TLC TV Shows

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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Counting On
Counting On
90 Day Fianc
90 Day Fianc
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Untold Stories of the E.R.
Untold Stories of the E.R.
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
My 600-lb Life
My 600-lb Life
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?
Love, Lust or Run
Love, Lust or Run
TLC Presents
TLC Presents
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
Love at First Kiss
Love at First Kiss
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
What Not To Wear
What Not To Wear
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
Breaking Amish
Breaking Amish
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
Little Miss Atlanta
Little Miss Atlanta
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Jon & Kate Plus 8
Jon & Kate Plus 8
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Hoarding: Buried Alive
DC Cupcakes
DC Cupcakes
Body Bizarre
Body Bizarre
My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I
My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Overhaulin'
Overhaulin'
Strange Sex
Strange Sex
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Married by Mom and Dad
Married by Mom and Dad
Extreme Cheapskates
Extreme Cheapskates
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker
American Chopper
American Chopper
Addicted
Addicted
Craft Wars
Craft Wars
Cheer Perfection
Cheer Perfection
Long Lost Family
Long Lost Family
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Giant Life
My Giant Life
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
LA Ink
LA Ink
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Extreme Couponing
Extreme Couponing
Too Close To Home
Too Close To Home
Something Borrowed, Something New
Something Borrowed, Something New
DC Cupcakes, Specials
DC Cupcakes, Specials
My Five Wives
My Five Wives
Alaskan Women Looking for Love
Alaskan Women Looking for Love
7 Little Johnstons
7 Little Johnstons
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Lottery Changed My Life
Lottery Changed My Life
Freaky Eaters
Freaky Eaters
Abby & Brittany
Abby & Brittany
Quints By Surprise
Quints By Surprise
18 Kids and Counting
18 Kids and Counting
PEEP and the Big Wide World
PEEP and the Big Wide World
County Jail
County Jail
48 Hours: Hard Evidence
48 Hours: Hard Evidence
Property Ladder
Property Ladder
Your Kid Ate What?
Your Kid Ate What?
Sarah Palin's Alaska
Sarah Palin's Alaska
Auctioneer$
Auctioneer$
Unleashed: K-9 Broward County
Unleashed: K-9 Broward County
Big Sexy
Big Sexy
Extreme Cougar Wives
Extreme Cougar Wives
Outdaughtered: Life with Quints
Outdaughtered: Life with Quints
10 Years Younger
10 Years Younger
Trading Spaces
Trading Spaces
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss
Police Women
Police Women
Outrageous Kid Parties
Outrageous Kid Parties
48 Hours: Left for Dead
48 Hours: Left for Dead
NY Ink
NY Ink
Surprise Homecoming
Surprise Homecoming
Randy to the Rescue
Randy to the Rescue
United Bates of America
United Bates of America
Secret Princes
Secret Princes
Cracking Addiction
Cracking Addiction
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Specials
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Specials
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
Breaking Amish: Brave New World
Breaking Amish: Brave New World
Breaking Amish: Brave New World: Secrets Revealed
Breaking Amish: Brave New World: Secrets Revealed
TLC Specials
TLC Specials
ToddWorld
ToddWorld
World's Fattest Man
World's Fattest Man
Best Funeral Ever
Best Funeral Ever
Untold Stories of the E.R.: Sex Edition
Untold Stories of the E.R.: Sex Edition
Our Little Family
Our Little Family
The Willis Family
The Willis Family
I Still Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
I Still Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
Psychic Matchmaker
Psychic Matchmaker