In Case You Missed It...

In case you missed it, The Learning Channel thrives on large amounts of children, people who can't dress themselves and food.

TLC's goal is not to teach you anything other than the fact that your life is probably better than the lives of the people on its shows.

Not only do they have four shows about "little people," four shows about larger-than-average families, and two shows just about cake, but there are a countless number of shows about people with medical oddities or who's lives are in shambles (see "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant").

It's almost guaranteed that at any time of the day, you can turn on TLC and feel good about yourself. You can take a sigh of relief that none of your friends nominated you for "What Not to Wear" and that you aren't off fighting petty crime like those cheeky "Police Women of Maricopa County."

You can also find solace in the fact that you don't have to take care of "19 Kids and Counting," and that you don't have your very own "Toddlers in Tiaras."

For the more prudent viewers, there are the shocking lives and even more shocking tattoos of the heathens on "LA Ink," and you can scoff at the greasy overweight men featured on "American Chopper."

If you're recently engaged and looking for the best things out of your price range, tune into "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Ultimate Cake-Off."

TLC has really struck gold in its newest show, "Little Chocolatiers." It combines two things that the network strives on most - it features little people making delectable chocolate morsels.

What will be next for the network? A show about dogs that make cakes with little people who work at a children's hospital? Or maybe a series featuring a tattoo artist who only works on pregnant women about to get married?

The possibilities are seemingly endless, considering that they use the same conventions in different permutations.