Duggar Family Secrets discusses ‘cult’ in new Prime Docuseries

Duggar family secrets cult docu-series

Best known for their reality series 19 Kids and Counting, the Duggar family is the subject of an upcoming four-part limited docuseries. The producers of the series, Olivia Crist and Julia Willoughby Nason, have recently shed light on what viewers can expect from the show. Titled “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets”, the cult-based docu-series will premiere on Prime Video on June 2.

The series explores the Duggar family’s ties to the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a controversial religious organization. The docu-series aims to go beyond the shiny, happy facade of the Duggar family to uncover an insidious cult lurking beneath the surface. The Duggars serve as a starting point for a much larger story on the darker side of the IBLP.

Exploring the cult-like Duggar family’s secrets in new Prime docu-series

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 19 children. One of them named Jill Dugar, 32, participates in the series alongside her husband, Derick Dillard. For the first time, Jill will go on record with her story of growing up in the Duggar family.

The upcoming Prime Video docu-series also exposes the widespread abuses of power within the IBLP. Former members of the cult share their disturbing experiences about the abuse that happens secretly within the organization.

Jinger Duggar, another member of the family, says that her strict upbringing resembled a cult in many ways. They grew up in an unsafe environment of fear, manipulation and superstition. Jinger talks about how difficult it was to leave the Duggar family and the cult. 

The producers expect the docu-series to raise questions on why the family’s inner workings and religious beliefs were not thoroughly examined earlier. They argue that people have overlooked and ignored numerous issues without proper scrutiny. 

The Duggar family’s troubled history 

The Duggar family’s journey has been marred by a lot of scandals in the past. In 2015, their original TLC show ‘19 Kids and Counting’ was pulled from the network.

TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting show (Image courtesy of ET)

The eldest sibling, Josh Duggar, had reportedly molested several girls when he was 14 and 15 years old. It later came to light that Jill and her sister Jessa Duggar were among the victims. Despite the scandal, the family continued their reality TV stint with the spinoff Counting On, which aired for 11 seasons till 2020.

Josh Duggar became embroiled in further controversy when he was arrested in 2021 on child pornography charges. TLC cut ties with the Duggar family in the same year. Josh currently serves time in a Texas prison. He was found guilty on two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography.

All four episodes of “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets” will premiere on June 2 on Prime Video. The show aims to offer viewers a new perspective of the Duggar family and their darkest secrets. Most importantly, it will highlight the dangers of cults like IBLP.


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