TLC TV Shows

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About TLC

Perhaps more so than any other cable channel, present-day TLC is virtually unrecognizable compared to its original incarnation. The channel was born in the early 1970s as a project of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and NASA called the Appalachian Community Service Network, but when it was privatized in 1980, it took on the name The Learning Channel and created a schedule consisting entirely of educational and informational programming. In 1998, the channel, now owned by Discovery Networks, dropped "Learning" from its name, called itself simply TLC, and shifted its programming almost entirely to reality entertainment programming.

Early TLC reality series included design and home-related shows such as "Trading Spaces" and human-interest shows like "A Wedding Story" and "A Baby Story." In the mid-2000s, the channel's programming began to concentrate on the human-interest niche, moving away from the home-related programming and adding more series that centered around unusual families; the popular "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and "17 Kids and Counting" featured families with large numbers of children, and "Little People, Big World" follows a family of little people.

Some of TLC's more sensational reality series have drawn controversy along with respectable ratings. "Toddlers & Tiaras" presents the drama surrounding child beauty pageants, and the series' spin-off "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" focuses on one of the pageants' contestants and her family, all of whom live in rural Georgia.

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19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker
Untold Stories of the E.R.
Untold Stories of the E.R.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
DC Cupcakes
DC Cupcakes
My 600-lb Life
My 600-lb Life
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
What Not To Wear
What Not To Wear
Overhaulin'
Overhaulin'
United Bates of America
United Bates of America
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Lottery Changed My Life
Lottery Changed My Life
Jon & Kate Plus 8
Jon & Kate Plus 8
Leah Remini It's All Relative
Leah Remini It's All Relative
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Virgin Diaries
Virgin Diaries
Breaking Amish
Breaking Amish
Addicted
Addicted
Cheer Perfection
Cheer Perfection
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Escaping Alaska
Escaping Alaska
LA Ink
LA Ink
Home Made Simple
Home Made Simple
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Strange Sex
Strange Sex
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Breaking Amish: Brave New World
Breaking Amish: Brave New World
My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I
My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I
PEEP and the Big Wide World
PEEP and the Big Wide World
Abby & Brittany
Abby & Brittany
18 Kids and Counting
18 Kids and Counting
Randy to the Rescue
Randy to the Rescue
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Secret Princes
Secret Princes
Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost
Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost
TLC Specials
TLC Specials
NY Ink
NY Ink
Something Borrowed, Something New
Something Borrowed, Something New
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
Extreme Cheapskates
Extreme Cheapskates
Miami Ink
Miami Ink
Quints By Surprise
Quints By Surprise
Bakery Boss
Bakery Boss
Take Home Chef
Take Home Chef
Property Ladder
Property Ladder
I Found the Gown
I Found the Gown
Starter Wives
Starter Wives
American Chopper
American Chopper
Sarah Palin's Alaska
Sarah Palin's Alaska
Craft Wars
Craft Wars
Best Funeral Ever
Best Funeral Ever
World's Fattest Man
World's Fattest Man
King of the Crown
King of the Crown
Surprise Homecoming
Surprise Homecoming
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Specials
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Specials
Buddy's Bakery Rescue
Buddy's Bakery Rescue
Leave It to Niecy
Leave It to Niecy
Breaking the Faith
Breaking the Faith
Totally T-Boz
Totally T-Boz
County Jail
County Jail
Extreme Couponing
Extreme Couponing
My Crazy Obsession
My Crazy Obsession
Trading Spaces
Trading Spaces
90 Day Fiance
90 Day Fiance
OMG EMT!
OMG EMT!
America's Worst Tattoos
America's Worst Tattoos
The Sisterhood
The Sisterhood
Secret Wedding
Secret Wedding
Four Weddings, Specials
Four Weddings, Specials
Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best
Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best
Unleashed: K-9 Broward County
Unleashed: K-9 Broward County
Extreme Cougar Wives
Extreme Cougar Wives
All New New Year
All New New Year
Kate Plus Ei8ht: Specials
Kate Plus Ei8ht: Specials
Big Tiny: Life with the Jordans
Big Tiny: Life with the Jordans
The Man Who Lost His Face
The Man Who Lost His Face
Alaskan Women Looking for Love
Alaskan Women Looking for Love
On the Fly
On the Fly
ToddWorld
ToddWorld
Four Houses
Four Houses
DC Cupcakes, Specials
DC Cupcakes, Specials
Untold Stories of the E.R.: Sex Edition
Untold Stories of the E.R.: Sex Edition
Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm
Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm
My Five Wives
My Five Wives
Wild Weddings
Wild Weddings