Tuesday, October 22, 10:00 PM, Josh & Anna: Our Story

They may not have 19 kids, but with 3 and counting, Josh & Anna Duggar have quite the story to tell. Watch as we take a look back at their defining moments from courtship to marriage with never before seen footage of Josh and Anna through the years.

60 minutes

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

We just saw Josh&Anna's story on the anniversary show.We also we saw the entire courting, engagement,wedding,3 pregnancies and births! What's left to tell?
Anonymous

tulip said...

What in the world is TLC thinking this is an episode? Yes, exactly, we just saw all this stuff, not to mention it all happening in real time over the years. Never before seen footage? Hopefully not of the wedding night. More scenes of side hugs and balloon bouquets? Wow, ok. The thing is, this episode will still probably bring in 1 million viewers!...Ugh.

Pam said...

I agree, this is all OLD stuff. Once again, proof they are out of ideas.

Anonymous said...

Do you think this is a test to see if josh and Anna have the ratings to carry their own spinoff show?

Anonymous said...

More media attention to Josh and Anna by TLC is probably considered a big bonus by the powers-that-be at his new job. I'm sure they think it's a big score to be able to associate themselves with the Duggar brand whenever and wherever possible. The whole clan just appeared at the Value Voter's Summit which, I believe, was put on by Josh's employer.

Andrea said...

If I was Josh I'd be embarrassed. I mean doesn't his work and intelligence speak for itself, I guess not. Instead the right wing think tank he works for, parades out the Duggars to bring out voters. Josh you got the job so your family would be obligated for turn up to rallies. Doesn’t that bother you in the least? I think someone already mentioned that it’s highly unlikely Ken Cuccinelli will win in Virginia. Incidentally, someone else mentioned, no one the Duggar’s have every campaigned for have won. When will Republicans realize the Duggar’s are not helping the cause, but rather hindering it.

Boo's Mom said...

Seriously? We already know about both of them and their courtship and marriage. And NO I do not see them having their own show. Specials perhaps.

Anonymous said...

this show is about as exciting as watching paint dry

just call me pete..i mean repeat said...

Seen it all before, this is just like Michelle and Jimbob..same stuff different year. How bout the Bates TLC..i'd rather watch them for awhile ..i think.. but not to long or else same thing will happen same ole same ole ...why do they constantly go over the same stuff? We out here in the wicked viewing audience do have the ability to remember what we have all seen before. Repete Repete ...if they have nothing new to show pull the plug. But its boring now.

Judy said...

In general, "reality" shows are very cheap to produce...this kind of show is even cheaper...they just string together the same old footage and can call it new to attract viewers.

Beth Anne said...

Re: Instead the right wing think tank he works for, parades out the Duggars to bring out voters.

In all fairness, none of the candidates the Duggars have endorsed have asked them to campaign for them. JimBob has admitted this much. It seems like HE is the one spearheading this effort, picking some candidate and packing up the whole family to travel and parade around like they are some sort of political superstars. I mean, I'm sure Rick Santorum and this Cuccinelli guy appreciate it to some degree, but I think the whole thing speaks to JimBob's inflated sense of self-importance.

And, how much structured, formal "education" are the under-18 Duggars getting when they are constantly being pulled here and there for some candidate they've never met and to whom their Dad just attaches the family? If they were more skilled teachers, JimBob and Michelle could probably structure some formal social studies/political studies into their travels, but they seem to busy posing for cameras and talking in platitudes to offer any type of in-depth, well-rounded education on this front.

Anonymous said...

RE: JB and family campaigning for political candidates

Someone posted earlier that none of the candidates they have campaigned for have won. If I were a candidate and saw them coming I'd run the other way!

hannah said...

How much of the shows(non-clip shows) have new footage. I think the coming up next and the flashbacks take up a good 5 mins of an episode.

February said...

Oh wow! I can learn SOOO much from a couple married only 5 years! (SARCASM)
Dear TLC: I don't care. This couple is annoying. I get it that they *think they do things "differently" than the rest of us. But you know what? "The rest of us" aren't all cookie cutters either. Please stop highlighting this couple. They have done nothing special in life that was not handed to them due to their appearance on TLC.

tater tot said...

