Love & Hip Hop is a media franchise that consists of several reality television series broadcast on VH1. The shows document the personal and professional lives of several hip hop and R&B musicians, performers, managers, and record producers residing in various metropolitan areas of the United States. The original franchise version, Love & Hip Hop: New York, premiered on March 6, 2011. Its success resulted in spin-offs based in Atlanta, Hollywood, and Miami.
The series is known for its sprawling ensemble cast, with over 200 cast members. Many are notable figures in hip hop, including Jim Jones, Remy Ma, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Scrappy, Trina and Trick Daddy, as well as R&B artists like Ray J, Keyshia Cole and Stevie J. The franchise is also known for launching the careers of previously unknown artists, including Joseline Hernandez, K. Michelle and Cardi B.
The franchise has generated controversy since its inception, and is often criticised for tending towards a narrative format more commonly seen in scripted genres such as soap operas, and appearing to fabricate much of its storyline. However, it is one of the highest rated unscripted franchises in cable television history, and has been described as "riveting", "addictive", "bawdy and hilarious", and a "guilty pleasure".[promotional language]
The show has aired continuously since May 15, 2014, with an incarnation of the franchise airing nearly every Monday on VH1. In the US, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta usually airs in spring and through summer, followed by Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in the fall and Love & Hip Hop: New York and Love & Hip Hop: Miami in the winter.
As of November 26, 2018, 324 original episodes of New York, Atlanta, Hollywood and Miami have aired over twenty-two seasons