TLC

The TLC logo is displayed on a screen behind '90 Day Fiancé' cast members Matt Sharp, Molly Hopkins, Paola Mayfield, and Russ Mayfield during the Summer 2018 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California

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TLC is an American cable network that debuted in 1972. It originally offered educational TV shows — its initials stood for “The Learning Channel.” But since the mid-’90s, the network that NASA launched has become known for reality TV series.

Under Discovery’s ownership since 1991, TLC has churned out popular shows such as Forensic Files (1996-2011), Jon & Kate Plus 8 (2007-2009), Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012-2017), and My Strange Addiction (2010-2015).

But 90 Day Fiancé about international couples in the U.S. on fiancé visas who have 90 days to get married — is arguably the network’s most successful series, spawning over a dozen spinoffs since its 2014 premiere. Other top current shows are My 600-Lb Life, Sister Wives, 1,000-Lb Sisters, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, and Little People, Big World.


  • Founders: NASA, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Launched: 1972
  • Owner: Discovery, Inc.
  • How to watch: Cable TV provider or through a paid subscription to a streaming service such as DirecTV Stream, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV
  • Top programs: 90 Day Fiancé, My 600-Lb Life, Sister Wives, 1,000-Lb Sisters, Dr. Pimple Popper, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Little People, Big World
  • Best known for: Reality TV series focusing on their subjects’ lifestyles, challenges, and families

Featured Articles:

Dr. Pimple Popper Cuts 25-Year-Old ‘Bloomin’ Onion’ Cyst Into Bits — Watch if You Dare


‘1000-Lb Sisters’: This Tragic Life Event Is What Caused Amy Slaton to Gain Hundreds of Pounds


’90 Day Fiancé’: Natalie Mordovtseva Shares Her Secret to Crying On Command


‘My 600-Lb Life’ Fans Will Not Believe the Stunning Transformation of Brandi and Kandi Dreier


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