The Duggar Family is the focus of Amazon Prime's docuseries, "Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets," released on June 2.
The series explores the headline-making scandals surrounding the family and their affiliation with the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a religious group with cult-like characteristics.
The Duggars gained fame through their popular reality TV show, "19 Kids and Counting," which aired from 2008 to 2015 on TLC.
"Shiny Happy People" features testimonies from family members like Jill Duggar Dillard, her husband Derick Dillard, and niece Amy King, as well as former IBLP members.
The docuseries reveals allegations of sex abuse, child abuse, and financial mistreatment within the Duggar family and the IBLP.
Former IBLP congregant Tia Levings suggests that the Duggars' TV show fueled the growth of the religious group, using a shiny and happy image to attract followers.
Historian Kristin Kobes DuMez explains that the Duggars' TV success provided them with a platform to promote their values and make money.
The Duggars' shows, starting with "14 Children and Pregnant Again!" in 2004, helped boost the network's viewership and revitalized their programming with inexpensive production and high audience engagement.