Can I Get a Rerun? 7 Shows BET Should Bring Back

August 31, 2012 ‐ By

We’ve talked about BET quite a bit over the past week. We discussed why VH1, a network which is owned by BET’s parent company, seems to have all the high-rated programming, while its sister station is on struggle mode. We even asked whether ratchet reality shows were “not good enough” for the network. Who really knows the answer. All we can say for sure is that once Bob Johnson, the creator of the network, sold it to Viacom, things started to take a turn toward terrible, boring or just plain awful. But this wasn’t always the case, there was a time when BET’s shows were quite entertaining. Check out the shows we wish the network would bring back.

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  • Chile, Cita’s World was TOO MUCH (the original “ratchet” show), but it was hella funny!! Video Soul, Planet Groove, & Teen Summit NEEDS TO RETURN!!!

  • NiceNasty

    Does anybody know why they fired Free and AJ? Cause I have no idea, and they never said why either.

  • ms. mya

    what about Caribbean rhythms and Hits?

  • AJ

    can someone please tell me the name of the cartoon that used to come on BET? It was a show about 2 women and they would go out drinking etc. I cant remember the name for DIDDLY! She had a cat tho

    • Jay

      It was Hey Monie!

  • adrienne michelle

    What about College Hill??

  • dipsexxx2

    UNCUT Videos!!!!!!

  • dipsexxx2

    I hate BET now….its lame

  • kesha

    What about the cartoon? I think it was called “Hey, Mona”.

    • Jay

      Hey Monie!

  • t

    caribbean rhythm was a great show

    • Chanda

      LOVED Caribbean Rhythms. Sometimes that show took me to another world without even leaving the house.


    I MISS U CITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVENTHOUGH U WASNT REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lovely09

    Now Teen Summit was the show with Ananda Lewis!!!

  • How did ALL of u forget on Saturdays they would play a specific artist/group’s TOP 25 COUNTDOWN! That used to be tha ish!

    • tata111

      And every News years eve

  • I do miss some of those shows, but am definitely glad they’re not going the route of VH1. Is that what the author of this piece really wants? More stereotypical, negative imaging of black women, that MANY think reflects the average black woman,added to the BET lineup. Really??? I’m also with the commenter who said that Cita’s world set up back, and I’m glad that ridiculousness is off the air. Now for the rest, BET News, Rap City (real hip hop), Midnight Love, the Free and AJ days of 106 and Park….and the rest. I do shed a tear 😉 Viacom simply doesn’t know or respect our culture displayed by its shows “hot ghetto mess” and others once they took over.

  • Lol BET Uncut I aint got no panties on aint got no panties on I ain’t got no panties ON THE DANCE FLOOR they played that song every night first song. That’s when I knew I stayed up watching all BET,shows

    • Chanda

      Lol, No panties on the dance floor was one of the most memorable songs on the show. I also remember Oochie Wally, My neck my back, and that White Girls video that looked like it costed $10 to make. I feel better now knowing I’m not the only one that stayed up watching that mess.

  • mrs.j.cole

    I miss all of those shows and college hill I was mad when they ended those shows

  • Erika

    Oh man! How I wish they would bring these shows back. Making me miss the old BET! (especially midnight love!)

  • scorpiosexxy

    What about hits from the streets??

    • cw

      That was good too.

  • WhoMe

    Access granted and the black carpet were good. I miss donnie and sherry. They were older but i loved them.

  • JSL

    1. RAP CITY!!! When they ended that, SMH, that hurt…Lol
    2. 106 & Park (AJ & Free – BEST EVER!)
    3. Comic View
    4. Teen Summit

    Oh, and I was *really* young but I DO remember Cita’s World and Oh Drama! Lol . 🙂
    Ya’ll are making me miss Old BET! Ahh, nostalgia…

  • observant1

    I loved those old BET shows. At first I thought this would be about reviving old sitcoms. If they brought their original shows back, they’re not going to be as good as the old ons. BET butchered the game. They should’ve made season 4 the final season. BET too flooded with wack juice for them to revive anything. BET shows start out on life support… ijs

  • FAMURattler85

    The Box Music Network.

  • i miss midnite love. i tape the valatine day special with jagged edge, usher, craig david, jaheim. also comic view, 106 and park when AJ and Free was there. I only watch BET now for The Game and Lets Stay Together.

    • Man what happened to Craig David I loved him

  • Girl you know we remember Video Soul! Donnie Simpson was on a jogging suit my dad used to sport CONSTANTLY *smh* my goodness the horror of that outfit & the jokes that came with it from my family.

    • Chanda

      Bummer! I recorded a lot of Video Soul videos but no clips/interviews of Donnie Simpson with his light green eyes self. I remember the outfits, too! At least he wasn’t saggin’.

  • IllyPhilly

    “Cuz Imma bad mamma jamma!” I think that’s what she said. Vita was the lady!

