Bravo celebrity Andy Cohen sits on the set of his talk show 'Watch What Happens Live'
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Bravo is a basic cable TV network that debuted on December 8, 1980. It initially specialized in fine arts and film programming but has become popular for its reality TV series such as the Real Housewives franchise.

Hits have included Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of New York City, and Southern Charm.

The channel’s most popular current series include Below Deck, Project Runway, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Potomac, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Vanderpump Rules, and Watch What Happens Live. The last is hosted and executive-produced by Andy Cohen, who also executive-produces the Real Housewives franchise.


  • Founder: AMC Networks
  • Launched: December 8, 1980
  • Owner: NBCUniversal
  • How to watch: Cable provider, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Bravo mobile app, BravoTV.com
  • Top programs: Below Deck, Project Runway, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Top Chef, Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens Live
  • Best known for: The Real Housewives franchise and other reality TV series
  • Cultural impact: The channel spawned the term “Bravolebrity” for its shows’ many celebrities.

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