Arent we glad we are not all their kind of cookies--(SNARK). I make sure my kids are in car seats..i make sure they are not in dangerous situations..i know sometimes stuff happens. But The Duggars scare the heck out of me with their lack of sense in these areas actually in many areas. Don't get me started on the almost 50year old Michelle wanting to have another blessing---run Hannie Run. They do not care what can happen from an older woman giving birth...its all about Michelle wanting to be back in the lime light and if she has a sick baby--they will be thanking god. I dont get it..well except for the TLC money train. Michelle only likes the kids when they are nursing then off they goo to the sister moms...no life for sister moms. Thats DuggarLand. They would be almost 70years old when their blessing is 20...not right and not fair to the "blessing" or to the sister mom.

Nancy said...

I'm about JB's age and would NEVER consider having a baby. Getting pregnant at 39 with a due date on my *40th* birthday was scary enough (I later miscarried).

These people want the number; the well-being of the kids are no longer their concern. Oh, I doubt they blanket train any longer; the cameras are there too often to have any training they have be consistent enough to stick, as it did with the older kids who WERE raised in that manner (the Duggars hyped the Pearls' book "To Train Up A Child" on their website for years before the heat got to them).

Anonymous said...

We Know the STORY come on now The men cant cook clean or take care of the kidos so sad this is 2013 where a lot of men know how to take care of kids cook clean so we know all about Josh and Ann STORY we baby talk to kids just like Michelle we know the STORY

Anonymous said...

I think Anna is a wonderful mother! Her children seem to adore her and they always look nice and happy. I think she means well with what she does for and with them. It must be hard to be watched by so many people.

Nana Sew Dear said...

The older kids seem well behaved despite being "trained up" by the book that has inspired more than one family to beat their child to death with a pvc pipe. Their manners are questionable, they are always rolling their eyes at anyone who doesn't fall in line with their very narrow world view.

hannah said...

Josh has to "pitch" a broken toy jeep.

Anonymous said...

When Anna was speaking about her and Josh's courtship. She said her father asked her " if the Lord had been talking to her about any boys lately" ... Lol I'm sorry but some of the things they say are just so funny to me.

Anonymous said...

Courtship seems like a small step above arranged marraige. Mom, dad, and the Lord have an awful lot to say in the matter. Seeing how the couple will be together forever after getting married maybe they should be a little more involved in deciding how they should pursue one another. Im curious if Josh and Anna had decided that kissing *gasp* would be their limitation during courtship if their families would have dissaproved and counseled them. What if one of the boys says "no thanks" to being chaperoned?If one of them is smart they will tell Jim Bob that they spoke the lord and he said it was okay to date around to find the right one.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that when the Duggars were in Virginia last week stumping for their candidate singing; "Standing on the Rock of Ages" and again this week at the airport,(heading to California) both times Anna is still in flip flops. The only time I've seen her in shoes was the anniversary dinner. I know we all seem to agree that the Duggars aren't safety conscious, but it must be very dangerous climbing thoses stairs at their home with the baby in her arms.
Anonymous

no1 said...

The Josh and Anna recap show seemed like a launching pad set-up. They even had their own intro. Do I smell spin-off?

no1 said...

I confess I was unable to control my smirking when Josh and Anna were sharing (or is it fellowshipping???) their sage marital advice.

Willow said...

Oh, Josh and Anna are DEFINITELY getting their own show. I have suspected this from day 1. I always wondered why ALL the focus had to be on Josh and JB and Michelle. I kept wondering WHY there was no focus on any of the other children. That could all be fine, since he was the oldest, most ambitious and married. The problem is, however, is that - to me - its just boring now. Anna is a nice girl, but I am sick her face and Michelle's face, talking to the camera in a baby voice. OVER it. I feel they missed their chance to rejuvenate the show when they didn't move on, at least a little, to some new subject matter.

tulip said...

"I think Anna is a wonderful mother!"..."It must be hard to be watched by so many people."

Josh & Anna are CHOOSING to be watched by so many people. Anna appears to be really trying to be a wonderful mother, just like many, many other 20-something new moms out there. I don't see anything especially amazing with her that she (& Josh) should think they have the "qualifications" to already be some kind of mentors, which is how I often see them being portrayed.
The simple concept of safety awareness alone that very often seems overlooked is just one example of why they should not be put up on a pedestal (and, yes, they are put up on a pedestal by many!-and certainly seem to be accepting of it as well as touting for more.)
Truth is, they are a very young couple, and just because they already have 3 kids, and Anna is on her third round of baby care 101 does not automatically shift them into a new "higher-up" category. They are still in the very early stages of learning, not teaching, which they may not deny, but I certainly haven't seen them voluntering that perspective (unless, of course, it's in response to allowing Mackynzie to eat giant spoonfulls of raw cookie dough like it's a meal.)
Will TLC give them their own show? Dare I say, after last night, I myself saw the test balloon floating across the screen.

