Creator: BET

aka: Black Entertainment Television
BET (Black Entertainment Television) is a Viacom-owned cable network based in Washington, DC. It was one of the first channels to specialize in programming for African-Americans. The network was launched on January 25, 1980, by its founder, Robert L. Johnson. Viacom acquired BET in 2001. For years it primarily showcased music videos by black artists (with a strong leaning towards hip-hop and pop-R&B), public interest programs such as Teen Summit, and even a nightly news broadcast.

Nowadays, however, it primarily shows syndicated reruns, B-movies and reality shows, with 106 & Park as its lone music video program. A notable exception is The Game, which is its highest-rated program and one of the few first-run shows left on the channel. On Sundays, it shows gospel-oriented programming such as Sunday Best. Since 2001, it has hosted the BET Awards, to honor black contributions to the media and sports.

Many black leaders, such as Bill Cosby, have accused BET of promoting black stereotypes and corrupting the youth, and because of this, it now censors music videos with inappropriate content.

Past Shows

  • Video Soul
  • All
  • Rap City (before The Basement was added)
  • Teen Summit
  • Midnight Love
  • Video LP
  • Video Vibrations
  • Planet Groove
  • Caribbean Rhythms
  • ComicView
  • BET Nightly News

Original Shows:

  • 106 & Park: Music video show, named for the original location of the studio in Harlem (at the intersection of 106th St. and Park Avenue). The show most people think of when they think of BET and its highest-rated show.
  • American Gangster
  • Bobby Jones Gospel
  • BET Inspiration
  • The Deal
  • The Family Crews
  • The Game (as of 2011, previously on The CW)
  • Hey Monie: The channel's only original animated series.
  • Let's Stay Together
  • Monica: Still Standing
  • The Mo'Nique Show
  • My Black is Beautiful
  • Reed Between The Lines
  • Sunday Best
  • Toya: A Family Affair

Syndicated shows:

Alternative Title(s):

Black Entertainment Television