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    The Challenge

    The Challenge

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    Each season The Challenge (originally The Real World/Road Rules Challenge) just keeps getting bigger and better when MTV brings some of the most popular and controversial past Real Worlders, Road Rulers, and now Fresh Meat to battle out in an ultimate challenge to win a handsome reward.

    This guide is in Memory of Mary Ellis-Bunim (Creator of Real World & Road Rules) 1946-2004moreless
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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Beavis and Butt-head

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    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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    True Life

    True Life

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    MTV's award-winning documentary series, True Life, offers an exclusive window into today's issues, concerns and lifestyles. Told from a first-person perspective, True Life provides intimate access to unseen worlds and subcultures, covering everything from sex and drugs to sports and spirituality. Glimpse into the lives of congressional candidates, competitive cheerleaders, ecstacy users, porn stars and more.moreless
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    The Real World

    The Real World

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    "This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. The Real World..." How many times have we heard those words? The Real World was the first reality show on tv, premiering in 1992. It is still on the air, about to air it's 21st season, set in Brooklyn. When The Real World was created, it created a new genre of television that years later would be copied by other networks and become almost an obsession around the world. MTV originally wanted to make a soap opera, but the costs were too high, so they thought "what if we could get rid of writers, and scripts, and sets?". That resulted on the first Real World, set in NY neighborhood of SoHo, Manhattan, where 7 people that had never met before had to live in a house together for some time. As the years went by, The Real World slowly gained its shape and space. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, San Diego, Philadelphia, Austin, Key West, Denver, Sydney and now Hollywood...all these locations have hosted the show. Auditions to be a cast member today attract hundreds of thousands of people in hopes to be one of the strangers in the house. Living rent-free for 6 months in a very hip house with very interesting (and often annoying) roommates, and being on an internationally broadcast tv show is quite attractive to people in their late teens/early 20s. How much of the show is actually true we'll never know. A lot of what we see on tv is edited to make it look like it all happened in a certain timeline. All the houses have cameras everywhere, and there's a clause in the contract of each housemate that says they're not allowed to go places where the cameras are not allowed in. And all the sounds are taped in a separate way, so, according to Melissa from New Orleans, a lot of times when they're talking and you can only see the back of their heads, the words you hear might not be the words they actually said at the time. Edited or not, none of the scenes aired on the show are acted. They all happened, without scripts. Each cast member receives around $250 per week, plus their house expenses paid (not including food. That's why every time a parent comes over, they cook). Anything else they want, they have to pay for. Plus, they don't get to take any of all the cool stuff you see in the house. Today, The Real World is shown in several countries, and local versions of the show have already been made. Loving it or hating it, you just know it's here. The Real World: the first and original reality show.moreless
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    MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged

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    The idea of Unplugged is that bands perform only acoustical and without any electronically devices. So this term usually only applies to music bands or performers that usually don't perform unplugged. Many performers fought with a performance the judgment that they actually can't play and computers and machines produce the entire sound. The origin of the idea isn't absolutely clear. There are only concerts in the unplugged style, but who really invented it, is unclear. The first concert you could describe as unplugged was Elvis Presley's concert in 1968 today known as the 68 Comeback Special. As inventors Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora get named, because they performed with only with two guitars at the MTV Music Awards in 1989 the tracks Wanted Dead Or Alive und Livin' On A Prayer. So the Unplugged series started soon later in 1989. Jules Shear hosted the first season, with was produced as 30 minute short "concerts", in an absolute simple way. The artists sitting in a half circle, maybe some background musicians behind them and playing their music in a small location, styled almost like a café. The second season was basically the same concept, but the duration now changes and MTV Unplugged leaves the US for the first time and goes to the UK. Also there isn't any host from now on. The bands announce themselves. The third season was the last one really organized as season. The ending of this season with the session of Bruce Springsteen also change the image of the series, because he performs plugged instead of unplugged. Season four starts with a big surprise: The first session with no English speaking band: Roxette! Season four already takes on the character this series will have in all other seasons from now on. It isn't a series anymore it's an idea. All sessions are a project to fallow this idea. In this context MTV invites comedians for the Spoken Word I session. A basically non musical session, but season four ends with a big bang. The Nirvana unplugged session makes this show part of music history. Nirvana doesn't perform a completely unplugged session, because Kurt Cobain uses some electronic sampler in the background. The discussion if this performance can be counted as unplugged doesn't hurt the success in any way. In season five, MTV Latin America starts recoding performances in the US starting with episode eight of this season. MTV US also airs these sessions. Season six and seven are basically the same like season five – they write the story of the show even further. With season eight the seasons aren't organized in the usual TV year rhythm anymore. Instead of the summer till summer schedule and the fact that it isn't a series anymore, the schedule now works similar to the usual calendar from 1.1 till 12.31. In 1998 the big break comes. MTV only produces one session and the series is basically dead. In 1999 the show is basically reborn, because now every characteristics of a series were now gone and every single session is a project by its own and is produced and released as such. Season 11 in 2000 features only one session again, basically because the time spirit works against the show concepts – the IT boom and the ultimate believe in the new millennium makes this show look spare. The first year in the new millennium the show starts over once more. More globally than ever the show starts with three Latin American performances before two US performances fallow and the year ends over in Asia, but visited Europe first. From now on the number of sessions produced in one year goes down dramatically. Season 13 features only three sessions, season 14 and 15 only one. In 2005 the show comes back form Europe to the US after three years absence with one other big performance. This time it's Alicia Keys who gives the show a new boost. ------------------------------------------- Notes to this show guide: Seasons: 1-8 are numbered as regular seasons. 9+ are organized annually, because of this shows character. Episodes: Numbered according to the original air dates (where ever that was). The show: The show isn't only the US series, since this is a global series since the beginning. Many episodes helped to build up MTV stations in many countries, sessions where produced. So this guide lists all sessions, not only the US ones. So the guide has more seasons and episodes than can be found in other guides. So don't be confused about that.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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    MTV Movie Awards

    MTV Movie Awards

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    Summer starts off with a blast with Premiering in 1992, the MTV Movie Awards is known for its unorthodox categories like Best Kiss, film spoofs, and fan voting. Always chock full of celebrities and top musical acts, the MTV Movie Awards honor the so-called popcorn movies that do not necessarily fare well with the critics, but are hugely successful with young audiences.moreless
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    Aeon Flux

    Aeon Flux

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1995)
    The following is heard during the theme of the show: Trevor: The dream to awaken our world. Aeon: You're out of control. Trevor: I take control. Whose side are you on? Aeon: I take no sides. Trevor: You're skating the edge. Aeon: I am the edge. Trevor: What you truly want, I can give. Aeon: You can't give it, can't even buy it, and you just don't get it. From Peter Chung ("Alexander") brings you a whole new ride, that is Non-Japanimation (a.k.a. Anime) for once, that breaks all the rules in all of American cartoons. "Aeon Flux" first started out as several shorts on MTV's Liquid Television, then spun off into it's own show, under the same name. Just add power, corruption, guns, sex, death, and you'll get a whole new step in animation. Notes: · The episode names are hard to pronounce, as well as the characters on the show. They did not include all the guest stars (just labeled as "Additional voices") so if you know any thing please let us know. · All episodes were released on tape, and the first volume (labeled as "Aeon Flux") was released on DVD back in 1997. Sony Music group who had rights to both the VHS Box Sets and the single DVD, no longer hold rights to the series, therefore it is labeled as "Out of Print." The Original DVD is selling from $40 - $60.00, if you're lucky on eBay. · IMDB reported that a "2nd Season" for Aeon Flux were discussed at MTV, but as of 2003 it hasn't been fulfilled.moreless
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    The Big Picture

    The Big Picture

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1993)
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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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    Making the Video

    Making the Video

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    Get down with the artists and the crew as they create the music videos that you know and love. Making the Video brings out the blood, sweat and tears behind the art of video making. See artists like Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Diddy, Pink, Nelly, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, and much more. Each episode ends by giving viewers an exclusive look at the world premiere of the artist's new video.moreless
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    Road Rules

    Road Rules

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    "Welcome to the ride of your life! Your destination? Anywhere! Your money? Gone! Your mission? Survive and then you'll be rewarded...handsomely. Throw out your rules- these are Road Rules!" This popular sister show of the hit MTV reality series, The Real World, Road Rules is a show where originally five people, but in later seasons six people (3 girls, 3 boys), team up and do missions to compete for money and prizes while traveling without any of their own money or credit cards. The cast travels in an RV and co-exists in the cramped quarters on their road trip. At the end, if they complete all the missions successfully, they'll be rewarded...handsomely!!! In Memory of Mary Ellis-Bunim (1946-2004; Creator of Real World & Road Rules) and Michelle Parma (1975-2002; Cast mate on Road Rules Europe)moreless
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    House of Style

