90s 17 TV Shows That Prove '90s MTV Was The Best MTV  

Brandon Michaels
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List Rules Vote up the shows and events you looked forward to the most on MTV back in the day.

Believe it or not, back in the day, MTV used to be awesome. Like, old-school MTV. And not in the snobby, "Oh, you mean when they actually played music?" type of way. Sure, music videos are cool and all, but MTV actually had a ton of really solid programming from the '90s to the turn of the century. 

MTV used to be a mecca of music videos featuring the best '90s albums and songs, but it slowly began to transition to an era of shows. From Daria and Beavis and Butthead to some of the earlier reality TV shows like The Real World, MTV's lineup was pretty awesome. It was during this phase where MTV became a pioneer of pop culture that explored serious social issues and launched the careers of icons. 

But then came their weird, trashy reality TV phase, which often leaves a bitter taste in your mouth as you watch the worst mothers in Teen Mom mess up their children's lives. Travel back into the past as you read this list, remembering when old-school MTV had some of the best entertainment. Vote up the best MTV shows from back in the day!


Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 TV Shows That Prove '90s MTV Was The Best MTV
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For some reason, claymation became cool again in the early 2000s and Celebrity Deathmatch used the medium to portray pop culture icons killing each other in grotesque ways for sport. It was awesome. The show ran for four seasons and was rebooted in 2006 for another two. Celebrity Deathmatch was hosted by the fictional Johnny Gomez and his lovable-but-dumb co-host, Nick Diamond. It premiered as an animated short depicting Charles Manson and Marilyn Manson fighting to the death.

Actors: Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Also Ranked

#4 on The Best MTV Original Shows

#7 on The Most Crude and Classic '90s Adult Cartoons

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Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 TV Shows That Prove '90s MTV Was The Best MTV
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Mike Judge's icon duo, Beavis and Butthead, sparked the craze for risque adult cartoons. Featuring two "socially incompetent, heavy-metal-loving teenage delinquents," Beavis and Butthead became the ultimate stoner and slacker comedy. The duo routinely got into juvenile hijinks and were both voiced by Mike Judge.

Actors: Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 9

Also Ranked

#81 on The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

#83 on The Best Cartoons of All Time

#47 on The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

#76 on The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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Daria


Daria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 TV Shows That Prove '90s MTV Was The Best MTV
Photo:  MTV

Daria is the slacktivists' champion. She hates everything and everyone, and slashes her way through the world with a sharp tongue and a thick layer of sarcasm. She has real problems that are relatable. Her sister is annoying, she has a crush on her best friend's brother, and high school sucks. It's a sick, sad world, but watching Daria makes it a little more tolerable.

Actors: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

Also Ranked

#89 on The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

#67 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms

#66 on The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

#14 on The Best Adult Cartoons in TV History

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Headbangers Ball


Headbangers Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 TV Shows That Prove '90s MTV Was The Best MTV
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Headbangers Ball was MTV's metal haven. It premiered in 1987 and aired heavy metal and hard rock music videos, from both popular and obscure artists. Headbangers Ball reigned supreme until 1995, when alternative rock, grunge, and rap music blew up. Thanks a lot, Limp Bizkit. 

Actors: Adam Curry

Premiered: 1987

Also Ranked

#28 on The Best MTV Original Shows

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