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The Best MTV TV Shows 

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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 Butthead 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 cancelled MTV TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best MTV TV programs 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 TV 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Music video, Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

Beavis and Butt-head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from "Frog Baseball", a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on ...more
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Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: MTV, MTV2

Genres (Tv): Animation, Satire, Sports film, Clay animation

Celebrity Deathmatch was a claymation television show that depicted celebrities against each other in a wrestling ring, almost always ending in the loser's gruesome death. It was known for its ...more
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Daria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 66

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Animated series

Daria is an American animated television series created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, and somewhat misanthropic ...more
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Jackass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Clark Benson added Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy, Action, Reality television

Jackass is an American reality series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, crude, self-injuring stunts and pranks. The show served as a ...more
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MTV Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
MTV Unplugged Jules Shear

Premiered: 1989

Network: MTV, Palladia

Genres (Tv): Music

MTV Unplugged is a TV series showcasing many popular musical artists usually playing acoustic instruments. The show has received the George Foster Peabody Award and 3 Primetime Emmy nominations ...more
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Punk'd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Ashton Kutcher, Brian Fitzpatrick, Andrew Santino

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 74

Network: TVGN, MTV, Fox Reality Channel, MTV2

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Punk'd is an American hidden camera-practical joke reality television series that first aired on MTV in 2003 and was created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, and produced and hosted by ...more
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Viva La Bam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: MTV, MTV2

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

Viva La Bam is an American reality television series that stars Bam Margera and his friends and family. The show was a spin-off from MTV's Jackass, in which Margera and most of the main cast had ...more
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Pimp My Ride is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Pimp My Ride Xzibit, Buck

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: MTV, Speed

Genres (Tv): Automotive, Reality television

Pimp My Ride is a TV show produced by MTV and hosted by rapper Xzibit. Each episode consists of taking one car in poor condition and restoring it, as well as customizing it. The original ...more
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Headbangers Ball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Corey Walker added Adam Curry

Premiered: 1987

Number of Episodes: 410

Network: MTV, MTV2

Genres (Tv): Music television

Headbangers Ball was a music television program consisting of heavy metal music videos airing on MTV, MTV2, MTV Australia, MTV Rocks, MTV Adria, MTV Brand New, MTV Portugal, MTV Finland, MTV ...more
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Ridiculousness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Sterling Brim, Chanel West Coast, Rob Dyrdek

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

Ridiculousness is an American comedy clip show that began airing on August 29, 2011. On television, the show is rated TV-14 due to language and violence, hosted by Rob Dyrdek and co-hosted by ...more
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The Osbournes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Osbournes is an American reality television program featuring the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. The series premiered on MTV on March 5, 2002, and in its ...more
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Real World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 532

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real World is a reality television program on MTV originally produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. First broadcast in 1992, the show, which was inspired by the 1973 PBS ...more
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MTV Cribs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Corey David Flynn added Su-chin Pak

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 106

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Reality television

MTV Cribs and CMT Cribs, depending on which channel it airs, is a franchise reality television program that originated on the MTV Networks' MTV. It later aired on its CMT channel that features ...more
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Julie Bennett, Greg Burson, Kathy Garver

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 32

Network: MTV, MTV2

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

Rob & Big is an American reality television series that follows the lives of professional skateboarder/actor/producer Rob Dyrdek and his best friend and bodyguard Christopher "Big ...more
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True Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Donneka Jones added Serena Altschul

Premiered: 1998

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

True Life is an American documentary television series that has been airing on MTV since March 31, 1998. Each episode follows a particular topic, such as heroin addiction as in the first episode ...more
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Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Dating, Reality television

Room Raiders is a "dating/reality" series on MTV.
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural, Teen drama, Black comedy, Drama, + more

Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten ...more
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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
IvanRaphaelLeones added Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show's central character is Jenna Hamilton, a Palos Verdes, California, teenager who struggles with her ...more
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TRL is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo, Nick Zano

Premiered: 1998

Number of Episodes: 2247

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Music video, Talk show

Total Request Live is a television series on MTV that featured popular music videos. TRL was MTV's prime outlet for music videos as the network continued to concentrate on reality-based ...more
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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows

Premiered: 2005

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Dating, Reality television

Parental Control is a heavily scripted "pseudo-reality" program produced by MTV. The two directors, Brendon Carter and Bruce Klassen, have also created other MTV shows. In Asia, this ...more
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Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Corey Walker added Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee, Julia Fletcher

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: Locomotion, MTV

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Science Fiction

Æon Flux is an avant-garde science fiction animated television series that aired on MTV in various forms throughout the 1990s, with film, comic book, and video game adaptations following ...more
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Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Carmen Electra

Premiered: 1995

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Game show, Dating

Singled Out is a game show that ran on MTV from 1995 to 1998. Each episode featured a group of 50 men and a group of 50 women competing for a date with one main contestant of the opposite sex. ...more
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Next is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Next Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 285

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Dating, Reality television

Next is a dating game show produced by Kallissa Productions which ran on MTV from 2005–2008.
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Wildboyz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Steve-O, Chris Pontius

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 32

Network: MTV, MTV2

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

Wildboyz is an American spin-off television series and follow-up to Jackass, which debuted in 2003 on MTV and moved to MTV2 in its third season. Steve-O and Chris Pontius are the stars of the ...more
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Remote Control is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
RichardBeecher added Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Colin Quinn

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Game show

Remote Control is a TV game show that ran on MTV for five seasons from 1987 until 1990. It was MTV's first original non-musical program. New episodes were made for first-run syndication from ...more