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The family's matriarch Kim revealed that in a tragic accident she had killed her 17-month-old son, Joshua.

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The incident took place in September 2008 when Kim was pregnant with her eighth child. Kim accidentally ran over Joshua while she was transplanting fruit trees, Kim wrote on the website. "In a panic, I realized what had happened.  I ran over our Joshua.  I lived the next hour nonstop in my brain for the next 8  months. My husband Barry followed an ambulance home from work that day.  Joshua died before he got there.  I lived in Hell on earth," she wrote.  Kim revealed the struggle she went through in the coming days. 

She wrote, "My husband was dealing with losing his son and his wife.  I was gone.  Checked out.  Unavailable for conversations or reality.  If someone said Joshua’s name I had to leave the room. I  thought of the accusations I would have thrown at Barry if the situation had been reversed.  I knew what would have happened if Barry ever said anything like that to me.  I was so fragile and had totally lost my will to live."

Kim further added that having faith in God helped her get through her tough time. "I can’t explain it other than: He re-wrote the bad coding in my brain.  He took the ruts in my brain that had been running that same movie in my mind and filled them with  His Spirit. The movie stopped.  I wanted to live again.  I was with my family again.  I could hear Joshua’s name and I could talk about him again," she wrote. 

However, some of the fans questioned the incident as one of the Twitter users pointed out "So @TLC is giving these nutjobs in true TLC fashion their own show. THE WOMAN KILLED ONE OF HER KIDS. Welcome to Plathville I guess.  TLC really steering towards cultish people with that creepy #CountingOn family and now," read the tweet. 

The user further explained the incident by adding, "Oh yeah. She ran it over on the farm because “she didn’t see it." This is not the only incident that has fans questioning the family. According to the Plath family, they have been away from social media, technology or any other form of distraction. 

But surprisingly, the family has a Facebook page, YouTube page, and an official website. Fans even questioned their decision to come on television even though they prefer not using one. "But they choose to do a tv show?? Do they plan on watching? I’m sure they hope others don’t have their same beliefs or the show won’t be a success," wrote one user. 

Another added, "So tell me HOW these people are found?!? I would LOVE a show on TLC but apparently being real isn’t good enough..." It seems like the show has raised a lot of red flags among the audience and looking at this, makes us wonder if the first season will survive the test of audience views. 

'Welcome to Plathville' premieres on November 5 on TLC. 

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1 hour ago, Giant Misfit said:

So I guess TLC is desperate for another fundie family reality series. 

Great. 

Apparently these people pride themselves on not using technology, but yet -- here is their

YouTube channel

Facebook page

Their own website featuring one helluva creepy picture

I know how to use technology and have none of these things.

So another TLC scripted fake reality series.

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On 10/30/2019 at 11:34 AM, Giant Misfit said:

Their own website featuring one helluva creepy picture

THE PICTURE!  I can't stop switching between laughing and gasping in horror.  Who picks THAT pic as their best one?  Who decides to pose like that to begin with? 

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This is the Media topic for the show. Please post and discuss any articles in the media in this thread. All show-specific comments should be made in the episode threads

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on their website it has Kim listed as a "Naturopathic Doctor".... just what is that??

And ole Barry got 25 yrs in ... I guess this TLC gig is his part of his retirement income.

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I'm too cultured to watch this crap...HAHAHAHA, I kill me...but I don't watch this show because they are too obvious with their lies. A Youtuber I cannot watch because she drove me crazy when she was reporting on the Amber DV situation on Teen Mom by taking ten minutes to make one statement, apparently recently posted a video of her interviewing the older kids who have suggested that the Mom is mentally ill. I didn't seek out that video, but saw a post by an Instagrammer who posts 90DF memes and posted these about this show and I thought people here may be interested. It looks like it is a pretty dead forum; they must creep out everyone, because we certainly don't have viewing standards. 

Two slides:

Single slide:

There is another post that has screencaps from the Olivia who is in that last gram, but I didn't post it. There is also a post about a raid at a home and business, but when I pulled it up, it looks like the comments are saying it is about the Duggars being raided by Homeland Security not this family, so I didn't post it either. 

