My Big Fat Fabulous Life

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My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life logo.jpg
GenreReality television
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Mike Kane
Running time44 minutes
Original networkTLC
Original releaseJanuary 13, 2015 (2015-01-13) –
External links
My Big Fat Fabulous Life: My Big Fat Fabulous Life: TLC

My Big Fat Fabulous Life is an American reality television series, chronicling the life of Whitney Way Thore, that premiered on January 13, 2015. Season 2 was ordered in February 2015 and premiered on September 9, 2015. Season 3 premiered on June 8, 2016. The series was renewed for a fourth season with a premiere date of January 24, 2017. Season 5 premiered on January 3, 2018.

The series chronicles the life of Whitney Way Thore, a woman who weighed 380 pounds (170 kg) at the beginning of the series (which Thore partially attributes to polycystic ovary syndrome)[2][3]. Thore became popular when her former radio station's morning show, Jared and Katie in the Morning on 107.5 KZL, in Greensboro, North Carolina, came up with and posted "107.5 KZL's Fat Girl Dancing" videos,[4] with more than eight million views on YouTube.[5]


  • Whitney Way Thore
  • Todd Beasley
  • Buddy Bell
  • Tal Fish
  • Barbara "Babs" Thore
  • Glenn Thore
  • Heather Sykes
  • Ashley Baynes

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
222September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)
311June 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)August 17, 2016 (2016-08-17)
414January 24, 2017 (2017-01-24)April 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)
513January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)March 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)
613January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)


Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"A Fat Girl Dancing"January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)
After a health disorder caused her to gain more than 230 pounds (100 kg), Whitney was forced to give up her one, true love: dancing, but after encouraging news from a doctor, she's determined to show the world she can still move, even at 380 pounds (170 kg).
22"Hate Mail"January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
Whitney is working hard to make her Big Girl dance classes a success, but as things seem to be looking up, the hateful jeers of a complete stranger deliver her a crushing blow.
33"The Say-Yes Philosophy"January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
After saying 'no' to life for the past ten years, Whitney's new 'Say-Yes Philosophy' lands her in a plus-sized fashion show, an institution she resents as an overweight woman.
44"More Than a Buddy"January 27, 2015 (2015-01-27)
Since teaching dance has not led to weight loss, it's time to take things up a notch with a personal trainer and her mom's suggestion that Buddy is "the one" has Whitney questioning everything.
55"Doing the Beach"January 27, 2015 (2015-01-27)
A poor body image has prevented Whitney from going to the beach for almost 20 years. While her insecurities have never been higher, she wants to overcome her fears with an epic return in a bold bathing suit.
66"A Fling Thing"February 3, 2015 (2015-02-03)
While her parents prepare for their big wedding anniversary, Whitney entertains the idea of a fling with an old friend. Trouble brews when he shows up to the party and meets Buddy.
77"The Wedding Job"February 3, 2015 (2015-02-03)
A bride hires Whitney to choreograph her destination wedding but when everything goes wrong, Whitney panics. After calling in Ashley as a reinforcement, their day turns into something completely unexpected.
88"The Double Blind Date"February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
In effort to help Ashley find love, Whitney creates an online dating profile which ensues a tangle of lies. Buddy comes to Whitney's rescue and a proposal of marriage ensues.
99"Leaving the Nest"February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
Whitney's dance career hits an all-time high as she prepares to lead a giant dance class. Meanwhile, she and Buddy go house hunting. Just as things are looking up, devastating news puts Whitney's future in peril.
1010"The Skinny"February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
Whitney looks back at all the big fat fabulous moments this season and shares insights into her most intimate relationships and answers viewers' provocative questions.

