Former high school sweethearts, Jim Bob and Michelle firmly believe that every child is a gift to be cherished. After more than 20 years of marriage, the couple has received 17 gifts — ten boys, seven girls — with number 18 on the way. With only two sets of twins among the 17 children, Michelle has been pregnant for nearly 12 of her 40 years on earth. Another vital piece of Duggar trivia is that each child’s name begins with a “J” — Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah and baby Jennifer.
The premiere episode of 17 KIDS AND COUNTING takes culture shock to the next level, as the family journeys to New York City for a Mother’s Day surprise. Viewers will see that hailing cabs in the Big Apple for 19 people is difficult — but not impossible. Later, the series introduces viewers to the latest business venture for the always entrepreneurial family — the Duggar Used Car Lot. Finally, this family that is known for births also has a wedding to plan with the engagement of eldest son Josh. Viewers will follow the couple from courtship to the altar and have the chance to learn about dating “Duggar style,” where hand-holding is a luxury that only the engaged can enjoy.