Who Are The Plaths? Meet TLC's Newest Family

TLC has a brand new family to introduce to the world — the Plaths. The network that's known for showcasing some of the most fascinating, borderline bizarre characters in the world debuts Welcome to Plathville on November 5, and suffice to say, Modern Family this is not.

The series follows the ultra-conservative family of 11 in rural southern Georgia. They exist with little technology and, if you can believe it, no soda (mostly). As their official site notes, parents Barry and Kim are focused on staying busy with their family gospel band, "home-schooling the children, and leading a busy and productive household."

The Plaths live a very simple existence

The nine Plath kids are Ethan, 21; Micah, 18; Moriah, 17; Lydia, 15; Isaac, 13; Amber, 10; Cassia, 8; and Mercy, 6 — according to People, 20-year-old Hosanna, a professional violinist who got married earlier this year, lives in Ohio and won't feature on the show. Each child is musically gifted in his or her own way, from Johnny Cash-loving Ethan, to little Mercy who reportedly "brings the house down with a cute solo!"

A sneak-peek look at the TLC reality show gives fascinating insight into life on the 55-acre Plath family farm. Per Woman's Day, the Plaths are Christian fundamentalists, but the lack of technology doesn't seem to have affected the kids too much. Micah even argues at one point that, having grown up without a television, he doesn't feel the need for one anymore. 

However, their pop culture knowledge leaves a lot to be desired, with supposedly sports crazy Isaac unsure who Tom Brady is, while Lydia has "heard of Spider-Man" but that's it. Likewise Justin Bieber and LeBron James are unknowns in the Plath household.

As for their no-soda policy, Barry explains, "They know what a Coke is, but they don't know what a Coke is. Can you believe that? That is so off the wall!"

Life isn't all smooth sailing for the Plaths

However, not everybody in the Plath family just accepts what Barry and Kim say at face value, with teenage Moriah admitting, "Nothing against my parents, but I don't agree with everything they say and think." Likewise, as the teaser clip suggests, Ethan's new wife Olivia seems to run into trouble when attempting to expose her new family to a more modern way of life.

"I have a different outlook on life, and so I come into the picture and I bring in change. And it's caused a hurricane," Olivia notes, with Kim advising her sternly, "I don't think it's your job to parent our children." Elsewhere, Barry gravely tones, "Now that Ethan's married, there are certain things that just have changed the dynamics of the family."

It seems Barry and Kim can't keep their kids tucked away from the world forever, though, as the sneak peek shows Ethan tasting Coke for the first time, while Moriah tries cotton candy over the course of the six-part series. 

TLC's Welcome to Plathville debuts November 5 at 10 p.m. ET.