This Is How The Duggar Family Really Ended Up On Television

This Is How The Duggar Family Really Ended Up On Television

Before the Duggars landed their long-running reality series, which premiered in 2008, they appeared in a series of documentary specials for Discovery Health. The first, “14 Children and Pregnant Again!,” followed the family as they prepared for the birth of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 15th child, Jackson, in 2004. It also gave viewers a look inside how the conservative Christian fundamentalist couple ran their supersized household by doling out housework and having their older kids look after the younger children.

In a May 2022 HuffPost article, writer Andrea Cooper admitted that she was inadvertently (and regretfully) responsible for the Duggars getting those early specials. She recalled how she penned a puff piece about the family for Parents magazine in 2003 — the same year Josh Duggar molested one of his victims, per In Touch. According to Cooper, the article caught the attention of a Discovery Health Channel employee who was high up enough to orchestrate the first documentary’s production.

Michelle confirmed this on the Duggar family’s website. “We prayed about it and felt this would be an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing from God,” she wrote. “We said the only way we would do the documentary is if they did not edit out our faith, because that is the core of our lives.” In their book, “The Duggars: 20 and Counting!,” the family shared the production company’s alleged response: “It’s your story. Share it the way you want to.”

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