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    Viva la Bam

    Viva la Bam

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2006)
    Viva La Bam is MTV's hit "prank" show all about the life & antics of pro-skater and pro-jackass Bam Margera. From hilarious scavenger hunts to changing the house into a giant skatepark or hockey rink, he always keeps the show a family affair. Theme Song: "The King of Rock and Roll" by Daniel Lioneye. WARNING: Viva La Bam features stunts performed either by professionals or under the supervision of professionals to ensure the safety of performers and animals alike. Accordingly, MTV and the producers must insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-enact any of these stunts or activities.moreless
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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Beavis and Butt-head

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    MTV - Music Television
    Beavis and Butt-head was first aired on the U.S. cable network MTV in March 1993. This show, which combined animation and music videos, was an example of the unique programming that MTV has consistently provided for its youthful demographics. The half-hour program alternated between a simple narrative, which focused on the exploits of two low-life adolescents, and clips from music videos, which the two teens commented on. Creator Mike Judge had penned the aimless duo for a festival of animation when Abby Turkuhle, MTV's senior vice president picked up an episode for the network's animated compendium Liquid Television. MTV immediately contracted for 65 episodes from Judge, with Turkuhle as producer, and placed Beavis and Butt-head in the 7:00 and 11:00 P.M. week-day time slots. The characters, Beavis and Butt-head, are rude, crude, and stupid, and can be placed in the "dumb comedy" tradition, which includes Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, Cheech and Chong, Saturday Night Live's Wayne and Garth, and FOX's The Simpsons. When the show debuted, television critics differed in their opinions, with some praising the show for daring to present the stupidity of male "metalheads" who watch too much television (effectively satirizing the core MTV audience), and others categorizing Beavis and Butt-head as another example of television's declining quality. Beavis and Butt-head did find an audience and began pulling in MTV's highest ratings. But the show was also quite controversial, instigating heated public debate on the interconnected issues of representations of violence in the media and generational politics surrounding youth subcultures. Beavis and Butt-head they found, was especially popular with those in their twenties. It turned out to be bothersome to many that young people enjoyed the show and laughed at its two imbecilic boys, even if these fans were much more intelligent and much less grating than Beavis and Butt-head. In this sense, Beavis and Butt-head raised the issue of generational taste cultures. Definitions of "taste," Pierre Bourdieu notes, "unite and separate, uniting those who are the product of similar conditions but only by distinguishing them from all others. And taste distinguishes in an essential way, since it is the basis of all that one has--people and things--and of all that one is for others, whereby one classifies oneself and is classified by others." To the degree that taste cultures agree, they are brought together into a subcultural formation; but to this degree they are also separated from those with whom they differ. It was the "bad taste" of Beavis and Butt-head's audience which bothered many, and this brings to the surface another one of the reasons why Beavis and Butt-head was so controversial. Cultural critics, educators, and concerned parents gathered skeptically, sternly, and anxiously in front of the television set and passed judgment upon the "tasteless" Beavis and Butt-head show. And in an ironic reversal, Beavis and Butt-head countered by ascending the cultural hierarchy. The two youths channel-surfed, looking for videos that didn't suck (i.e. those with heavy metal or hardcore rap, those that contained violence, or encouraged genital response.) In becoming the self-proclaimed Siskel and Ebert of music video, they served to evaluate pop culture with an unencumbered bottom line--does a music video "suck" or is it "cool?" Beavis and Butt-head as a television show, was certainly towards the lower end of traditional scales of cultural "quality." But these two animated "slackers" evaluated other media, and so pronounced their own critical opinions and erected their own taste hierarchies. Beavis and Butt-head had their own particular brand of "taste:" they determined acceptability and unacceptability, invoking, while simultaneously upending, notions of "high" and "low" culture. In this, they entered that hallowed sphere of criticism, where they competed with others in overseeing the public good and preserving the place and status of artistic evaluation. They disregarded other accepted forms of authority, refusing to acknowledge their own limited perspectives. But like other critics, this was an important part of their appeal. After all, critics are sought out for straightforward opinion, not muddled oscillation. In this recuperation of the critical discourse, Beavis and Butt-head joined with their audience, approximating the contradictory impulses of contemporary cynical youth, who mixed their self-delusion with self-awareness. In the case of fans of Beavis and Butt-head, these lines of demarcation indicated both a generational unity and the generation-based barriers between the baby boomers and the "baby busters." The reputed cynicism of the "twentynothings" was on view as Beavis and Butt-head evoked both a stunted adolescence which was long past and an unsure and seemingly inaccessible future.moreless
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    2gether