Judy said...

Did anyone else see the pop up that Anna took 15 pregnancy tests over the four month period she was trying to conceive? That's an expensive thing to do! And now they're "not trying but not not trying," which I think means they don't pay as much attention to her cycles.

Dawn Oand said...

On last night's episode Anna was really struggling with her words to say that they aren't trying to get pregnant again but that they aren't NOT trying to get pregnant again. Now that she has 3 children and she doesn't have the daily help from Josh's sisters, she may be thinking twice about having a lot of kids.
Also, on a recent episode, Jackson said that Anna came over to their house EVERY DAY. On last night's episode, Anna said that in Arkansas she was used to going out EVERY DAY but now that they are in DC she has to get used to staying home most days. I think Anna is already starting to miss all of Josh's sisters and may want to slow down on the baby-making.

tulip said...

Actually, having another quick thought pass through my mind, I can definitely see TLC trying out a Josh & Anna show-looking back I can see signs for the set-up. First, how much longer can 19k&c go on anyway? Nobody really cares about JB & Michelle anymore. Even if there was another baby, it would just be too controversial, and rather sad. They are too old to adopt, not to mention that just seems like all talk anyway. The older kids are the only ones with any remote interest, and mostly only to see who will get married and when. They don't seem to be moving along with any "real" education or jobs, and if they do, who cares? Honestly, how often do they show John-David, Joseph or even Josiah? Right. They try, but really, it's just not that interesting. We've already seen the Duggars do just about everything, after all, they've been on for almost 10 years now.

Josh & Anna are a young family with 3 kids and no doubt about to add more. They seem to have been painting Anna into somewhat of an airhead lately, maybe to play into the "entertainment" of a mom trying to deal with little kids, make her hubby happy, all while trying to navigate big, worldly citylife. TLC seems pretty comfortable to keep turning a blindeye and completely ignoring Josh's FRC job, so that doesn't seem to be any kind of a roadblock. If one of the older kids has a wedding, new job, baby or whatever, it could easily fit into the Josh & Anna show. They could devote 2 or 3 episodes to a courtship briefing & wedding ceremony. Another episode would be Anna traveling to "help out" with one of her sister-in-laws home birth while Josh stays home with the kids playing Mr. Mom. Etc., etc. Just wait & see...

Boo's Mom said...
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Boo's Mom said...

The show was cute. But there was nothing special or remarkable about their relationship "advice" I'm glad they are happy, sincerely but how are they really any different than any other young couple starting a family?

Nancy said...

So Anna leaves the garbage all day if Josh forgets to take it out before he leaves for work? Or, horrors, she might have to WORK and take out the garbage HERSELF if she didn't have a husband!!!

I just couldn't with her "At least *I* have a husband." Look at him, Anna. That's not saying much, but thanks for your condenscension, really "encouraging" those single girls out there. NOT.

MCL said...

Their kids are truly adorable. But I do fear a Josh and Anna spinoff. It would be so boring! I wish they would just go,live their life and stop trying to be such an "encouragement" to all of us "heathens" who don't follow Gothard hook line and sinker.

Londonbridges said...

Anna is watched by so many people as a result of JimBob and Michelle selling out their family and privacy. The paycheque drawn from TLC is all the incentive JimBob and Michelle require. How am I to be encouraged by the very so-called elite "Christians" who have sold out their own blessings' privacy? JMHO

Elvira said...

$15 isn't a big deal. They're only a dollar each at Dollar Tree and even less ordered in bulk from Amazon.

Nancy said...

Ratings:
1.520M viewers/0.5 rating

Miz Kizzle said...

God must be busy 24/7 talking to the Duggars. They seem to get his input on everything from what to eat for dinner (the Lord of Hosts loves him some Tater Tot casserole!) to how best to comport themselves in foreign lands (God's totally down with mocking the food and the local customs.)

Anonymous said...

I agree there was nothing new about this episode. It seems like a sneaky move to use flashbacks on things we have seen over and over. There is nothing special about this couple. Lots of women take care of kids, and work. I work with much more amazing people than these folks. It is time to pull the plug on this show, and hit JB where it hurts = the wallet!

sandi said...

I imagine they are paying even more attention to Anna's cycles,now that they don't have as much help,are just starting out near DC,and are traveling a lot.Jmo, but I think they know they already have their plates full,and another one on the way right away would really add to it.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how the older Duggar girls feel about having their pictures paraded on the screen while a voiceover talks about how there are a number of them of age for courtship and marriage. They have done this more than once on the show, and it looks like advertising them. Ick.

tulip said...