    House of Style

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1996)
    House of Style was MTV's groundbreaking catch-all infotainment series on fashion, designers, models, shopping, personal style and the arts. Hosted by world famous model-personality Cindy Crawford, there were no closed doors in regards to fashion shows, movie sets, and access to celebrities, designers and artists. While the show was shot in a casual, hand-held style and edited in a breath-taking manner of cuts, the show approached models, fashion and fashion with level-headed seriousness. Information was presented in a matter-of-fact style; guests were treated with reverence and models, designers and everyone featured were presented and treated as leading artists of our society. Each show was unique from the each other - there were no set studio or stock opening. There was a brief introduction of the episode - taking place indoors or out - from the mundane to the spectacular. The show's content/segments were also random and varied in length and breadth from episode to episode. They covered the full gamut of all fashion - from personal style how-to to the history of Vogue magazine to a designer runway show to every topic in between. When Cindy Crawford was host, there were also many episodes and segments devoted to her life and business ventures from the making of her workout video to her cover photo shoots. Todd Oldham was a frequent how-to contributor when Cindy was the host - his segments usually involved re-purposing an old item (furniture, clothes, etc) into something new & different. There was also a regular feature on shopping with a celebrity. The series started out as a quarterly covering the seasonal fashion changes then increasing in frequency to almost monthly basis until Cindy Crawford left. The series was not as successful with the other hosts and decreased in frequency. The series has not been officially canceled and presumably will return again. There are also many "recap" episodes with segments re-purposed/ edited or re-edited from other episodes - sometimes with new introductions, sometimes without - so it's difficult to keep track of every episode with any accuracy.moreless
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    The State

    The State

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1995)
    The State was a half-hour sketch comedy show that aired on MTV from 1994 – 1995 and consisted of a total of 26 episodes. The show featured approximately 11 – 12 skits per show that were based on a loose themed in the sense that each sketch transitioned into the next. A variety of reoccurring characters were featured mainly to mock or parody popular themes of other sketch shows such as obnoxious catchphrases (Louie), fish-out-of-water characters (Old-Fashioned Guy) and odd couple situations (the Jew, the Italian and the Redhead Gay among others. The cast consisted on 11 young comedians who performed all aspects of the show from writing, direction, acting and editing. The cast (sometimes referred to as Statemembers) formed as a comedy troupe in 1988 at New York University where they were at the time in their freshman or sophomore years. In 1992 they where hired by MTV to do a series hosted by Jon Stewart called "You Wrote It, You Watch It." It was so successful that it lead to a pilot which was purchased and premiered in 1994. The show ran for 3 seasons, after which the cast informed MTV that they were interested in doing other projects and would not be producing a 4th season. While on the air, The State gained modest to good ratings and achieved critical acclaim including being named one of the top 10 shows of the year in the Wall Street Journal and highest rated sketch show in Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone magazines. The complete series is being released on DVD on July 14, 2009.moreless
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    Liquid Television

