The Duggar family’s unusual dating (sorry, courting) rules had been well documented long before they were embroiled in scandal.
Once Josh Duggar’s child molestation history – and brazen adultery – was exposed, the family has been under a microscope.
Yet, despite his hypocrisy, and the fact that their every move is under heavier scrutiny than ever, they weather every storm.
TLC axed 19 Kids & Counting, only to quickly come back with Counting On, featuring the same Duggars and their beliefs.
Well, sans the radioactive Josh.
That’s a bridge too far for even the hard core believers. But when it comes to the Arkansas family’s core values, they stand firm.
Their belief system certainly requires conviction in order to practice, since their list of policies for love and life is not short.
Despite Joy breaking rules, Jinger’s new life in L.A. and Derick Dillard’s sex on the brain (so weird), the rules are no joke.
Here are 21 of the most bizarre.
1. Dates Without Chaperones
2. Non-Group Texts
3. Hugs on the Chest
4. Riding in Cars Together
5. Co-Ed Hide and Seek
Whether you’re a fan of Counting On or you simply watch the Duggars from a safe distance out of morbid curiosity, you have some sense of who and what you’re dealing with.
Put another way, you’re probably aware that the family’s belief system, and by extension, their child-rearing methods have been a frequent source of controversy.
Practices such as “blanket training” and other forms of systematic abuse have led to calls for boycotts and even demands for a full CPS investigation in the past.
But the Duggars have refused to shy away or even issue a public apology, which isn’t surprising – and now it looks like these lessons are being handed down.
According to a report from In Touch Weekly, it looks as though the torch is being passed from one generation to the next, in disturbing fashion.
Are Jim Bob and Michelle’s grown children now practicing the same techniques that were used to quite literally whip them into shape in their own youth?
Understandably, fans are terrified that this continued behavior and methodology may eventually result in someone paying the ultimate price.
1. The Originators
2. The Fallen Idol
3. The Stubborn Ones
4. Full Quivers
5. A Dangerous Proposition
6. Casting Pearls Before Swine
It’s been over two years since Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth married in the sort of lavish, massively-attended ceremony for which their family has become known.
And it seems as though the young couple has been enjoying a life of quiet domestic bliss ever since.
Though Joy recently suffered a miscarriage, insiders say Austin has been a tremendous source of support.
The 25-year-old is making a way for himself in one of the few career fields Jim Bob approves of (real estate).
But there’s reason to believe that when they first met, Joy and Austin were not so thrilled with the idea of exchanging vows.
In fact, many fans believe that Joy was forced to marry Austin by heir overbearing fathers.
Here’s everything we know about the situation – and Austin’s surprisingly controversial father – so far:
1. The Not-So-Happy Couple?
2. The Duggars’ Version
3. Do the Math
5. The Wait Is Over
6. Or Is It?
Counting On is basically the reality TV equivalent of Game of Thrones:
On each show, there are roughly four million characters, and it’s often difficult to keep track of who’s doing what … or whom.
The Duggars take a slightly more conservative view on coupling than the residents of Westeros, but all the same, courtships, weddings, pregnancies, and births are a big part of what keeps their core audience tuning in.
So here’s a rundown of what some of Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids are up to these days.
Don’t worry – unlike Thrones, the Duggars won’t be leaving your TV screen anytime soon. Not as long as they continue to make sure Earth’s population growth continues unabated.
UPDATE: The Duggar drama never ends! We’ll continue adding the latest developments to the end of this gallery!