10 TLC Reality TV Shows You Forgot Existed – Screen Rant

TLC is known for its amazing reality TV shows, but viewers may or may not recall these TLC reality series from years ago.
With franchises such as 90 Day Fiancé and hit shows such as 1000-lb Sisters, the TLC network has positioned itself as a dominant force in reality TV. Though they have a slew of hits, not every TLC reality show has hit the mark, and others have simply faded from memory completely.
Whether it was home improvement shows like The Adam Carolla Project or lifestyle programs such as Kids by the Dozen, many of TLC's series simply fail to move the needle and get forgotten. Today's fans of TLC may have forgotten or perhaps never even heard of certain reality TV shows from the network's past.
Real estate has been a very popular subject for reality TV, and audiences have always enjoyed watching other people buy lavish homes that most viewers can't afford. Buying Naked tried to distance itself from other shows of its ilk by adding the wrinkle of real estate in a nudist colony.
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Each episode of the show's only season saw host Jackie Youngblood try to match homebuyers up with their dream home in a lavish and clothing-optional Florida community. While the real estate aspects were numbingly stock-standard, the nudist gimmick was good for a few laughs initially. Unfortunately, Buying Naked offered nothing to put the show over the top and make it memorable.
Romance has always been a surefire hit for TLC, but Secret Princes squandered its strong set-up. The series followed four princes from around the world who move to America to live in anonymity and find the loves of their lives without the benefit of their royal titles.
With a premise ripped straight from a Disney movie, Secret Princes mixed regality with the day-to-day lives of young people trying to find love. Though it is hardly one of the best dating reality shows of all time, it still offered an interesting glimpse into the lives of royalty and showed audiences that their troubles were actually quite relatable.
Though death and funerals are something that most people don't want to contemplate, Best Funeral Ever came along to show the end of life as a celebration. The series follows the Golden Gate Funeral Home as they go above and beyond to give their customers the most extravagant funerals possible.
It flopped upon initial release, but many fans believe the show would do much better on TV today than it did in 2013. The over-the-top funerals were always interesting, and the series did an excellent job of never getting too macabre with its presentation. Considering the fact that the funeral industry will never go away, it is only a matter of time before another funeral-related show crops up.
Plenty of hit series have been made about life in the wilds of the 49th state, but Alaskan Women Looking for Love took Alaskans to a diametrically opposed climate. The show follows a gaggle of women from Alaska who relocate to the sunny shores of Miami in order to find love.
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It only lasted one measly season, but the characters of the show were nevertheless interesting, and their search for love was riveting. Seeing the women adjust to life in Florida was almost as fascinating as their dating life, and it was always fun to see them react to the everything-goes nature of the Sunshine State.
Shows about interesting professions are one of the reasons that reality TV is so engrossing, and Mall Cops: Mall of America highlighted a truly unsung job. Set in one of the largest retail spaces in the world, the show follows the day-to-day lives of the Mall of America's private security force.
Movies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop made a joke out of the profession, but Mall Cops brought a bit more humanity to the men and women in security uniforms. While the scenarios of the show always seemed a bit stagey, the setting and characters never failed to keep audiences entertained.
TLC had stumbled across a recipe for success with a host of shows about large families, and while Jon & Kate Plus 8 was a massive hit, Kids by the Dozen was less successful. The show used each episode to highlight a different family that all had a dozen or more children.
Only airing 9 episodes over its only season, the show never got a chance to find its next big hit family. The negative of the show was that there wasn't enough time to really focus on a family, but the positive was that things never got too dull and repetitive. TLC is known for producing some weird shows, but Kids by the Dozen was rather mundane in the way it presented its subjects.
Before she starred in one of the best A&E shows of all time, Leah Remini made her reality TV debut with It's All Relative. Chronicling her life and family, the series specifically focused on Remini as she attempted to put her affairs in order after departing the Church of Scientology.
It was obvious from the outset that Remini had what it took to be a reality TV star, and her family followed suit by being equally bombastic. Though future series would really find Remini's niche, It's All Relative was a fresh and snappy program that shined a light on the personal life of a misunderstood celebrity.
Conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel had essentially grown up in the camera eye ever since appearing in the TV documentary Joined For Live, and the oft-forgotten series Abby & Brittany captured another stage of their lives. The series follows the sisters as they graduate from college and begin to make their lives and careers as young adults.
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The sisters' personalities shine through every time they appeared on the screen, and the show banked on the ease with which they lived their lives in the spotlight. Never treating the subjects like a spectacle, the show went a long way to actually document what the lives of conjoined young women is like.
Airports are hectic places to be, and nearly every viewer has a horror story from their air travel experiences. On the Fly took viewers into the day-to-day lives of airport employees, and documented the bonkers things that they have to deal with on the regular.
From irate customers to security issues, On the Fly pulled no punches in depicting the reality of working in customer service. While the show wasn't much of a success, it gave audiences a look at a criminally underrepresented industry, and perhaps helped future airline passengers sympathize with the plight of those who help get them in the air.
Though mostly known for his crass humor, comedian Adam Carolla actually made a brief stab at reality TV stardom with his very own series. The Adam Carolla Project saw the stand-up comedian return to his roots and attempt to rebuild a house from the foundation up in order to sell it.
While it was neat to see a celebrity reconnect with their years in the working class, Carolla wasn't necessarily the best option to host a reality show. Carolla is funny on stage, but his personality often failed to draw the average viewer. Considering the fact that plenty of other celebs have hosted house-flipping shows since, it seems as if Carolla arrived at the party a few years too early to make a hit.
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Dalton is a freelance writer and novelist from Orlando Florida. He currently lives in Los Angeles and pursues writing full time. He is an avid reader and film buff.


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