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    Parental Control

    Parental Control

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    Parental Control is a dating show with a twist. Mom and Dad get to pick candidates to date their kid in order to replace their kid's current unacceptable love interest. The show begins with mom and dad both picking a candidate of their choice. Both get to plan and carry out a date with their pride and joy and then the kid gets to choose...go with mom's pick, dad's pick or stay with their current beau.moreless
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    16 and Pregnant

    16 and Pregnant

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    Teenage pregnancy is the focus of this MTV reality show.
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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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    Jersey Shore

    Jersey Shore

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2012)
    MTV takes you to the Jersey Shore to meet eight young adults living in a summer share in some of the most popular vacation spots. Angelina, Jenni "JWOWW," Mike "The Situation," Nicole "Snookie," DJ Pauly D, Ronnie, Sammi "Sweetheart," and Vinny live together for a summer in Seaside Heights and we watch them go through work, love, friendship, drama and hookups.moreless
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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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    The Hills

    The Hills

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    The Hills follows Laguna Beach's Lauren "LC" Conrad as she moves to L.A. to attend college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In The Hills, Lauren gets a job as an intern at the popular magazine Teen Vogue. The show focuses on the challenges Lauren faces while she is trying to juggle work, school, and relationships. After four seasons and some major drama Whitney decided to leave for New York City and her own show, The City.moreless
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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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    Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

    Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

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    Spider-Man, the animated series, continues where the successful live action feature film of the same name left off. The series follows the adventures of superhero Peter Parker and his friends, Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson, during their first year of college at Empire State University. Parker must juggle academics, a job as a Web designer/photographer for The Daily Bugle and an on-again, off-again relationship with the love of his life, all while fighting to protect the world from super-villains. Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, M.D.), Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), and Lisa Loeb (folk-pop singer) show off their vocal talents in this new, thrilling computer-animated series.moreless
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    Pimp My Ride

    Pimp My Ride

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    Xzibit and the good people at West Coast Customs (GAS Season 5+) make people's cars go from dirt to pimped in this 30 minute series. A pimped out car is usually worth $20,000 to $30,000.

    "Pimp My Ride," returns for an all-new season, with an all-new garage. Once again, rap superstar and car enthusiast Xzibit and car customization specialist Mad Mike take aim on the biggest clunkers on the road. Joining them for this new season, and giving a new spin on car customization, is GAS -- Galpin Auto Sports. Taking car customization to the next level, together Xzibit, Mad Mike and the crew at GAS create unheard of pimped out masterpieces.

    Theme Song Lyrics So you wanna be a playa? But your wheels ain't fly You gotta hit us up to get a pimped out ride

    You got to pimp my rideeee Damn right You got to pimp my rideeee

    Theme Music & Stings Composed by Jeff Cardonimoreless
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    MTV Cribs

    MTV Cribs

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    Welcome to MTV Cribs, the most exciting way to peep into your favourite celebrity homes without getting slapped with a restraining order.
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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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    My Super Sweet 16

    My Super Sweet 16

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    My Super Sweet 16 follows a series of 15 year old girls as they rigorously plan, prep, and finally partake in their sweet 16 party. Will the event be a success? Or a stinker? Will bossy parents, friends, or greedy siblings stand in their path of a dream celebration? Sometimes sixteen... ain't so sweet. Seasons There have been 3 seasons of My Super Sweet Sixteen so far. Typically, a season has six through ten episodes in it. Most Common Locations: La Jolla, California Newport Beach, California Atlanta, Georgia Beverly Hills, California New York, New York Scottsdale, Arizona Boca Raton, Florida Miami, Floridamoreless
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    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

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    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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    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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    Run's House

    Run's House

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    Run's House is about former Run-DMC member turned reverend, Rev Run. Living in his mansion with his lovely wife Justine, his two daughters Vanessa and Angela, then there are his three sons JoJo, Diggy, and Russy. Going through all the fun and hard times a family goes through. This is not your average house. It's Run's House.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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    Teen Mom

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    16 and Pregnant chronicled the journeys of seven pregnant teenagers as they and their families dealt with the pregnancy and birth. Teen Mom follows Maci, Farrah, Amber, and Catelynn as they deal with their new lives as a teen mom and overcome the struggles of their first year as a teen mom.moreless
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    Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen + Dave

    Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen + Dave

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2004)
    The show documents the lives of Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro during the months leading up to their wedding and culminating with the wedding ceremony. MTV's cameras captured Carmen and Dave as they juggled their professional lives, while planning the most important day of their life. Viewers will witness the couple preparing for their anything-but-traditional and extraordinarily sexy wedding. Key events include: Carmen choosing the guest list of rock royalty, picking out the flowers, deciding on the guest performance, the writing of the vows, and last but not least, the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Seven episodes aired.moreless
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