Best MTV Shows of the 90s

Nothing was better than MTV in the 90s. MTV kick-started reality television (the Real World), mixed in special reports (MTV News with Kurt Loder) and brought music videos to epic new heights (Total Request Live). Here’s a look back at the best MTV shows of the 90s.

10. MTV News

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Kurt Loder and Serena Altschul were MTV legends. Loder was the first to report the death of Kurt Cobain.

9. Loveline

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The ultimate TV/Radio show hybrid… with hilariously bad advise.

8. Singled Out

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Wildly successful dating show hosted by the beautiful Jenny McCarthy.

7. MTV Video Music & Movie Awards

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MTV award shows embodied everything you could ever want from the 90s!

6. Road Rules/The Challenge

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The Real Word’s sister show pioneered travel/adventure reality TV. RV life was pretty exciting!

5. Daria

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One of MTV’s highest rated shows ever. Daria was funny, smart, and criminally underrated.

4. Celebrity Deahtmatch

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This show had it all. Blood, comedy, and celebrities beating the living clay out of each other.

3. Beavis and Butthead

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Incredibly immature and stupid, which made Beavis and Butthead so funny! An MTV classic, and one of the best cartoons from the 90s.

2. The Real World

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Revolutionized MTV, transforming the music video channel into a drama-driven network.

1. Total Request Live (TRL)

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The best MTV show of the 90s, TRL was the afternoon snack for an entire generation.