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TLC - The Learning Channel«»
What They Show
Mostly reality shows. Stuff like "Trading Spaces" and "Junkyard Wars" justify their existence on The Learning Channel by being slightly more documentary in nature than most reality shows. These shows focus more on the stuff that they find in junkyards and... whatever-the-hell-it-is-Trading-Spaces-is-about, instead of answering more standard reality show questions, like, "Who can eat the most worms?" and "Who can be the most hilarious stereotype??"
Some of the younger folk out there in Internet Land may not realize this, but The Learning Channel was once about learning -- like, in the academic sense. Blocks like "Ready Set Learn" and "Cable in the Classroom" were early staples that pioneered the medium of television's potential as a teaching aid.
Obviously, this didn't catch on, because television has always been about being dumb. After the Non-Profit organization that owned TLC went bankrupt in 1991, the Discovery Channel snatched them up and started slowly pushing them towards less informative, more sensationalist content.
In 2006, they finally dropped their revisionist "Life Unscripted" tagline and (to make reality TV sound cool) replaced it with "Live and Learn," still desperately implying that a) the "L" in TLC stands for "Life" and b) that the channel has anything at all to teach you.
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