For those who want to read the posts but don't do Instagram, click on one of the slides above and it will take you to the master page, or click this direct link. I think this account is going to be for this show only, so I won't be following it.

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if this is the truth (information she received during a 2 hour phone interview with Olivia Plath), it explains so much about why Kim doesn’t like Olivia, how she and Ethan met and how her own upbringing has shaped her views on why she feels strongly about supporting the older Plath kids who want to break free. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eBq6lt3FUJw5g8tMFw5Yw
 

This video helps me see a different side to Ethan and have a less critical view of them as a match. 

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Welcome to Plathville isn't Moriah's first time in front of the cameras.

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As revealed on the Plath family's website, Moriah made her acting debut in a 2018 short film called THERE. The film, which can be viewed on Vimeo, features Moriah as Brittany — a troubled daughter who has a strained relationship with her father. 

She makes her acting debut at about 2:30. This was filmed on January 8, 2018.

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I roll my eyes when people announce they’re “taking a break from social media.” Just go.

I wonder how the parents pitched this show to make the network interested. 

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On 1/2/2020 at 12:45 PM, JocelynCavanaugh said:

For anyone who doesn’t mind over-the-top, outrageous “queen” humor, the 90 Day Gays podcast did an episode about Welcome to Plathville. Their take was a little surprising to me, compared to what I’m used to with their 90 Day Fiancé recaps, but hilarious as usual. 

Dr Kirk Honda from Psychology in Seattle has a youtube channel and has just finished season one and made it to the episode with the prayer closet that Lydia made for herself.   I am eagerly awaiting the ones on the remaining episodes as I think he is beginning to think that maybe Kim has some issues.  He pretty much gave her a pass in season one.

I know I have put this post about him on this forum, but it seems to have disappeared.

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I saw the preview. That boy is talking about marrying Moriah. Ethan continues to appear like he’s on the brink of a nervous meltdown or a murder. 

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It’s a very odd show.  The contempt by the estranged son is palpable.  I can’t really blame him.  Holding his siblings hostage seems cruel.  I could see those parents ending up with no adult kids around them, once they have a choice in the matter.  

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I’m a spiritual person, but that prayer closet was creepy. Reminded of something from the movie Carrie, if you know what mean. 🥺

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But...the Plaths aren't part of IBLP....are they?  (See below.)

 

https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/duggars-documentary-investigative-series-amazon-lularich-1235142307/

 

After their successful collaboration on the “LuLaRich” docuseries, Amazon Studios has greenlit an investigation from the same filmmakers, about the Institute in Basic Life Principles. That fundamentalist organization is associated with the Duggars, the famous reality TV family that has become the subject of scrutiny since it was exposed in 2015 that Josh Duggar had molested his sisters and other kids. Earlier this month, Duggar was convicted of possessing child pornography and faces years in prison.

After Duggar’s crimes were revealed in 2015, TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting”­ — sort of. The show evolved into the spinoff “Counting On,” which ran for 11 seasons until Josh Duggar was arrested in April of this year. TLC announced in late June that it would “not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On,’” in order to “give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”

The untitled docuseries is currently in production, and is being produced by The Cinemart, Story Force and Chick Entertainment, in addition to Amazon Studios. It will premiere on Prime Video late next year or in 2023.

Here’s its logline: “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. 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 filmmakers’ investigation into the Institute in Basic Life Principles and the Duggars will also focus on two other large reality TV families: the Plaths, of TLC’s “Welcome to Plathville,” and the Bates, of UpTV’s “Bringing Up Bates.”

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Now that Max and Moriah have broken up (he admitted to cheating on her), Ethan and Olivia are happily married, and Micah has moved to LA, does that mean this season will be about Lydia?

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Welcome To Plathville fires up again Tuesday, May 17, 2022!

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On 4/30/2022 at 6:11 PM, Jeanne222 said:

Welcome To Plathville fires up again Tuesday, May 17, 2022!

