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Over the years, this channel has had a ton of great programming, but some of the best shows are airing right now. For this list, we're looking at the best shows on TLC that are still airing new episodes at the time of writing. Our list includes “Say Yes to the Dress,” “7 Little Johnstons,” “Long Lost Family,” “Trading Spaces,” “Long Island Medium,” and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Current TLC Shows.
Top 10 Current TLC Shows
Over the years, this channel has had a ton of great programming, but some of the best shows are airing right now. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Current TLC Shows.
For this list, we’re looking at the best shows on TLC that are still airing new episodes at the time of writing.
#10: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (2010-)
If you’ve ever been interested in investigating your family’s genealogy, then this show will definitely inspire you to follow through on it. “Who Do You Think You Are?” first aired on NBC, and was picked up by TLC when it was cancelled after three seasons. Each episode of the show follows a different celebrity as they trace their family tree, finding out a bunch of interesting and unexpected information along the way. And we’re not talking C-listers here. Big names like Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Liv Tyler, and Zooey Deschanel have been featured on the show.
#9: “Dr. Pimple Popper” (2018-)
Are you the type of person who can’t let a blemish go untouched on your face? Did you try to pop your siblings’ zits when you were younger? Well do we ever have the show for you! You may be familiar with Dr. Sandra Lee AKA Dr. Pimple Popper from YouTube, but did you know she has her own TLC show as of 2018? Based out of Skin Physicians & Surgeons in Upland, California, in each episode Lee takes on new patients who have troubling skin issues and helps to diagnose and cure them. And don’t worry, there are plenty of jaw dropping extractions to go around.
#8: “Long Island Medium” (2011-)
Theresa Caputo can communicate with dead people, or at least that’s what she’ll have you believe. The titular “Long Island Medium” has been on the air since 2011, and since then has helped many people communicate with their loved ones from beyond the grave. Of course, it’s ok to be skeptical, and many publications have disproved many of the claims made on the show. But hey, we’re not in it for the realism. Sometimes it’s fun to suspend your disbelief and just sit back and enjoy without thinking about whatever trickery is going on behind the scenes.
#7: “Nate & Jeremiah by Design” (2017-)
You’re probably familiar with Nate Berkus because of his time on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as well as his own program, “The Nate Berkus Show.” Or you may have purchased pieces from his line for Target. This interior designer extraordinaire lets us in for a glimpse at his personal life in his newest show, “Nate & Jeremiah by Design.” Berkus and his partner help clients with design projects and botched renovations and show the work/life balance that it takes to maintain a family and run a business at the same time.
#6: “Little People, Big World” (2006-)
The longest running show in our top ten today has been on for over a decade, including a period when it had a slightly different title. “Little People, Big World” has followed the Roloff family for all these years, chronicling their struggles and daily ups and downs. What sets this family apart is that parents Matt and Amy have dwarfism, as does one of their children, though the rest are of regular height. We’ve watched the family grow older and develop as they run Roloff Farms. Though there has been some controversy surrounding the show due to critiques of its voyeuristic nature, many others praise the diverse representation it offers to viewers.
#5: “Trading Spaces” (2000-08, 2018-)
If you grew up with TLC in the early aughts, then you undoubtedly watched this show during its first run. “Trading Spaces” was one of the early shows that made TLC what it is today, focusing on two neighbors who were tasked with redecorating one room in the other’s home, with the help of the show’s designers. Everyone had their favorites (and least favorites, ahem, Hildi) and the end results could be gorgeous or disastrous. As of 2018, the show is back for a revival, with host Paige Davis returning alongside some of the original designers.
#4: “Long Lost Family” (2016-)
If you want a good cry, or love watching shows that tug at your heartstrings, look no further than “Long Lost Family”. Inspired by a British series that originated from a Dutch show called “Spoorloos,” this American version has been around since 2016, and features hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner. Every episode follows people who are searching for biological family members that they have either lost touch with, or who they have never met. Ancestry.com is one of the major sponsors of the show, and uses their technology to aid in the DNA testing which contributes to the discoveries. Make sure you’ve got some Kleenex beside you for this one!
#3: “7 Little Johnstons” (2015-)
This may be one of the relatively newer shows on the network, but it has quickly amassed a huge fanbase to become one of the favorites. According to TLC, the Johnston family are "the world's largest known family of achondroplasia dwarfs.” The show follows them living their daily lives and tracks the issues they encounter based on their dwarfism. The mother of the family, Amber, asserts that they created the show to encourage knowledge about the topic, saying, “This is about sharing our story and spreading awareness regarding dwarfism, showing viewers we’ve lived a real life. The biggest stigma in society is that little people are still considered like circus characters.”
#2: “Say Yes to the Dress” (2007-)
Love it or hate it, we’ve all seen an episode of this show. “Say Yes to the Dress” has become a TLC staple, showing brides and their entourages going to New York’s Kleinfelds to find the dress of their dreams. Each episode follows a comfortingly similar format, with themes like body image issues, disapproving mothers and attention-seeking bridesmaids cropping up time and time again. Does it create stereotypes about what women and brides are like? Sure. Are we going to forget our feminist sides for half an hour and watch it anyway? Absolutely.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
“I Am Jazz” (2015-)
“My 600-lb Life” (2012-)
“Untold Stories of the E.R.” (2004-)
“Sister Wives” (2010-)
#1: “90 Day Fiancé” (2014-)
The concept behind this show is kind of genius. It focuses on couples taking advantage of the K-1 visa, which lets Americans bring their foreign fiancees to the US for 90 days before they get married. If no marriage occurs during that time though, they have to go back to their home country. Each episode of “90 Day Fiance” takes a look at a couple who is trying this out, and viewers at home get to guess whether they’re actually going to go through with the wedding or not. The show is always a roller coaster of ups and downs, and we’re always here for the drama.