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Logo descriptions by Jason Jones, James Fabiano, Cameron McCaffrey, WileE2005, Matt Williams, and Yoshidude987

Logo captures by AsdfTheRevival, Shadeed A. Kelly, V of Doom, Eric S., mr3urious, Mr. Logo Lord, ASja2002, Dean Stewart Rumsey, Mr.Logo, wisp2007, BenderRoblox, Blatch-O, LogoGuy94, Derrick Anderson, Gilblitz112, and TrickyMario7654

Editions by Shadeed A. Kelly, V of Doom, WizardDuck, Bob Fish, Optimus Prime 2000, MrThorax281, BenderRoblox, ClosingLogoLover, tbone2004, MariluHennerArtist45, PluMGMK, and KirbyGuy2001

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Background[]

Viacom Enterprises (or simply "Viacom") was the television distribution division of the CBS Television Network formed in 1990 as the successor of CBS Films (not to be confused with the "current" CBS Films, the new film production/distribution company of CBS Corporation), later reincorporated as"CBS Enterprises, Inc." (who would later reform in the 1990s) starting in 1968. In 1973, it was spun-off because it was against the FCC regulations for a television network to distribute its programs under its own name. In 1974, Viacom formed "Viacom Productions" to produce first-run television series airing on the major television networks. The company was popular during the 1970s and 1980s, distributing CBS-produced shows such as I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show In later years, they distributed shows from MTM, Tandem's All in the Family (only until 1991, when the rights went to Columbia Pictures Television Distribution, now Sony Pictures Television), Filmways, Carsey/Werner, Lorimar, Rankin-Bass, Hanna-Barbera (mostly internationally), and early Nelvana TV specials, among others, as well as most movie releases from Hallmark Hall of Fame, Tomorrow Entertainment, the Schick Sunn TV and movie library, several of the Charles Fries films, New World, Orion, Palomar Pictures, New Line, Trans-Lux, and the Terrytoons library, among others, until they formed their own syndication companies. In 1976, Viacom and its production division formed "Viacom International, Inc." as their new parent company for distributing programs overseas. In 1986, Viacom was bought by cinema company National Amusements, Inc., becoming part of the newly-reincorporated "Viacom, Inc.". On January 1, 1990, Viacom changed its logo for the first time in 14 years as part of a reorganization of the company and "Viacom Pictures" was also formed. On March 11, 1994, Viacom acquired Paramount Communications, Inc. and Viacom Enterprises was folded into Paramount Domestic Television (now "CBS Television Distribution"), by transferring the domestic rights of the Viacom library, and Viacom International was later reorganized as the parent company for the MTV Networks and the Showtime Networks (the latter now part of CBS Corporation), and transferring the international rights of the said library into Paramount International Television (now "CBS Studios International") as well, while Viacom Productions was reincorporated as a production sub-division of Paramount Television. The Viacom Enterprises logo of the era was still used for "Viacom Productions" with an updated variant, and would remain until 1999, receiving another update to the logo to reflect the company's new status after merging with former parent company CBS. The 1999-2004 Viacom logo would be its last as the final two series to end under the Viacom Productions name would be Sabrina: The Teenage Witch and The Division. The new millennium brought serious financial troubles to the company, and as a result, the production unit was folded into Paramount Network Television (now "CBS Television Studios") as well in 2004, and Paramount took control of the remaining Viacom-produced series in 2005. On December 31 of that year, Viacom was reincorporated as "CBS Corporation", ceasing to exist officially. The "new" Viacom was also established on December 31 from Viacom International as the holding company for Paramount Pictures, the MTV Networks and BET Networks (the two latter now part of the "Viacom Media Networks (VMN)"), and their non-television firms; however,Viacom International remains currently as its in-name-only unit. Today, most of previous Viacom-distributed TV productions are distributed under CBS Television Distribution (formerly "CBS Paramount Domestic Television") and outside the U.S. under CBS Studios International (formerly "CBS Paramount International Television"). Viacom stands for "Video & Audio Communications".

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(March 11, 1990-July 6, 1991)[]

Viacom

Nicknames: "Pinball", "Pinball Music", "A Viacom Presentation", "V-IA-COM", “V-IA-COM Pinball”, "Pinball Game", "ViaPinball"

Logo: The word "VIACOM", a group of letters at a time (in an ascending number: "V" (1), "IA" (2) and "COM" (3), slide in from the right, with the background changing color as each one stops. As the screen fades to purple, the letter "V" slides in. Then "IA" slides in, changing the background to green. Then "COM" slides in, changing the background to red. When the word "VIACOM" is formed, the camera quickly pans outward and the words "A" and "PRESENTATION" are seen to the left and right of the word "VIACOM", over a blue background. The logo is in the same font as The Mary Tyler Moore Show logo (called "Peignot") in white.

Music/Sounds: 4 synthesized ascending pinball-like chimes. The first 3 bring up the letters to "Viacom", and the last, which plays over the zoom-out, has a zap-like "WHOOSH" that blends in with the last bell, combined with a synth chord and gurgling/telephone-like sounds.