Yup, I'm looking forward to seeing these kids out on their own now. But what I'm not jazzed about is that Mommy Dearest has concocted this totally fakakta bullshit storyline about being 'unhappy in her marriage' so she can continue to milk the teat of TLC and sit on her fat fundamentalist ass and be a do nothing 'mom'. What I really want is to see the kids who've broken free only, and deny the parents one cent of money, change the name of the show if need be, but I don't want these ne'er do well 'parent's making any more money off their children.

And I also don't give a rats ass about Lydia, brainwashed nutbar that she is. I also don't care about the older at home brother either, neither is interesting, they're just about as exciting as a piece of wet Wonderbread.

I am interested to see how the other kids are faring though.

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I'm curious to the minuscule possibility that Ichabod grows a pair this season and stands up to Kim just a tiny bit. Probably won't happen, but a girl can dream.

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32 minutes ago, BAForever said:

I'm curious to the minuscule possibility that Ichabod grows a pair this season and stands up to Kim just a tiny bit. Probably won't happen, but a girl can dream.

Lol, we may have the makings of a Dateline episode!

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On 5/15/2022 at 2:22 PM, Kiss my mutt said:

Lol, we may have the makings of a Dateline episode!

Who are we kidding? It's a plot device dreamed up by producers. So, last season we had Olivia and Ethan struggle as a couple. Let's do it again with Kim and Barry.  

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  • Micah and Max are in serious denial about their (ahem) preferences. If I'm wrong, I'll eat my hat - but red flags are waving all over the place IMO.
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On 5/17/2022 at 9:22 PM, JustDuckie said:

Micah and Max are in serious denial about their (ahem) preferences. If I'm wrong, I'll eat my hat - but red flags are waving all over the place IMO.

I feel the same way about Ross(?), Ethan and Olivia's roommate (from another turbo Xian TV family?). The expression on his face when he first saw Micah shirtless raised a bunch of flags for me.

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What exactly is it that Kim wants from Barry? She keeps saying he won't give her what she wants, but she doesn't say what that is.

There doesn't seem to be a thread for this week, so I'll put this here: When Micah said they used to eat caterpillars (for fun, not because they needed them for food), my thought was that's what happens when you don't let kids watch TV or play video games - they're cruel to animals.

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Is it legit, or is it like the Roloffs who milked the will they stay together or not, will they sell the farm or not, etc. for additional seasons?  And like the 90 day fiance couples who break up, reunite, and end up with another season on their shows, or other versions?   

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The article says it n was a story line in this season. I'd call it a story lie. For THE TLC monay. But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter to me or most of us here because we all hate these loathsome, horrible parents. 

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I am surprised TLC didn't make them keep a lid on it until after the season ended, to keep the viewers watching.

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I find it interesting that Kim is making such a big deal about her being happy.  I’m all for that, but that is not a big agenda for most conservative, religious followers.  Their priorities are God and the family.  Self sacrifice is honorable. Since you vowed to put your spouse first, your happiness is not paramount. Your devotion is to God, your husband and children, in that order.  I’m not agreeing with it, but it sure seems Kim did a big turnaround.  Eventually, the truth will come out. 
 

I posted this around here somewhere years ago….whenever I see a large, religious family of smiling children, I wonder what is really going on behind the scenes.  It’s rarely, how they make it seem.  I guess I got my skepticism from being raised Fundie and getting to know what all the kids went through.  It was horrendous.  I think not much has changed.   

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I wonder how religious Kim is at this point? In the previews of upcoming episodes, she's shown drinking alcohol with Micah. What else is she doing?

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8 minutes ago, Salacious Kitty said:

From what I have read, the Meggs are worse than the Plaths or even the Duggars.

Wow what have you read? How are they worse? 

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1 minute ago, FizzyPuff said:

Wow what have you read? How are they worse? 

Just that they are way deep down the fundie hole. Think early year Duggars when there was no individuality. Very strict. Olivia has said that part of the reason she married Ethan was to escape.

I'm not surprised that Nathan ran as well. There will probably be more.

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