A look back at 8 of the best MTV shows from the mid 00s
Sunday night's much-hyped premiere of Teen Wolf—MTV's revise of the Michael MTV had a whole rush on dating-type shows in the mids that used . after she awakes in her hospital bed from her school bus-induced coma (yes, . Ally Hilfiger (daughter of designer Tommy) and friend Jaime Gleicher. Room Raiders is a "dating/reality" series on MTV. Contents. 1 Premise; 2 Locations; 3 International versions. Lithuania. 4 References. Premise. On the show, three men or women have their rooms inspected, or "raided" by Starting with the Miami season, episodes were given themes such as Best Friends, Twins. The production designers behind MTV's "Are You The One? That's the thing most people don't realize about reality TV—particularly dating shows, where so much of the The Bedroom Presents The Biggest Challenge.
Of course, the entire thing was undercut by a disclaimer at show's end: It is not operated by a trained professional or under conditions that would provide a reliable means of lie detection. No representations are made regarding the accuracy of any results.
Downtown Girls ; 6 episodes TV Formula: We understand that any film or television show featuring a young female writer living in the city will inevitably be compared to Sex and the City, but that doesn't mean that these poor attempts at a SATC rip off have to be downright horrible. Narrated by Shallon Lester, the writer of the group who obviously spent her nights reciting Carrie Bradshaw's voiceovers, their clique was said to represent every persona within the full female spectrum: We now fully understand why fiction is so popular in the first place.
Despite failing to find an audience with the MTV crowd, Random House apparently feels there is a market for Lester's single girl wisdom. Her second memoir, Exes and Ohs: Gamekillers ; 6 episodes TV Formula: In the mids, Axe Dry antiperspirant lucked into a hit ad campaign entitled "The Gamekillers," a series of clever, chuckle-worthy commercials presenting archetypal characters you might encounter during a night out at the bar who would, were you attempting to be on it, leave your Game in grave danger.
So successful was the campaign that MTV decided to make a show out of it, composing date scenarios for two lucky contestants in which the male participant was repeatedly beset by the titular player-haters—the Balladeer, the One-Upper, even a couple new ones like the Natural Disaster and The Flirt—and was rewarded with a chalice proclaiming him an all-time ladies man if he was able to survive the date intact.
Unfortunately, unlike all those other TV ad campaigns that were turned into hit TV shows— Cavemenanyone? MTV and Axe battled over whether the latter would be able to feature its product in the show itself, even requesting at one point that a character wear an Axe T-shirt.ROOM RAIDERS (gay dating show) - BEN episode
MTV held strong, waiting ten days after the show's premiere to even air the Axe ads on the network. This reality show about a group of twenty-somethings was a snoozefest when compared to ANTM, and further proves just how valuable and integral a force Ms. Tyra Banks actually is. The group of beautiful people who lived in the Miami apartment featured, of course, a sheltered Christian from the Midwest, a cute but dangerous player, competitive twin sisters, the stressed agents forced to herd them to their castings and lots of talk about weight and body image issues.
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Stereotypes are born from truths… The only good thing that came from said show is that Accuvue commercial that still gets some airplay. We hope that the girls are getting their residual checks. Good girl Britt traded in reality cameras for religion by joining Models for Christ after the show aired. Even after numerous trips to the smush room and hot tub in Seaside Heights, Tila Tequila's bi-curious search for love still feels like the dirtiest thing MTV has ever given us.
At the time, the MySpace phenomenon didn't discriminate when it came to love or television airtimeso she invited both men and women to compete for a chance at her heart. In case you missed it, picture lots of thongs, stripper heels and hot tubs.
And it spawned two sequels. To the future, America! Popzilla ; 12 episodes TV Formula: You guys liked that Robot Chicken show on Adult Swim, right?
A bunch of loosely-connected, occasionally-thought-out animated skits that riffed on pop culture, like the visualization of a bunch of stoned college kids watching TV at 1: Well, then you're gonna love Popzilla, a show that basically did the exact same thing, except with cheesier animation, jokes that were only half-baked, and Twilight and the Jonas Brothers replacing Star Wars and 80s anti-drug commercials as regular subject matters.
MTV obviously intended Popzilla to be edgy and youth-contemporary, but really just ended up showing how behind the curve they were—especially for a station whose animated content was once considered to be at the very forefront of the cutting edge—and the show has yet to be renewed for a second season.
For shows ten to six, including douchebag friend wannabes and some seriously terrible rhyming, click NEXT. The '70s House ; 10 episodes TV Formula: That 70s Show - famous people - purpose Recap: One of the least-explicable one-season wonders in MTV history, The '70s House was the channel's attempt to cash in on what as far as we could tell was a non-existent retro craze for the disco era. Despite the obvious Survivor-meets-Real World competitive machinations, the only real dramatic tension the show held was over the distant possibility of the show's ridiculously hot co-host Natasha Leggero sort of a cross between Susanna Hoffs and Natalie Imbruglia hooking up with one of the sexually-frustrated, short-shorted male finalists.
She didn't, and the show was never heard from again. The program was off on its anthropological research once or twice, most notably when they brought in "'70s star" Christopher Atkins for a special appearance, despite the fact that the Blue Lagoon star made his film debut in Atkins was likely too grateful for the shoutout to bother correcting them.
