So tonight is the series finale of Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9 p.m.).
I admit, I have watched my share of episodes, tuning in even before the recent drama surrounding the show. What drew me in during those early years was watching two parents manage their beautiful, bouncy brood of kids (tantrums, mealtimes and bedtime battles x 8) and often thinking “Thank God that’s not me.”
Kate was pushy and picky. Jon seemed along for the ride. But still, it was interesting TV. Once the battles began I watched the show less. Who wants to watch the disintegration of a family? Turns out millions of people at the beginning—far fewer as things got ugly and sad.
While the show was supposed to continue on as Kate Plus 8, those plans have been put on hold as Kate considers her next career move (she’s already guest-hosted on The View).
I wish the Gosselins luck. I hope they focus on the kids and find some middle ground on how to raise them. I hope they find true happiness with someone else someday who will love the plus eight as their own. But mostly, I hope the kids grow up happy and secure—and that they don’t require years of counseling or end up on a future season of Celebrity Rehab.
—Robin, CF‘s senior editor