras and crews and the publicity of it all. I really, really think this family is great. I think out of everybody they are the most “normal” and the parents are genuine, real people who don’t go around bitching because they have so many kids, nor are they total space cases (i.e. DUGGARS) who don’t know when to say when. They take their kids sledding, they make waffles for breakfast. They are raising their huge family to be as normal as possible. I totally admire their morals and approach to having a large family. AND! The dad basically built their house (and not in Duggar kind of way where the church came and basically did a barn-raising). OK I will stop babbling. You must watch it!

  2. I watched the first couple of episodes, but gave up. I think they will head down the same path as the other TLC families. Already they’re being sent on special excursions they probably wouldn’t usually go on, and they had a “going to the dentist” episode! They also star in commercials on TLC for Ragu and other products that are sponsoring them. They’re taking the money and freebies, it’s only a matter of time before the fame messes up their family, too. Which is a shame, because they do seem nice and relatively normal.

  3. I think all of these TV SHOWS should be cancelled.. These people should go out in the real world like all of us, and get a JOB.. I work 70 hours a week…and can hardly afford a mobile home.. Watching these families is annoying and unrealistic.. Have worked all my life and have nothing to show for it..including bankruptcy and 3 repossessions.. C’mon folks.. get with the program.. We southern virginia folks down here in Salem,Va…are hard working people.. Any one agree with me.. contact me.. Donald G. Peterson /Salem,Va 540-380-4303 ps.. GO HOKIES!!!! YEEE–HAAAAWWWW

    • Wow, I wasn’t sure whether to approve the rantings of a man with an AOL e-mail address who posts his full name, city, and phone number (especially since it’s apparently the number of a local Methodist church), but I’m going to allow it.

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