TLC Orders Second Season of 'My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding'

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June 14th, 2012

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TLC has ordered a second season of its hit series MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY WEDDING, the network announced today. The series, which shares the hidden culture and over-the-top celebrations of American Gypsies, has averaged 1.6 million viewers to date. The series finale, titled ““Blingtastic Baptism,” airs Sunday, June 17 at 10/9c.


TLC has also ordered a new one-hour special titled MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY WEDDING: THE STANLEY SISTERS, featuring Gypsy sisters Nettie, Mellie, Kayla and Laura, who have been featured in throughout the of the series, including the highest-rated episode – reaching 1.9M viewers on June 3. In this special – airing July 1 at 9/8c – the focus shifts from planning parties to family dynamics as the sisters come together in Martinsburg, WV, revealing that things are far from perfect in their lives.Mellie continues her wild ways and risks the family’s reputation by dancing at the local strip club, so Nettie decides to intervene and shows up at the club to embarrass her sister – leading to an uncomfortable confrontation. Meanwhile, Nettie’s 14 year-old daughter has run off with her 17 year-old boyfriend and the Stanleys are desperate to have her back – and will do whatever it takes to get her home safe. They set off to find her, and the boyfriend’s grandmother and aunt get involved, leading to an epic battle between the feuding families.


Immediately following the special, on July 1 at 10/9c, the network will air a reunion special - MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY WEDDING: THE AFTERMATH - bringing back together some of the most outspoken members of the Gypsy community. Throughout the hour, the cast will update on their lives since filming their episodes, explain the traditions that are central to the Gypsy culture’s, and expose the conflicts that exist within this tightknit community.


Firecracker Films produces MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY WEDDING for TLC, while Peacock Productions is producing the MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY WEDDING reunion special for the network.


About TLC

TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC hasbuilt successful franchises around the Cake Boss and Say Yes to the Dress brands. In 2011, TLC had 28 series averaging 1.0 million P2+ viewers or more including Sister Wives, My Strange Addiction, Extreme Couponing, Toddlers & Tiaras, 19 Kids and Counting, What Not To Wear and Long Island Medium.


TLC is available in more than 99 million homes in the US and more than 227 million households in nearly 150 markets internationally. A destination online, offers in-depth fan sites, exclusive video content, and original editorial covering style, home, food, and more. Fans can also interact with TLC via On Demand services, on mobile platforms, including an iPhone App, and through social media such asFacebook or @TLC on Twitter. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories.

  • jessica

    O goodie!!!! More of the show that taught me the stereotypes of gypsies are actually sometimes more favourable than the truth. Nothing quite beats the line ‘our family has a secret – we believe in incest’.

    IF i wanted to marry my mother’s brother’s son my mom wouldn’t be proud of me. Since my mother’s brother doesn’t have any sons it is purely hypothetical but just thinking of it creeps me out. But the couple from Virginia who have grandparents in common had the support of their entire family. The wedding dress that had lights in it was so white-trash on its own and then she turned on the lights.

    TLC is sooooo no longer The Learning Channel. It seems too often to be appealing to the trashiest aspects of American culture. Beauty pageants for babies in Toddlers & Tiaras. My Strange Addiction and Hoarding: Buried Alive turns the tragic compulsions of others into entertainment for us. The organised hoarding of Extreme Couponing shows just how ok it is to hoard if all you have is 300 boxes of cereal, 500 cans of soup, and enough tampons for the rest of your granddaughters’ lives. I would rather have more Sister Wives thank you. At least they are a family that actually love each other and are trying to raise respectful, productive, educated children who will better their world.

    But it is all about the numbers and the money and people watch this. Once was more than enough for me. :(

  • Jared

    This show is a are the Stanley sisters!..

  • Alley Car

    I love it… haters!

  • Jared

    Don’t get it twisted..i love it

  • Kayla

    I was on the dhow and one of tge ones on Stanley sisters!!!! To the comment we believe in incest that’s not true…. What she meant to come out was it’s typical for gypsies to marry 3rd or 4th cousins ect…. My sister is the one who married her 1st cousin that she never knew growing up they were together fir 6 months when they found out they were that close to relation! By that time she was already expecting a baby Gypsys only Marry distant members that they were never grew up with and don’t no! That’s what that show didn’t show you guys…. And furthermore everyone Is intitled to an opinion bit you havnt seen enough of us to really no it all!!

  • Joey S

    Obviously, TLC is not a serious channel at all. Horders and Toddlers in Tiaras? Come on. This “big fat Gypsy wedding” is hardly Gypsy at all.

    I am Romani-American (an American Gypsy), and the few families “exposing” themselves on the show look, talk and live nothing like the _overwhelming majority_ of Gypsies in America. In fact, most of us are disgusted with this TV-show (check out the online petitions against it, etc).

    It seems like TLC has little or no interest in genuine, authentic, real Gypsies who keep actual Gypsy traditions. Instead, TLC keep getting the facts wrong. They have focused upon a couple of semi-assimilated families, with only some or no Gypsy blood. One episode, for example, was about a worker from Indiana and his Philipina wife. They do not have any Gypsy blood at all, and are not part of our community in any way, shape or form.

    The few people that did show up on TV, are not typical or representative of most American Gypsies. They are outcasts from broken homes, whose behavior, lifestyle, vulgarities and clothes result from losing the Gypsy culture, rather than representing it. Interestingly, however, some viewers are misled into thinking that Trashy Reality TV does provide reliable information about authentic Gypsies, and I have seen people – online – stating that this show has led them to hate, dislike and distrust Gypsies. Truth is, however, this show will not teach you anything about who we are, or how we live.

    If anyone out there is interested in learning about real Gypsies (Romanies/Rumneys, in our own language), please feel free to pick up a book from a serious (real) scholar, historian, anthropologist etc.

  • Bob Stanley

    This rumneys on the show r just jerk offs . And doing it for money .i would like a sesable rumney family to get on it once .if u noticed all these rumney family’s on there is form the south .THE DIRTY SOUTH

    That’s the reason why there actin like scums .

  • Bob Stanley

    Rumneys form the north def do not act like that

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