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Old 03-26-10, 10:13 PM
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Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

So, so true.



Of course, I have no doubt their collective ratings have gone up since they moved away from actual educational programming.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

They are missing a few shows like The Universe on History was retty good until they ran out of topics.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

That's stupid.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

I don't know too many drunks or rednecks that enjoy watching Modern Marvels. Only a true nerd would find a show about the history of paint to be interesting. It's one of my favorite shows.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

Originally Posted by cdollaz View Post
That's stupid.
No, it is (nitpicks aside) a fairly accurate assessment of how 3 channels that were originally dedicated to educational programming have turned over massive chunks of their schedules to tabloid shows and sensationalist crap. I remember quite well the programming of all 3 channels in their infancy and it bears little resemblance to the way it is now, most especially on Discovery and TLC.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

Unless Gangland is a different show from the one I think it is, I find it most educational. Then again, I am a criminal defense attorney.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

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Unless Gangland is a different show from the one I think it is, I find it most educational. Then again, I am a criminal defense attorney.
Yeah, it's pretty good. My grandparents used to live a few blocks away from one of the clubhouses they showed during the episode on the Outlaws MC.
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Originally Posted by cdollaz View Post
That's stupid.
Clearly you are not as cultured as the original poster.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

I had no problems with "Modern Marvels" or "Dirty Jobs"**, but I know the actual educational stuff is on late at night...on sister channels.

Discovery Health Channel always seemed to have shows showcasing some really odd things or rare genetic defects.


** I am thinking of the Dirty Jobs episode where he did dirty Victorian Jobs. Interesting, educational and disgusting all at the same time.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

While there are a few educational series like The Universe and How the Earth was Made, most educational shows are one offs that focus on a single topic. The History channel, for example, airs several of these topical shows every day and in prime times several times a week.
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I enjoy watching "How It's Made" because I get various ideas on how to accomplish the odd project now and again. In regards to the "true to form" programming, Frontline on PBS basically fits the "drunk or redneck" criteria as they will do programs like "The Lost Children of Rockdale County" which was about STD's and white teens from upper-crust families.

I do agree however that the original TLC/Discovery programming was top-notch.
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You seem to be confusing Drunks and Rednecks with Females in most of those TLC examples.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

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You seem to be confusing Drunks and Rednecks with Females in most of those TLC examples.
Au contraire. My wife normally does sambuca shots while watching What Not to Wear.
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Yeah, it's pretty good. My grandparents used to live a few blocks away from one of the clubhouses they showed during the episode on the Outlaws MC.
i live very close to the west side clubhouse. it has a sign on the door saying that cops and federal agents should knock instead of busting the door in.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

I don't think to highly of TLC right now, since they ripped off A&E's Horders and intervention.

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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

I have not seen Gangland, so I cannot comment. However, what many of these shows are doing is covering a topic that should be educational and instead focusing on interpersonal relationships and drama rather than knowledge. So instead of a show about cooking, you end up with Top Chef. Sure, you might learn a few things along the way, but not enough to fill an hour long educational program. What you get instead is basically an extended "real-life", carefully edited soap opera.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

Modern Marvels and Gangland don't really fit on this chart, but there's plenty of other crap on History to make up for it. Ice Road Truckers, Life After People, UFO Hunters.

I haven't seen any of Life, but I did see that it's narrated by noted biologist Oprah Winfrey. Who did the BBC narration?

And I'm not too sure Shark Week on Discovery is educational. Always seemed sensationalistic to me.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

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I don't think to highly of TLC right now, since they ripped off A&E's Horders and Addiction.
For me, since "Junkyard Wars" ended.

I know it wasn't 100% educational, but when they had good teams, it was a fine display of resourcefulness.
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I haven't seen any of Life, but I did see that it's narrated by noted biologist Oprah Winfrey. Who did the BBC narration?
Sir David Attenborough.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

How come History Channel gets dinged for Pawn Stars when PBS has Antiques Roadshow, Bargain Hunt, and Cash in the Attic?

And where's Mythbusters?
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)



But I don't see any issue with Modern Marvels.
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How come History Channel gets dinged for Pawn Stars when PBS has Antiques Roadshow, Bargain Hunt, and Cash in the Attic?
Because Pawn Stars is another group of stereotypical reality-show assholes?
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Sir David Attenborough.
That's what I would have guessed. So we're getting the dumbed down version (again). I'll wait till the british BD set comes out.
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Re: Discovery Channel vs. TLC vs. The History Channel (the infographic)

The Weather Channel shows movies now, like Twister.
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Well "Twister" kinda makes sense, it revolves around weather. It's not like they are playing "Commando" and trying to pass that off as "weather related".

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