Bromancesix episodes. Call it the apocalypse or merely a sign of what our culture has become, but young people today actually believe they can find a career, love or lifelong friendship from winning a reality competition. The Prince of Malibu turned Hills lothario Brody Jenner hosted his own reality competition to find the next member of his ever-expanding crew of douchebags.
Innocent males with a secret hankering for stardom of their own attempted to win the friendship of this rich and for reasons unknown famous celebrity by competing in a series of ridiculous tasks used to judge each guy's BFF potential game-spitting, the ability to spontaneously burst into song. Eliminations were held in the hot tub, and Jenner even got help from his Hills pal Lauren Conrad.
Because this is life after all, and any of his bros should be able to handle staged appearances by his reality show posse. Scoring the friendship of Brody Jenner clearly paid off.
It's understandable that MTV would want to try their hand at a high-school-set comedy series that called back to the raunch, naivete and broad character strokes of an 80s teen film comedy, but the channel belly-flopped with The Hard Times of RJ Berger, a show about a nerdy kid in love with the lead cheerleader, with the twist being that RJ also happens to be the most well-endowed kid in his school hence the unforgivable title pun.
None of the characters besides RJ are even remotely likable—particularly his best friend Miles, a human being so vile that he makes the younger brother from Just One of the Guys look like Say Anything John Cusack—and the mix of throwback innocence and modern-day emo-ness just comes off as awkward.
Particularly notable for its weirdness was the season one finale, in which RJ loses his virginity to platonic friend Lily immediately after she awakes in her hospital bed from her school bus-induced coma yes, there's one of those scenesand she appears to die minutes after.
Lily's fine, actually, but the show isn't. The show especially wears its emo-ness on its sleeve in terms of its devotion to the band Weezer. RJ's high school is named Pinkerton High after the Weezer album, and the band themselves showed up in a second-season episode to help him get into one of their shows, swearing their nerd allegiance.
Amidst endless shouting for the channel to play more music videos—Justin Timberlake even called them out for it at the VMAs—MTV finally relented in in the form of FnMTV, a Pete Wentz-hosted show that aired on Friday nights hence the title and ostensibly showed actual music videos for a couple hours. Really, the show seemed to feature more celebrity pandering and camera-mugging than actual music-video showcasing, and even the re-plays MTV would show in the mornings after only showed frustratingly abbreviated clips of the videos it supposedly premiered.
In a rare noteworthy celeb interaction on the show, Diddy bum-rushed panelist James Montgomery for daring to doubt his new protege Donnie Klang's commercial potential, yelling "Who the f are you?!?! How many hit records do you have?!?!?! OK, we'll admit it—we've spent more than a few lazy days marathoning through reruns of this show like we were injecting it directly into our veins.
Still, it would feel almost disrespectful for us to do a list like this and not include Next, perhaps the definitive program of MTV's impressive mids run of conceptually ludicrous dating shows. If the suitor survived the date without being Nexted, they earned the right to either cash out—a dollar for every minute of the encounter—or go on a second date with the contestant. They usually chose the second date, though blackhearts that we are, we always rooted for the cash-out.
As addictive as the show was, it included several tropes that would grate on even the most guilt-free guilty-pleasure junkie. First, there were the obviously scripted one-liners that each of the suitors would deliver both before going on the dates "Let's hope that this girl knows prime rib when she sees it! Then there were the Three Facts about the suitors that appeared on screen as they got off the RV, which always included at least one fact that was totally irrelevant to the person's character, a regular feature so perplexing that it even inspired an Aziz Ansari comedy bit.
Yeah, all right, we kinda loved all of it anyway—but there's just no way that Next wasn't making this list. It wouldn't have felt right. So great was the cultural impact of Next that it even made it into a reference on the Fabolous single "Diamonds": For shows five to two, including creepy celebrity obsession and the lamest battle competition ever, click NEXT.
Nick and Jessica Source: Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson then filed for divorce on December 16th Is it possible that this show destroyed their relationship?
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Possibly and also probably. Most of the show was just Jessica being portrayed as a dumb blonde who was totally incapable of everyday domestic responsibilities one of the most notable aspects of this show was how filthy their bedroom constantly was, tbh like cooking etc. MTV The rest of the show was pretty much just clips of Nick Lachey spraying a hose out in the garden. My Super Sweet 16 Between andour screens were graced with the most ungrateful, spoilt brats to ever walk the face of the earth.
The children of investors, celebrities and fashion designers throwing tantrums on television because the car they received as a 16th birthday present was slate gray instead of charcoal gray was very sobering. The revival of My Super Sweet 16 is the only material evidence of economic recovery. Date My Mom Source: MTV The concept is probably obvious enough. A young male or female suitor would go on a date with three moms to try and decide which of their children they wanted to go out with.
However, most of them were very clearly mothers who were smothering their sons. Look at how pained the dialogue between the date and the mother is 1: Jackass You know exactly what the voice reading that warning out sounds like. Nobody adhered to it. Despite the very clear warning, Jackass encouraged a generation of teenagers to engage in some very stupid stunts.
Any Irish person who spoke to their parents like that would get a swift smack back then. A post shared by Kelly Osbourne kellyosbourne on Jul 4, at 3: Where are the kids today though?