Do The Duggars Have TV? The Family's Relationship With Technology Aligns With Their Values


Ever since the Duggars first appeared on television in 2008, fans have had a lot of questions about the large family. The curiosity can be explained by the fact that the Duggars lead very unique lives, and because Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar seem to make up a lot of rules as they go. Michelle and Jim Bob have created their own little universe of sorts, and fans want to know everything about their day-to-day lives, including the most mundane details, like whether the Duggars have TV. As one might expect, the Duggar's outlook on television reflects their ultra-conservative values.

If you want to understand the thought process behind Michelle and Jim Bob's thinking, you have to look at their lives pre-kids. Before Michelle and Jim Bob had children, they led fairly liberal lives. The couple kissed before marriage, Michelle wore whatever she wanted, and the two even used birth control, according to The Inquisitr. After the miscarriage of Michelle and Jim Bob's first child, however, they became very conservative and religious. Jim Bob and Michelle attributed the miscarriage to birth control, and since that heartbreaking life event, every decision they make is rooted in faith and their conservative ideas.

And it goes without saying that the Duggars are very deliberate with the choices they make. That's not to say that other people are just impulsively making decisions left and right, of course. I just mean to say that the Duggars see every choice, no matter how small, as an opportunity to get closer to God. At least that's what I've gleaned from their interviews.

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So, when it comes to TV, it's no surprise that the Duggars don't have a cable television. The television in the Duggar household can only play DVDs, and everything the kids watch is closely monitored. Therefore, I don't think it's accurate to say that the family owns a TV. It's probably more true to say that the Duggars have a device that plays DVDs.

Interestingly enough, Michelle and Jim Bob did own a TV for a brief period of time before they had kids, although they gave that up because is ruined their "communications." Jim Bob explained to HuffPost:

As for the Duggar fam's favorite program, that would be The Andy Griffith Show. But, as it turns out, even Andy Griffith isn't godly enough for Jim Bob. Jim Bob argued, according to Cafe Mom:

Of course, it's fair to wonder if the Duggar kids get to watch cable when they're with a less conservative family member or friend. Amy Duggar, a cousin of the Duggars, once addressed that exact issue in response to a fan's question. The fan asked, according to Us Weekly:

Amy replied, according to People:

Although I'm not surprised that the Duggar family doesn't watch cable TV, I really want to know if the married kids have their own televisions. Or, if they can't watch cable TV, how is it in line with their religious values to appear on cable television? I suppose that's a mystery for another time.  

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