It’s hard to believe that TLC stands for the “The Learning Channel”, considering the channel’s current focus on reality television. The channel was originally called the Appalachian Community Service Network and was distributed by NASA via their satellites. It was then bought by its current owner, Discovery Communications, which used the channel to run child-friendly content. The channel was then stuck in limbo after the launch of Discovery Kids.

Suffering from an identity crisis of sorts, the channel turned to more mass appeal shows, particularly focused on home improvement. TLC then started focusing on personal reality shows around 2008. The channel then rebranded itself and ...

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