Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kate Plus 8 Goes Bye Bye


Last night I had to watch the series finale of "Kate Plus 8." Husband was less than thrilled to have to switch from baseball during commercials to watch this show. But I felt somewhat lead to watch it seeing as I had started watching the series when it began six years ago (back then it was "Jon & Kate Plus 8.")

At the time I was mesmerized by the cute sextuplets (who were born the same year as our youngest) and what seemed to be two super parents.

I have to admit that I also found it compelling because it was one of the first shows to feature a Caucasian mother and an Asian father. (For the longest time our youngest would say "I'm half Filipino and half human!")

I found myself laughing along with the toddler antics and relating to the frustrations of parenthood. Yes, I know all about sleepless nights, yes, diaper changing seems endless and oh my gosh, the noise can get incredibly loud at times! Whether you agreed with their child-rearing methods or not, viewers could at least see the commonality, even if theirs was eight times the work!

In the end I thought it was sad. As Kate basically reviewed their "TV life" with flashbacks of previous episodes, I thought she was sincere shedding a few tears with her own reminiscing. But that's only my opinion and others may disagree.

Whether you watched their show or not, I for one will miss those cute little faces who showed viewers that bringing up children isn't always fun and games, but that parenting, in reality, can be hard work.

11 comments:

  1. I didn't get a chance to watch the finale. I wonder what Kate and the kids will do now.

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  2. I only watched the show once. It was a Valentine's Day episode and the couple seemed genuinely happy in their marriage. At that time their home was fairly modest and it looked like they struggled. Just an observation, but in their case it seemed like the more money that their show, books and appearances brought in the more dysfunctional the marriage became. I wonder how their story would have ended if they'd never been part of reality tv.

    Sorry to write a novel here. I really came by to thank you for helping me celebrate my SITS day!

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  3. Shell- Rumor has it Kate still wants to be on tv!

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  4. Karen-after all those years of watching the show (even if it wasn't every week,) I can say that I'm certain the money changed them! They did end up buying a bigger house and hiring some additional help.

    Thank goodness we are too poor to have to worry about that! ;)

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  5. I never watched the show, but just wanted to mention that my niece and nephew are half Filipino and half Caucasian and they're beeeeeaaautiful!!!! :o)

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  6. That's why I married a 'human,' Mindy! ;)

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  7. I don´t know it because i´m from other country, but it seems to be nice.
    Kisses and God bless you.

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  8. I agree with the other comments. The more money they made, the more disfunctional they got, the less I could relate to their lifestyle. I expect there will be specials in the coming years and we will see updates of the kids. :-)

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  9. I only watched it the first couple of seasons, from the interviews I've seen of her I think the money had a huge effect on the family and I feel kind of bad for all of them. It will be interesting to see what happens to all of them now that the show is off.

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  10. I watched the rerun last night and it was sad. I do like Kate and her 8 even if she gets alot of flack from her outbursts. I completely understand how frustrated she can get. Except for the latest pizza episode. That was a bit much! I wish her and her family the best and I think it was nice that Jon was included but sad to see them towards the tail end of their marriage. And believe you me, if I as making alot of money, I would buy myself a fancy car too. In no way would that mean I'm neglecting my kids. How nice would it be to run errands in the car of your dreams instead of a minivan? Her kids are all in school so she can certainly ride in style while they're not with her. Am I wrong?

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  11. Gena (of Small Burst!) I agree, I was so sad. Seriously, if I won the lottery (or made tons of money) would I really not upgrade my kitchen appliances or vacation somewhere fun? Let's not kid ourselves, money changes all of us in different ways!

    I for one would treat myself to a "spa day" with my mom! :)

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