Remember when TLC was actually the “learning” channel—basically before John and Kate and the Duggers inked deals and turned the cable channel into MTV for mid-lifers? Nowadays, if you flick on TLC any given night, you’ll see an array of crazy ‘mericans: an angry Italian cake maker living in Jersey, toddlers wearing fake eyelashes and trying to look “sexy”, 40-year-old virgins, and suburban housewives obsessed with couponing.
Last week, TLC added a new show to the mix that make those 16 and Pregnant/Teen Mom shows look tame. The show is called My Teen is Pregnant and so am I, and it’s just what it sounds like: two pregnancies, one fucked up family. The first episode featured two families whose moms and teenage daughters who are knocked up at the same time. The first family featured mom-and-daughter duo Ann and Liz (shown above). Luckily for Liz, mom Ann is super happy that her 18-year-old daughter is preggers because they’re BFFs. In a strange turn of events, Ann found out that she, too, was with child a week after filing for divorce from her baby-daddy. No worries though because pregnant Ann and pregnant Liz live with Ann’s mom, so they can all be happy together.
Perhaps to contrast Ann’s weird-ass parenting, the second family on the show featured parents who were really angry that their 17-year-old daughter Kristen has been knocked up by her boyfriend whom they sorta hate. The family is really religious. Mamma Melissa is pregnant with their eighth kid. This family spent most of the show either shouting at each other or crying.
To say this show wasn’t “entertaining” would be a lie. It’s like watching a slow-motion car crash happen that you just can’t take your eyes off of. This one just involves babies.