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May 25, 2009

Jon & Kate Plus 8 Season 5 Premiere

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus 8 — smackamack @ 10:11 pm


Plot: Documentary-style reality show about a Pennsylvania husband, wife and each of their 8 extremely individualistic children.

jon-and-kate-plus-8A lot of people don’t understand why I like this show…and to be honest, I am not so sure either.  I think part of the reason why I like this show is because although it is hard to admit this seeming so many people don’t like her, I really connect with Kate, she reminds me a lot of myself…strong, independent, a bit bitchy, and intelligent.  

Anyway, since all the buzz around the tabloids of their crumbling marriage, I was really interested to see how the producers were going to handle the beginning of the show.  All I can say is, wow.  They out did themselves.  It was one of the best hours of reality tv I have seen in a long time because…it was real.  Unfortunately, the show has changed dramatically since the previous seasons and the tension and hatred between Jon and Kate is obvious.  It is heart breaking and sad to watch a family crack under pressure.  

Willow Street PicturesWhat people fail to realize is that this is their lives at stake…although most people will argue that they should just quit the show, they have to realize that A. the press will not disappear, B. the money will slowly run out, and C. you cannot simply turn off a camera and fix your life…this will take a lot of work.  My honest opinion is that they will not last.  Kate is very committed to keeping her family together, but you can see all over Jons face that he is absolutely miserable and feels trapped.  I would usually never recommend for a family to stay together for the kids, however, when you have 8 children, the circumstances change…I do hope they pull through this, but I think it is doubtful.  

It is hard for me to explain everything I want to say, all I can suggest is that people do check out this episode…I really felt for the first time we as an audience finally began to understand these people not as TV personnel, but as people.



  1. God, I lift Jon and Kate Gosselin up to you. I thank you for designing them, for bringing them together. I thank you for their infertility that led to twins and sextuplets. I thank you that you have used the curiosity of the world to provide for their family. I thank you that they have been able to use the avenue of television to show the world that families can and do love you – together. Right now, God, Jon and Kate are hurting. Their marriage is in chaos and they don’t know what will happen and where they will go. So God, I pray right now for your power and love and grace and mercy to pour into the hearts of Jon and Kate and to pour into their marriage. I pray that you reveal yourself to each of them in a mighty way. Reveal your love, but also show them their sin. Show them how they have turned from you. Show them forgiveness. Through that, God, I know that your desire is to restore their marriage and make it more beautiful than it ever has been. I pray God, that
    you are in the midst of their struggle and that you remove Satan from every corner of their hearts and of their home. I pray that through all of this, that YOU are glorified. I pray that “God moments” are filmed and that those moments make it through to the final production of the show. I pray that Jon and Kate have the courage to publicly turn to you and then to publicly proclaim how good You are. I pray that you use their marriage – the ugly and the restoration to beautiful – to heal other’s marriages and to bring Your beauty back into the public institution of marriage. God I pray that Jon and Kate are overwhelmed by love and that you place a bubble around them and their family. Let that bubble protect them from the evil words, the ugly photos, the hurtful stories. I pray that only YOUR TRUTH is able to penetrate into their hearts. God I pray that many others will lift up prayers for Jon and for Kate. I thank you. I love you. I ask that you grant this prayer
    so that all glory and praise returns to you. In the powerful name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen

    …I just got this comment on my J&K+8 post… I think it tops your crazy lady

    Comment by Mel — May 28, 2009 @ 6:32 am | Reply

  2. everybody keeps saying that they hate Kate. how can you hate her when you really dont even know her? all of these things she says is for the cameras. on the days they dont film you dont know, she could act totally laid back or not. and she has 8 kids. if you had that many kids wouldnt you also be like that if your husband liked to be one of the kids too?? i would. Kate i think she is a very great person. for one she has 8 kids and she makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day..and they are all healthy food not some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. she doesnt take them out to eat every day like alot of us probably would. and all i hear how “how bad” kate is being. sure she yells alot but so do i. does that make me bad? and if they are seperating then how do you think the kids will take it? there are 8 of them for crying out loud. and kate thinks she can take care of all of them, i thought they just went and renewed their vows to show the kids how much they love each other. well if they dont love each other then why did they do that?? because of the cameras. if you ask me then they need to stop the show for a while and straighten things out between the family. it tears me to see jon and kate not even sitting on the same couch any more. what kind of exampple is that showing to the kids, i mean they dont see anything in the basement because they are outside or whatever but wont they see the shows later in life. everyone thinks it is ALL kates fault but its not. its both of thier fault. they need to figure out the family before the show. thats what i think. and i think jon and kate have beautifull children and that they are sweet and amazing and i hope they stay together for the familys sake because i thought and a lot of people thought they would always be a happy family, but i guess not….

    Comment by Ivy — June 15, 2009 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  3. Wow, John and kate have really affected my life. I look up to them as Parents. I am only a teen but i wish i could be a part of their loving family, I would do ANYTHING to be a babysitter for those beautiful kids! I know it would be a challenge. But its worth it! Stay strong John&Kate!

    Comment by Nikki — June 30, 2009 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  4. my name is steff and i love this progmare every night at 8:00pm i watch it.
    Im 14 years old and when i watch this progarme i feel freee, i want to be like kate when im older i think she is amazing in every single way.
    I hope the best for the family and hope they keep it toghether.
    I dont know how she handles with all the chose but she really is supermum, kate is not hiding anyhting she is doing the best for her family and thats all she can do. She does whats best for her family not her.
    I really look up to kate and jon as they have 8 beautifull children tehy make it look easy and i worship them for that she makes me want to be her or atleast have eight children.
    i love the way she is so organized i want to be like her
    lots of love steffffffff JON AND KATE PLUS EIGHT IS THE BESTTTTTTTTT

    Comment by stephanie — July 6, 2009 @ 4:34 am | Reply

  5. these people live in a sticky situation so they need to put there selfs seperated from eachother so they could do stuff by there own and help eachother

    Comment by reymysterio — July 12, 2009 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  6. and one thing not fighting

    Comment by reymysterio — July 12, 2009 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

  7. im a stupirsunian

    Comment by reymysterio — July 15, 2009 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

  8. AwwWwwe…… YoU hAvE……. SoMe……..BeAuTIfuL ChiLdreN……I LovE YouR SHoW……….

    Comment by AUTUMN — July 20, 2009 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

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