Trying to tune into your favorite Bravo shows on DISH Network, but unsure of where to find the channel? You’re far from the only one. Maybe you got hooked on a Bravo show on streaming and want to watch the new season as it airs. Perhaps you’ve been a longtime viewer who just switched over to a new television provider. Maybe this is your very first time checking out the station to begin with. No matter the explanation, you deserve to know what channel Bravo is on DISH Network. We’re here to help you find it.
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Bravo Channel Guide
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The History of Bravo
Contrary to Bravo’s current lineup of entertainment and reality shows, the network originally aired nothing but highbrow programming dealing with the fine arts and film history. From 1980 through the 1990s, Bravo was the place to find international, arthouse, and independent movies aired without commercial interruption (much like TCM, but slightly less accessible in its programming). It wasn’t until NBC took ownership and invested in a rebrand that Bravo shifted focus toward its current pop culture and reality TV-obsessed lineup.
Bravo’s first big reality TV hit was Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in 2003. Project Runway arrived the year after, and Million Dollar Listing and Top Chef arrived in 2006. The launch of the Real Housewives franchise wasn’t far behind, officially cementing Bravo as a reality television network over its former artsy reputation. Andy Cohen is largely to thank for Bravo’s hugely successful pivot. He was named vice president of original programming at the network in 2004, helping curate the channel’s hit lineup throughout the 2000s.
Today, Bravo’s lineup includes smash successes like Vanderpump Rules, the Below Deck and Real Housewives franchises, Million Dollar Listing, Southern Charm, Family Karma, and beyond. Each show scratches the audience’s itch for dramatic and extravagant lifestyles seen without filters. Though the network briefly dabbled in original scripted series in the mid-to-late 2010s, it now exclusively airs original reality television programming as well as syndicated films from parent network NBCUniversal. Plus, Andy Cohen remains a key part of the network, even after nearly 20 years.
Bravo Sister Stations
Turn the channel to Bravo on DISH Network at any given time of day, and you’re overwhelmingly likely to land on a reality show. However, reality television isn’t the only thing that Bravo plays around the clock. As a matter of fact, the network’s shape has shifted quite a bit over the last ten years or so. From other original programs to syndicated films and more, here’s a full look at the kind of programming you can find on the average day on Bravo.
Bravo’s original programming is filled with cult favorite shows. There’s fashion competition Project Runway, which recently rebooted, and Top Chef, an iconic culinary competition that has generated countless famous TV personalities. Bravo franchises Real Housewives, Below Deck, and Million Dollar Listing are other major offerings.
There’s also Vanderpump Rules, which follows drama in and around an LA restaurant, and Southern Charm, which explores lives of Charleston’s young and wealthy. We can’t forget Summer House or Winter House, either. These shows bring together famous faces from hit Bravo shows and put them under one roof.
While not nearly as prevalent as its original shows, you shouldn’t be surprised to see the occasional film on Bravo. As part of the NBCUniversal family, the company routinely offloads movies on the network on a weekly basis. Recent examples include She’s All That (1999), The Mummy (1999), Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013), Trolls World Tour (2020), and The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021).
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