Watch TV Shows on VH1

Almost immediately upon the phenomenal success of MTV in the early 1980s, the music-video channel was challenged by a number of competitors, both on cable TV and on the broadcast networks. One of those competitors was Cable Music Channel, a cable channel launched by Ted Turner. CMC was one of the least successful cable channels ever launched, and it stayed on the air for only about a month. It got enough attention, however, to spur MTV to by the channel, and three months later, in January of 1985, MTV filled CMC's old slot with a new music-oriented sister channel that it called VH1.

The channel's name was an shortening of Vide Hits 1, and the aim of the channel was to target an older demographic than that being pursued by MTV. VH1 focused on playing the videos of light rock, pop and R&B artists, but its format, which featured primarily VJs playing short-form music videos, was similar to MTV's.

Like most cable channels that got their start in the 1980s, VH1 has reinvented itself since the turn of the century, and like most cable channels, it now relies heavily on reality programming. If VH1 has a niche of its own, though, it's in music-related documentaries, music-nostalgia programming and celebrity-lifestyle reality series.

    RuPaul's Drag Race

    RuPaul's Drag Race

    Love & Hip Hop

    Love & Hip Hop

    Basketball Wives

    Basketball Wives

    America's Next Top Model

    America's Next Top Model

    Black Ink Crew

    Black Ink Crew

    Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

    Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

    Hit The Floor

    Hit The Floor

    RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue

    RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue

    Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood

    Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood

    Mob Wives

    Mob Wives

    T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle

    T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle

    Single Ladies

    Single Ladies

    Black Ink Crew: Chicago

    Black Ink Crew: Chicago

    Dating Naked

    Dating Naked

    Love & Hip Hop: Miami

    Love & Hip Hop: Miami

    Cartel Crew

    Cartel Crew

    I Love Money

    I Love Money

    Basketball Wives: LA

    Basketball Wives: LA

    Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party

    Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party

    Love & Listings

    Love & Listings

    RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars

    RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars

    T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle

    T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle

    I Love New York

    I Love New York

    Scared Famous

    Scared Famous

    The Pick-Up Artist

    The Pick-Up Artist

    Teyana & Iman

    Teyana & Iman

    To Catch a Beautician

    To Catch a Beautician

    Marrying The Game

    Marrying The Game

    The Surreal Life

    The Surreal Life

    Flavor of Love

    Flavor of Love

    Black Ink Crew: Compton

    Black Ink Crew: Compton

    Scream Queens (2008)

    Scream Queens (2008)

    She's Got Game

    She's Got Game

    Twinning

    Twinning

    K. Michelle: My Life

    K. Michelle: My Life

    Couples Therapy

    Couples Therapy

    LeAnn & Eddie

    LeAnn & Eddie

    Rock of Love

    Rock of Love

    Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

    Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

    Football Wives

    Football Wives

    Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn

    Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn

    Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business

    Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business

    I Heart Nick Carter

    I Heart Nick Carter

    Leave It to Stevie

    Leave It to Stevie

    Girls Cruise

    Girls Cruise

    Real Chance of Love

    Real Chance of Love

    Shaunie's Home Court

    Shaunie's Home Court

    Celebrity Fit Club

    Celebrity Fit Club

    RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race

    RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race

    Signed

    Signed

    Candidly Nicole

    Candidly Nicole

    Barely Famous

    Barely Famous

    Hindsight

    Hindsight

    Daisy of Love

    Daisy of Love

    Tool Academy

    Tool Academy

    For the Love of Ray J

    For the Love of Ray J

    Baller Wives

    Baller Wives

    My Fair Brady

    My Fair Brady

    I'm Married to a...

    I'm Married to a...

    Baseball Wives

    Baseball Wives

    Miami Monkey

    Miami Monkey

    New York Goes to Work

    New York Goes to Work

    The Breaks

    The Breaks

    Behind The Music

    Behind The Music

    Wedding Wars

    Wedding Wars

    Audrina

    Audrina

    The T.O. Show

    The T.O. Show

    New York Goes to Hollywood

    New York Goes to Hollywood

    Suave Says

    Suave Says

    Gotti's Way

    Gotti's Way

    Broke & Famous

    Broke & Famous

    Bounce

    Bounce

    Dad Camp

    Dad Camp

    Hogan Knows Best

    Hogan Knows Best

    Tough Love

    Tough Love

    Hollywood Exes

    Hollywood Exes

    Chrissy & Mr. Jones

    Chrissy & Mr. Jones

    This is Hot 97

    This is Hot 97

    K. Michelle, The Rebellious Soul Musical

    K. Michelle, The Rebellious Soul Musical

    Bye Felicia!

    Bye Felicia!

    The X Life

    The X Life

    Daytime Divas

    Daytime Divas

    Brooke Knows Best

    Brooke Knows Best

    Beverly Hills Fabulous

    Beverly Hills Fabulous

    The Gossip Game

    The Gossip Game

    Big Ang

    Big Ang

    Mob Wives: Chicago

    Mob Wives: Chicago

    The Great Debate

    The Great Debate

    La La's Full Court Life

    La La's Full Court Life

    Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood

    Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood

    Styled By June

    Styled By June

    Atlanta Exes

    Atlanta Exes

    Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It

    Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It

    Stevie TV

    Stevie TV

    Saddle Ranch

    Saddle Ranch

    Frank the Entertainer...in a Basement Affair

    Frank the Entertainer...in a Basement Affair

    Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project

    Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project

    VH1 Beauty Bar

    VH1 Beauty Bar

    My Big Friggin Wedding

    My Big Friggin Wedding

    Hot GRITS

    Hot GRITS