Spike Originals

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


In 2003, The New TNN was renamed to Spike TV. It continued to hold onto the rights to air WWE until 2005, when it was defected to USA Network. In 2018, it was renamed to Paramount Network to better reflect its parent company Paramount Pictures.

1st Logo (April 19-July 19, 2003)

Visuals: Over a white background, there is the word "Spike" in a script font, the word "TV" superscripting it, and the network slogan "FIRST NETWORK FOR MEN" below it.

Technique: A still 2D graphic.

Audio: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: It was seen on the first season of MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge.

2nd Logo (June 26, 2003-March 9, 2006)

Visuals: On a black background, there is the text "MADE BY", with the Spike TV logo of the era ("Spike" in a cursive font with "TV" below it) zooming out with a curvy white line that disperses to the left when it's in place. Copyright information in red or white is shown below.

Variant: There is an early variant that uses the unused Spike TV logo.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: The closing theme of the show, a rock tune, or someone saying "What is going on?" with a whip crack.

Availability: It was seen on some Spike programs like Gary the Rat, Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, and MXC until the network re-branded in 2006. This logo is retained on current prints of Stripperella.

3rd Logo (May 9, 2006-April 5, 2009)

Visuals: Against a black background, there is a huge explosion playing in reverse, with the debris forming the then-current Spike logo, which consists of a golden yellow chevron shape with a gap in the middle and the text "SPIKE" inside it, and the word "ORIGINAL" fades in below it. A copyright stamp is sometimes shown below.


  • On award shows and other events on Spike from 2006-07, "EVENT" is added next to "ORIGINAL".
  • Starting in 2007 on Spike events, the "ORIGINALS" text is replaced with "EVENT PRODUCTION".

Technique: CGI animation by Motionholic in Seoul, South Korea.


  • The sound of an explosion playing in reverse, ending with a "clang". Sometimes, the clang is not heard.
  • The ending theme of the show may also be used.

Availability: Appeared on Spike shows from the era such as 1,000 Ways to Die, GameTrailers TV, Blade: The Series, and the final season of MXC.

4th Logo (2008-November 30, 2011)

Visuals: On a dark background, there is a shinier version of the Spike chevron logo slowly fading in. A lens flare appears on the logo, and the word "ORIGINAL" appears below.


  • There is a variant used starting in 2010 with the letters "HD" on the bottom half of the chevron, due to the channel's transition to HD.
  • On Spike original events, "ORIGINAL" is replaced by "EVENT PRODUCTION".

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: An ethereal electronic note.

Availability: Appears at the end of Spike programs from the era, such as Blue Mountain State.

5th Logo (September 17, 2011-March 8, 2014)

Visuals: On a bumblebee yellow background with a black bar in the center, the Spike chevron logo shifts to the middle from the right of the screen. The yellow colors move out, the Spike chevron logo turns yellow, and "_ORIGINAL" appears below near the bottom-right part of the chevron. The logo glows, then briefly flashes to white and to black on a yellow background.

Variant: On Spike original events, "ORIGINALS" is replaced by "EVENT PRODUCTION".

Technique: Simple 2D effects by BigStar.

Audio: A whoosh, then a beep sound as the logo glows.

Availability: Seen on Spike programs from the era, such as Cops episodes starting in 2013. Also seen at the start of Spike shows on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

6th Logo (April 2014-May 9, 2015)

Visuals: The Spike chevron logo is seen on a dark background with the text "ORIGINALS" below it in the same font as the previous logo. The background is illuminated by a yellow shine, which is seen moving at the top from left to right. The darker text "ORIGINALS" is also in the center.

Variant: On Spike original events, "ORIGINALS" is replaced by "EVENT PRODUCTION". The logo is colored in gray and the large "ORIGINALS" text in the background is also replaced by "EVENT PRODUCTION".

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: A whoosh, followed by another whoosh sound in reverse.

Availability: Seen on Cops episodes and other Spike shows from 2014 until the 2015 rebranding.

7th Logo (April 2, 2015-January 18, 2018)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a diagonal line, which quickly shortens and forms the word "Spike" in a white bold font, with half of it split diagonally. The line disappears and the logo becomes black with a white background. "ORIGINAL" in spaced out letters fades in next to "Spike".


  • On Cops and Jail, the word "ORIGINAL" is removed.
  • On Bellator MMA, "ORIGINAL" is replaced with "SPORTS".

Technique: 2D animation by And/Or.

Audio: A synthesized boom as the logo forms, followed by a 3-note jingle.

Availability: Seen on Spike programming until the rebranding to Paramount Network in 2018, such as Lip Sync Battle.

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