The Duggar Kids could watch ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and other retro TV shows

The Duggar family may have earned their fortune in a TV reality show, but that does not mean they welcomed television into their lives. In fact, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were careful not to allow their 19 children to view television programs and movies as inappropriate. The couple’s children may only watch a few selected shows, including Small cottage on the prairie.

The Duggar children had limited access to television

Jim Bob and Michelle did not start their marriage with ultra-strict rules and regulations. Before most of their children were born, Michelle wore pants. The couple also watched TV and used contraception. After engaging in an ultra-conservative Christian ministry, that all changed.

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In the couple’s book The Duggars: 20 and Counting, Michelle explained that the couple was turning on their television when they felt they were no longer joining a family for it. By the time most Duggar children arrived, the Duggars not only had a television, but media access to the family was severely restricted. The Duggar kids are only allowed to watch a handful of approved movies and television shows.

Jim Bob and Michelle did allow their children to watch television programs

Even without a TV set, the Duggar kids could watch some media. What they were allowed to watch, however, was strongly composed by Jim Bob and Michelle. Over the years, the Duggar family has repeatedly discussed their media rules, including how to keep their family away from inappropriate content online. They also indicated what performances they may see to grow up.

AJ Calloway and Hilaria Baldwin pose with the Duggar family
AJ Calloway, Hilaria Baldwin and the Duggar Family | D Dipasupil / Getty Images for Extra

So, what shows did the Duggar kids watch? Jim Bob stated it The Andy Griffith Show was on the family’s approved watch list. The program, which was a small town in the 1930s, was broadcast in the 1960s when Jim Bob and Michelle were both young. Small cottage on the prairie and I love Lucy both were also on the approved watch list. Jinger Duggar refers Small cottage on the prairie in one of the family’s first TV shows. Both Joy-Anna and Jill Duggar said they were watching I love Lucy, too. Reportedly, they watched all the programs on DVDs.

Some of the Duggar kids do things differently with their kids

While the children of Duggar grew up watching very little television, they may not be following in their parents’ footsteps. Jessa Duggar allows her three children, Spurgeon, Henry and Ivy Seewald, to watch some cartoons. Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, allow their children to watch a “family program,” although the couple did not offer fans a list of series they find acceptable for their children.

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Although some of the Duggars allow their children to watch TV shows, most follow in Jim Bob and Michelle’s footsteps about having an actual TV set in the house. Jill and Derick do not own a television. They allow their children to stream content on a laptop. Nor does Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, seem to own a TV. Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth do not seem to have a TV in their house either.