The Best MTV Original Shows

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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.
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    Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


    Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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    Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


    Celebrity Deathmatch Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

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    MTV Cribs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows

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    Daria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


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    The Osbournes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


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    Faking It is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


    Faking It Gregg Sulkin, Katie Stevens, Michael J. Willett

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    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


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    Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows

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    America's Best Dance Crew is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows


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    The Shannara Chronicles Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero

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