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Will you miss Jon and Kate Plus 8?

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 24th 2009 6:03PM
Jon and Kate with the sextuplets
Last night was the series finale of Jon and Kate Plus 8 and the show ended as if it was any season finale. The family went on their two last adventures while Kate and Jon narrated how they will be good parents. TLC tried their best to put Jon in a negative light, but Jon's media training forced him to make diplomatic statements.

With the divorce, Jon and Kate Plus 8 was cut short. The dynamic between the parents was something to watch, but the real focus was eight children learning about the world and each other in the process. Each started gaining true personalities and by the end, I finally was able to distinguish between Alexis and Leah.

I have fond memories of the Gosselin family since 2007, and watching the family grow for two years has been amazing to see. We had video of Kate when she gave birth to the kids and we got to watch her dealing with six babies in their cribs flanking one room. I've tried my best to watch 18 Kids and Counting and Table for 12, but neither show is the same; they can't compare to the Jon and Kate formula. The Gosselins were half-Korean, which gives the family a cultural difference. Kate's stance on organic food, budget, and religion felt fresh on their show. The other two shows have too much happening on the screen and it's hard to figure out who's who.

If the last episode was the last time we're ever going to see the Gosselin family, we ended up having no closure. The sextuplets had their hijinks at the fire department and at the farm, but you could feel the weight of the show ending through Kate's narration. The sextuplets never were asked what they liked about the show. We also end the series off with the twins storming away from their father. If the final event we see from Mady and Cara is crying and being sent to their room because Jon disliked them talking positively about Kate; I'd be disappointed with TLC.

Once in a while I catch repeats on TLC. It's very different seeing repeats of the show now, knowing that Jon and Kate end up divorcing. You start to analyze what happened. Did Kate screaming at Jon at the toy store spark something? Was Jon's quip about Kate having a stick up her ass just on the surface of his problems? Then you wonder, could Kate bring the family to Disney World or Sesame Place by herself? I'd love to see Kate attempt a lot of these events as a single mother.

In the future I would love to see either yearly specials catching up with the whole Gosselin family or a show based off of the kids. When the twins are old enough to narrate a show, TLC should just debut The Gosselin Eight and supersede Jon and Kate. It's a given that TLC will stay with one of their highest rated families, so it's all up to the cooperation of Jon to see how much of the Gosselins we'll see. Will you miss Jon and Kate Plus 8 if the show doesn't come back? Leave your thoughts below.

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pat

I will really miss this show. I watched every episode and every rerun. I am with Kate: I want her phone to ring with the old Jon on the line.

November 28 2009 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

I truly enjoy Kate & 8. Kate you and the children are so enjoyable to watch. I loved the last time when you let them milk cows and the time at the dude ranch with the boys Keep your spirits up. We know it is not easy
but your fans care very much about you and the children.

November 27 2009 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Corrector

Happy to see this go.. however, it did bring to light just how terrible both parents are.

No love lost on either of them.

November 26 2009 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Hell no. Next question?

November 24 2009 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Red

TCL didn't have to try too hard to put Jon in a negative light, he has managed in the past few months to do it all on his own. His media training is failing him badly. I will miss the kids. So long Alexis, have a happy life.

November 24 2009 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

never watched a single episode so NO

November 24 2009 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LN

All your comments about just getting to know the kids are dead on, the twins are typical either very up or down and sure they don't like to see their dad putting their mom down and the sextuplets are adorable, I have to tell you when I started seeing Jon get hair plugs, teeth whitening and going on ski trips where only one child enjoyed it so he could find his inner child I new Kate was headed for divorce court (I just bet he bought new tightey whiteys too), so she is better of with out the loser. Kate you are the one who has kept the family together and TLC I would love to See her with the children back on TV and I never want to see Jon again in fact I want the divorce too.

November 24 2009 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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