New Docuseries Uncovers Duggar Family IBLP Religious Teachings


A trailer for a new docuseries centered around exposing the religious teachings adopted by the Duggar family has been released.

The Prime Video docuseries titled “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets,” premiering on June 2, will look into the Institute in Basic Life Principles, (IBLP) teachings founded by Bill Gothard.

At the beginning of the trailer, a man claimed, “World domination was the goal,” according to People.

A woman featured in the docuseries alleged, “The IBLP teachings aren’t Christianity. They’re something entirely different.”

Jill Duggar Dillard, 31, daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, also took part in the limited series along with her husband Derick Dillard, and cousin Amy Duggar King.

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“There’s a story that’s going to be told and I would rather be the one telling it,” Jill Duggar Dillard shared.

She also revealed that her family had been “part of IBLP as early as I can remember.”

The Duggar family was first introduced to the world through their TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” formerly “17 Kids and Counting” and “18 Kids and Counting.”

A woman in the docuseries stated, “TLC created a PR show for Gothard’s teachings.”

As accusations continued to pour out throughout the docuseries, another man alleged Gothard “turned every father into a cult leader and every home into an island,” per People.

“The shiny, happy images is the sugar, and we’re all high on it,” another woman stated. “They were just deceiving us all.”

In January, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, 29, opened up to People about growing up under such restrictive teachings. Vuolo revealed fear was a “huge part” of her childhood.

“I thought I had to wear only skirts and dresses to please God. Music with drums, places I went or the wrong friendships could all bring harm,” she said.

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In 2017, Vuolo walked away from the IBLP teachings after seeing how “harmful” they were.

“I’m seeing more of the effects of that in the lives of my friends and people who grew up in that community with me. There are a lot of cult-like tendencies,” she said.

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