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“Shiny Happy People”: The 8 most horrifying revelations from Prime Video’s Duggar family doc

The Duggar family visits “Extra” at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on March 11, 2014 in New York City. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)

efore the Kardashians or the real housewives of Beverly Hills or the elite real estate brokers at The Oppenheim Group attained reality TV stardom, there was the Duggar family, who became a nationwide sensation thanks to their hit TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.”

Led by patriarch Jim Bob Duggar and matriarch Michelle Duggar, the Duggars were the epitome of the Christian fundamentalist life. After all, the family of 22 followed a conservative Christian Organization known as the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP), which preached obedience, discipline and even world domination in the name of God. On screen, the Duggars encapsulated exactly that. Their 19 children were meek and compliant, never raising their voices to their parents or going against their orders. To many, they were the blueprint of the ideal American, Christian family. 

It didn’t take long for that picture-perfect image to shatter when in 2015, the family’s eldest son, Josh Duggar, was accused of molesting five younger girls — four of whom were his sisters — when he was 15. Years later, Josh was sentenced to about 12 years in prison after he was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography in December 2021.

The Duggar family along with the cult-like IBLP are the subjects of Prime Video’s docuseries called “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets.” Over the course of four episodes, the series explores how the insidious teachings and hush-hush scandals of the IBLP allowed for abuse to flourish — and remain unchecked — within the Duggar family. The series features interviews with Jill Duggar Dillard — who, for the first time ever, goes on the record with her own story — along with close friends and family and former IBLP followers.

Here are the eight most heartbreaking revelations from the series: 


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By Chala Dandessa

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