  • vdizzle

    Definitely Hits from da Streets!!!! Milk it, milk it, milk it!!! That was before Ashton started hosting the SAME exact show on MTV.
    I didn’t have cable growing up (lived out in the country), but I used to have a friend record eps of Video Soul. lol. When I graduated high school in ’99 I started watching MTV, then BET when 106 & Park, Hits, etc started. I loved those shows!!! Honestly I stopped watching when they fired Free and AJ.

    • NiceNasty

      I know right and BET has never been the same since they fired them.

  • realtalk

    Ooooh, and what about Thea, Out all Night and Roc. I loved me some ComicView and College Hill!. Man I almost forgot I watched BET so much growing up. I wish they would get it together.

  • hadtosayit cita came back as wendy raquel and taraji henson lol

  • Video Soul!!! How could Video Soul not make the list???

    • Realgirl

      AND Video LP!!!

    • Realgirl

      AND Video LP!!!

  • BET needs to bring back Teen Summit and I need to be the female host. I’ve been thinking about this for a while.

  • breezy

    I think they should bring back college hill and oh drama!!

    • Remember when they were in the Virgin Islands and the girl got her a word whipped for trying the American girl. She hit her in the head with a stiletto

      • lovely09

        she thought she was hard. They always testing preppy girls#smh



  • eyeEEsha

    I can’t believe that virtual pickaninny Cita made this list. As far as I’m concerned, this is when BET began it’s decline. And why wasn’t Video Soul on this list? *sigh*

    • Chanda

      pickaninny,lol! with her gelled down hair.

  • Citas World set us back for real. I was in college when she came out and found it hard to listen to her antics and live up to the stereotypes on the show. Some people found it “cute” and funny but I found it to be embarrassing. Good job BET for giving that show the X.

    • eyeEEsha

      Cita was the worst.

    • observant1

      The show was hilarious. Gifs wasn’t even a real person, how did it set us back? No pleasing black folks…

      • queta

        u kno some people will find anything to complain about thats exactly why they would never be ceo of anything lol

  • Chanda

    A lot a “neo” soul artists artists were on that show: Amel Larrieux (sp), Alicia Keys and India.Arie when they first came out. I saw Res’ Golden Boys video for the first time. They came on Saturday afternoons and I think Sundays, too. I have tons of VHS tapes full of Video Soul and Video Vibrations videos I have yet to convert into DVDs.

    • Earthspirit

      When you do convert the vids, please oh please, let us know!!! :-))

    • Sam Mcneal

      You have both Video Soul tapes as far back as 1987?

      • Sam Mcneal

        And Video Vibes too?

        • Sam Mcneal

          Chanda does. But I do not.

    • Sam Mcneal

      And Video Vibes too?

  • cantwejust

    I LOVED ‘Tha Bassment’ but if they brought that back who could be a guest? Since “rappers” no longer freestyle….

  • Ja’Mina

    Yes, they need to bring back Midnight Love, ComicView, Hits, and Baldwin Hills. Just cancel The Game because without Tia, who is going to watch that??

  • curlyk

    Its crazy because I was singing the comic view theme today at work and thinking to myself that they definitely should bring it back! This list pretty much nailed it for me though.

  • thegoodluckpig

    No Hits from the Street!? The D’Angelo/How Does It Feel parody had me in tears as did Mu Psi Mu, milk it milk it milk it.

  • ijs

    OMG!!!!! I used to LOVE cita’s world omg like for the entire hour i was not moving at all. BET needs to get its old owner back or somthing bc ever since he handed it over the net work has went down the toilet!!

    • MLS2698

      They seriously need to bring Miss Cita back! She was so funny. Who did the voice for that character?

      • ok

        its in the article

        • MLS2698

          Yeah, I saw it later….. got excited and posted without clicking. Don’t like to click through all the time.

  • i miss Free & AJ……after they left i stop watching Black Exploitation Television

  • ThisChick

    Is that Tiny in the Teen Summit pic?

    • vwells1

      Yup that’s her with Xscape.

      • Chanda

        There’s 5 of them on stage, too. Looks like one of them didn’t make it, lol.

    • MLS2698

      I just watched the video, and I used to think that Tiny was lip-synching….not anymore ( I never had the album).

      • lovely09

        why would you think Tiny was lip-synching? In the 80s and early 90s you had to sing to get a record deal#hater much!

        • MLS2698

          The word ” hater” is not even in my vocab. I got stuck on the 70’s and have never listened to much of the newer music. Hence, never purchased the album. Don’t even own a MJ album. AL Green is the man!

        • MLS2698

          Have you ever heard of ” Millli Vanilli? * shrugs*

          • ashley

            ^ lmao @ee649d95544d845f0213a8fae85d6693:disqus #uninformed much…

  • Lola

    Baldwin hills and college hill would be lovely

    • naw baldwin hills was so corny…they tried so hard to make baldwin hills look like the black beverly hills and the truth is they were just as broke as me and I’m from Inglewood