Every reality TV family struggles to perfect the same tricky balancing act:
How to share enough information with the world to make for compelling viewing, while at the same time, not giving away too much of your personal life?
This is particularly difficult in the case of the Duggar clan, as their carefully-curated public image is based almost entirely on secrets and lies.
That's how we wind up with so many episodes based on scavenger hunts, and craft projects, and other boring crap that's clearly staged for the cameras.
But every once in a while, the Duggars let their guards down and allow an honest, unscripted moment to make it to air.
And that's how we wound up with these cringe-worth scenes.
Enjoy, and try not to die of second-hand embarassment!
1. A Family Tradition
The Duggars have been on TV since the days when George W. Bush was in office. And while the faces may have changed, the family’s ability to humiliate themselves has remained constant.
2. Sad Fact
If you grow up on camera, it’s inevitable that some of your more awkward moments will be shared in front of an audience of millions.
3. No Getting Around It
And when your family is as cringe-inducing as the Duggars … well, some of those moments might be the kind that will follow you for the rest of your days.
4. Josh on the Spot
So let’s kick of our list of the most awkward Duggar moments with a little weirdness from the most despicable member of the 19 Kids and Counting clan. We’re talking, of course, about Josh …
5. Josh’s Proposal
Josh and Anna’s engagement was the first one that was witnessed by viewers, and boy, was it one weird occasion.
6. Just the Beginning
Obviously, there were many, many more embarrassing moments to come in this marriage, but thankfully, most of them didn’t make it onto TLC