August 1st, marks the 30th anniversary of MTV. The channel has gone through huge changes in the past three decades, moving from pretty much non-stop music videos, to some genre-specific music shows, to the addition of scripted series, animation, reality and more.
Jamie Chung to The Miz: Notable Real World Alumni. To mark the 30th anniversary, we're taking a look back at 30 of MTV's most memorable TV series — some good, some bad, some huge hits, some small cult series.
But in one way or another, for better or worse, their impact was felt.
If you wanted to watch something that wasn't Madonna, Milli Vanilli or Richard Marx or to discover new college radio bands or euro-synth goth squads, this was the show for you. There were many hosts, but it was Dave Kendall and Matt Pinfield who really helped the show evolve and ignite. This show nurtured artists like U2 and REM during their early days and became an absolutely vital tool for the music industry to break new, buzz-worthy bands.
This show, which was a veritable institution on Saturday nights from totook a lot of flak from hardcore metalheads when it got invaded by grunge music in '91, but it was still the place to see some of the most raucous, kickass music around; from Slayer to Type O Negative to Megadeth. Like Minutes, there were several hosts over the years, but it was Riki Rachtman who legitimized the show with his undying nasally love of mosh-pits, guitar Mtv dating show 1990s in music and bandanas.
Over the past decade, the show existed on MTV2 but it became a two-hour block of videos and not a hosted show. Nowadays it's just on the web. As you've probably noticed, all the shows on this list up until now were music video focused.
Remote Control changed all that, so we suppose some would say this was the beginning of the end for MTV — but damn if it didn't do so in a highly entertaining way. Hosts Ken Ober and Colin Quinn were a great pairing, aided by a revolving door of beautiful female co-hosts — Kari Wuhrer being everyone's favorite… right?
And we haven't even gotten to Adam Sandler and Denis Leary being part of the show. Yes, once upon a time MTV had its own movie show and we freakin' loved it. Hosted by Premiere Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Connelly whose clear love and enthusiasm for movies made him feel like "one of us"Big Picture featured interviews with young, rising stars and focused on the movies that the then-MTV audience cared about - and which we had no internet Mtv dating show 1990s in music look up any information about.
You can't find that much info about The Big Picture nowadays, but we do know one thing: Because this was the blueprint for movie shows that skewed nerdy. And this show came about back when the MTV Movie Awards which began in skewed toward clever, knowledgeable geeks and not legions of tweens screaming for Rob Pattinson. While most of America was covering their ears and declaring that rap wasn't "music," MTV embraced it fully and launched this hip-hop showcase show in Many fans cried foul when MTV refused to air PE's "By the Time I Get To Arizona" in but it never changed the fact that this show was a pioneering effort made by a network willing to embrace change.
Inevitably, Yo, MTV Raps ended around the time that hip-hop simply became part of pop music and no longer needed its own show. It's important to note that even as Mtv dating show 1990s in music started creating original reality programming with shows like The Real World and Road Rules which would ultimately lead to the network's musical demiseit was taking the world by storm with an exciting and crucial musical experience called Unplugged. Breaking down artists to their acoustic base, Unplugged -- which still gets a new episode now and then -- featured everyone from Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan to Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots to Mtv dating show 1990s in music. Cool J and Arrested Development.
After the Milli Vanilli scandal of it seemed as though everyone, even pop acts, wanted to get on the show to prove that they actually had musical chops and song-writing skills. While being almost painfully earlys, Pearl Jam's rendition of "Porch" still happens to be one of our favorite performances.
The trippy, slacker-dude "weasel" persona he created for his stand-up routine was a perfect fit for MTV in Does it hold up? Is it easy to make fun of more than two decades later?
But at the time, Shore was hot as molten balls and was able to parlay his MTV gig into a film career. Totally Pauly was a show where, well, Pauly went around being Pauly. We'd best let him explain it to you himself….