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 an indoor skating park and the young couple work on a special song for Evan's family.
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.
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.
Kelly Jo cashes in on her 'I Love you Day' gift from Gil and wants him to clean up the shed; Nathan makes an impromptu zip line; Carlin paints lines on the new Bates Basketball court; Trace plays a pickup basketball game with a few College players.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly Jo takes the whole family back to her hometown, Spartanburg SC, 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.
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.
The Bates temporarily relocate to a hotel after a house fire; the Bates head to the Ark Encounter; he little boys learn important life lessons when Gil and Kelly try to help them understand the true dangers and consequences a fire can have.
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.
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.
This year, Mother's Day with the Bates is a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more fun; join the family for the most motherly moments throughout the series as we celebrate some of favorite moms; Kelly Jo, Whitney, Erin and Alyssa.
The whole family arrives at the Bates house to celebrate "I Love You Day"; Michaella and Alyssa return home; Nathan's girlfriend arrives for the celebration to have a very important conversation with Kelly Jo and Gil.
Michaella and Brandon travel to Montana for a romantic honeymoon exploring the great outdoors; Gil treats his youngest daughters to a dinner date; Zach comes home from the police academy for a home cooked meal with Whitney and Josie.
Judson turns five and gets a brand new bike for his birthday; Erin heads to Nashville to record a Christmas album; Lawson, Nathan, and Trace get a visit from a couple of The Dixie Stampede trick riders and learn some tricks of their own.
Kelly Jo and the kids travel to Chicago to visit newlyweds Michaella and Brandon and help them get settled in their new apartment, and see the sites in the Windy City; Zach graduates from the police academy.
Kelly Jo whisks Gil away for a romantic overnight stay, while the children plan his surprise 50th birthday party.
Bringing 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, and Kelly Jo delivered every one of them. There are no sets of multiples in their family either. They have four children that are married: Zach, Michaella, Erin, and Alyssa. Gil and Kelly Jo also have six grandchildren with two on the way due April 2018, Zach and Whitney have Bradley and Kaci. Chad and Erin have Carson and Brooklyn; they are currently expecting Everly in April 2018. John and Alyssa have Allie and Lexi; they are currently expecting Zoey in April 2018. The Bates family had a TV show in 2012 called United Bates of America, and it was announced in October 2014 that the Bates family would return in a new series which would be called Bringing Up Bates. The series debuted on January 1, 2015. UP TV revealed that the show would be returning for another season in June 2015. The second season started on June 4, 2015.
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