TLC TV Shows

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.

90 Day Fiance
90 Day Fiance
Unexpected
Unexpected
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Counting On
Counting On
My 600-lb Life
My 600-lb Life
Untold Stories of the E.R.
Untold Stories of the E.R.
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way
Welcome to Plathville
Welcome to Plathville
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
Long Lost Family
Long Lost Family
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days
Extreme Cheapskates
Extreme Cheapskates
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?
90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Too Close To Home
Too Close To Home
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Overhaulin'
Overhaulin'
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
What Not To Wear
What Not To Wear
Smothered
Smothered
Unpolished
Unpolished
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
7 Little Johnstons
7 Little Johnstons
Family By The Ton
Family By The Ton
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Trading Spaces
Trading Spaces
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Love, Lust or Run
Love, Lust or Run
TLC Presents
TLC Presents
Tattoo Girls
Tattoo Girls
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
American Chopper
American Chopper
The Family Chantel
The Family Chantel
Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Breaking Amish
Breaking Amish
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant
Seeking Sister Wife
Seeking Sister Wife
Abby & Brittany
Abby & Brittany
Curvy Brides
Curvy Brides
My Giant Life
My Giant Life
Addicted
Addicted
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Cheer Perfection
Cheer Perfection
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids
Mama Medium
Mama Medium
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Quints By Surprise
Quints By Surprise
Nate and Jeremiah by Design
Nate and Jeremiah by Design
Love at First Kiss
Love at First Kiss
Extreme Couponing
Extreme Couponing
Too Fat to Transition
Too Fat to Transition
Dr. Pimple Popper
Dr. Pimple Popper
Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day
Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day
The Healer
The Healer
18 Kids and Counting
18 Kids and Counting
Lost in Transition
Lost in Transition
Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost
Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost
LA Ink
LA Ink
DC Cupcakes
DC Cupcakes
The Willis Family
The Willis Family
Single Dad Seeking...
Single Dad Seeking...
Rattled
Rattled
Playhouse Masters
Playhouse Masters
Take Home Chef
Take Home Chef
Something Borrowed, Something New
Something Borrowed, Something New
Body Bizarre
Body Bizarre
Police Women
Police Women
Extreme Couponing, All-Stars
Extreme Couponing, All-Stars
Return to Amish
Return to Amish
Kitchen Boss
Kitchen Boss
My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I
My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I
Our Little Family
Our Little Family
Brides Gone Styled
Brides Gone Styled
My Five Wives
My Five Wives
Skin Tight
Skin Tight
Fat Chance
Fat Chance
JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding: The Lost Tapes
JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding: The Lost Tapes
Sarah Palin's Alaska
Sarah Palin's Alaska
NY Ink
NY Ink
My Crazy Obsession
My Crazy Obsession
Randy to the Rescue
Randy to the Rescue
Secret Princes
Secret Princes
The Spouse House
The Spouse House
Kate Plus Date
Kate Plus Date
My Feet Are Killing Me
My Feet Are Killing Me
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Ultimate Cake Off
Ultimate Cake Off
Best Food Ever
Best Food Ever
Bakery Boss
Bakery Boss