I have seen the Bates appear as guests on the Duggar's shows for awhile, but it wasn't until I saw a CBS special about them that I was totally turned off. It revealed a lot about them that made it clear how clueless they were. I won't go into details here, but IMO they are more irresponsible than the Duggars.
The Bates parents are just as obsessed with procreating than Michelle Duggar. And the dad cannot afford groceries for the family. He has to rely on his older children to buy the groceries. He admitted this. His son said he didn't mind.
And they cannot afford medical care. Dad said they have no insurance so they just rely on going to the ER. He said they have to treat you there, even if you don't have the money.
Mom has a male doctor who gives her free prenatal treatment. She's fortunuate to have that, but if there are complications, they are not covered. I just find pushing to have more than 18 kids really bizarre if you are in their shoes, but now they will have a heafty income from TLC. Oh, mother Bates admits that she has to get hormone injections to save her pregnancies. It was just very eye opening.