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The Best MTV TV Shows

Updated January 14, 2021 55.6k votes 7.0k voters 261.2k 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

    Premiered1992

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    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell

    Premiered1998

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    Daria

    Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes

    Premiered1997

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    Jackass

    Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera

    Premiered2000

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    Punk'd

    Ashton Kutcher, Brian Fitzpatrick

    Premiered2003

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    Viva La Bam

    Bam Margera, Vincent Margera

    Premiered2003

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    MTV Unplugged

    Jules Shear

    Premiered1989

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    The Real World

    Jamie Chung, Steven Hill

    Premiered1992

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    Rob & Big

    Julie Bennett, Greg Burson

    Premiered2006

  • 10
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    The Osbournes

    Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne

    Premiered2002

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    TRL

    Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo

    Premiered1998

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    Pimp My Ride

    Xzibit, Buck

    Premiered2004

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    Ridiculousness

    Sterling Brim, Chanel West Coast

    Premiered2011

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    True Life

    Serena Altschul

    Premiered1998

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    447

    Premiered1987

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    MTV Cribs

    Su-chin Pak

    Premiered2000

  • 17
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    Catfish: The TV Show

    Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph

    Premiered2012

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    Singled Out

    Carmen Electra

    Premiered1995

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    Room Raiders

    Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick

    Premiered2004

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    Aeon Flux

    Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee

    Premiered1991

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    #74 of 93 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History#87 of 205 The Best Grown-Up Anime of All Time

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    Parental Control

    Shawn Turner, Anant A.J. Jiemjitpolchai

    Premiered2005

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    The Challenge

    T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio

    Premiered1998

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    Jersey Shore

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino

    Premiered2009

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    Awkward.

    Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff

    Premiered2011

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    Liquid Television

    Anne Ashbey, Richard Blair

    Premiered1991