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List Rules 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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Jackass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

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Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Celebrity Deathmatch Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

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Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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312 263
MTV Cribs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
MTV Cribs Su-chin Pak

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312 265
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

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295 198
MTV Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
MTV Unplugged Jules Shear

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322 257
Punk'd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Punk'd Ashton Kutcher, Brian Fitzpatrick, Andrew Santino

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361 222
Daria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Daria Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

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259 234
True Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
True Life Serena Altschul

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229 258
The Osbournes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
The Osbournes Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne

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211 234
Viva La Bam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Samantha Dillinger added Viva La Bam Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn

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TRL is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
TRL Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo, Nick Zano

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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Awkward. Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

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Pimp My Ride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Pimp My Ride Xzibit, Buck

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Catfish: The TV Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Ferry73 added Catfish: The TV Show Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph, Bettina Kenney

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Jersey Shore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Jersey Shore Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley

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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
The Challenge T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

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Made is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows

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Silent Library is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
killakane94 added Silent Library Zero Kazama

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119 110
Ridiculousness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Alaina Hillman added Ridiculousness Sterling Brim, Chanel West Coast, Rob Dyrdek

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126 119
Rob & Big is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
ryanjjjj8 added Rob & Big Julie Bennett, Greg Burson, Kathy Garver

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137 144
Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows

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Next is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Next Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill

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Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Singled Out Carmen Electra

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Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Scott Zito added Remote Control Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

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Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Room Raiders Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter

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Headbangers Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Headbangers Ball Adam Curry

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225 242
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
groucho9395 added Aeon Flux Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee, Julia Fletcher

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Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Rob Dyrdek, Chris Pfaff, Chanel West Coast

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Faking It is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Faking It Gregg Sulkin, Katie Stevens, Michael J. Willett

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Liquid Television is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Liquid Television Anne Ashbey, Richard Blair, Gordon Clark

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America's Best Dance Crew is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
America's Best Dance Crew Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

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Yo Momma is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
killakane94 added Yo Momma Sam Sarpong

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The Andy Milonakis Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added The Andy Milonakis Show Andy Milonakis, Tracey Moore

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The State is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Danny Sullivan added The State Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant

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Loveline is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Dave_7672 added Loveline

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The Jon Stewart Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Danny Sullivan added The Jon Stewart Show Jon Stewart, Howard Feller

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The Maxx is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Jason Edwin Wilcox added The Maxx Tony Fucile, Barry Stigler, Amy Danles

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Teen Mom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows

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Are You the One? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Are You the One?

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16 and Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
16 and Pregnant Drew Pinsky, Weston Gosa Jr., Weston Gosa

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Undressed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Dave_7672 added Undressed Max Greenfield, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Lancaster

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The Head is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Jason Edwin Wilcox added The Head Gordon Barnett, Jason Candler, Patricia Bibby

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WWE Heat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Dave_7672 added WWE Heat Dwayne Johnson

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Run's House is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Run's House Joseph Simmons, Justine Simmons, Vanessa Simmons

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Geordie Shore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Stargirl803 added Geordie Shore

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Clone High is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
DanielSalins added Clone High Will Forte, Phil Lord, Michael McDonald

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120 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows

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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best MTV Original Shows
Jason Edwin Wilcox added The Shannara Chronicles Daniel MacPherson, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton