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What's the Better Channel: VH1 or CMT?


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This week's match-up will feature music and/or screaming!

Background: The channel formerly known as VH-1: Video Hits One was launched in 1985 and was originally intended to capitalize on MTV's success, but its lineup of pop rock and adult contemporary was actually geared at an older crowd. Like MTV its programming began with blocks of music videos and later came to include music-themed shows like Pop-Up Video, VH1 Storytellers, Behind the Music, and artist-specific video blocks before switching to a "celebreality" format with shows like The Surreal Life and Celebrity Fit Club. VH1 also basically invented the genre of talking-head specials like I Love The '80s and Best Week Ever, a format it continues to employ heavily to this day.

Original Programming: VH1's current flagship shows tend to involve trashy wives: Basketball Wives, Baseball Wives, and Mob Wives. It's recently branched out into scripted dramas with Single Ladies and also morning talk shows with VH1 Morning Buzz. New pop-culture sketch show Stevie TV premieres this Sunday. Some of VH1's more notoriously trashy shows have included Celebrity Rehab, Breaking Bonaduce, But Can They Sing?, America's Most Smartest Model, Flavor of Love, I Love New York, I Love Money, Rock of Love, The Pickup Artist, and Tool Academy.

Reruns: In addition to ad nauseam repeats of its own content, VH1 has also been known to air old episodes of Saturday Night Live, America's Next Top Model, and RuPaul's Drag Race.

Why It's the Best: VH1 is a channel-surfer magnet. It's flashy, it's colorful, and depending on what show you've landed on, it's often pretty hilarious.

Why It's the Worst: VH1 is also slightly—and there's no polite way to put this—soul-deadening?

 

Background: Country Music Television was launched in 1983 merely two days before its chief competitor TNN made it to the air. The rivalry between CMT and TNN would shape both channels, up until they were both purchased by Viacom (as most channels were back then), at which point TNN underwent its transmogrification process to become Spike. CMT, meanwhile, prided itself on its nonstop country music video lineup, but eventually went the way of MTV by including more and more reality shows and movies by the early 2000s. It's now one of the best-rated entertainment channels, reaching more than 88 million homes, yet it still claims to air at least six hours of music videos every day. Your move, MTV.

Original Programming: In addition to its various music video blocks and countdowns, CMT's main bread and butter is its country music "lifestyle" programming, including reality shows Sweet Home Alabama, My Big Redneck Wedding, Bayou Billionaires, CMT's Next Superstar, Texas Women, and The Singing Bee.

Reruns: Obviously CMT airs Dukes of Hazzard. Obviously. But also such heartland favorites as the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and—credit where credit's due—surprisingly fun comedy movies like Son in Law, Three Amigos, and The Naked Gun

Why It's the Best: Who doesn't wish they had a charming Southern accent? Plus, whoever chooses CMT's movie lineup deserves a raise...

Why It's the Worst: Except, ugh, the movies are edited and censored to death.



Official TV.com Verdict
While I respect CMT for being the (slightly) classier channel, I can't discount how often I stop on Pop-Up Video while channel-surfing. VH1 it is.


But now it's your turn! COMMENT BELOW and tell us your verdict: VH1 or CMT? And make your case! What do you love or hate about each channel?


Click below to see the full tournament bracket:


Note: Because we started with an odd number of channels, we gave some of the bigger channels a first-round bye.


Want to catch up on past battles? Head over to the America's Got Cable archives.

