"You guys saw me at my worst first, and then I just kind of reversed in front of your eyes. It was nothing amazing, it was just...when you met me, who was that person?"
So Kate Gosselin told E! News in 2015. The reality TV star may have been talking about her physical appearance at the time, but she has said that she doesn't recognize anything about the person she was 10 years ago, when—initially just to create a better life for their eight children—she and then-husband Jon Gosselinsigned on to do a whole series revolving around their family for TLC.
A smaller audience had met the Gosselins on Home Delivery and their two Surviving Sextuplets specials, but when Jon & Kate Plus 8 premiered on April 10, 2007, a star was born.
The star, that is, being a not brand-new but still largely untapped genre of reality TV—it even preceded Keeping Up With the Kardashians by six months—that first was owned by TLC but would soon spill all over basic cable: "ordinary" families just doing their thing.