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

It is not nearly as easy as it may seem. Pretty much every basic cable channel wants its own wedding show, tattoo show, crazy food show, and wealthy "working" professional show.

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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?

    Oxygen
    BET
    TLC
    Travel Channel
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

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

    TLC
    WE tv
    Lifetime
    Discovery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

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

    Lifetime
    BET
    WE tv
    VH1
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

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

    TLC
    Lifetime
    OWN
    Bravo
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

  5. 5. What network is Changing Lanes on?

    A&E
    Discovery
    History
    BET
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

  6. 6. What network is Counting Cars on?

    History
    Discovery
    Animal Planet
    A&E
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

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

    HGTV
    A&E
    Food Network
    Discovery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

  8. 8. What network is Invention Hunters on?

    Travel Channel
    Discovery
    Food Network
    Lifetime
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

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

    Food Network
    OWN
    WE tv
    HGTV
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

  10. 10. What network is Bizarre Foods on?

    History
    Food Network
    Discovery
    Travel Channel
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Travel Channel!

    From the website: "Andrew Zimmern is on a quest to find America's most unique tastes." [Image source]

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

    Food Network
    Bravo
    E!
    Oxygen
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

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

    Lifetime
    HGTV
    WE tv
    A&E
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

  13. 13. What network is Flipping Vegas on?

    Bravo
    HGTV
    E!
    A&E
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

  14. 14. What network is Gator Boys on?

    History
    Animal Planet
    Bravo
    Discovery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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." [Image source]

  15. 15. What network is Property Wars on?

    Discovery
    History
    HGTV
    TLC
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Discovery!

    From the website: "In the desert heat of Phoenix, Arizona, the auction market for homes is booming. Every day hundreds of houses go up on the block, and savvy buyers compete to snatch up the best homes. While their bidders standby at the courthouse, buyers are given only minutes to scope a house before the bidding starts." [Image source]

  16. 16. What network is Designing Spaces on?

    HGTV
    Lifetime
    TLC
    Food Network
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Lifetime!

    From the website: "Designing Spaces is the signature home improvement television series that travels all over the country redefining and redesigning space. It is a trusted name in home remodeling, home decorating, and home design." Note: This show is celebrating its 10th anniversary. [Image source]

  17. 17. What network is The Gossip Game on?

    WE tv
    BET
    VH1
    Oxygen
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's VH1!

    From the website: "Meet the ladies of The Gossip Game, a dynamic show that draws viewers into the lives of seven media personalities covering the fast-paced, competitive urban entertainment beat in New York City." [Image source]

  18. 18. What network is Marry Me in NYC on?

    WE tv
    Oxygen
    Bravo
    Lifetime
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's WE tv!

    From the website: "For couples who dream about being married in the Big Apple, Gino Filippone is THE man to call. 'Location, location, location!' as Gino would say, is the real star of this new WE tv series, Marry Me In NYC." [Image source]

  19. 19. What network is Married to Medicine on?

    OWN
    Discovery
    Bravo
    A&E
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Bravo!

    From the website: "The new docu-series follows the lives of six of Atlanta's most dynamic and successful women, including doctors and wives of doctors, as they juggle bustling careers, family, and social calendars." [Image source]

  20. 20. What network is Four Weddings on?

    Lifetime
    E!
    TLC
    Food Network
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's TLC!

    From the website: "What happens when four brides with four totally different styles agree to attend and judge one another's weddings? It's a competition with only one winner -- and the prize at stake is a fabulous honeymoon!" [Image source]

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

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