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Spike (formerly and commonly 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'' or ''The Nashville Network'', a country music channel launched two days after rival Creator/{{CMT}}. TNN 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 show ''Top Card'', 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 attempt at a "general entertainment" channel- in essence trying to clone the Creator/USANetwork, which they were once a part-owner of via Creator/{{Paramount}}. 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 National Network also featured reruns of shows such as ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', ''Series/MadTV'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany''.

In 2003, the network title was completely changed to Spike TV, they would drop "TV" from their name three years later. 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}}'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'' reruns.

The channel eventually started to be taken more seriously when, in 2005, they won exclusive broadcast rights to all six ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, which they [[AdoredByTheNetwork proceeded to milk with for years]], running marathons during anniversary celebrations or holiday weekends [[note]][[Creator/{{TBS}} Turner]] [[Creator/AdultSwim Broadcasting]], owned by [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Time Warner]], eventually picked up the licenses after Spike lost them in 2015[[/note]]. Beginning in 2011, Spike would begin shifting focus away from "low-brow" programming in favor of unscripted series aimed at a more general audience. They would also expand their combat sport coverage to include promotions like Bellator MMA (formally Bellator Fighting Championships), which Viacom purchased in 2011 [[note]] Before then, Bellator events would be aired on Creator/{{MTV}}2 and Epix [[/note]], GLORY Kickboxing, and the Haymon Boxing-organized Premier Boxing Champions.

In 2015, with ''Impact Wrestling'' ending its run on the network, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork thanks to an executive fallout between TNA and Viacom]], the end of the ''Video Game Awards'', and the loss of many syndicated rerun programs, Spike relaunched (yet again) as a general entertainment channel, 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.

In February 2017, it was announced that [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/viacom-to-rebrand-spike-tv-paramount-television-1201981960/ Spike would rebrand as]] the Creator/{{Paramount}} Network in 2018, as part of a larger revamp of Viacom's cable networks to focus on its "flagship six" brands: including Creator/ComedyCentral, MTV, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} & Creator/NickJr, and Creator/{{BET}}.

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!!Notable original programming on Spike:
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* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie''
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai''
* ''Series/AuctionHunters''
* ''Series/BarRescue''
* ''Bellator MMA'' programming; including ''Fight Master'' and live event cards.
* ''Series/{{Blade}}''
* ''Series/BlueMountainState''
* ''Series/CatchAContractor''
* ''Series/{{Cops}}'', from 2013-present
** ''Jail'', both in reruns, since 2010, and new episodes, from 2015 onward. It was [[NewSeasonNewName re-titled]] as ''Jail: Las Vegas'' for its fourth season, and ''Jail: Big Texas'' for its fifth.
* ''Series/CrissAngelBelieve''
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''
* [[UsefulNotes/{{ElectronicEntertainmentExpo}} E3]] coverage with [=GameTrailers=].com, from 2012-2014. They continue to air [[Creator/MicrosoftStudios Microsoft's]] E3 briefings along with Spike's own E3 ''All Access'' special since 2015.
* ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat''
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* ''Guys' Choice'' -- an annual award show which exists to give the network's demographic a choice on what they like the best.
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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=]''.
* ''Lip Sync Battle'', hosted by Music/LLCoolJ and originated as a recurring segment from ''[[Series/TheTonightShow The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]]''.
* ''MXC'' (or ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge''), which is simply a GagDub of an 80's Japanese game show called ''Series/TakeshisCastle''.
* ''Oblivious'' (or ''[[LuckyCharmsTitle Obliviou$]]''), a hidden-camera game show that ran for two seasons. The gag was that the host, Regan Burns, would be pretending to be working the whole time in a profession such as a florist as a baker, but while interacting with a customer would ask them trivia questions in a way that they wouldn't realize they were on a game show. In each episode, one of the marks then had the chance to turn things around by then doing the same thing with another unwitting contestant.
* ''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/{{FX}}.
** ''UFC Unleashed'', an anthology series that airs classic or previously unaired UFC fights. Like ''TUF'', it has since moved to various Creator/{{Fox}} Sports channels.
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