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Back when MTV was a novelty, a wave of captivating shows emerged. I was so engrossed in MTV during my younger days that it practically became a part of my identity.

I was particularly drawn to shows like MADE and those reminiscent of NEXT. Take a trip down memory lane, especially as a teenager in the 1990s.

1. Room Raiders 2003–2009

Instead of encountering or laying eyes on any of the three singles (all personal photographs of the contestant are removed from the room or concealed beneath a cheerful, happy face sticker), she selects a date solely grounded in the contents of their rooms. This unique approach emphasizes the distinct aspects of their living spaces.

Show NameNetworkOriginal Air DatesFormat
Room RaidersMTV2003-2009Dating reality show based on room inspections
Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!

2. Pimp My Ride (2004- 2007)

The rapper Xzibit hosts the TV show Pimp My Ride, made by MTV. In each episode, one car in bad shape is taken, fixed up, and given a personal touch. The original American version was hosted by rapper Xzibit (one episode featured guest hosts Chamillionaire and Don Omar).

Show NameHost(s)NetworkOriginal Air DatesFormat
Pimp My RideXzibit, Guest HostsMTV2004-2007Car makeover show with personalization elements
Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!

3. A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila (2007-2008)

The Bachelor-like reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila airs in the US. Tila Tequila starred in the October 9, 2007 MTV premiere. The bisexual reality dating show features 16 hetero-male and 16 lesbian-identified female contestants living at Tequila’s home and competing for her attention. After ten contestants were eliminated in the first program, Tequila’s bisexuality was revealed. The male and female hopefuls shared a residence during the series.

Show NameStar(s)NetworkPremiere DateFormat
A Shot at Love with Tila TequilaTila TequilaMTVOctober 9, 2007Bisexual reality dating show with male and female contestants
Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!

4. Paris Hilton’s My New BFF (2008)

Paris Hilton’s My New BFF is a competitive reality show in which Paris Hilton hunts for her new BFF (“best friends forever”). The American version’s second season and two overseas spin-offs followed its success. Ish Entertainment (Lionsgate Television) and the original network created all arrangements.

Show NameHost(s)NetworkOriginal Air DatesFormat
Paris Hilton’s My New BFFParis HiltonVarious2008-2009Reality competition to find a new best friend
4. Paris Hilton's My New BFF (2008)

5. MADE (2002 – 2009)

“MADE” chronicles the journeys of ambitious teens and young adults as they strive to realize their dreams: becoming boxers, pageant queens, rock stars, and more. The show offers an inspiring glimpse into their challenges and triumphs on achieving their goals.

Show NameNetworkOriginal Air DatesFormat
MADEVarious Networks2002-2014Reality show following individuals’ dreams
Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!

6. DisMissed (2001)

MTV’s 2001 reality show Dismissed. One individual dates two people. After each dater selects a location (two in total), the dater eliminates the least liked dater. Each competitive dater has a time-out card. The card gave the competitor 20 minutes with their date.

Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!
Show NameNetworkAir DateFormat
DismissedMTV2001Reality dating show with competitive twist

7. Disaster Date (2009)

An MTV reality series where people set up their friends on “disaster” blind dates. The victim shows up to their date with an undercover actor/actress who will do their best to turn off/offend/alienate the victim using inside info given by the instigators. If the victim stays for a whole hour, the gag is revealed and they are awarded with $60.

Show NameNetworkFormat
Disaster DateMTVReality series where friends set up “disaster” blind dates for victims

8. Date My Mom (2004-2006)

Kalissa Productions produces MTV’s dating show Date, My Mom. The 2004–2006 series premiered on November 15. Three moms try to persuade an 18-to-24-year-old guy or gay/lesbian female to date their child on three dates. The dater only meets the mother and bases their selection on her impression and child descriptions.

Show NameProduction CompanyNetworkPremiere DateFormat
Date, My MomKalissa ProductionsMTVNovember 15, 2004Dating show where moms attempt to find dates for their child
Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!

9. Next (2005-2008)

On the RV “Next Bus,” “Next” follows a single person on blind dates. “Next” terminated the date. The contestant was at the date venue while the five daters were in the “Next Bus” (which was always a short walk from the date location). (Usually in an outside urban scene, but sometimes at various sites.) The five daters were prearranged to date the competitor.

Show NameAir DatesFormat
Next2005-2008Dating show with unique format
Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!

10. Miss Seventeen (2005)

Miss Seventeen is a reality television show on MTV from October 17, 2005, to December 19, 2005. The show consisted of 17 young women competing for an internship and a college scholarship.

Miss SeventeenReality Television ShowMTVOct 17 – Dec 19, 200517 young women compete for an internship and a college scholarship.
Top 10 Forgotten & AWESOME MTV Shows!

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