The Weird, Weird History Of TLC

The history of TLC may blow your mind.

1. In 1972, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and NASA started a television network meant to be an “informative/instructional network focused on providing real education through the medium of TV.”

3. In 1980 the network was privatized and became “The Learning Channel.”

5. They showed programs like these:

7. The channel concentrated on educational programming until the late ’90s when it started shifting focus.

8. Which brings us to today…

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Facebook Conversations
          
    Hot Buzz

    How Would You Rewrite The Ending Of Your Favorite TV Show?

    collection

    Nicki Minaj Gave A Flawlessly Shade-Filled Speech At The BET Awards

    win
    Now Buzzing