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The Best MTV TV Shows

Updated January 14, 2021 55.5k votes 7.0k voters 262.2k views54 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on MTV.

MTV used to be all about the music, but now it's turned into a reality television haven. Back in the day, music videos and Beavis and Butt-Head reigned supreme. That was before Teen Mom and MTV Cribs took over the scene, and now, there are tons of awesomely trashy reality show options to choose from. This list of the top current and canceled MTV TV shows includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best MTV series of all time include the most viewed shows on MTV, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

What are the best MTV shows? Jersey Shore might top your list. This reality TV series follows a zany cast of New Jersey natives who truly know how to party. Perhaps My Super Sweet 16 is more your style - rich kids throwing themselves million-dollar birthday parties never fails to entertain. If you're in the mood for a true reality check, try watching 16 and Pregnant. 

Vote up the best MTV shows below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Mike Judge, Dale Revo

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    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell

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    Daria

    Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes

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    Jackass

    Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera

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    Punk'd

    Ashton Kutcher, Brian Fitzpatrick

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    Viva La Bam

    Bam Margera, Vincent Margera

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    MTV Unplugged

    Jules Shear
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    The Real World

    Jamie Chung, Steven Hill

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    Rob & Big

    Julie Bennett, Greg Burson

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    The Osbournes

    Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne

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    TRL

    Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo

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    Pimp My Ride

    Xzibit, Buck

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    Ridiculousness

    Sterling Brim, Chanel West Coast

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    True Life

    Serena Altschul

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    MTV Cribs

    Su-chin Pak
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    Catfish: The TV Show

    Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph
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    Room Raiders

    Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick

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    Aeon Flux

    Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee

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    Singled Out

    Carmen Electra

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    Awkward.

    Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff

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    Parental Control

    Shawn Turner, Anant A.J. Jiemjitpolchai

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    The Challenge

    T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio

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    Jersey Shore

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino

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    Remote Control

    Adam Sandler, Denis Leary

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