FANS are reeling after a trailer for an unaired season of 19 Kids & Counting resurfaced on Reddit, showcasing ‘feuds, failed courtships, and fakery.’
TLC cancelled the reality show in 2015 after news broke that Josh Duggar molested five young girls, including some of his sisters.
The trailer featured glimpses at bits of the Duggar family’s life that many fans missed out on.
Josh, 31, features heavily in the clip as well – suggesting his storyline would have been central to that season and likely a reason many fans have never seen footage from the scrapped season.
The teaser kicks off with an update from family patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: “With 19 kids and four grandkids, and one more on the way, our family just keeps growing.”
In the clip, Jessa Duggar is pregnant with her first child, with Anna is expecting her fourth.
Josh’s wife says in the trailer: “It can be a challenge keeping up with three kids and I know we’re about to add a fourth one, so it’s just like, ‘Oh boy!'”
She and Josh now have seven children.
Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard – now somewhat estranged from the family – also appear in the clip and tease big news ahead for them.
Another major moment in the resurfaced trailer is Joseph Duggar going off to college.
Jim Bob notes how monumental it is, announcing: “Joseph is actually our first to go away to college.”
Him and Michelle send their son off, with the Duggar mom saying: “I said I wasn’t gonna cry.”
Lastly, the biggest bombshell comes in the form of a failed courtship.
Josiah Duggar is seen chatting with Jim Bob about a potential love connection.
In the video, Jim Bob advises him: “Marjorie [Jackson] is a wonderful girl. I always told you if you find someone like your mama, you better snatch them up.”
Josiah is then shown arriving at a house with flowers in his hand.
He admits in a voiceover: “I don’t know for sure what she’s gonna say, but I think this is the direction we should head.”
The courtship did not pan out, however, and Josiah married Lauren Swanson in 2018.
Reddit users were blown away by the clip and all the Duggar moments missed due to Josh’s legal troubles.
One fan wrote: “They must have been relieved that we didn’t see all those failed courtships, Siah and Marjorie, and Joe and Carlin [Bates].”
Another commented: “All the missed material to clown on.”
A third user noted: “At first I thought, why didn’t they just shoehorn it into “Jill & Jessa: Counting” and then I watched and realized that footage aged like milk. Joseph had probably already dropped out of Crown College by the time Counting On debuted, we know what happened with Josiah & Marjorie, I remember Jill and Derick changed their missionary plans a bit, and their announcement might have change (not sure about that though), and the Josh/Anna footage wasn’t usable.”
Some fans wondered if it would still be possible to somehow air the footage without TLC.
One Redditer wrote: “Is this something Figure8 could release without the backing of TLC?,” to which another replied, “Depends who owns the footage. If Discovery is smart they bought it and trashed it.”
Josiah and Josh’s failed courtships were a major point of interest for viewers, with one joking: “Marjorie looks to the heavens on a daily basis and is very thankful she dodges that ‘love’ bullet.”
Another fan suggested: “If the season had aired I don’t think the courtship [between Josiah and Marjorie] would have failed. Pretty sure Marjorie only broke it off after [Josh’s] scandals.”
Something else fans were quick to bring up was the tension between Jessa and Jill after Jim Bob allowed Jill and Derick to move into a large home he owned.
A Reddit commenter reminded other fans: “Jim Bob owned the house and let Jill and Derick live in it for a while after they married. Jessa was super jealous.”
After 19 Kids and Counting, TLC shifted to Counting On.
The show focused on the Duggar family, sans Josh and Anna.
TLC canceled Counting On in June after Josh was arrested for child pornography charges.
Josh was arrested in April at his used car lot in Arkansas.
He was indicted on federal charges related to the possession of child pornography, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Arkansas.
Josh was facing two charges: receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
He was found guilty in December after a trial that spanned several days.
Josh is facing 20 years in prison on each count against him.
Sentencing is expected to come at a later date.
In the meantime, however, he remains in prison.
Judge Timothy L. Brooks said that he planned to sentence Josh in four months time.
The eldest Duggar son is in solitary confinement for his own protection.