On June 2, 2023, Prime Video released a limited television documentary series titled Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets. This project highlights the controversies this infamous family has been involved in. Plus, it even highlights the Duggar family’s questionable relationship with the Life Basics Institute. The Fundamentals of Life Institute is a fundamentalist Christian organization that many believe operates like a cult.
After the revelation that one of the family members, Josh Duggar, was a sex offender, the TLC show called 19 Kids and Counting was canceled. In addition, some members of this large family have even cut ties with them. The Prime Video documentary only features Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard.
According to Distractify, the aforementioned couple became estranged from the Duggar family for financial reasons. However, Distractify also reported that another reason for this decision was morality.
Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets on Prime Video synopsis and other details
Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets discusses the infamy of the Duggar family and their controversial relationship with the Institute in Life Basics. The documentary series also covers Josh Duggar’s arrest. US Marshals arrested Josh on April 29, 2021 for possession of child pornography. He is currently behind bars.
The official synopsis for Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets on Prime Video’s official YouTube channel reads: “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets is a limited documentary series exposing the truth beneath the wholesome American surface of the mega-family reality TV favorite, The Duggars, and the radical organization behind them: the Life Fundamentals Institute. As the details of the family and their scandals unfold, we realize that they are part of a much larger, insidious threat already in motion, with democracy itself in peril.”
The duo composed of Olivia Crist and Julia Willoughby Nason produced this documentary series.