Bravo Originals

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1st Logo (1994-2002)

Nicknames: "The Gray Plate", "Swingin' Plate"

Logo: On a black background, a gray plate with a silver border swings in with the Bravo text and "THE FILM AND ARTS" above the text and a line with "NETWORK" below. The text shines and it settles in the center zooming out a bit.

Early Variant: A print version exists, omitting the plate. "AND" is above the logo to represent Bravo's credit as a co-producer.

FX/SFX: The logo swinging in.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Extinct. Appeared on episodes of Inside the Actor's Studio from the era.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (2002-2004)

Nicknames: "Bravo Bar", "The Periwinkle Bar", "Tan Stock Market Graph"

Logo: On a tan yellow background, we see a periwinkle bar slide in to the left, with the text "Bravo", in the same font as before, cut out in it. The text "ORIGINAL PRODUCTION" appears letter-by-letter next to it, and a copyright stamp fades underneath it.

Variant: Sometimes, no copyright stamp appears.

FX/SFX: The bar sliding in.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extinct on television. It appeared on the infamous Boy Meets Boy and earlier episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, among other shows. It might have a scant chance of appearing on the series' DVD releases.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (May?-December 2004)

Logo: On an orange background, we see a set of close ups on the text "Bravo", and "original production", before the camera flashes on the 3 words, with "Bravo" having a shadow behind it and being above "original production",

FX/SFX: The text moving around, the tape. Similar to Action Adventure Network.

Music/Sounds: TBA.

Availability: TBA

Editor's Note: None.


4th Logo (January 19, 2005-2009)

Nicknames: "Bravo Carousel", "Watch What Happens", "Rainbow Speech Bubbles"

Logo: On a white background, we see a carousel of multicolored speech-bubble shapes. The shapes then spin around from left to right a la flipping Post-It notes. When the last shape flips to the right, it reveals itself to be a black-colored speech-bubble with the cyan text "Bravo" in it, in the same font as the 1994 logo. The text "A Bravo Original Production" appears to the right. Later on in 2005, a copyright stamp was added below.

FX/SFX: The shapes spinning.

Music/Sounds: A power pop theme. The end-title theme of the show may also be used.

Availability: Was originally very common, and then became extremely rare until this logo was discovered on Hulu. It appeared on many Bravo programs of the time, such as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and earlier episodes of Top Chef and The Real Housewives of Orange County. It might be preserved on DVDs of Queer Eye, seasons 4 and 5 of said show on Amazon Instant Video, and episodes of Hey Paula, Welcome to the Parker and Date My Ex: Joe & Slade on iTunes. It is preserved on The Real Housewives of Orange County on Hulu.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo (May 2009-2017)

Nicknames: "Original by Bravo", "This Closing Logo by Bravo", "The Random Objects"

Logo: On a light blue background with a white light in the middle, we see various shapes, each built from speech bubbles (i.e., Bravo's logo), move forward. The Bravo logo of the era is already present with "by" next to it. As the shapes move, we see five words, "creative" in purple, "fun" in orange, "inside" in purple-blue, "future" in green and "original" in black, also move forward. "original" stops right near the logo as a copyright notice fades in below.

FX/SFX: Animation of words and objects flying around.

Music/Sounds: A 4-note electric guitar theme with one beat of a drum and a cymbal crash.

Availability: Common. Seen on original programs on the Bravo network. However, given the fates of the network's prior logos, it may become harder to find this one over time.

Editor's Note: None.


6th Logo (January 10, 2017-)

Nickname: "Another Bland-Wagoner"

Logo: On a sky blue background, we see the black text "Original" appear letter by letter. A purple-colored simplified version of Bravo's speech-bubble logo (this one using a flatter design) slides in from the left and "Series" appears when it passes. The background also turns orange at this point. The screen slides up, leaving a white background. The network's current logo ("bravo" with all letters in lower-case within the simplified speech bubble) and the aforementioned text is present along with copyright information.

FX/SFX: 2D animation reminiscent of what could be done on any video editing program.

Music/Sounds: A whoosh, followed by a muffled clang.

Availability: Current. Should appear on newer Bravo shows, as well as episodes of existing programs aired from this point.

Editor's Note: Nothing special here; it's yet another bland network ID, worsened by the fact that it had a legacy of otherwise decent logos.

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