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VH1 ... have never switched to CMT .. not into country music ..
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Give me VH1.
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VH1 because old SNL episodes may be the only thing that I watch on either of these channels.
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VH1. Grant it most of it's reality shows are spinoffs to Surreal Life which was the dumpsite show for has-beens and reality tv personalities. And of course I probably lose a brain cell every time I watch anything on it( it's a really good thing I'm a genius LOL) but I can't help it. VH1 is like the ultimate guilty pleasure...extra emphasis on the guilty. Music videos.Decent movies.Concerts...
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Do I have to choose? Obnoxious "celebreality" shows and five-minute commercial breaks against hayseeds and overly edited movies. In my mind, this is a draw.
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VH1 FTW!
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VH1 is great for guilty pleasure TV, and videos every now and then. I'm not into country. VH1.
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I was just on another entertainment site where people were arguing about Kirk Cameron and GLAAD. Yes, I have an opinion about that. You will not now hear it, because that sort of arguing is stressful and bad for your health. Thank [non-existentent deity] for tv.com where all of the arguments are about things that don't matter.
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i've never watched CMT and never will due to the whole country music thing, so i would have to go with VH1
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VH1 only because Best Week Ever ROCKS and I love the I Love Series. Other than that I could never watch any of their reality shows. Even their music countdown kinda sucks.
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VH1 IS BY FAR THE WORST CHANNEL CMT ALL THE WAY
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Tell us how you really feel, Mr.Caplocks
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I pick CMT all the way. Of course I am a country music fan, but I never cared for VH1. If anything I would go to MTV. With years, CMT as limited the videos and brought on more reality which I am not a fan of, so of the content on the channel is more tasteful and real whereas VH1 reality shows seems to "try" to get ratings with crappy shows.
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CMT Y'all!
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at-least watching cmt you wont feel shame. like watching vh1 which is like having a one night stand. after wards you feel like a little bit of shame
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VH1 is great!
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CMT by a hair
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VH1 no doubt
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CMT!!!! I use to love to watch VH-1 when I was younger but now all the crap they play makes my head hurt, and Ilike country music.
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if we were voting for the old VH1, i'd say that, but i gotta go CMT
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It's gotta be VH1 because "Best Week Ever" and "I Love the ____" were incredibly funny.
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CMT because it airs music that doesn't suck. Also, edited or not, nothing defeats Naked Gun, or at least nothing should.
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VH1 definitely. It has I Love the...series AND Lisa Raye and Evelyn Lozada on one channel.
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Since VH1 has the "I Love the.." series and Pop-Up Video, I'll vote for VH1.
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um... VH1... I guess....
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Yeah they're both kinda garbage in my opinion. All those channels have become poisoned with celebreality trash and where is the freakin' music!? Even if they do play music videos, it's all the same commercial crap you get on the radio. No culture, no soul, no life.
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VH1 Classic
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I don't watch anything from either channel, but I do want to cast a vote... soooooo... I'll vote for VH1... because they provide plenty of clips for The Soup and Joel McHale to make fun of.
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Yeah. its pretty hard to choose between the two since I hate both of them. I guess I could lean towards VH1 since I like watching the old movies it shows on there sometimes, like Pretty in Pink, and some of its videos.
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I want to go with VH1 because of Best Week Ever and the many I Love shows, but what is played now is just horrible so I am going to have to go with CMT.
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CMT...though I do wonder if it's trying to tell the south something by airing Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader...
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is "neither" a valid option? because both are full of crap reality shows now.. I'd rather watch TLC....
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VH1. It was never "good", but country music is worse than bad, it's evil.
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VH1 only for nostalgia.
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VH1... I feel so dirty. I need to cry in the shower.
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VH1!!! OK, so all of its current programming is awful, but I'll always love it for Movies that Rock! It introduced me to The Breakfast Club and other equally awesome movies as a kid. Plus, country is kind of the worst torture ever invented? I apologize in advance to any country lovers out there...
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VH1 . . . but I'm not proud of it.
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Quite frankly, whoever wins this is up against MTV so it will only be a slight reprieve - MTV will crush the winner and go on to be crushed by the all powerful, all mighty, BBC America.



No one can defeat THE BBC!



I watched a bit o' VH1 when I was a kid so I'll go with that.
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Can there be an option C. Please?
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They both make me want to jump off a cliff...

But VH1 only makes me want to jump off a very short cliff, so that when I survive I can go to better programming. So I guess VH1 wins?
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VH1 has lost credibility with it delving into horrible reality recently. CMT does its fair share of reality but balances it with good music and game shows and movies. I don't really watch either very much BUT, I'll give the edge to CMT.
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VH1 because it used to be on when I was little a lot.
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