There are a number of reality series which fall under the Love and Hip Hop umbrella. Fans can watch the partners of men who achieved success in the hip hop industry and their lives as they seek stardom of their own – namely, respect in an industry where men take center stage.
This show has been airing since 2011 and there are ten seasons at the time of writing. Impressively, there are over 400 episodes, with over 28 seasons across the board. On average, episodes last around 40 minutes, and there are different branches of the show for New York, Atlanta, Hollywood and Miami. Alternatively, people tend to tune into The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.
The beginnings of the show were seen in 2006, when Jim Jones wanted a reality show about himself. The tape which resulted featured his girlfriend and mother. VH1, who viewed the tape, wanted to ensure audiences would be interested, and so they requested the show be adjusted to feature Jim’s girlfriend Chrissy and her friends.
The show was first referred to as Diary of a Hip Hop Girlfriend, and it was changed to Love and Hip Hop later on. There were some criticisms of the show at first, which had a first season comprising eight episodes and a reunion at the end. Namely, critics felt that there was no need for the perpetual arguments and behaviour seen from the women.
Cast and characters
Big names featured in Love and Hip Hop episodes include:
- Jim Jones
- Soulja Boy
- Waka Flocka Flame
- Trick Daddy
- Ray J
- Cardi B
The first spin-off for Love and Hip Hop was announced to be located in Atlanta. This came about in 2012, and then there was a New York spinoff revealed to be in production; this series premiered in 2013. A spin-off located in Los Angeles, called Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood was revealed in 2014. There is also a spin-off in Miami.
Since the original series came out, there have been a number of spin-offs. For example, Chrissy & Mr Jones aired in 2012 and 2013. After this, 2014 saw K Michelle: My Life. 2016 was a big year, with Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood, K Michelle: My Life and Leave It to Stevie. The latter showed again in 2018, along with Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies.
Specials related to Love and Hip Hop include the following:
- Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: Dirty Little Secrets
- 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments
- Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding
- 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments: The Reboot
Episodes and reception
The Love & Hip Hop franchise has been nominated for three awards over the course of 2018 and 2019, winning one of them. In 2018, they were nominated for Best Reality Franchise at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. In 2019, the same awards ceremony nominated Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood for Best Meme-able Moment and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for Best Reality Royalty. The latter nomination resulted in a win for the series.
To begin with, Love and Hip Hop struggled to get off the ground. After criticism about the catty behaviour of the women featured in the first season, it took some work to get good ratings for the second one. However, when the show began to air continuously in 2014 it became a huge success. For example, the third season saw a whopping 5.6 million tune in.
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