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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
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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Jackass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Clark Benson added Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo
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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Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane
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) 4 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo
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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MTV Unplugged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Jules Shear
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
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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MTV Cribs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Corey David Flynn added Su-chin Pak
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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Real World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck
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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True Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Donneka Jones added Serena Altschul
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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The Osbournes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne
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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Pimp My Ride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Pimp My Ride Xzibit, Buck
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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Viva La Bam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn
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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Headbangers Ball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Corey Walker added Adam Curry
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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Ranker Video
Julie Bennett, Greg Burson, Kathy Garver
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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Ridiculousness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Sterling Brim, Chanel West Coast, Rob Dyrdek
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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TRL is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo, Nick Zano
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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Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Carmen Electra
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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Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter
Room Raiders is a "dating/reality" series on MTV.
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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
IvanRaphaelLeones added Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed
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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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
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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Catfish: The TV Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph, Bettina Kenney
Catfish: The TV Show is an American reality-based docu-series television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating. The series is based on the 2010 film Catfish and is ...more
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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Brittany Golden added Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes
My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to ...more
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Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
Corey Walker added Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee, Julia Fletcher
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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Liquid Television is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MTV TV Shows
eric-smith added Anne Ashbey, Richard Blair, Gordon Clark
Liquid Television is an animation showcase that appeared on MTV. The first season of Liquid Television also aired on BBC Two in co-production with MTV. Ultimately, MTV commissioned three seasons ...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
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