Series: Jon And Kate Plus Eight
Controversial TLC Reality Show
about a family with eight kids
. The series focused on the lives of Jon and Kate Gosselin, who have a pair of twins and a group of sextuplets (and 2+6=8). It chronicled their day-to-day lives.
It ran for four seasons before hell broke loose with the disintegrating marriage of the Gosselins, with accusations of adultery on both sides being tossed around. The scandal paid off for the show
, leading to the fifth-season having record ratings as Americans turned in to see the trainwreck up close
as Jon and Kate separated. The series was put on a hiatus, undergoing retooling as TLC wished to jettison the soon-to-be-divorced Jon from the show and rename it "Kate Plus Eight". Needless to say, Jon fired back with a cease and desist order towards production of the show, saying that it "has damaged the children's lives." Due to the controversy surrounding the show and Jon and Kate's divorce, it was canceled.
Then the series was Un-Canceled
... sort of. TLC went through with their plans of kicking Jon off the show by airing a new series entitled Kate Plus Eight
, showing how the family was doing post-divorce. This show did poorly in the ratings, running for only two seasons before it was cancelled in 2011. The cancellation put the kibosh on a second spin-off entitled Twist of Kate
(which would have featured Kate sans kids travelling across the U.S. and visiting single mothers), and ultimately ended the collaboration between Jon, Kate and TLC.
The series has been recently revived again as a regular series during the start of 2015 after two successful specials in the middle of 2014. Jon is also not involved with this iteration of the series.