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
111"Whitney's Back!"September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
Whitney is back and kicking things into high gear. Since being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, she heads back to the doctor to see if her lifestyle adjustments have had any impact on her health. For the first time in years, Whitney tries to ride a bike again.
122"Pasta la Vista, Baby"September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09)
With the threat of diabetes upon her, Whitney throws a goodbye party for all of her comfort foods. But watching those around her indulge makes for a difficult time.
133"7th Inning Splits"September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16)
Whitney's Big Girl Dance Class prepares for their debut performance at the Grasshoppers game, but the rain has her petrified for the girls' safety. Buddy and Whitney still need to break the news to Babs and Glenn.
144"A Home of Her Own"September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16)
It's finally time for Whitney to move out of her parents' house and start a new life with Buddy. Whitney and Babs have a perilous bonding experience while driving the moving truck.
155"Design a Date"September 23, 2015 (2015-09-23)
Whitney falls hard on a first date. Whitney and Buddy do some furniture shopping, but quickly realize they have very different tastes. Plus, Glenn shares some shocking health news.
166"5K Run"September 23, 2015 (2015-09-23)
Whitney and her dad compete in a 5K race but crossing the finish line proves to be more daunting than they ever imagined.
177"Aloha 30"September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
Whitney invites Lennie to her 31st birthday party, but quickly realizes that introducing him to family and friends on just their second date is a huge mistake.
188"Little Big Girl Dance Class"September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
Whitney opens her Big Girl Dance Class to kids, but is not prepared for what comes out of their mouths. To make extra money, Whitney prepares for a job interview with the local baseball team, the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
199"First Day on the Job"October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)
Whitney gets a job with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, but even the most rigorous workout routine can't prepare her for the physical challenges on the first day. Later, an unauthorized break may cost her the job.
2010"Fighting the Scale"October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)
After receiving discouraging news from the scale during her weigh in, Whitney's confidence becomes rattled. A blowup with Buddy is just enough to set her over the edge.
2111"A Muse in the Nude"October 14, 2015 (2015-10-14)
Whitney models for Lennie in the nude as their relationship is just beginning to blossom. After designing a logo for the "No Body Shame" campaign, Whitney decides to pitch a bold idea to the Grasshoppers.
2212"Not Your Mama's Cat Show"October 14, 2015 (2015-10-14)
Whitney and Babs go on a road trip to enter Henchi in a cat show, but will Whitney's sleep apnea destroy Henchi's chances of winning? Big Girl Dance Class gets invited to perform at the Summer Showcase.
2313"No Body Shame"October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)
Whitney takes a huge leap with the "No Body Shame" campaign by creating a groundbreaking video with the hopes of going viral. With Summer Showcase around the corner, Whitney announces which member of the Big Girl Dance Class will have a solo.
2414"Big Girls Summer Showcase"October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)
Whitney and the Big Girl Dance Class seize the chance to perform with other acclaimed dancers, but dress rehearsal shows that the women might be in over way over their heads.
2515"Burning Love"October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)
Whitney wants to impress her love interest by cooking a romantic dinner, but catching the kitchen on fire is just the beginning of her problems.
2616"Whitney Live: #NoBS"November 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)
2717"Working at the Car Wash"November 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)
A Big Girl car wash hopes to solve the financial woes that threaten Whitney's trip to the National Dance Museum. Plus, Whitney bares all for a photo shoot and takes off more than imaginable.
2818"Whitney's Ticking Clock"November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)
Whitney babysits Tal's 11 month-old-nephew, which raises questions about her own fertility. Whitney can only bring one guest to the Dancing Man party in Los Angeles and must pick a favorite from among her friends.
2919"Big Whit's Debut"November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)
Whitney's boss asks her to fill in as the on-field entertainment at the Grasshoppers baseball game. Glenn prepares for the worst when he learns the results from his diabetes blood work.
3020"Truth or Dare"November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)
Whitney realizes that the weight she's gained is limiting her from becoming the dancer she once was. A game of truth or dare becomes twisted and scandalous, especially for Buddy and Lennie.
3121"A Dance to Remember"November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)
With her performance at the National Museum of Dance upon her, Whitney is still unsure of her routine. An added surprise that day throws her for even more of a loop.
3222"Whitney Takes on LA"November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)
An unlikely turn of events has Whitney off to LA for an event to celebrate a man who became an overnight sensation when he was fat-shamed on the Internet. When Whitney returns home, she is hit with a harsh reality regarding her health.

Note: Episode 0 "Special Weigh-In" premiered on September 16, 2015.

