The parents of the Duggar children have spoken out against the controversial documentary series, which exposes alarming details about their family. They have described the show as “derogatory and sensationalized.”
The Duggar family, formerly known for their reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” is now in the public eye thanks to their new documentary series “Shiny Happy People.” The program is produced by Jim Bob and Michelle, the executive producers.
This four-part limited series explores the rise and fall of the Duggar family through the lens of their rise to fame and subsequent fall from grace after allegations that the oldest Duggar son, Josh, had sexually molested five young girls when he was 12 years old. These allegations arose in 2015. Josh eventually admitted that he had sexually assaulted his four younger sisters and a caretaker.
The show was canceled after ten seasons, the first of which started in 2008. In 2021, a court determined that Josh was responsible for possessing child pornography and sentenced him to 12.5 years in prison for his actions.
The now disgraced preacher and founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), Bill Gothard, is also mentioned in “Shiny Happy People” for his radical ideas and activities when he was a member of the IBLP. The series illustrates how big of an influence Jim Bob and Michelle’s participation in IBLP had on them when they were organization members.
The new Amazon Prime series started on Friday, featuring several familiar faces, including Jill and Derick Dillard, Amy and Dillon King, and Deanna Jordan, Jim Bob’s sister.