Who are the Plaths? The family stars on TLC’s reality TV series, Welcome to Plathville. When season 3 premiered on August 17, 2021, audiences continued to learn more about them after previously following all of the family drama. Keep scrolling below to get to know the Plath family members.
Meet the Plaths
Parents Kim Plath and Barry Plath aren’t your average mom and dad. Like the Duggars, they’ve decided to raise their nine kids away from some of the trappings of traditional society. Out in a rural community in the south of Georgia, they brought up their family on a 55-acre farm with limited technology, limited computers, and absolutely no “carbonated sodas.” In the trailer for season 1, fans watched as oldest son Ethan Plath took a sip of Coca-Cola for the very first time.
Ethan, 23, is the oldest Plath child. He and his wife, Olivia Plath, moved in together near the family’s farm in Georgia. Since he was no longer under his parents’ roof, he didn’t have to follow their rules and he finally had the opportunity to explore all kinds of worldly things. His siblings include brother Micah Plath, 20, sister Moriah Plath, 19, sister Lydia Plath, 17, and brother Isaac Plath, 15.
Micah, the second oldest son, grew up without a TV just like the rest of his family, and he’s convinced he doesn’t need one. Moriah is the second oldest daughter, and her parents were quick to warn viewers that she’s “opinionated.” She “doesn’t agree with everything they say and think,” which makes her the rebel daughter. Lydia, the third oldest daughter, has heard of Spiderman, but doesn’t exactly know what Spiderman is. And as for Isaac, he’s big on sports — but has never heard of Tom Brady.
Hosanna Plath, 22, is the oldest daughter and a violinist who is married and lives in Ohio. The rest of the family is rounded out by younger daughters Amber Plath, 12, Cassia Plath, 10, and Mercy Plath, 8. Though the Plaths also had a 10th sibling, a brother named Joshua Plath, he died in a tragic accident in 2008 at only 15 months old. Kim and Barry opened up about their heartbreaking loss on a previous episode of the show.
Plath Family Feud
Despite their humble beginnings, though, all isn’t well in “Plathville.” As Olivia grew closer to Ethan’s siblings Micah and Moriah, she started to butt heads with Kim and Barry. Because Kim and Barry feel Olivia and Ethan are a bad influence on their younger siblings, they imposed strict visitation rules so that the couple are not allowed to visit the family farm unless one of the parents is present to supervise.
As a result of the tension, Moriah and Michah moved out of their parents’ home and into their own house where they indulged in everything they weren’t allowed to growing up and they both grew closer to Ethan and Olivia. In one tense scene, Moriah and Micah confronted Kim and Barry about why they didn’t “prepare” their children for the real world, as Ethan took a job in modeling and Olivia took a job at a local gym.
While Kim, Barry, Micah and Moriah were able to begin the journey to repairing their relationship, the matriarch and patriarch’s feud with Olivia and Ethan continued.
In an extremely tense moment on season 2, Ethan visited his parents to tell them that if they did not accept his wife, then they couldn’t have a relationship. Things escalated between the estranged father and son when Ethan grabbed Barry and got in his face, telling him he is not allowed to approach Olivia, who was waiting at the end of the Plath family’s driveway in their car. Isaac had to intervene between Ethan and Barry before things became physical.
When season 3 returned, fans learned that the family feud had started to cause issues in Ethan and Olivia’s marriage. Fans will have to tune in to see if they can repair the damage with Kim and Barry and with each other.
Welcome to Plathville airs on TLC Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET.
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