They said they weren't too nervous about the first kiss because they had seen their parents kissing? I hope what they showed everyone on the alter was not representative of how they saw their parents kiss...very yuck. Anna reminded Josh to aim? Gee, how romantic...super yuck. We all saw Josh dive in, manhandle poor Anna's face and suck face. Talk about inappropriate, that would be it. Sorry thing is, we've seen this same first kiss play out at the other weddings where they made sure to save it for the alter. What's with these guys? I really hope Chad & Zach will proceed more carefully with their brides and break this creepy Gothard cycle.

Anonymous said...

I got the impression that Anna is enjoying being on her own, away from the extended family and that she likes being able to stay home more. I loved the air quotes when her dad asked her "if the Lord was speaking to her about anyone" in particular. It struck me though as almost making a mockery of what they believe! Did anyone else think so?

Ashley said...

I usually really like the Josh and Anna episodes, just because they are more relatable than the whole group, but it was kind of boring how they showed all the stuff we've seen before. Someone mentioned a spin-off show--I'd watch it. :)

I thought it was cute that Mackenzie said "Where did we move when I was born?" because she knew they moved when Marcus was born, so she's just figured that was status quo.

It seems like Josh and Anna have a very loving marriage and they work hard to keep it that way. They seem to go out of their way to make sure the other one feels loved and appreciated--something we could all use more of, IMO.

The end did seem almost like a commercial for the girls who are "waiting" to be courted. That was weird.

Stephanie said...

My daughter is 14, her favorite is Michael and she laughs at everything he does something and she thinks he's just the cutest thing. I have previously said when Anna's kids look at their mom they see true love. I do NOT see that from Jen Jordyn or Josie when they look at their mom or talk to their mom. Mac was not promted to hug Anna in that interview, that was magic and lovely.

Michelle may have had that relationship with her older kids at one time. The most emotion we have ever seen regarding Michelle was Josiah bursting at the baby #20 announcement. They keep saying Josiah is lively and outgoing but we don't get to see that side of him.

sandi said...

I have a feeling Chad and Zach will be most gracious and thoughtful of their new brides with that first kiss. :)

Anonymous said...

Anon, I was struck by the way she said the comment her dad made about girl talk with the Lord. I didn't even remember the air quotes because the way she said it seemed to be in jest.

Ashley said...

In one of the flashback scenes, I saw that box marked "Cash" that people on here have talked about. I noticed that there was a box next to it marked "Checks" which made me think it's more likely receipts than actual cash. Just a random thought.

flowerchild said...

I think that if 19 kids and Counting is dropped we'll see some of the older ones making a run for it. I hope so, getting a job on your own or going to college isn't evil. These kids deserve a chance to be their own selves a not what mommy and daddy dictate.

Willow said...

I don't get why John David, at age 24 or so, can't just say "God laid it on my heart that I can live in my own house". He is an adult and has a right to have his own relationship with God. How could JB or Michelle possibly argue that? This is so rediculous. I think that especially the males should have this option. The females should as well but I just can't believe that John David (or Zach Bates) can't be an adult. Its embarassing. IMO, of course. The constant "watching" and "accountability" cannot possibly be sustained in the long run. Such a waste of time.

Nana Sew Dear said...

I kind of like Anna and her way of mothering.I've never heard her yell or seen her lose it. That kind of calm makes me hope that she and Josh don't have more than four children.

mom in texas said...

Willow said...
I don't get why John David, at age 24 or so, can't just say "God laid it on my heart that I can live in my own house".
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Because John David has been trained for 24 years to not question one thing mommy and daddy tell him. He "knows' that God would never lay anything directly on his heart. It, like any contact with the opposite sex, would have to come through his parents first, even a sign from God. It's all really sad when you think about it.

Stephanie said...

Lol we all know that the Lord persinally speaks to Jimbob and tells hin such thinga as "running for state legislature" and not usinf birth control. Must be nice to make whatever decision you like and conviently state that it is God's Will. I might start using that one. "I shouldnt eat that third piece of pizza but God laid it on my heart so its ok"

Anonymous said...

"Because John David has been trained for 24 years to not question one thing mommy and daddy tell him. He "knows' that God would never lay anything directly on his heart. It, like any contact with the opposite sex, would have to come through his parents first, even a sign from God. It's all really sad when you think about it. "

You know what this reminds me of? I was a reading a book by one of those women who escaped from the FLDS. There were a bunch out at once and I read a few. So this woman was saying how the men would say that God spoke to them about who they were going to marry (or the prophet got the revelation) and sometimes two men would claim that God told them each to marry the same woman. This woman said it would be much easier if God gave the revelation to the woman. But of course that would never happen.

