MTV Classic to Replace VH1 Classic; New Network to Feature '90s Throwback Programming

MTV Classic Network

R.I.P., VH1 Classic.

MTV has announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 1, VH1 Classic will officially morph into MTV Classic. The newly-rebanded network will feature “an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series” from the ’90s and ’00s, including Laguna Beach, Beavis & Butt-head, Cribs, Jackass, Punk’d, and Clone High.

The launch date was not chosen randomly. August 1 marks 35 years to the day that MTV first debuted.

“MTV’s programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance,” said Sean Atkins, President of MTV, in a statement. “MTV Classic gives audiences a modern and artful home for classic MTV programming and — alongside MTV, MTV2, MTV Live and mtvU — rounds out a diverse portfolio with music and youth culture at its core.”

On Monday, MTV Classic will re-air “MTV Hour One” at 12 pm/ET, which will lead into the Total Request Live retrospective The TRL Decade. A marathon of MTV Unplugged’s greatest hits — including sessions with Bob Dylan, Alice In Chains, Erykah Badu, Oasis, Neil Young and Nirvana — will follow.

And yes, MTV Classic will also weave in the occasional music video. If you’re into that sort of thing.