For those who love to be in the kitchen, baking is more than final product that comes out of the oven. It is the love and pride that comes with creating something for someone else to enjoy.
Cake Boss aired on TLC from 2009-2017. The show followed Buddy Valastro, the owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop, located in Hoboken, New Jersey. Audiences were introduced to Buddy, his staff and his family as they created edible masterpieces for their customers.
I really like this show. It is entertaining without the mind numbing feeling that comes with some reality shows. As a viewer, I enjoy the challenge of watching these cakes go from conception to reality.
If I am to be truly honest with my readers, I have to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with reality television. As I see it, there is a spectrum with this genre. At the very top are programs that I will watch and not feel like I am brain dead. At the bottom are programs that I refuse to watch, because I feel like I am killing brain cells and precious television time.
Through its short run, the reviews for this show were far from positive. I only watched short clips, but I cannot help but agree with the critics. Falling somewhere between trashy and exploitative, I know enough to know that I loath this program. If I have a choice between watching this show and not watching TV at all, I would rather not watch TV.
For many, their wedding day is the most important day of their lives.
Back in 2001, A Wedding Story premiered on TLC. It has been a part of the channel’s regular schedule ever since.
The premise of the show is that it follows that episode’s couple as they plan their wedding to the big day itself. In addition to the couple that is getting married, family and friends are also interviewed in the process of getting ready for the wedding.
A Wedding Story is interesting. It’s kind of a glossy image of the process of getting married, but in terms of television, there are worse shows to watch.
Having a baby is one of the most transformative events in one’s life.
For the last 21 years, TLC has been telling the stories of parents bringing their children into the world in A Baby Story. The show follows the parents in their last weeks of pregnancy, during the birth itself and the first few weeks the baby’s life.
As reality shows go, A Baby Story is one of the better ones. It’s one of those reality programs that can be binged on without feeling like brain cells have been destroyed.
When going to the grocery store, having coupons on hand is a regular part of the shopping experience for many.
The subjects of the TLC reality show Extreme Couponing (2010-2012) took the idea of having coupons on hand while grocery shopping to another level. The premise of the show is that the subjects go to extreme measures via coupons to spend as little as possible at the grocery store. The highest point of drama came at the checkout counter, to see if the hard work of extreme couponing paid off.
I don’t know about this show. I certainly understand the concept of the program, but it feels almost like a television side show. We are watching the coupon freaks for the sake of our entertainment and their derision.
Any woman who has ever gotten married will tell you that shopping for a wedding dress is fraught with enough tension. Adding the process of finding bridesmaid dresses to the to do has to potential to make things worse.
As thrilling as wedding dress shopping is, the reality is that a wedding dress can be a major expense.
The TLC Program,I Found The Gown (2012-2014) was set in VOWS Bridal Outlet in Massachusetts. Each episode focused on two subjects: brides who wanted to look stylish without breaking the bank and the owners who were looking to purchase gowns to add to their inventory.
As entertaining as I Found The Gown was, it was bloodless and not as exciting as the others shows that were part of the TLC’s wedding block.
There comes a point when spin offs become ridiculous or an obvious ploy to extend the life and the brand of a television program. Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best is not exactly horrible, but it feels like it is stretching Say Yes to the Dress just a little too far.
The process of shopping for a wedding dress is often stressful and complicated. Everyone around the bride has an opinion on what she should wear and often is not afraid to share that opinion. But what if the bride has to choose between a dress of her own choice and a dress that has been worn previously?
This is the premise of the TLC program, Something Borrowed, Something New (2013-2014). Each episode, the woman who is getting married must make a choice. She must either choose from a brand new wedding dress or choose to wear the wedding dress of a family or friend that has been altered in some way.
Among the wedding themed shows that are part and parcel of the TLC schedule, I found this show to be compelling. The question of going your own way with a wedding dress or wearing an altered version of someone else’s dress was a different take on the wedding themed program. But as compelling as it was, it was enough to sustain the show beyond one season.
Genealogy (at least from my perspective) is fascinating. The more information you know, the information you want to know.
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010-Present) aired on NBC for three seasons before moving to TLC. Based on the British show of the same name, the focus of each episode is a performer who goes on a journey to uncover hidden parts of their family tree. Aided by historians and experts in the field of genealogy, the purpose of the journey is for the performer to answer the questions of their family’s past.
I think Who Do You Think You Are? is one of the best shows on television. It has all of the ups and downs of a scripted drama, with an ending that may be unexpected, but ultimately fulfilling.