TLC is a prime channel to turn on during sick days or in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep. Over the years, the network has produced some pretty weird shows. Here’s a roundup. (There are a couple gems at the end.)
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”
A spinoff of “Toddlers in Tiaras,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was a reality show about Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, and her family. The show ran from 2012-2017. Since Boo Boo rose to full blown meme fame, she’s faded out of the spotlight.
“My Strange Addiction”
This show aired from 2010-2015 and documented the lives of those with behavioral disorders — like obsessive compulsive disorder. Some of the behaviors featured on the show included being married to a doll and eating bricks.
The things people will do to save money, and boy do these people know how to save. Couponing isn’t just a thing you do, it’s a lifestyle. The show aired 2010-2012.
“Hoarding: Buried Alive”
Ever looked at your bedroom and thought about all the extra stuff you should probably get rid of? Maybe it’s that kitchen drawer that is too full to open, or your garage doubles as a storage unit. “Hoarding” takes all of that to the next level. Some of the houses pictured on the show literally don’t have walking space. The show began in 2010.
“Mall Cops: Mall of America”
No, this isn’t Paul Blart. This show follows the trials and tribulations of being a mall cop at the Mall of America, the country’s largest mall. The show only lasted one season, 2009-2010.
“My Five Wives”
TLC loves shows about polygamy and large families. “My Five Wives” is exactly what it sounds like — it follows the life of Brady Williams and his five wives. The show only lasted two seasons, 2013-2014.
“Honey, We’re Killing the Kids”
This show is about parents who are teaching such bad habits that it’s predicted their children will grow up to be unhealthy or worse. The gimmick is that they have four weeks to change their lifestyle. The show only had one season in 2005.
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska”
After getting a taste of being on TV during her vice presidential run, it seems that the Alaska Governor wanted more and had her own reality show for a year. It only lasted one season, though, from 2010-2011.
“What Not to Wear”
Alright, we’ve inundated you with one crazy show after the other, but TLC has had some guilty pleasures, too. Who couldn’t love watching Stacy London and Clinton Kelly give makeovers to unsuspecting fashion rule-breakers? The show lasted 12 seasons from 2003-2013.
This might be the best TLC show of them all. It’s the game show equivalent of a wholesome meme: Unsuspecting taxi patrons are ambushed with questions to win money on their way to their destination. The show began in 2008.