    Liquid Television

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    Welcome to the Liquid Television guide at TV.com. What words come to mind when you think of Liquid Television? Perhaps smart..funny..dramatic...maybe even weird. Liquid Television was THE show for "up-and-coming" animators to show what they got. Originally shown on BBC-2 in December of 1990, MTV picked up the show in June of 1991, and lasted 3 seasons. Who said that cartoons had to be drawn by hand? This show combined computer animation, drawings by hand, paper cut-outs, and even live action to make something entertaining for the viewers. A total of 8-15 animated shorts were shown per 30 minute episode (24 minutes without commercials..though times have changed). Broadcast History (MTV)* June 1991: Sunday, 7:30 PM Sept. 1992-Nov. 1992: Tuesday, 10:00 PM Jan. 1994-Mar. 1994: Sunday, 11:30 PM * = only for new episodes. Reruns were always scattered on the MTV schedule to "kill time" Popular Cartoons •Aeon Flux - Aeon Flux is a secret agent from Monica. Her mission is to serve justice to those against her via violence. Only problem is that she somehow gets killed before her mission is completed...but is "rebooted" in each short that follows. •Beavis and Butt-head - Originally featured as two different shorts on the second season of Liquid Television, Beavis and Butt-head are probably the biggest morons you'll ever find...but they only do stupid things because they're bored! Their idea of life is simple: TV, women, and more TV. •Crazy Daisy Ed - Crazy Daisy Ed is an obnoxious and very angry flower. Rebellious ways is part of his life...but the police is there to make sure that doesn't happen. •Stick Figure Theater - What happens when you take a clip from a classic movie and have stick figures act out that particular scene? I'm sure the most curious have asked such a question, and here's your chance to experience that... If you want to add any other popular Liquid Television cartoons to the list, just contribute it (make sure to include a brief description of the cartoon), or post it on the message board. Spin Offs Beavis and Butt-head (1993-1997) Aeon Flux (1995) Awards & Nominations •1993 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less) - Japhet Asher (executive producer), Abby Terkuhle (executive producer), Prudence Fenton (producer), John Payson (supervising producer for MTV) For show #11. •1992 Emmy - Won Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences - Ken Pearce (designer/animator), Mark Malmberg (designer) Theme Song Composed by Mark Mothersbaughmoreless
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    Undressed

    Undressed

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2002)
    Welcome to the Undressed guide at TV.com. From the acclaimed director, Roland Joffé comes Undressed, a sexy MTV anthology series that follows lives of couples, of different races, preferences, and genders with their relationship problems. From teenagers at high school, to college, and as far as post college. This is only place that you'll find accurate information about the episode synopsis, the stars, the guest stars, the writers as well as directors information. Which no site, besides Jeff Goode's site, tries to tackle onto Undressed's very complex episode guide. Season 1 (Darko) Bree Turner who played Tina, appears the most in the season, with 17 appearances. The second most appearances is by Sarah Lancaster who played Liz, Tina's sister with 13 appearances. Season 2 (Darko) Eddie Ebell who played Jamie, appears the most in the season with 16 appearances. The second most appearances is by Lackey Bevis who played Jamie's girlfriend, with 15 appearances. Season 3 (Darko) Brandon Davis who played Michael appears the most in this season with 12 appearances. The second most appearances goes to Monica Serene Garinch, and Ryan Carlberg with 11 appearances each. Season 4 (undressedisdabomb) Despite ordering 40 episodes, This is so called "down fall." They did not include those fun storylines (as they did with the first three seasons.) Season 5 (Darko and undressedisdabomb, synopses from matthew02) Pushing the tv limits on wearing cock rings, and then showing it! (not his private part of course, but the ring itself) Season 6 (Darko) Most episodes & gay storylines up to date. They filmed in Montreal, Canada. The introduction credits do not follow the typical brown background with the faces of each character; rather, it is more colorful, w/ pictures of bananas and certain hott scenes throughout the series. Undressed also airs in Canada on PrideVision TV. Check local listings for airings in your area. Curious about the ratings? Well on the timewarner site, it said durning July 15, 2002, Undressed (Season 6) took in 2.2 in the ratings. But since it's on cable ratings ranges from .9 - 3.6 (maybe at the most). You can pretty much predict that Undressed averages somewhere between .6 to 2.5 in the ratings per episode. In 2001, they released an original soundtrack which is now out of print. You can still buy it at MTV's storemoreless
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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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    Lip Service

    Lip Service

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1994)
    Two teams of contestants sang along with MTV video at different speeds. Three celebrity judges determined the winning team based on originality and overall performance.
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    Super Adventure Team

    Super Adventure Team

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1998)
    Super Adventure Team is about the members of a high-tech action-adventure team, who spend more time dealing with assorted sexual exploits than they do saving the universe. The team is led by the idiotic Colonel Buck Murdock, who manages to be the hero no matter how badly he screws up each mission. Murdock's love of adventure is matched only by his love for Talia Criswell. While Murdock and Talia are rolling in the sack, Talia's husband, the brilliant but clueless Dr. Benton Criswell, remains locked in a state of denial. Finally there is the trigger-happy, Murdock-hating Major Landon West and the sexually confused Chief Engineer Head. The show parodies the same style of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, where the show is acted out with marionettes.moreless
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    MTV Europe Music Awards

    MTV Europe Music Awards

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    MTV - Music Television
    Europe celebrates the best in music during this annual star-studded awards show.
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