The smell of grilled meats is in the air and July 4 is just around the corner, meaning we’re halfway through with the year 2013. Where did the time go? If you’re like us, most of your waking hours were spent watching the best VH1 had to offer. But which shows have won our staff’s hearts?
Read on for some of our favorites from the last six months.
Best Week Ever: It was so great to see such a wonderful show return to its original potential and fun. And Michelle Buteau is one to watch! –Stacy Lambe
Love and Hip Hop: If this show was only about the freaky love triangle between Rich Dollaz and Erica Mena, it would still be the best show on VH1. High drama to the max and Rich has the struggle faces to prove it. –Orlando Lima
Hit the Floor: Campy in a Showgirls way, this scripted drama about a pro basketball dance squad is drenched in scandal, sex, and backstabbing bitches. Yes, please. –Tia Williams
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle: There’s just something about those Harrises. From learning to snowboard to making cameos in Tip’s latest video, the family’s never too far away. But it’s not just a modern take on the Huxtable household or Major’s undeniable cuteness (although the latter helps a lot): T.I. takes time from his busy multi-hyphenate schedule to teach his children thoughtful lessons, is honest about the mistakes he’s made in the past, and has an extensive vocabulary. –Emily Exton
Mob Wives: It has to be said: S–t really went down on this year, as the ladies of Staten Island rumbled harder than ever before. The season ended with a (non-lethal) bang, proving that Love does NOT conquer all. –Jordan Runtagh
Black Ink Crew: It’s entertaining to watch a close group of friends work together, have fun, get into drama, and do what they’re passionate about. –Crystal Puccio
Love And Hip Hop Atlanta: LHHATL is like a telenovela (in English) and I’m here for it all. –Bene Viera
Master Of The Mix: If you’re a fan of turntablism or have ever fantasized about becoming a DJ, this show gave you an incredible inside look at the history of the craft and the creativity that goes into making an actual DJ set. Even though I’d watch from my living room, some of the contestants skills made me feel like I was hearing them played while on a dance floor in the wee hours of the morning. Factor in legendary DJ Kid Capri and nerdy-cute Ben Maddahi as judges, and I was sold. –Lacey Seidman
La La’s Full Court Life: La La seems to have it all: fabulous friends, family, and a growing career. But there’s one thing she can’t control all the time and that’s her friends, Dice and Po. –Johnique Tullis-Brodie
T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle: The Harris family has two loving, talented and hilarious parents and six of the most entertaining kids on the planet. And then there’s Shekinah, who is the worst/best babysitter of all. –Elizabeth Black
Black Ink Crew: Come on, who isn’t feeling the tattoo game? –Rahsheeda Ali
Mob Wives: From ripping out hair to ripping on each other constantly, I can’t get enough drama from the infamous Staten Island ladies. And seriously, who doesn’t love Big Ang? –Caitlyn Driscoll
Best Week Ever: It was such a joy to have my all-time favorite VH1 show return this year. It was an even bigger joy to see so many hilarious new voices weighing in on pop culture—and contributing to it. –Meghan O’Keefe
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: This show has everything: drama, swag, music, and characters that will live in my memory whether I like it or not. It’s so good, it feels like Christmas morning in the office whenever a new episode comes in And when I share with my co-workers, they thank me like I’m the second coming of Santa Claus. –Ted Reyes
Hit The Floor: Since the very first episode I have been dying to know the truth behind the Sloane–Pete–Olivia love triangle. Each week, we receive a bit more information, yet what we learn prompts us to ask more questions. It keeps me coming back each week and always has me wanting more. –Katie Meena
Black Ink Crew: A tattoo show unlike any other on TV. BIC is funny and outrageous, but has a good heart at the same time. Plus, it’s clear the people on the show really care about each other. –Heidi Williams-Foy
What are YOUR favorite shows of 2013 so far? Let us know in the comments below.