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What Channel Is TBS on Spectrum? (2023 Update)

Finding your favorite cable TV channel can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. With hundreds of options to scroll through, where in the world is TBS located on Spectrum‘s channel lineup? The answer depends on where you live. In this guide, I‘ll show you exactly how to tune into TBS on Spectrum cable across different cities.

We‘ll take a fun nostalgic walk through the history of this classic cable network. I‘ll also give you an insider look into TBS‘s programming – what‘s on now versus in the past. With this guide, you‘ll never struggle to find TBS again when flipping through Spectrum‘s long list of channels.

So grab your remote and let‘s get started!

An Overview of TBS

Chances are you‘ve sampled TBS (which stands for Turner Broadcasting System) at some point over the years. This popular cable channel has delivered a unique mix of movies, sports, comedy, and drama since way back in the 1970s.

TBS has evolved a lot over the decades, but many fans still view it as a go-to destination for classic sitcom reruns, feature films, and sports coverage. The network‘s roots trace back to an entrepreneur named Ted Turner and his unconventional vision for cable TV programming.

In this article, I‘ll cover everything you need to know to watch TBS on Spectrum cable, including:

  • The channel number for TBS across various Spectrum markets
  • A timeline of TBS‘s fascinating history and origins
  • Its current sister channels under parent company Warner Bros. Discovery
  • An overview of TBS‘s programming today compared to the past
  • How to easily find and watch TBS on Spectrum‘s lineup

So if you‘ve ever spent way too much time searching for the TBS channel, this guide is for you. Let‘s jump in!

TBS Channel Locations on Spectrum

Unlike broadcast networks, cable channels like TBS don‘t occupy the same channel position across different TV providers. On Spectrum, TBS appears on different channels depending on your location.

Here is a handy reference guide to help you pinpoint exactly where to find TBS on Spectrum‘s lineup in some major metro areas:

City State TBS Channel #
Atlanta GA 39
Austin TX 40
Buffalo NY 9
Charlotte NC 33
Chicago IL 50
Cleveland OH 16
Dallas TX 51
Denver CO 18
Detroit MI 16
Houston TX 7
Jacksonville FL 11
Las Vegas NV 39
Los Angeles CA 41
Miami FL 14
New York City NY 8
Orlando FL 12
Philadelphia PA 41
Phoenix AZ 50
Pittsburgh PA 17
Portland OR 28
Raleigh NC 46
Sacramento CA 38
San Antonio TX 48
San Diego CA 2
San Francisco CA 42
Seattle WA 28
St. Louis MO 51
Tampa FL 32
Washington D.C. DC 52

So for example, if you live in Los Angeles, you would tune to channel 41 on Spectrum to watch TBS. This makes it easy to go directly to the channel without having to scroll through the entire guide.

Now let‘s take a nostalgic walk through this classic cable network‘s origins.

History of TBS

TBS has been a fixture of the cable TV landscape for nearly 50 years now. But how did it become such an iconic entertainment brand?

Ted Turner – the media mogul behind CNN among other networks – launched TBS back in 1976. His vision was for TBS to provide an alternative to the "big three" broadcast networks of the era (ABC, CBS, and NBC).

In particular, Turner wanted TBS to showcase more diverse content instead of just conventional dramas and sitcoms. And he wanted the network to have a nationwide reach right from the start instead of only being available in certain regions.

To accomplish this, Turner took advantage of emerging satellite technology in the 1970s. TBS was uplinked to satellites as a "superstation" – a local station distributed nationally by cable providers. This gave Turner the coast-to-coast coverage he wanted from day one.

Ted Turner CNN
Media entrepreneur Ted Turner founded TBS in 1976. (Credit: Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock)

Early TBS programming consisted of a motley mix of older movies, cartoons, sitcom reruns, and Atlanta Braves baseball games. The network quickly built a reputation as a destination for offbeat entertainment you couldn‘t find elsewhere on TV.

Some key milestones in TBS‘s growth:

  • 1980s – TBS acquires rights to prestigious MGM and RKO movies libraries, attracting bigger audiences.
  • 1988 – TBS begins airing classic sitcoms like The Andy Griffith Show, building on its retro programming strengths.
  • 1994 – Turner Broadcasting merges with Time Warner, bringing major resources and networks under one roof.
  • Late 1990s – TBS expands into more original programming like Dinner and a Movie to complement its acquired shows.
  • 2004 – Reality show The Real Gilligan‘s Island signals a move into unscripted originals.

Over the decades, TBS used its national reach and innovative spirit to cement its place among America‘s favorite cable networks. Next let‘s examine the present-day TBS owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

TBS Sister Channels

As part of Warner Bros. Discovery, TBS is united with a number of high-profile sister channels:

TNT truTV TCM
CNN HLN Cartoon Network
Adult Swim Boomerang Food Network
HGTV Travel Channel Discovery Channel
Animal Planet OWN TLC
Investigation Discovery HBO Cinemax

This gives TBS access to a vast pipeline of movies, shows, and talent under the Warner Bros. Discovery umbrella. Next let‘s see how TBS leverages these assets in its current programming.

TBS Programming Today

TBS programming has undergone big changes in recent years. Cost-cutting initiatives by owner Warner Bros. Discovery have forced TBS to cancel most of its original shows. The network now relies heavily on syndicated content and movies to fill out its schedule.

But first, let‘s look at what original programming remains on TBS in 2023:

Original Scripted Series

  • Miracle Workers – The sole surviving TBS original scripted show is this anthology comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe as a low-level angel. It will return for a fourth season.

Original Unscripted Series

  • The Cube – Dwayne Wade hosts this sports-based game show. It‘s been renewed for a second season.
  • Go-Big Show – A talent competition featuring daring acts which wrapped up its second season in 2022. Renewal status is unknown.

And that‘s currently it for originals. Virtually all other TBS originals like Wrecked, The Detour, Search Party and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee have been cancelled to cut costs. This represents a major programming shift, as TBS once boasted dozens of buzzy original shows.

TBS programming today
TBS has cut most of its original shows and now relies heavily on acquisitions. (Credit: Warner Bros. Discovery)

To replace all this lost content, TBS now relies primarily on syndicated reruns, sports, and movies:

Acquired Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Family Guy, American Dad!, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bob‘s Burgers, Seinfeld, Family Matters, The Office

Sports

  • MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA March Madness, AEW wrestling

Movies

  • Recent comedy and action hits like Hangover, ted, Pacific Rim, Wonder Woman, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

This cost-cutting strategy worries some TV industry experts. But for now, TBS remains a popular entertainment option thanks to its strong library of acquired content and live sports.

How to Watch TBS on Spectrum

Now that you know where TBS is located and what‘s on, watching the network on Spectrum is a breeze:

  1. Locate TBS‘s channel number from the handy chart above based on your city.
  2. Using your Spectrum cable box, tune your TV to that channel.
  3. Sit back and enjoy TBS! Whether it‘s blockbuster comedies, thrilling sports matches, or syndicated sitcom classics, TBS has something for every mood.

With this guide, finding and watching TBS on Spectrum will be a snap from now on. You‘ll never have to channel surf aimlessly again.

Happy viewing, and be sure to check back as TBS continues evolving in the years ahead! Let me know if you have any other questions.