    2gether

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2001)
    In the tradition of spoofing and fad boybands, 2gether gained popularity first as a television movie, then as a TV series. Here we meet the heartthrob, Jerry O'Keefe, who is found on a street by a old time veteran record producer, Bob Buss. Bob is sure Jerry will be able to make it big. However, the record labels aren't seeking out solo acts; they want boy bands. So Bob and Jerry set out to find other singers to create a band. On the road, they run into the Linus brothers: Chad, the shy one, and his much older brother Doug. Bob originally wants Chad, but with a little persuasion, he also gets Doug. So they got The Heartthrob, The Shy One, The Older Brother; What's left? They eventually meet The Poser/The Bad Boy (Mickey Parke) and The Cute One (Jason "Q.T." McKnight). Q.T. also has a terminal illness--another good thing for the girls to love. Bob is sure the group is complete, except for one thing: hey don't have a name. After rethinking "Matchbox 30", they settle with the name: 2GE+HER. So our story begins, as they try to make it big in the music business, as they run into sorts of crazy and fun mishaps like: "What if a band member lost control of his temper?" "What if one person decides to try a solo career?" "What if two of the band members were up for the same award?" "What if a band member is gay?" "What if the band starts to lose it's popularity?" And so on, and so on. MTV Broadcast History: 1 TV Movie, 3 Specials, 19 episodes (1 Unaired) February 21, 2000 (TV Movie) August 2000 - November 2000: Tuesdays, 10:30PM February 2001 - March 2001: Mondays, 10:30PMmoreless
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    Punk'd

    Punk'd

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2012)
    What happens when the biggest stars in the world get too high on the Hollywood hog? When their bank accounts start swelling bigger than their heads? Master prankster Ashton Kutcher is there to PUNK 'em down to earth. It's a reality show with a twist as Asthon makes superstars suffer for your viewing pleasure. To misquote the acclaimed thespian Steven Seagal: "You guys think you're above the law…but you ain't above ours."moreless
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    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

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    MTV - Music Television
    This MTV original is set in "The Fantasy Factory," a 25,000 square foot warehouse in downtown Los Angeles where the professional skateboarder-turned-reality TV star Rob Dyrdek and his friends bring dreams to life.moreless
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    Daria

    Daria

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2002)
    The people of Lawndale just don't get Daria Morgendorffer. She's cool with that. See, Daria was born alienated, and now she's just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Popularity, friends, activities... whatever. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm. Daria is the spin-off of MTV's most sucessful cartoon, Beavis and Butt-Head. Theme Song: La la la la la This is my stop Got to get off I may go *pop* Excuse me (repeat once) I've got to be direct La la la If I'm wrong please correct La la la You're standing on my neck La la la You're standing on my neck (short guitar cord) La la la la la (repeat) Rating: Usually all Daria episodes are rated TVPG-L.moreless
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    Human Giant

    Human Giant

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    MTV - Music Television
    Human Giant is a four man sketch comedy team consisting of members Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, and Jason Woliner. Human Giant is bringing their brand of reckless comedy to MTV.moreless
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    Undergrads

    Undergrads

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2001)
    Four high school friends face a new life and new experiences as they start their freshman year of college. Fraternities, campus traditions, girls and grades are just some of the challenges facing Nitz, Gimpy, Cal and Rocko.moreless
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    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Celebrity Deathmatch

