Ahhh the 90's.  Just saying the words make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  The last decade I feel like we really excelled as a species.  Being a pre-teen/teenager during this time was especially awesome!  The adults in charge still had some semblance of intelligence so kids didn't have to have the stress of impending apocalypse every other month. Aside from making sure your Tamagotchi was fed, and making sure you had a great away message for your AOL Instant Messenger, life was good.

MTV was in its heyday, playing both long blocks of music-centered programming like 120 Minutes, Headbanger's Ball, Yo! MTV Raps and also variety shows which we'll dive deep into now.  So grab a cold Crystal Pepsi and some 3D Doritos as I give you my top 10 best MTV shows of the 90s.


  • 10

    Liquid Television

    First airing in 1991, this was an animated show that featured many different short cartoons and was the launching point for a few stand alone shows like Aeon Flux and Beavis & Butthead. Dog-boy was one of my favorites!

  • 9

    Singled Out

    In my opinion, the only version of The Bachelor/Bachelorette we ever really needed.  A 30 minute game show with 50 single guys or girls competing for a date with said guest.  Originally hosted by Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy, the entire dating pool was narrowed from 50, to 1 winner in the matter of a half hour.  In the 90's, we didn't need a season full of dumbass roses....

  • 8

    Sifl & Olly

    Many people may not remember this show, but it was one of my favorites.  Done entirely by sock puppets, Sifl & Olly only ran on MTV from 1998-1999, but it was hilarious!  Who can forget Precious Roy's Home Shopping Network?


  • 7

    The State

    The State is still one of my favorite sketch comedy shows of all time.  The show was created by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who went on to create and star in Reno 911! as Lieutenant Dangle and  Deputy Travis Junior.

  • 6


    Without a doubt, the most educational show of the entire decade, and originating as a radio call in show for famous LA radio station KROQ,  Loveline was a sex talk show hosted by Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky.   On set viewers could ask sex questions in real time, or often times people would call in asking for some truly bizarre relationship advice.  Between Loveline and the Sunday Night Sex Talk, there was definitely no shortage of sex education going on in the 90's.

  • 5


    This show holds a special place in my heart because Daria is one of my most favorite television characters of all time.  It was even my nickname in high school, whether I liked it or not.  A spin-off of Beavis & Butthead, Daria roamed the halls of Lawndale High School amid the stereotypical jocks and cheerleaders, all while injecting her hilariously cynical take on life in general.

  • 4

    Celebrity Deathmatch

    There's really not much that needs to be said about a show that features a claymation battle to the death of Hanson and the Spice Girls in which Marilyn Manson ultimately kills them all.

  • 3

    Total Request Live (TRL)

    While this was technically a music show, TRL was much more than that.  It was an explosion in the 90's.  Starting its life as Total Request, a boring video request show hosted by Carson Daly, it quickly morphed into TRL, which incorporated the video request format with in studio performances by artists, guest hosts, and even celebrity feuds.  The reason this show was so ground breaking was because of the diversity of musical acts featured on the daily.  You could have Christina Aguilera on the show right next to Fred Durst, right after Prince.

  • 2

    Beavis & Butthead

    Arguably the greatest cartoon duo in history, Beavis and Butthead were the 90's. With their love of inappropriate sexual innuendos and slack jawed demeanor at school, they were everything a teenager of our generation could ask for.  Created by Mike Judge, who went on to create such gems like Office Space and King of the Hill, these boys were the bane of our parent's existence, which made us love them even more.

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    In a stunning turn of events, the Jackass franchise seems to be the one that has been able to stand the test of time.  Through all the kicks to the balls, and shots out of cannons, those guys have survived well past their prime to entertain our children and even grandchildren with their outrageous antics.

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