Amazon To Produce Docuseries On Fundie Families– the Duggars, Bates & Plaths— As Well As The Fundamentalist Religious Organization IBLP

The faces you make when you find out Amazon is going to do an exposé about your family and religion…

Mark your calendars: a major Fundie Family deep-dive is coming soon in the form of an Amazon docuseries. 

Variety exclusively revealed Wednesday that Amazon Studios and the team behind 2021’s LuLaRich documentary will be doing an investigation focusing on the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), the same fundamentalist organization associated with famous fundamentalist families such as the Duggars, the Plaths and the Bates, all of whom have (or had, in the case of the Duggars) their own reality shows.  

“Say what you want about me, but I’m really, really good at getting shows cancelled!”

While the Duggars (and their canceled series 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On) are certainly the most-infamous reality TV stars associated with the IBLP, they aren’t the only “fundies” on TV. The Plath Family stars on TLC’s Welcome to Plathville, while the Bates family appears on UpTV’s Bringing Up Bates.

The docuseries will cover the Plath…and the aftermath…of Fundie culture.

“On the heels of Josh Duggar’s explosive criminal trial, the untitled project will expose shocking connections between some of reality television’s most famous large families and The Institute in Basic Life Principles, a controversial fundamentalist organization and homeschooling empire,” the documentary logline reads.

“In addition, prominent commentators, writers, and social media voices will explore the broader zeitgeist of reality television, social media, faith, fundamentalism, patriarchy, and power.” 

The docuseries—which is currently in production—will see Story Force Entertainment and The Cinemart teaming up with Amazon Prime to put together the series. The last time the filmmakers worked on a project together, it was for the ‘Lularich’ documentary, which came out earlier this year and exposed the clothing company Lularoe. After the docuseries was announced on Wednesday, Story Force celebrated the news on Twitter.

“The gang is back together @thecinemart @amazonstudios,” the company tweeted.

The IBLP has yet to comment since the news of the docuseries broke. The Duggar, Bates and Plath families have also remained silent as of press time.

The unnamed Fundie documentary is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in late 2022 or in 2023.

“In the meantime, hey, Amazon! Call me! TLC gave us the boot so we’re free to film!”

RELATED STORY: Former Childhood Friend of the Duggars Answers Questions About the Family: Claims Jim Bob & Michelle Favored Josh; Disciplined Their Kids with “The Rod of Encouragement” 



  1. I didn’t know the Plath family was part of the IBLP. I’ve only seen their show a couple of times, but that was two times too many. They’re creepy too. Now I know exactly why.

  2. I’m actually excited to watch this. I follow the Duggars but I hope this IBLP docuseries is as good as “Leah Reminis Scientology”. That show spilled major tea.

  3. I don’t watch Bringing Up Bates, but from the little I’ve seen and read about the Bates family, they seem relatively normal (by IBLP standards, anyway). Their daughters are allowed to go to college, the girls wear sleeveless shirts (gasp!), they aren’t worried about side hugs, and they even danced at the one daughter’s wedding. There’s still a lot of talk about the father being the leader, but the dad definitely is not giving off creepy vibes like JB.

  4. Looks like a lot of Fundies are getting shovels for Christmas this year, so they can start burying a LOT of undesirable secrets, rules, and ridiculous ways of living.

    Brrrrr! Dress warm!!

  5. Forget the Plaths, they need to get the Rods in there!! People will be flabbergasted, J-Rod will be the next Tiger King, and maybe then the kids will get some food to eat.

  6. I can’t imagine the ppl who are still entertained by these large families. They are all fake and hiding massive secrets. I called out Josh for giving me predator vibes years before anything came out because he just gave me pervert vibes. I’m sure it’s across the other families, as well. I’m interested in seeing what else the documentary exposes, however.

  7. I really enjoyed LuLaRich and hope it brings awareness to MLM scams (John Oliver did his own eye-opening hilarious take about a year prior).

    I will continue to hope the same here. Maybe those who don’t know much about the Duggars, or this type of cult, and/or casually watch can further be educated on the true horror and disfunction that occur.

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