Season 3 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
331"I Wanna Be Fat"June 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)
Whitney's excitement over her first dance-a-thon takes a dark turn when she realizes that her 370 lb. body is not as healthy as she thinks it is. Meanwhile, Whitney's not sure how to feel about the reveal of Buddy's new girlfriend.
342"A Brush with Death"June 15, 2016 (2016-06-15)
After collapsing at the dance-a-thon, Whitney's rushed to the hospital. Even the E.R. doctor can't scare her into making a big change and a trip to the snow turns disastrous when she finds herself screaming at the television crew to help her.
353"Speechless"June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)
After receiving grim news from a cardiologist regarding her collapse, Whitney must take a break from dancing. She is blindsided when she learns that one of her fellow big girls is trying to hijack her class in her absence.
364"Losing at Love"June 29, 2016 (2016-06-29)
Whitney wants Lennie to move in, but her couples' game night with Heather and Buddy foreshadows a disastrous reality that she hadn't considered. High hopes of getting back into radio are crushed when Whitney bombs in an interview.
375"(Fat Girl) Spread Thin"July 6, 2016 (2016-07-06)
It's one thing to throw her back out at 370 lbs., but when Whitney's only option is to ride a mobility scooter in the St. Patrick's Day parade, she experiences fat-shaming like never before.
386"Cereal Stalker"July 13, 2016 (2016-07-13)
Whitney hits the pool with transgender pal Mattie, only to find she's withheld something significant. When Whitney gives trainer Will excuses for her recent gym absence, she gets a lashing over her diet.
397"Fat Jokes"July 20, 2016 (2016-07-20)
Between her parents' upcoming birthday party and Will's disapproval of her eating habits, Whitney is stressed. Then she's blindsided at her radio job when a female comedian targets fat people. When Whitney jumps on the air, things get heated!
408"Flirting with Disaster"July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27)
Whitney gets a chance to make her own dance DVD, but her reputation is at stake when her backup dancers fail her. Whitney's lack of commitment has Will fed up. Glenn threatens to get rid of Allister.
419"Big Fat Breakup"August 3, 2016 (2016-08-03)
Despite the harsh setback of being fired by her trainer, Will, Whitney must get her life together in time for the big ballroom competition in Charlotte. A surprising twist in her love life has everyone caught off guard - especially Lennie.
4210"The Skinny: Part 1"August 10, 2016 (2016-08-10)
Whitney and the entire cast dish on the highs and lows of the past season, from Whitney's real feelings about the funeral intervention to the beef between her and Caitie. Plus, Lennie and Whitney meet again for the first time since breaking up.
4311"The Skinny: Part 2"August 17, 2016 (2016-08-17)
Lennie and Whitney talk for the first time since breaking up. Whitney finally confesses her true feelings about Roy and sparks fly when Whitney confronts her nemesis, comedian Kerryn Feehan.

