I was a fan of the WWF back in the ’90s, so the USA Network — which aired the WWF’s flagship program — was a staple in my TV-watching diet. As a default, many of the TV shows on USA would also find their way into my schedule, but it didn’t hurt that the shows were filled with boobs, B to A-grade horror, salacious dancing, and even more boobs. So, grab your mugs — *clink* — and toast to the yesteryear programs of USA’s formative days with a look back at eight shows that helped raise you.
Although it only aired for one season, Farmclub was cool enough to warrant a placement on this list. The show featured live and in-studio performances by a who’s who of pop culture, and it even aired a reunion of N.W.A. with Snoop Dogg filling in for Eazy-E.
Up All Night
It was the glue that held together the USA Network during its early years. Rhonda Shear, who was actually the second host, was joined by Gilbert Gottfried in this variety-type program that usually showcased a cult or horror film. Kind of like a sexier version of Elvira.
Before there was Law & Order: SVU, this ’90s USA show usually centered around a sex-related crime and almost always started off with a soft-core sex scene.
This saucy version of strip poker — no, they didn’t get fully nude — probably gave many prepubescent boys their first taste of cable TV salaciousness.