So yesterday I was reading Newsday online, as I always do while I'm drinking my first cup of coffee at work and I came across a fun article about the Top 5 Old-School MTV shows of all time!Â It quickly peaked my interest especially since I was one to watch MTV back in the early to mid 90s when some of the shows listed in the articles were still around, among many other shows that I feel were sadly missing from the list.Â Newsday's list was the following (taken directly from the article on http://www.newsday.com/ written by Mark La Monica):
5.Â Headbanger's Ball
Metal heads partied deep into the night when this show came along. If not for host Riki Rachtman, there's a lot of music none of us would ever have been introduced to and spent money on back then.
4.Â 120 Minutes
When alternative music hit the scene, MTV went nuts. It soon became mainstream to be alternative. And even if you weren't too into this music, you watched this show on Sunday nights.
3.Â Beavis and Butthead
Arguably the most controversial show in MTV history. It started out as an excuse to play bad videos and then blew up into a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon. Love 'em or hate 'em, you watched this show and yelled "Kick me in the jimmy!" on more than one occasion. It's OK, you don't have to lie. We know you did. Heck, I did it on Monday.
2.Â Remote Control
An MTV classic and its first game show that paved the way for all those silly shows we watched (and loved) during the network's Spring Break coverage. Adam Sandler and DenisÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Leary got their starts here, as did Colin Quinn and the lovely Kari Wuhrer. Buzz-bin.com will tell you more about this show just in case you don't remember it. Buzz-bin.com will also show you video clips of "Beat the Bishop" and other elements of the show just in case you remember it and want to watch.
1.Â Yo! MTV Raps
Fab 5 Freddy. Ed Lover. Dr. Dre. 'Nuff said . . . but we'll say more anyway. The Ed Lover Dance. Rappers showing their normal side instead of acting hard. A feeling of hanging out in your basement with Ed, Dre and whatever big-name or up-and-coming rap artists came on the show that week. Fab 5 Freddy interviewing people on location and always being positive no matter what the interview subject said. (I still don't think he ever listened to what they said, but it was compelling TV.) By the way, MTV is honoring the 20-year anniverary of the show's start this April. Check the schedule and watch old clips at yo.mtv.com (and let me know if you beat a score of 8,000 on the Yo! quiz).
Here is the problem:Â the article misses so many other great shows!Â The end of the article pays homage to a couple of other great shows like The Cut, House of Style, Beauty and the Beach Singled Out and Fade to Black.Â
I have to argue though that Singled Out should definitely be in the Top 5.Â But only if it's the Singled Out with Jenny McCarthy.Â Any other Singled Out would just be a waste and wasn't any good.
Then of course you have the other fantastic animated series, Daria, which took us through the life of a teenaged outcast with such characters as her stuck up sister Quinn, her parents and best friends.Â Very satirical, sarcastic and absolutely wonderful.Â Daria can easily make it into the top 5 to tie up with Beavis and Butthead (which, by the way, I never got into).
I also have to say that The Real World was WAYYYYYY better back when it started.Â The Boston, Seattle, Miami and other early casts were far better than the casts of today who are all about getting drunk and having sex and partying.Â How about real life stories like that of Pedro?Â There is nothing REAL anymore about The Real World!
What are your favorite old school MTV shows???