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Can You Match These Basic Cable Reality Shows To Their Networks?

When the glorious notion of 500 channels on cable television was first introduced to the world 20 or so years ago, the underlying promise was that there would be a specific channel for every possible demographic niche.

The reality has been rather different. These days, many basic cable channels rush to get their version of a popular programming trope on the air — wedding planning, tattoo parlors, crazy food, real estate, wealthy “working” professionals, etc. — no matter how far afield that trope strays from the channel’s seeming charter. The result: It almost doesn’t matter what channel you’re watching at all.

It is true that I could be turning into a fusty crank clinging to the days when the words “Travel Channel” and “History Channel” meant you’d be watching a show about travel and history. But as you take this quiz testing your ability to match the reality TV show with its corresponding channel, please take a moment to contemplate how we’ve all allowed our television landscape to drift into total chaos.

  1. 1. What network is Best Ink on?


    1. Oxygen


    2. BET


    3. TLC


    4. Travel Channel



    X


    It’s Oxygen!

    From the website: “Best Ink is a competition reality series that lays bare the cutthroat and wildly unpredictable world of tattoo artistry.”

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  2. 2. What network is America’s Worst Tattoos on?


    1. TLC


    2. WE tv


    3. Lifetime


    4. Discovery



    X


    It’s TLC! (The show premieres on April 4.)

    From the website: “With the help of famous artists like Tim Pangburn, Jeremy Swan and NY Ink’s Megan Massacre, watch as mistakes are turned into masterpieces.”

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  3. 3. What network is Black Ink Crew on?


    1. Lifetime


    2. BET


    3. WE tv


    4. VH1



    X


    It’s VH1!

    From the website: “Enter the world of the Black Ink Crew and meet the girls and guys that run the only black-owned and operated tattoo parlor in the heart of Harlem at 113th St. and Lennox Ave.”

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  4. 4. What network is Police Women of Dallas on?


    1. TLC


    2. Lifetime


    3. OWN


    4. Bravo



    X


    It’s OWN!

    From the website: “Police Women of Dallas follows the lives of four extraordinary women — three police officers and a detective — as they provide a first-person account of their intensely demanding and often dangerous lives as officers of the law.”

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  5. 5. What network is Changing Lanes on?


    1. A&E


    2. Discovery


    3. History


    4. BET



    X


    It’s BET!

    From the website: “BET’s Changing Lanes gets up close and personal with the world of professional racing. The show follows a diverse group of hopefuls as they compete for a coveted spot on Max Siegel’s NASCAR Revolution Racing team.”
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  6. 6. What network is Counting Cars on?


    1. History


    2. Discovery


    3. Animal Planet


    4. A&E



    X


    It’s History!

    From the website: “On the History series Counting Cars, Danny [“The Count” Koker] and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black.”

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  7. 7. What network is Fix This Kitchen on?


    1. HGTV


    2. A&E


    3. Food Network


    4. Discovery



    X


    It’s A&E!

    From the website: “Each week celebrity chef Eric Greenspan and host Nicole Facciuto surprise frustrated household cooks and transform their outdated and inadequate kitchens into eye-catching, functional spaces worthy of a gourmet chef.”

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  8. 8. What network is Invention Hunters on?


    1. Travel Channel


    2. Discovery


    3. Food Network


    4. Lifetime



    X


    It’s Food Network!

    From the website: “Got a million-dollar food invention that’s just waiting to be discovered? Patrick Raymond and Steve Greenberg are the guys to call. These ‘invention hunters’ are always out to find the next great kitchen gadget to pitch to their retail-world contacts.”

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  9. 9. What network is The Pioneer Woman on?


    1. Food Network


    2. OWN


    3. WE tv


    4. HGTV



    X


    It’s Food Network!

    From the website: “The Pioneer Woman is an open invitation into Ree Drummond’s life: The award-winning blogger and best-selling cookbook author comes to Food Network and shares her special brand of home cooking, from throw-together suppers to elegant celebrations.”

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  10. 10. What network is Bizarre Foods on?


    1. History


    2. Food Network


    3. Discovery


    4. Travel Channel



    X


    It’s Travel Channel!

    From the website: “Andrew Zimmern is on a quest to find America’s most unique tastes.”

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  11. 11. What network is Playing with Fire on?


    1. Food Network


    2. Bravo


    3. E!


    4. Oxygen



    X


    It’s E!

    From the website: “The show features entrepreneurial bad boys the Koch Brothers, along with high-powered players in the New York culinary scene, like Julie Elkind, Candice Kumai and Anna Boiardi. We get to see what really happens behind the scenes of the cut-throat restaurant industry and find out if these five stars can handle the pressure.”

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  12. 12. What network is Run My Makeover on?


    1. Lifetime


    2. HGTV


    3. WE tv


    4. A&E



    X


    It’s HGTV!

    From the website: “In every half-hour episode of Run My Makeover, homeowners allow a room in their home to be transformed according to the whims of online users, who vote on everything from flooring to fixtures, cabinets to cooktops and moldings to mantelpieces.”

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  13. 13. What network is Flipping Vegas on?


    1. Bravo


    2. HGTV


    3. E!


    4. A&E



    X


    It’s A&E!

    From the website: “Flipping Vegas follows Scott [Yancey] and his team — wife and interior designer Amie, and a host of wild project managers and beautiful real estate agents — as they work to breathe new life into run down [Las Vegas] properties.”

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  14. 14. What network is Gator Boys on?


    1. History


    2. Animal Planet


    3. Bravo


    4. Discovery



    X


    It’s Animal Planet!

    From the website: “Gator Boys follows the death-defying exploits of Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle, two extraordinary alligator trappers who risk injury and death to hand-capture nuisance alligators that have invaded the back yards, swimming pools, garages and bedrooms of Florida Everglades residents.”

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  15. 15. What network is Property Wars on?


    1. Discovery


    2. History


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