via press release:
TLC welcomes another large brood that’s still counting in “The Bates Family Special”. The one-hour follows a remarkable family of 21 living a simple, back-to-basics, music-filled life in the picturesque hills of East Tennessee. Parents Gil and Kelly Jo, who have 18 kids, believe that family is the key to happiness and demonstrate that in their everyday life. As we get to know each member of the family, we learn that Kelly Jo is soon going to deliver their 19th baby, and only one family member gets to know the gender ahead of time. We ride along with Gil and his boys as they go to work for their somewhat dangerous family business- a tree removal service. We also see how Gil and Kelly Jo spend their 24th wedding anniversary…and so do the kids since they all come along. And finally, we are there with them when they deliver their precious new baby!