17 Kids and Counting

DVD Release: February 23, 2010


Follows the lives of the Duggar family, a couple married more that 20 years from Arkansas who have been blessed with 18 gifts – ten sons and eight daughters and the newest addition a grandson.

Dove Review

If you ever have wondered what it would be like to live in a large family-well then, this documentary is for you. The Duggar family have eighteen children plus take care of their parents and now are entering into the grandparent stage. This inspirational family discusses their family values, moral issues and every day life. You will watch as they travel to Ecuador to help as missionaries, prepare to be in a Christmas parade, power their home in an ice storm and add a new member to the family by marriage. These are just a few of the topics in these episodes about this amazing family.

Included are the family’s thoughts on topics such as television, movies and family. You will also see what it takes for the entire family to take a trip or how they home-school the children. They are an interesting family who will astound you.

This story is truly an inspiration to any family. You will laugh at some situations which happen in this family and shed a tear at some of the challenges they confront. The Duggars are a Christian family who never forget their values of working together and helping others. This is just an amazing story. We award our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal to this DVD for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple kiss in the documentary.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Prescribed medication for family members who are ill.
Nudity: None
Other: Moral values discussed regarding birth control, movies and Christian values.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Director: Sean Overbeeke
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 440 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe