TLC sure does broadcast some crazy mess

The good folks at Urlesque brought up the point “the History, Discovery and Learning Channels are no longer anything like they used to be.”

It’s something I’ve thought a lot about over the last 20 or so years: channels starting as one thing and then evolving into just another branded set of letters to pitch shitty reality game shows and half-baked, unrelated messes.

HGTV, Food Network, and History… these guys all still produce shows (however innane) based around their original core concepts: homes & gardens, food, and Hitler, respectively.

The classic example of straying, of course, is Music Television becoming just MTV (meaning nothing) and showing no music at all. Video Hits One became VH1 in the same way, and so what once was MTV Lite became a tepid hybrid of E! and Comedy Central.

Just last month, AMC showed Stallone’s Cliffhanger, which seems hardly fitting of a channel once called American Movie Classics. Then there’s Bravo and TLC (The Learning Channel), both of which assigned pretty nebulous words to their brand, ensuring that they could run 24 hour marathons of Real Housewives of Nunavut, and we’d have to admit that bravos are subjective and anything, really, can be construed as learning.

So I leave you with this excellent parody (by Mostly Water) of TLC’s ever-mutating lineup. (Please try not to miss tomorrow night’s brand new episode of “Hasty Home Surgery!” I hear Brian swallows flower pot shards.)

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