Long Lost Family (American TV series)

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Long Lost Family
LongLostFamilyUSA.jpg
GenreDocumentary
Based onSpoorloos
by KRO-NCRV
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes46 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Pam Healey
  • John Hesling
  • Dan Peirson
  • Kathryn Takis
Running time42–86 minutes
Production company(s)Shed Media
Release
Original networkTLC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 6, 2016 (2016-03-06) –
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Official website

Long Lost Family is an American documentary television series based on the Dutch series Spoorloos created by broadcaster KRO-NCRV that premiered on March 6, 2016 on TLC. Presented by Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner, the show helps provide aid to individuals looking to be reunited with long-lost biological family members. The show is produced by Shed Media for TLC, and is co-sponsored by Ancestry.com, which provides family history research and DNA testing to help make discoveries possible.

Format[edit]

The show follows the original British series very closely, offering a chance for people who are desperate to find long lost relatives. The series helps a handful of people, some of whom have been searching in vain for many years, find the family members they are desperately seeking. It explores the background and context of each family's estrangement and tracks the detective work and often complex and emotional process of finding each lost relative before they are reunited. With the help and support of Chris and Lisa, each relative is guided and supported through the process of tracing the member of their family they have been desperately seeking.[1]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06)April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24)
219February 12, 2017 (2017-02-12)December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)
319April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)December 17, 2018 (2018-12-17)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"I've Waited for This Call for 45 Years"March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06)
22"Your Mom's Been Here the Whole Time"March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13)
33"Nobody Knew I Existed"March 20, 2016 (2016-03-20)
44"I Should Have Fought Harder to Keep Her"March 27, 2016 (2016-03-27)
55"Am I Who I Think I Am?"April 3, 2016 (2016-04-03)
66"Why Did You Leave Me?"April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)
77"Everything Your Parents Told You Was a Lie"April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17)
88"Alone in a Crowded Room"April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24)

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
91"There's No Easy Way to Say This"February 12, 2017 (2017-02-12)
102"The Court Said No, We Were Too Young"February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)
113"I Want to Heal My Mother's Heart"February 26, 2017 (2017-02-26)
124"Born Together, Stay Together"March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)
135"One More Reason to Fight for My Life"March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)
146"Did You Have Dreams, Did You Follow Them?"March 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)
157"All the Leaves Fell Off My Family Tree"March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)
168"The Last Time I Saw My Mother, I Was 5 Years Old"April 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)
179"Do I Call Him My Son?"April 9, 2017 (2017-04-09)
1810"If You Bring Your Baby Home, You Can't Come Home"April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)
1911"Am I a Secret She Had to Keep?"April 23, 2017 (2017-04-23)
2012"It's the Fulfillment Of a Promise"April 24, 2017 (2017-04-24)
2113"We Don't Need Anything From Them Besides Love"April 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)
2214"She Just Drove Off and Never Returned"November 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)
2315"My First Chapter Is Unwritten"November 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)
2416"If I'd Only Known About Her"November 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)
2517"The Letters Just Stopped Coming"November 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)
2618"There's More to Saying Sorry"December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)
2719"My Birth Certificate Reads Jane Doe"December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
281"The First and Last Time I Saw My Sister"April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)1.42[2]
292"She Never Came Back"April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)1.13[3]
303"You Think They Are Blood"April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)1.50[4]
314"You Have Been Loved Your Whole Life"April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)1.46[5]
325"28 Foster Homes"May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)1.42[6]
336"A Slamming Door"May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)1.18[7]
347"Nothing Short of a Miracle"May 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)0.85[8]
358"This Is Your Truth"May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)0.94[9]
369"That Was My One Shot"May 16, 2018 (2018-05-16)1.26[10]
3710–11"A Baby In A Shoe Box"October 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)N/A
3912"A Mysterious Disappearance"October 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)N/A
4013"Waiting a Lifetime"October 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)N/A
4114"A Hole in My Soul"October 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)N/A
4215"Feelings of Abandonment"November 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)N/A
4316"Secrets Are Better Kept Than Said"November 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)N/A
4417"She Chose Another Person Over Her Child"November 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)N/A
4518"I Want To Go Back"November 26, 2018 (2018-11-26)N/A
4619"She's Gone"December 17, 2018 (2018-12-17)N/A

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 2, 2016, it was announced that TLC had given the production a series order. It was reported that the series would be hosted by Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner and produced by Shed Media.[11]

Season one of Long Lost Family premiered on March 6, 2016.[11] On June 9, 2016, it was announced that TLC had renewed the series for a second season.[12][13] The final six episodes of the second season began airing on November 6, 2017.[14] On March 20, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season set to premiere on April 8, 2018.[15][16] On September 7, 2018, it was announced that further episodes of season three were expected to premiere on October 8, 2018[17]

Marketing[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, TLC released the first teaser trailer for the series.[11] On March 20, 2018, TLC released the official trailer for season three.[15]

International versions[edit]

The original British program began airing in 2011 and has so far distributed 7 seasons. It is hosted by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell.

An Australian version of Long Lost Family, hosted by Chrissie Swan and Anh Do, began airing around the same time as the U.S. version in 2016,[18] but was canceled by 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regret, Loss and Redemption on TLC's Docu-series Long Lost Family". Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 10, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.8.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 17, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.15.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 24, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.22.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 1, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.29.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 8, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.6.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 15, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.13.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 15, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.14.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 16, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.15.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 17, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.16.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Maglio, Tony (February 2, 2016). "TLC Orders 'Long Lost Family' to Series (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Prudom, Laura (June 9, 2016). "TLC Renews 'Who Do You Think You Are' and 'Long Lost Family'". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  13. ^ Pena, Jessica (June 9, 2016). "Who Do You Think You Are, Long Lost Family: TLC Series Renewed". TV Series Finale. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  14. ^ Pasquini, Maria (October 30, 2017). "TLC's Long Lost Family Is Returning with 6 New, Emotional Stories". People Magazine. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Nakamura, Reid (March 20, 2018). "TLC's 'Long Lost Family': Buckets of Tears Are Shed in Season 3 Trailer". The Wrap. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "TLC's LONG LOST FAMILY Returns for a Third Season This April". Broadway World. March 20, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Breaking News - TLC's "Long Lost Family" Is Back with All-New Episodes Starting Monday, October 8 at 9/8c | TheFutonCritic.com". The Futon Critic. September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  18. ^ Knox, David (November 19, 2015). "TEN Upfronts 2016: Survivor, Jessica Marais, Anh Do -and Nigella!". TV Tonight. Retrieved April 11, 2018.

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