A new docuseries called Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets is set to expose the dark secrets of the ultra-conservative Duggar family and their religious beliefs. The show will feature Jill Duggar and her family and close family friends who will go on record with their own stories and discuss what went on behind the scenes firsthand. The family first rose to prominence in 2008 with their reality series 19 Kids and Counting, but the show was cancelled in 2015 after reports emerged that Josh Duggar had molested several girls, including his sisters.
A new docuseries, “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets,” will reveal the dark secrets of the ultra-conservative Duggar family and their religious beliefs, featuring interviews with family members and close family friends who witnessed what went on behind the scenes firsthand.
Prime Video’s upcoming docuseries, Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, is delving into the controversial religious beliefs of the Duggar family. The series’ explosive trailer dropped on May 18th and revealed that the series will expose the dark secrets of the famous family. The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) and its controversial founder, Bill Gothard, will be under scrutiny in the series. Fan-favorite Jill Duggar, along with her family and close family friends, will share their firsthand experiences with the cultish organization.
Jill and her siblings rose to fame with the reality show 19 Kids and Counting, which premiered on TLC in 2008. The show highlighted the daily lives of the Duggars, who embraced strict religious values and homeschooled their 19 children. In 2015, the network canceled the show amid reports that Josh Duggar, the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, had molested several girls when he was a teenager. Jill and her sister Jessa Duggar were among the victims.
After the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting, the family returned to reality TV via the spinoff series Counting On. The show aired for 11 seasons, from 2015 to 2020, before it was canceled following Josh Duggar’s arrest on child pornography charges. TLC officially cut ties with the Duggars in June 2021.
While the show was still on the air, Jill and her husband Derick Dillard dropped out in 2017 due to their dissatisfaction with their lack of control over their lives and the show’s direction. In a 2020 YouTube video, Jill spoke about the strained relationship between her and her extended family. She mentioned there were certain issues they were dealing with, and some members are more supportive than others.
Jinger Duggar, Jill’s sister, also described the constraints of IBLP’s teachings in her book, “Becoming Free Indeed,” which was released earlier this year. The upcoming documentary series promises to be an inside look into the Duggars’ lives that they have never shared before. The series will be a chance for Jill to share her story and possibly open up about the estrangement between her and her family.