The Best of MTV

When it comes to MTV, all shows are definitely not created equal. But while over-the-top reality shows like Jersey Shore and The Real World rightfully earn plenty of raised eyebrows, the channel once known for music videos has a surprising number of thoughtful, worthwhile, positive series on its roster as well. In this list, we gather the best that MTV has to offer.

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Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew TV Poster Image
Energetic hip-hop contest is a hit for tweens and up.
Network: MTV
(2008)
(2008)
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MADE TV Poster Image
Goal-oriented reality TV with a happy ending.
Network: MTV
(2005)
(2002)
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Chelsea Settles TV Poster Image
Emotional journey of chasing dreams in fat-conscious world.
Network: MTV
(2011)
(2011)
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How's Your News? TV Poster Image
Disabled reporters seek out news in honest reality show.
Network: MTV
(2009)
(2009)
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If You Really Knew Me TV Poster Image
Sobering reality series digs deep to bust up stereotypes.
Network: MTV
(2010)
(2010)
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Run's House TV Poster Image
Rapper runs a positive house for tweens and up.
Network: MTV, Style Network
(2005)
(2005)
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The Buried Life TV Poster Image
Reality series encourages young folks to seize the day.
Network: MTV
(2010)
(2010)
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Catfish: The TV Show TV Poster Image
Web dating personas revealed! Inspires empathy, voyeurism.
Network: MTV
(2012)
(2012)
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Generation Cryo TV Poster Image
Teen's quest for donor dad raises timely talking points.
Network: MTV
(2013)
(2013)
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My Life as Liz TV Poster Image
Spunky, somewhat edgy series shares teen girl's life.
Network: MTV
(2010)
(2010)
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World of Jenks TV Poster Image
Docu offers thoughtful insight into the world of others.
Network: MTV
(2010)
(2010)
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Virgin Territory TV Poster Image
Graphic but thoughtful sex talk in reality series.
Network: MTV
(2014)
(2014)
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True Life TV Poster Image
Gritty -- but provoking -- reality show.
Network: MTV
(2005)
(1998)
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