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
441"Knocked Up?"January 24, 2017 (2017-01-24)
Newly single, blonde and a homeowner, Whitney takes a fresh approach to the challenges faced by a 370-pound dancer. An unfortunate fight with her new "tenant" topped with the most shocking news imaginable leads to catastrophe.
452"Immaculate Misconception"January 31, 2017 (2017-01-31)
Whitney settles into the grave reality of being pregnant at 370 lbs. and now she must find the courage to break the news to her child's father. When Lennie asks for proof that the pregnancy is legit, Whitney's flabbergasted.
463"Baby Fat"February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)
Glenn has a conniption when he learns of Whitney's pregnancy and Babs spills the beans to everyone at the worst possible moment. Kiss FM has Whitney cover Charlotte's gay pride festival, but nothing could prepare her for fat-shaming at its worst.
474"Judging Whitney"February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)
Whitney's big festival performance leads to a cat fight with a rival dancer; then her world gets rocked when Lennie shows up with a new woman. Forced to get real with Roy, Whitney lays everything on the table in hopes that he returns her affections.
485"How Low Can Whit Go?"February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22)
Whitney attends rival Jiya's dance class, when her skills get tested and she refuses to get low, things get nasty. Then Jiya and her Trophy Wives step onto Whitney's turf, where Whitney serves up a surprise. Roy puts Whitney on the spot - on the air.
496"I Kissed a Girl"February 28, 2017 (2017-02-28)
Whitney runs into a female friend from high school, who invites her horseback riding. By the time Whitney realizes she's on a romantic date, there's no turning back. Babs plans a bombshell of a surprise for Glenn on their wedding anniversary.
507"Whitney Calls in Backup"March 7, 2017 (2017-03-07)
With the dance battle looming Whitney, can't afford to mess around. Bringing in cutthroat choreographer Jenzi to help with the class' routine proves disastrous when she gives Whitney a dark ultimatum. Will poses a new challenge for Buddy.
518"Big Girl Dance Battle"March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14)
Whitney's Big Girls gear up for the most intense performance of their lives. The Trophy Wives come packing a secret weapon that has Whitney calling foul. When an injury plagues her star dancer, Whitney loses her mind.
529"Whitney Gets a Date"March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)
Whitney dives back into online dating, but a new type of suitor raises ample concern. Whitney and Buddy gear up for a fitness competition; when they arrive, Will drops a bomb. Meanwhile, Whitney comes upon the scorecards from the dance battle.
5310"Belly Up"March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28)
Whitney attends a belly dancing class with a judge from the dance battle, but when a harmless lesson turns into a public performance with a sword, panic sets in. Online date Nathan divulges information that throws Whitney's world into a tailspin.
5411"Big Girl in the Big Apple"April 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)
Whitney tags along on Todd's New York trip to attend a dance workshop with The Fitness Marshall. When she accepts an offer to be in a music video the following day, Todd goes into an angry tirade and abandons her in Central Park.
5512"Toe to Toe"April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)
With the dance battle rematch looming, Whitney's friends attempt to repair her relationship with Todd. An untimely injury leads to an even bigger problem and Whitney learns that Babs has been rushed to the emergency room.
5613"Whitney Steps Up"April 18, 2017 (2017-04-18)
In the wake of Babs' stroke, the family struggles to hold it together. Whitney offers to help with Babs' recovery, but when she receives an unexpected offer, she must choose between her family and her dance career.
5714"The Skinny"April 25, 2017 (2017-04-25)
Whitney and cast look back on the most outrageous moments of the season. Whitney comes clean to Roy about her feelings and a visit from Jiya causes temperatures to rise. When host Shaun Robinson rubs Buddy the wrong way, he storms off the set.

Season 5 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
581"Rescue Me"January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)
592"Ghosted"January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)
603"Big Fat Ambush"January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)
614"Buddy's Missing"January 24, 2018 (2018-01-24)
625"Buddy's Big Secret"January 30, 2018 (2018-01-30)
636"We're Having a Baby"February 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)
647"A Sobering Reality"February 13, 2018 (2018-02-13)
658"Aloah Buddy"February 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)
659"One K at a Time"February 27, 2018 (2018-02-27)
6610"Who's Your Buddy"March 6, 2018 (2018-03-06)
6711"Buddy's Next Move"March 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)
6812"My Big Fat Baby"March 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)
6913"The Skinny"March 27, 2018 (2018-03-27)

Season 6 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
701"Single, Fat and Crazy"January 1, 2019 (2019-01-01)
712"If Heather Finds Out ..."January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)
723"Old Habits Die Hard"January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)
734"Big Girl, Little Bus"January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
745"Buddy's New Girl"January 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)
756"Fat Hating Is Real"February 5, 2019 (2019-02-05)
767"Big Girls Don't Cry"February 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)
778"Obsessive Habits"February 19, 2019 (2019-02-19)
789"Hiking and Biking and Bears, Oh My!"February 26, 2019 (2019-02-26)
7910"Where's Buddy Sleeping"March 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)
8011"A Stormy Affair"March 12, 2019 (2019-03-12)
8112"Whitney and Buddy Get Serious"March 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)
8213"Game Night"March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)

International broadcast[edit]

In Australia, the series premiered on TLC on May 26, 2015.[6] The series premiered on TLC in New Zealand on September 3, 2015.[citation needed]
In Brazil premieres on May 30, 2015 on Discovery Home & Health and later began to be broadcast on TLC.
In Turkey, premiered on November 6, Friday on TLC Turkey.[citation needed]
In Spain premieres on DKISS TV.


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