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    Sport and event coverage re-defined! Today's hottest celebrities are pitted against each other in no-holds-barred fantasy fights complete with pre- and post-battle activities, one-on-one interviews, press conferences and behind-the-scenes locker room moments that parody the worlds of film, television, music and politics. Announcers Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond offer commentary and play-by-play coverage while legendary referee Mills Lane presides over the Celebrity Deathmatch Ring. moreless
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    Yo Momma

    Yo Momma

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    MTV - Music Television
    Host Wilmer Valderrama searches Los Angeles,New York,and Atlanta looking for the best trash-talkers. This unscripted comedy competition series pits trash-talkers up against each other in a battle for $1,000 cash and a chance to advance to the final tournament for the chance at another $1,000 in cash and some extra prizes. Yo Momma airs daily.moreless
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    Homewrecker

    Homewrecker

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    Homewrecker is the ultimate in anti-makeover reality shows. Your host Ryan Dunn, helps an aggravated roommate get back at their roommate, who has done them wrong. Armed with a crew of skillful and creative home redecorators, Ryan Dunn leads the disgruntled roommate to the land of sweet revenge by redecorating with a malicious intent. So if you come home and see your room covered in hair and your most prized possessions floating in jelly, you know you're on Homewrecker.moreless
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    Busted

    Busted

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    MTV - Music Television
    MTV offers up this half-hour series about kids who break the law.
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    Jackass

    Jackass

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2002)
    Join sadomasochistic superheroes Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, and the rest of the Jackass crew as they terrorize your TV screens and everyone that gets in their way (especially themselves) with their own sick and twisted interpretation of physical entertainment. Their brand of pranks, goofball antics, and unabashed brutal comedy are sure to bring new meaning to the phrase "Don't Try This At Home!"

    To this date, Jackass ranks as one of MTV's highest rated programs. However, controversy surrounding the show's tastelessness and violence led to it's inevitable cancellation. However, the Jackass legacy continues to live on with late night syndication on MTV and MTV2. More impressively, however, followed with the silver screen release of Jackass: The Movie, as well as current MTV spin-offs Viva La Bam and Wildboyz.moreless
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    Bam's Unholy Union

    Bam's Unholy Union

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    Pro skateboarder and MTV Jackass alum Bam Margera chronicles the moments leading up to his wedding where he will marry Melissa Rothstein who he has known since they were little kids.moreless
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    The Osbournes

    The Osbournes

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    Crazy, but hey that's how it goes. Millions of people living as foes--maybe it's not too late...to learn how to love, and forget how to hate!
    The Cleavers, the Bradys, the Huxtables...and now the Osbournes. It's the next generation of family-oriented sitcom, a reality-based comedy that follows the lives of Ozzy Osbourne and his family. There's no script, the situations are real, the family is normal...well, sort of.moreless
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    Pranked

    Pranked

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    MTV - Music Television
    MTV culls the best pranks featured on the web in this hilarious new series.
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    Adventures in Hollyhood

    Adventures in Hollyhood

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    Rap meets the reality genre in this MTV show. The Three 6 Mafia head to Hollywood from Memphis, Tennessee in search of superstardom.
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    3 South

    3 South

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2003)
    3 South was a short-lived cartoon on MTV. The show focused on two life-long friends, Sanford and Del, and their adventures at the fictional Barder College. With the exception of their roommate Joe, everyone on campus is incredibly stupid and inept. Nonetheless, the idiotic, irresponsible, and thoughtless Sanford and Del are portrayed as the series' heroes.moreless
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    Boiling Points

    Boiling Points

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    MTV sends out professional agitators to annoy people. If you keep your cool after your given time is up you get A COOL 100 BUCKS If you don't you get publicly humiliated on national TV.moreless
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    The Tom Green Show

    The Tom Green Show

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2001)
    Tom Green is a comedian who likes to go around and pull pranks on everybody. Among his most famous are putting a cow head in his parents' bed, suckling a cow's udder, and throwing plastic babies onto cars... just to name a few. The show is half talk show and half documentary.moreless
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