VH1 Classic Set To Become MTV Classic With Focus on the Best of the Network’s ’90s Programming


Do you want your MTV? Well some of us are getting it back. Not quite the classic ’80s neon Regan era, but a time frame the over-30 demo will gladly embrace. Get ready for VH1 Classic to become MTV Classic, which is set to focus on the music network’s retro programming from the 1990’s and early 2000s.

The network’s August 1st relaunch is by no means an arbitrary date. It’s the day in cable history MTV started broadcasting back in 1981. MTV Classic will in turn kick off with a debut at 6 AM with the exact same first hour of programming seen 35 years earlier. Facebook Live will also make MTV Hour One available via the channel’s official Facebook page.

From MTV/Viacom:

MTV Classic will feature an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series and music programming drawn from across its rich history, with a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s.

“From ‘Beavis & Butt-head’ to ‘Laguna Beach,’ MTV’s programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance,” said Sean Atkins, President of MTV.  “MTV Classic gives audiences a modern and artful home for classic MTV programming and — alongside MTV, MTV2, MTV Live and mtvU — rounds out a diverse portfolio with music and youth culture at its core.”

The first day’s programming will also include a collection of memorable MTV Unplugged episodes, the Total Request Live documentary “The TRL Decade,” and an animation block of Aeon FluxBeavis & Butt Head, and Daria. Down the line we can also expect to see repeat runs of CribsPimp My Ride, Punk’d, Jackass, and Run’s House.

On weekends we can look forward to binge-worthy marathons of The Real World, Laguna Beach, Road Rules and the like.

The Real World marathon is on deck for Sunday, August 7.


Jim Kiernan
Founder and moderator of Nerdy Rotten Scoundrel. Steering this ship the best I can. Lifelong opinionated geek & pop culture enthusiast. Independent television & film professional. Born & raised New Yorker. My dog Nicholas is awesome.

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