I do have to say I think renting out the house and putting a little nest egg aside is a good idea. But only if it's John David's decision. He shouldn't be forced to live at home if he'd rather be independent.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. The Duggars are nothing like the FLDS! They love their children and mean them no harm. They are a beautiful family and although their beliefs are nothing like mine, I admire how devoted they all are to each other.

We would have much less teenage problems and suicide if children felt loved and cared for.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this episode and would also watch a spin-off. I'm around the same age as Josh and Anna and enjoy watching other young people on TV not arguing, drinking, fighting, cursing, etc. And they may not offer "sage" marriage advice, but it is nice to see a young couple atleast trying to maintain a healthy relationship.

Faith said...

"Anonymous Anonymous said...
I enjoyed this episode and would also watch a spin-off. I'm around the same age as Josh and Anna and enjoy watching other young people on TV not arguing, drinking, fighting, cursing, etc. And they may not offer "sage" marriage advice, but it is nice to see a young couple atleast trying to maintain a healthy relationship."

I agree. They seem like a loving couple and family, who show love and affection for their children and each other. They appeared genuine to me. And I also like the fact that they are a more wholesome option compared to most tv programs & "reality" shows, including many of the other shows on TLC.

zebracrossing said...

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/249-Panorama-Dr-Oxon-Hill-MD-20745/37457042_zpid/



Josh and Anna's house....rent is $2400.

zebracrossing said...

Josh and Anna on Ray Comfort show they just taped in California.

It almost sounds like the co-host is making fun of the Duggars. Ugg.

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/watch/C7PHypYkDmA/josh-duggar-on-courtship-29/

katieann said...

$2400 a month might seem outrageous by Arkansas standards, but for the location, it's about average. It's only slightly higher than our mortgage payment, and we live in a similarly priced neighborhood.

I wonder if the Family Research Council is footing any of that bill, or if Josh is making enough to support his wife and three children AND pay that rent? I know they get payouts from TLC, but they're not in every single episode these days.

Anonymous said...

For some reason in my area this week there have been a number of repeats of this past season. Today involved the trip to DC to "window shop" for a home. I had never heard that expression before. As they were boarding the plane for DC, Anna was pushing the stroller up the ramp with both children in it. She was only weeks from delivery, really large. In fact,she needed special permission to fly. Josh followed her up the ramp with just a backpack on his back and his phone in his hand..texting. In DC, Anna was sightseeing with the children, running across the streets in her flip flops. That can't be good for an expectant mom so late in pregnancy. Josh went to his meeting for his new job in jeans...in DC.t Back home Anna sked him to take the children to the thrift store for shoes. She told him very clearly that he sholud keep the kids in the stroller or it would become a problem. The very first thing he did was to take both kids out of the stroller and then complained that they were running all over the place. Anna blamed herself for this as she didn't write it down, she just gave him the instructions verbally. I hope this was just imaturity on his part and now that they are on their own he will step up to the plate and be a real man.

sandi said...

I do wonder if tlc tells Josh to do (or not do) these things just to get everyone talking.After all,even negative attention is better than none.And tlc always sends Anna on these jaunts heavily pregnant..ie-the bus trip,waddling around Niagrara Falls,etc.Now it was DC in flip flops pusing a double stroller.No telling what it'll be next time.I do wish they would give her a break during the end of her pregnancies.
I do think Josh 'taking a nap' during Michael's birth was staged.I think there was some arguement as to the cameras going in with Anna in the bathroom (as there should have been!),and tlc offered him the solution of taking the repsonsibility off his shoulders by staging the nap.This way,it appeared they went in on their own.That is all JMO though.

Anonymous said...

"I enjoyed this episode and would also watch a spin-off. I'm around the same age as Josh and Anna and enjoy watching other young people on TV not arguing, drinking, fighting, cursing, etc. "
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ReaAnd I also like the fact that they are a more wholesome option compared to most tv programs & "reality" shows, including many of the other shows on TLC."

Reality tv isn't always the real picture. I doubt if the Duggars are story book perfect. i find it hard to believe 21 people never disagree or argue about anything. None of us knows what happens when the cameras are off. Anna and Josh have never lived in the real world. They got married off before they had a chance to live on their own and find out who they are.