Availability: Common

Editor's Note: This logo has scared some by its choppy animation, fast pace, "zoom-out", and primitive music.

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(July 6, 1991-September 4, 1992)[]

ViacomVOfDoom

Nicknames: "V of Doom" , "Big V", "Zooming V", "Dark/Black V", "Viacom the Menace", "Creepy/Evil V (of Death)", "V of Death", "The Purple/Black V (of Doom)", "Killer V", "V of Final Judgement", "V of Armageddon", "Viapocalypse", "V of Psycho", "Attack of the Killer V", "A Nightmare on Viacom Street", "Attack of the V of Doom", "V from Hell", "Viacom V", "V of Moon" "Navy V"

Logo: On a sky blue (or lavender) background, the text "A Viacom Presentation" in a palatino-like typeface zooms-in from the center of the screen at a very fast pace. Then, a fancy-cut, navy blue "V" comes from the center and moves gradually closer and closer to the screen. When it gets to the point where the "V" takes up nearly the entire screen, the screen suddenly cuts to black or fades to black (depending on the version of the logo), with the "V" still moving ever closer.

FX/SFX: Cel animation.

Music/Sounds: Usually, the music was a 5-note synthesized tune, complete with a timpani drum roll playing throughout with a final, rather loud pound at the end. Even after the logo faded to black, the timpani's echo could still be heard.

Availability: Uncommon

Editor's Note: TBA

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(September 4, 1992-August 25, 1993)[]

Viacom V Of Rainbow

Nicknames: "Flashing V", "Color Surge V", "Syndireel V", "V of Rainbow", "Viacom V II"

Logo: On a black background, we see the "V" rotating to the center in a rainbow streak. Then, the rainbow streak lines out of the logo. After that, the "V" flashes to bright cerulean and the word "Viacom" in the same color flashes in with the word "Distributed By" below. As the opening theme comes up, we zoom up to the left corner of the "V" step-by-step until it engulfs the screen with blue. At the end of the reel, we see the "V" with the word "Viacom" in blue and the word "from" above the "V" and they all zoom in towards the viewer.

FX/SFX: Scanimation.

Music/Sounds: None

Availability: Rare.

Editor's Note: TBA

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(August 25, 1993-January 15, 1994)[]

Nicknames: "Special Delivery", "The Viacom Emblem", "The Winged Emblem", "V of Gold", "Viacom V III", "Golden V", "Golden Viacom V"

Logo: We start off in outer space. The words "Special" and "Delivery" streaks through the sun that is in the background leaving a rainbow  trail. Then on a blue/black gradient background, the two words fly to a ring with wings. "From Viacom" with "Viacom" bigger, are also in this logo above the familiar "V" from the 2nd logo. At the end, a firework flash effect emerges from the logo.

FX/SFX: The words streaking leaving a rainbow trail, the firework flash.

Music/Sounds: After the drum roll at the start, a majestic 13-note fanfare plays, with the last note held out.

Availability: Very Rare

Editor's Note: As with the previous logo, it may surprise some expecting the 2nd logo, but both are welcome changes from the V of Doom.

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(January 15, 1994-November 16, 1995)[]

Nicknames: "City Skyline V", "Metallic V", "V in the Big City", "V and the City", "V on the Town", "V of Night", "Early V of Steel", "Viacom V", "Silver Viacom V", "Viacom V in the Night City"

Logo: Against a city skyline with a purple night sky (and with most of the building's lights switched on), we see a metallic-textured "V" (in the same design as the "V of Doom" logo) situated above the word "Viacom".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Extinct. It was only seen on the 1986 Jackie Gleason Presents the Honeymooners Reunion special.

Editor's Note: The 3D effects look unconvincing. But like the 2nd and 3rd logos, it's still a welcome change from the 2nd.

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(November 16, 1995-May 18, 1997)[]

Nicknames: "Stale V”, “V of Happiness”, "V of Boredom", "V of Annoyance", "Blue V", "V of Delight", "Viacom V IV", "Friendly V", "Friendly Viacom V", "A Welcome Change

Logo: On a black background, we see a still image of the Viacom "V" logo in light blue. Below that is the "Viacom" name in white.

Variant: On Really Weird Tales, the logo is tinted in orange.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show or none.

Availability: Extremely rare. It was once seen on original airings of the 1st season of Matlock plus its two-part pilot episode (from March 1986) as well as on the Andy Griffith reunion special Return to Mayberry (retained on the VHS release and a November 2013 MeTV airing) and the first five made-for-TV movie revivals of Perry Mason, but most of these have all fallen victim of being plastered with any of the later Viacom, Paramount, or CBS logos.

Editor's Note: This one is a cute/boring Viacom logo, depending on what you think.

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(May 18, 1997-April 30, 2000)[]

TBA

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(April 30, 2000-August 6, 2010)[]

TBA

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(August 6, 2010-January 4, 2019)[]

TBA

9th Logo[]

(January 4, 2019-)[]

TBA

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