TLC Reality Shows to Feed Your Binge-Watching Addiction
When it comes to reality television, TLC is hands down one of the best channels on cable. The network’s reality shows pull back the curtain on all kinds of unique lifestyles and some wildly crazy situations. Seriously, the shows focus on everything from pageantry to polygamy.
Thanks to re-runs and streaming services, you can watch every reality show TLC has to offer — past and present. Got some free time? It’s time to take a deep dive into the network that brings you everything from heartbreak to triumph.
LA Ink follows Kat Von D, a celebrity tattoo artist and entrepreneur, as she opens up her first tattoo parlor. High Voltage Tattoo is the kind of work setting where visible tattoos and rock star hairstyles are more than just acceptable — they’re required!
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction follows the recovery journeys of people who are painfully addicted to all kinds of weird things. People who eat toilet paper, only eat burgers and tan multiple times a day have been featured on the show.
Love, Lust or Run
Instead of makeovers, Stacy London — famous for What Not to Wear — delivers fabulous makeunders on Love, Lust or Run. Each episode begins with a wake-up call, where strangers describe a woman's current wardrobe with one of three words: love, lust or run.
Long Lost Family
Break out the tissue boxes because this is the type of show to make you ugly cry — profusely. It’s more emotional than The Titanic and The Notebook combined. The hosts, Lisa and Chris, work with an expert team of investigators to help people find their long lost family members.
Leah Remini: It's All Relative
Leah Remini's real life would make a better sitcom than any of her shows, and her shows were absolutely hilarious. Leah has a big family, and they visit often. She lives with her husband, Angelo, and her daughter, Vicki. Leah's mother, stepfather and sisters also make frequent appearances.
The Little Couple
The Little Couple tells the endearing story of Bill and his wife. Jen is a doctor, which makes life pretty busy. Bill and Dr. Jen are also the proud parents of two adopted children, Will, from China, and Zoey, from India. Bill, Jen, Will and Zoey all have a form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia.
Return to Amish
Rumspringa is an important time in the life of any Amish or Mennonite young adult. (It's not the same religion, but members of both faiths appear on the show.) The teenagers leave their homes to spend time in the big city with no supervision and no rules.
sMothered features the unique lives of mothers and daughters who are beyond inseparable. These mothers and daughters are BFFs — to the detriment of the rest of their family, friends and even husbands. Their relationships know no boundaries. They even go to plastic surgeons and gynecologist appointments together.
Untold Stories of the ER
With 14 seasons in the books, Untold Stories of the ER is the gift that keeps on giving. The show features dramatizations of true occurrences from emergency rooms across America spliced between interviews with the doctors and patients who lived through the events.
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way
International relationships aren't all about coming to America. Some couples choose to live outside the good old U.S.A. This 90 Day Fiance spin-off chronicles the often difficult journeys of Americans who move abroad for love.
Welcome to Plathville
Welcome to Plathville gives an inside look at a very unique family. Kim and Barry Plath have nine children between the ages of six and 21. The family lives deep inside the heart of rural Georgia. They are isolated from the world, and the parents have established a unique lifestyle for the family.
Lexi Martone is a world-renowned nail artist, and her fans love her innovative 3D designs. The nails aren't all that gets wild when Lexi opens a salon with her sister, Bri. Bri does hair and makeup, and the two sisters' mother also works in the same Long Island salon as a beautician.
The Duggar kids from 19 Kids and Counting are all grown up! They are starting families of their own and living life on their own terms. The show focuses on Jill’s and Jessa's families, but the other Duggar children also make appearances.
Sister Wives is all about one interesting family dynamic: one husband, four wives and 18 children. Kody Brown, a polygamist and member of a fundamentalist Mormon group, and his wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, do their best to be one big happy family, but things are rough.
What Not to Wear
Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, famous fashion experts, spend each episode working with a woman — only the early seasons also included men — whose families have declared a fashion emergency. Families usually claim that a woman's poor sense of fashion is stopping her from leading a normal life.
After all these years, Trading Spaces is still on television! Neighbors trade houses for two days and are given a professional carpenter, a professional designer and $1,000. In just two days, they have to make over a room in their neighbor's home.
Kate Plus Eight
Kate Plus Eight is the newer show about the Gosselin family. Once Jon and Kate got divorced, the new show followed Kate as she navigated being a single mother to eight children, including sextuplets and an older set of twins.
Breaking Amish is about five young adults who spent their whole lives in either the Amish or Mennonite communities. They have followed a strict set of religious and cultural standards, and, in many ways, they have been cut off from the outside world.
Everyone loves a bargain, but the people on Extreme Cheapskates take things to the next level. Each episode focuses on a different person who is a self-proclaimed cheapskate. Regardless of overall financial status, these people are willing to do just about anything to save a dollar.
Toddlers and Tiaras
If you thought soccer moms were tough, then you have never met a pageant mom. The mothers — and a few fathers — on this show are determined to help their toddlers win every beauty pageant they enter. The families travel all over the country to compete in various pageants.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
With weddings, wild fashion, romance and family drama, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding has it all. It follows young American Gypsy (a.k.a. Romanichal) women during the most important months of their lives as they prepare for their weddings.
My 600-lb. Life
My 600-lb. Life follows the struggle of people who weigh 600 pounds or more. Instead of merely focusing on their weight, the show digs deeper into the emotional and physical health issues that have led to the guests' extreme weight gain.
7 Little Johnstons
The seven little Johnstons may come from a variety of places, but they make up one big, happy family. Trent and Amber have two biological children, Jonah and Elizabeth. They also opened up their hearts and their home to three adopted children named Alex, Anna and Emma.
90 Day Fiance
Americans engaged to non-citizens can get K-1 visas for their fiances. With that visa, the non-American has 90 days to live in the country. At the end of the 90 days, they have to leave the country if they are not married yet.
Dr. Pimple Popper
Dr. Pimple Popper — real name Dr. Sandra Lee — became famous when her pimple popping and skin extraction videos went viral on Instagram and YouTube. TLC bought into the hype, and the network gave Dr. Lee her own reality series. Disgusting or not, viewers just can't get enough.
Say Yes to the Dress
Kleinfeld Bridal is one of Manhattan's most popular bridal shops. Soon to be wedded women go there in hopes of finding the perfect dresses for their big day. There are plenty of fabulous dresses in Kleinfeld's, but finding one that fits the budget, pleases the family and still looks good to the bride can be pretty difficult.
The Family Chantel
Chantel and Pedro originally starred as a couple on 90 Day Fiance. Although the two are in love, interactions between their families have often ended in major blowups and even physical fights. Despite all the drama, Pedro and Chantel still got married, but that doesn't mean things have become any less complicated.
Little People Big World
Little People Big World was one of TLC's first hit reality shows. It is an ongoing chronicle of the lives of the Roloff family. The parents Matt and Amy are now divorced, and they both suffer from different forms of dwarfism. Out of their four children, their son Jeremy also has dwarfism.
Cake Boss allows viewers to enter the world of Buddy Valastro and his huge family. Buddy's late father, Carlo, opened up a bakery, and Buddy has carried the torch by turning that neighborhood bakery into a thriving business with multiple locations.
OutDaughtered follows Adam and Danielle Busby and their six children as they navigate life in Texas with an oversized family. The Busby's already had one daughter named Blayke, but their family grew exponentially in 2015 when Danielle gave birth to quintuplets who were all girls.