Back in the day, music channels MTV,BET, and VH1 also produced some awesome original series. In the spirit of nostalgia, we took a trip down memory lane and created a roster of popular programs that these Viacom owned channels need to bring back.
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Back in 1999, BET brought us Cita’s World, a TV show that aired current music videos and was hosted by a 3D animated character named Cita. In between videos, Cita would answer viewer mail and offer her unfiltered two cents on celebs, current events and much more. Cita was a bit ratchet to say the least but ,we miss her laid hair and sassy remarks.
Yo! MTV Raps
Yo, MTV Raps was the network’s first hip hop themed show . The iconic show aired a mix of rap videos, interviews with stars, and live in studio performances.
VH1’s I Love the…
Vh1’s I Love The was a docu -series documenting amazing eras such as the 70’s, 80s and 90’s. Celebrities and personalities would discuss American pop culture that related to the certain era. This show was a fun history lesson.
Comic View was the late night stand-up comedy show that aired every weeknight on BET. It launched the careers of many comedians of today and had a nice 16 year run. It would be nice to bring back this old favorite- God knows we need a laugh after a long hard day.
College Hill was The Real World meets an HBCU campus. The show followed the dramatic lives of college students and gave us a little preview on what to expect once we made it to higher learning.
Teens today could really use a show like Teen Summit. This talk show covered everyday issues teens dealt with and brought them into a positive light.
You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their room and MTV did just that with Room Raiders. On the show, three hopeful singles had their rooms raided by another single girl or guy.The contestants would watch while sitting in a sketchy van as their rooms were inspected. After the raider finished, the three contestants would then raid the raider’s room.
Rap City in the Basement
If you wanted to know what was going on in the rap game–Rap City was your show. This afternoon program showcased exclusive music videos, interviews and freestyles from popular MCs.
Pimp My Ride
You know your whip was pretty busted if Xzibit came knocking on your door. Pimp my Ride was Extreme Makeover for cars- taking one car in poor condition and customizing it to a pimped out ride that turned heads on the highway.
Rejection sucks and MTV’s dating show Next made rejection a b*tch. On this show, a lucky single goes on blind dates with 5 other singles who were in an obnoxious RV, appropriately called the “Next Bus.” The twist was that the date could end at any time just by shouting “NEXT!”–talk about cold.
Long before sitting at The View table, Jenny McCartney was on a little 90’s dating show called Singled Out. The show featured a group of 50 men and a group of 50 women going head to head to win a date with one main contestant of the opposite sex.
This was an awesome spin-off of popular MTV animated series Beavis & Butthead. The cartoon centered around Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, caustic and slightly emo teen who observes the superficial world around her.
“You think you know … but you have no idea.” This docu series was a great show that unveiled the lives of our favorite superstars.
VH1’s The Surreal Life
This reality series focused on a group of “washed up celebs” and documented them as they live together in a decked out mansion for a few weeks.
VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club
This show followed a group of out of shape celebrities as they try to lose weight for themselves and a charity of their choice. The stars split up in two teams and each week teams are given different extreme physical challenges and weigh- ins to see if they were one step closer to their fighting weight.