“Sister Wives” Returns and TLC Increases Popularity with Nontraditional Shows

Mandy Robinson | Dec 19, 2013

Sister Wives TLC

TLC is short for The Learning Channel, but if you watch the shows on their network you would never guess that is what TLC stood for. This channel found a way to become extremely popular and bring in the viewers with nontraditional shows, many of which are returning or starting up this month and in the New Year. 

It all started back in 2007 with their show Jon and Kate Plus 8 about Jon and Kate Gosselin. Now they have moved on to more shows that shock viewers every week. These shows do teach us about new cultures, religions, and more but they aren’t what you used to come when you’d hear about shows on TLC.

One of their biggest hits is the show Sister Wives, which returns on Dec. 29 with 8 new episodes. The Brown family moved into their new Las Vegas homes and are living close together again. They will have to get used to being around each other all the time while the first wife Meri deals with having an empty nest, as her daughter left for college in Salt Lake City. This show displays the challenges that come with any family, but multiplied because it is a polygamist family. 

Breaking the Faith, which airs every Sunday night, is new show on TLC that is also making waves. This series is all about a group of teens who are trying to leave the FLDS community that used to be ran by Warren Jeffs before he was put in jail. It reminds a lot of people of another TLC show called Breaking Amish where people were escaping the Amish lifestyle. There is a lot of evidence out there that these shows are fake, which makes viewers wonder if they are even worth watching. It was proven that several of these people left the Amish lifestyle a long time before the show was filmed, but they were members of the Amish community at one time.

Another new series is coming in January which is called Escaping the Prophet. This one will focus on Flora Jessup who already left the FLDS community. She will be helping different people each week to get out and learn to live life outside of that community, which is an interesting twist.

One of TLC’s biggest series is called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. This series focuses on Alana Thompson, who was originally on their series Toddlers & Tiaras. She has a very wild and redneck family including Mama June, Sugar Bear, and her sisters Pumpkin, Chubbs, and Chickadee. If you have never seen it, you have to check out this shocking family.

Other shows that TLC airs are Gypsy Sisters, Best Funeral Ever, Little Couple, and Long Island Medium just to name a few. They do not shy away from any story and are constantly coming out with new series that will shock the viewers.

What do you think of TLC’s new way of programming? Do you consider this learning television? Sound off in the comments on your thoughts.

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