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'''Spike''' (formerly '''Spike TV''') is a Creator/{{Viacom}}-owned network that was dedicated to every single male interest possible, as you might've been able to tell by its edgy name. It was basically the RatedMForManly Network, though some may say they lampshaded this often enough to venture into TestosteronePoisoning and invariably into UnfortunateImplications.

Originally, it was known as TNN, a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. The Nashville Network was originally owned by Gaylord Entertainment, alongside Westinghouse Broadcasting (an arm of Westinghouse Electric Company). Westinghouse, after becoming Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation, purchased all of TNN (and CMT, which Gaylord bought in 1991) in 1997. While it focused mainly on music videos, TNN included original programming such as the game shows ''TopCard'', UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} races, and outdoor, lifestyle and talk shows targeted to a country audience.

Viacom bought Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, and merged TNN and CMT into Creator/{{MTV}} Networks. In order to avoid redundancy, TNN was {{retool}}ed into The National Network, or The New TNN, which tried to go beyond the Southern demographic, and was Viacom's second attempt at a "general entertainment" channel (the first was Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of). Its most successful original program was Wrestling/WWERaw (whose move to the network basically killed Wrestling/{{ECW}}, who had a show on the network which had to be canceled). While that still sounds like a part of the original demographic, The New TNN also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.

In 2003, the network title was completely changed to Spike TV, or simply Spike as it is called now. The name change was delayed a little from a lawsuit by director Creator/SpikeLee, who claimed that viewers would associate the network with him. Unsurprisingly, the Spike network won the case. It did set up an awkward situation where a party at the Magazine/{{Playboy}} Mansion celebrating the new network had to have censor bars and bleeping all over the place to remove all mentions of "Spike" until they got their issues ironed out with Mr. Lee. ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' stuck around for a while but went back to its original home on the Creator/USANetwork due to problems between Wrestling/{{WWE}} and Viacom, causing Spike to fill the ProfessionalWrestling void with the [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} competition]]... and ''Series/{{CSI}}'' reruns.


In 2015, with the [[ScrewedByTheNetwork loss]] of TNA ''Impact Wrestling'' thanks to an executive fallout between TNA and Viacom, the end of the ''Spike Video Game Awards'' and the loss of many syndicated rerun programs, Spike decided to tone it down a bit with a rebrand that's meant to be more inclusive to women. A UK version of the channel was launched later that spring, with local programming from [[Creator/ChannelFive Channel 5]] (which is also owned by Viacom). Among other things, it is the first conventional TV channel in Britain to show ''Series/BreakingBad'', which had previously only been available via Creator/{{Netflix}} or on disc.
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!!Notable original programming on Spike:
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* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie''
* ''Series/AuctionHunters''
* ''Series/BarRescue''
* ''Bellator MMA'' programming; including ''Fight Master'' and live event cards.
* ''Series/{{Blade}}''
* ''Series/BlueMountainState''
* ''Series/CatchAContractor''
* ''Series/{{Cops}}'', from 2013 onward
* ''Series/CrissAngelBelieve''
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''
* [[UsefulNotes/{{ElectronicEntertainmentExpo}} E3]] coverage from 2012-2015.
* ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat''
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* ''Guys' Choice Awards'' -- an annual award show which exists to give the network's demographic a choice on what they like the best. Lately, it seems to be an overly-complicated way to get Creator/JenniferAniston to appear on an awards show once a year since 2010.
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* ''[[Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact Wrestling]]'', The flagship show of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling; aired from 2005-2014.
* ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'', which had two seasons in the early 2000s, and then a nearly nine year gap before another season.
* ''[=MANswers=]''.
* ''MXC'' (or ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge''), which is simply a GagDub of an 80's Japanese game show called ''Series/TakeshisCastle''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy Adult Party Cartoon''
* ''Scream Awards'' -- An award show dedicated to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies & television shows, as well as comic books. Held from 2005-2011.
* ''Spike Video Game Awards'' -- An award show dedicated to video gaming. Held from 2003-2013 (with the last show being a event called ''VGX'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}''
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* ''The Ultimate Fighter'' -- an elimination style reality-series with guys competing to become a UFC fighter; this has consistently been one of the top-rated shows on the network since its inception. Beginning with season 15, the show moved to Creator/{{Fox}} Sports 1.
* ''UFC Unleashed'', an anthology series that airs classic or previously unaired UFC fights. Likewise moved to various Fox Sports channels.
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