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The Best MTV TV Shows

Updated January 14, 2021 56.9k votes 7.0k voters 260.4k views58 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-head1
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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Mike Judge, Dale Revo

    Premiered1992

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  • Celebrity Deathmatch2
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    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell

    Premiered1998

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  • Daria3
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    Daria

    Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes

    Premiered1997

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    Reasons Why Daria Is Actually Unlikeable And People Should Stop Glorifying Her#138 of 648 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • Jackass4
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    Jackass

    Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera

    Premiered2000

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  • Punk'd5
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    Punk'd

    Ashton Kutcher, Brian Fitzpatrick

    Premiered2003

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    #234 of 265 The Best Television Shows of the 2000s#23 of 46 The Best Fox Reality TV Shows

  • Viva La Bam6
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    Viva La Bam

    Bam Margera, Vincent Margera

    Premiered2003

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  • MTV Unplugged7
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    MTV Unplugged

    Jules Shear

    Premiered1989

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  • The Real World8
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    The Real World

    Jamie Chung, Steven Hill

    Premiered1992

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  • The Osbournes9
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    The Osbournes

    Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne

    Premiered2002

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  • Rob & Big10
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    Rob & Big

    Julie Bennett, Greg Burson

    Premiered2006

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  • Pimp My Ride11
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    Pimp My Ride

    Xzibit, Buck

    Premiered2004

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  • TRL12
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    TRL

    Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo

    Premiered1998

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  • Ridiculousness13
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    Ridiculousness

    Sterling Brim, Chanel West Coast

    Premiered2011

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    #20 of 50 The Best MTV Original Shows#40 of 85 The Funniest Shows To Watch When You're Drunk

  • True Life14
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    True Life

    Serena Altschul

    Premiered1998

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  • Headbangers Ball15
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    Premiered1987

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  • MTV Cribs16
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    MTV Cribs

    Su-chin Pak

    Premiered2000

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  • Catfish: The TV Show17
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    Catfish: The TV Show

    Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph

    Premiered2012

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  • Singled Out18
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    Singled Out

    Carmen Electra

    Premiered1995

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  • Room Raiders19
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    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Room Raiders' The Producers Tried To Keep Secret#26 of 64 The Worst Dating Shows

  • Aeon Flux20
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    Aeon Flux

    Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee

    Premiered1991

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  • Parental Control21
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    Parental Control

    Shawn Turner, Anant A.J. Jiemjitpolchai

    Premiered2005

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  • The Challenge22
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    The Challenge

    T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio

    Premiered1998

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  • Jersey Shore23
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    Jersey Shore

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino

    Premiered2009

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  • Awkward.24
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    Awkward.

    Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff

    Premiered2011

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  • Wildboyz25
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    Wildboyz

    Steve-O, Chris Pontius

    Premiered2003

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