The Best MTV Original Shows

Originally By 13k votes 951 voters 33k views 53 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Past and present original MTV series

The best MTV original shows include reality shows, music series, comedies, and dramas, as well as animated series. MTV started out as "Music Television" in 1981, but over the years, the programming has greatly expanded. These days, it's tough to find an actual music show on the network. That being said, viewers have no doubt enjoyed a lot of MTV's original shows. Which one is the best? That's for you to decide, with your votes. Also, if you have a personal favorite original MTV series (past or present) that isn't listed here, feel free to add it.

Some of the most popular MTV original programs are, not surprisingly, reality shows. Among them: The wildly popular Jersey Shore, which will conclude after six seasons. This show made household names out of it's stars, especially Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley. A spinoff, 'Snooki & JWoww,' began airing in June of 2012 as well.

Other well-known current MTV original shows include Teen Mom, 16 and PregnantMade and True Life. MTV also has a hit on its hands with the original drama series Teen Wolf, starring Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, a full-time high school student/werewolf.

Animated original MTV programming are also extremely popular. Examples, you say? How about the animated TV series Beavis and Butt-head (which returned with new episodes in 2011) or the spinoff Daria, which aired for five seasons?

Several of MTV's best original shows could, arguably, be listed among the best TV shows of recent memory -- depending on how you define that, of course. TV fans, if you love reality television shows, check out these lists of the best reality competition shows and reality dramas, and paranormal reality shows ever.
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 7 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 267
    - 191


    Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

    ;
  2. 2
    + 254
    - 182


    Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

    ;
  3. 3
    + 214
    - 164


    Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

    ;
  4. 4
    + 224
    - 194

    most listed
    Su-chin Pak

    ;
  5. 5
    + 208
    - 144


    Jules Shear

    ;
  6. 6
    + 246
    - 174


    Ashton Kutcher, Brian Fitzpatrick, Andrew Santino

    ;
  7. 7
    + 208
    - 196


    Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

    ;
  8. 8
    + 217
    - 173


    Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

    ;
  9. 9
    + 219
    - 188


    Xzibit, Buck

    ;
  10. 10
    + 162
    - 184


    Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne

    ;
  11. 11
    + 193
    - 209


    Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

    ;
  12. 12
    + 161
    - 179


    Serena Altschul

    ;
  13. 13
    + 84
    - 76


    Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo, Nick Zano

    ;
  14. 14
    + 95
    - 86

    added by Ferry73
    Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph, Bettina Kenney

    ;
  15. 15
    + 62
    - 47

    added by Alaina Hillman
    Sterling Brim, Chanel West Coast, Rob Dyrdek

    ;
  16. 16
    + 131
    - 172

    added by Samantha Dillinger
    Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn

    ;
  17. 17
    + 138
    - 189


    T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

    ;
  18. 18
    + 87
    - 85

    added by killakane94
    Zero Kazama

    ;
  19. 19
    + 89
    - 91


    ;
  20. 20
    + 126
    - 178


    ;
  21. 21
    + 127
    - 159

    added by KennySlattery1
    Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill

    ;
  22. 22
    + 145
    - 232


    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley

    ;
  23. 23
    + 63
    - 68

    added by ryanjjjj8
    Julie Bennett, Greg Burson, Kathy Garver

    ;
  24. 24
    + 66
    - 88


    Gregg Sulkin, Katie Stevens, Michael J. Willett

    ;
  25. 25
    + 61
    - 59


    Adam Curry

    ;
  26. 26
    + 164
    - 180

    ranked low on reranks
    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

    ;
  27. 27
    + 103
    - 151


    Carmen Electra

    ;
  28. 28
    + 103
    - 168


    Rob Dyrdek, Chris Pfaff, Chanel West Coast

    ;
  29. 29
    + 62
    - 100

    added by Scott Zito
    Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

    ;
  30. 30
    + 87
    - 146


    Anne Ashbey, Richard Blair, Gordon Clark

    ;
  31. 31
    + 46
    - 48

    added by groucho9395
    Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee, Julia Fletcher

    ;
  32. 32
    + 42
    - 81
    Are You the One? is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


    Are You the One?

  33. 33
    + 32
    - 45


    Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter

    ;
  34. 34
    + 28
    - 44

    added by CapoAssKickerMikey95
    Nick Cannon, Leonard Robinson, DeRay Davis

    ;
  35. 35
    + 101
    - 159


    Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

    ;
  36. 36
    + 25
    - 45

    about to drop off & added by CapoAssKickerMikey95
    Andy Milonakis, Tracey Moore

    ;
  37. 37
    + 97
    - 220


    ;
  38. 38
    + 9
    - 5

    new! & added by Danny Sullivan
    Jon Stewart, Howard Feller

    ;
  39. 39
    + 31
    - 59

    about to drop off & added by killakane94
    Sam Sarpong

    ;
  40. 40
    + 96
    - 223


    Drew Pinsky^! Weston Gosa Jr.^! Weston Gosa

    ;
  41. 41
    + 8
    - 5

    added by Danny Sullivan
    Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant

    ;
  42. 42
    + 9
    - 12

    added by Jason Edwin Wilcox
    Tony Fucile, Barry Stigler, Amy Danles

    ;
  43. 43
    + 17
    - 27


    ;
  44. 44
    + 8
    - 13

    added by Jason Edwin Wilcox
    Gordon Barnett, Jason Candler, Patricia Bibby

    ;
  45. 45
    + 50
    - 141


    Joseph Simmons, Justine Simmons, Vanessa Simmons

    ;
  46. 46
    + 30
    - 91

    added by Dave_7672

    ;
  47. 47
    + 45
    - 160

    added by Dave_7672
    Dwayne Johnson

    ;
  48. 48
    + 29
    - 92

    added by Dave_7672
    Max Greenfield, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Lancaster

    ;
  49. 49
    + 2
    - 19

    added by Jason Edwin Wilcox
    Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero

    ;
  50. 50
    + 19
    - 87

    added by Stargirl803

    ;
54 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >