Watch TV Shows on MTV

If there is a single cable channel that could be given credit for revolutionizing the television industry, that channel would probably be MTV. When Music Television began airing in 1981, it was entirely unique, and it helped to fuel unprecedented public enthusiasm for cable programming and drove the expansion of cable TV into all corners of the American market.

In its original incarnation, MTV was essentially a televised version of a radio station, with VJs ("video jockeys") who presented music videos in much the same way that DJs ("disc jockeys") presented popular songs on radio. The format popularized the music video concept and significantly changed not just the cable TV industry, but the recording industry as well.

The channel's focus on music remained through the 1980s, but in the 1990s, MTV began slowly branching out into other programming niches. "MTV News" segments began to establish the channel as an advocate of youth-oriented social issues, game shows like "Singled Out" echoed the resurgence of the genre on TV, and "The Real World" was one of the earliest examples of the reality-TV genre.

Since the turn of the century, MTV's music programming has been a minority of its schedule. The channel focuses instead on reality TV, animation, original scripted series and other youth-oriented programming.

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    Teen Wolf

    Teen Mom 2

    Teen Mom 2

    Siesta Key

    Siesta Key

    Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out

    Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out

    Ridiculousness

    Ridiculousness

    Teen Mom

    Teen Mom

    MTV Video Music Awards

    MTV Video Music Awards

    Jersey Shore: Family Vacation

    Jersey Shore: Family Vacation

    The Challenge

    The Challenge

    Clone High

    Clone High

    Are You The One?

    Are You The One?

    Catfish: The TV Show

    Catfish: The TV Show

    16 and Pregnant

    16 and Pregnant

    Punk'd

    Punk'd

    Geordie Shore

    Geordie Shore

    Jersey Shore

    Jersey Shore

    Floribama Shore

    Floribama Shore

    Ex On The Beach

    Ex On The Beach

    Faking It

    Faking It

    True Life

    True Life

    Laguna Beach

    Laguna Beach

    The Real World

    The Real World

    Skins

    Skins

    Buckwild

    Buckwild

    Awkward.

    Awkward.

    MTV Movie Awards

    MTV Movie Awards

    16 and Recovering

    16 and Recovering

    Finding Carter

    Finding Carter

    Snooki & JWOWW

    Snooki & JWOWW

    My Super Sweet 16

    My Super Sweet 16

    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

    MTV's Ghosted: Love Gone Missing

    MTV's Ghosted: Love Gone Missing

    Beavis and Butt-Head

    Beavis and Butt-Head

    Revenge Prank

    Revenge Prank

    Daria

    Daria

    Eye Candy

    Eye Candy

    The Shop

    The Shop

    Virgin Territory

    Virgin Territory

    Next

    Next

    The Hills

    The Hills

    Teen Mom: Young + Pregnant

    Teen Mom: Young + Pregnant

    Bully Beatdown

    Bully Beatdown

    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Cheyenne

    Cheyenne

    Viva La Bam

    Viva La Bam

    Scream: The TV Series

    Scream: The TV Series

    The Hills: New Beginnings

    The Hills: New Beginnings

    The City

    The City

    Aeon Flux

    Aeon Flux

    Yo Momma

    Yo Momma

    The Hard Times of RJ Berger

    The Hard Times of RJ Berger

    Wildboyz

    Wildboyz

    Fear Factor

    Fear Factor

    Made

    Made

    My Super Psycho Sweet 16

    My Super Psycho Sweet 16

    Good Vibes

    Good Vibes

    The State

    The State

    Paris Hilton's My New BFF

    Paris Hilton's My New BFF

    Life of Ryan

    Life of Ryan

    The Inbetweeners

    The Inbetweeners

    SafeWord

    SafeWord

    Pimp My Ride

    Pimp My Ride

    Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County

    Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County

    Teen Mom 3

    Teen Mom 3

    Silent Library

    Silent Library

    The Maxx

    The Maxx

    Run's House

    Run's House

    MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged

    Girl Code

    Girl Code

    Made in Staten Island

    Made in Staten Island

    The Andy Milonakis Show

    The Andy Milonakis Show

    Nitro Circus

    Nitro Circus

    Washington Heights

    Washington Heights

    The Buried Life

    The Buried Life

    True Life Crime

    True Life Crime

    The X Effect

    The X Effect

    Friendzone

    Friendzone

    I Used To Be Fat

    I Used To Be Fat

    Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous

    Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous

    Snack-Off

    Snack-Off

    Slednecks

    Slednecks

    One Bad Choice

    One Bad Choice

    Cribs

    Cribs

    Sweet/Vicious

    Sweet/Vicious

    The Challenge: Free Agents - Meet the Free Agents

    The Challenge: Free Agents - Meet the Free Agents

    The Pauly D Project

    The Pauly D Project

    Quiero Mis Quinces

    Quiero Mis Quinces

    Unlocking the Truth

    Unlocking the Truth

    Stranded with a Million Dollars

    Stranded with a Million Dollars

    Death Valley

    Death Valley

    Wait 'Til Next Year

    Wait 'Til Next Year

    From G's to Gents

    From G's to Gents

    World of Jenks

    World of Jenks

    MTV Suspect

    MTV Suspect

    True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories

    True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories

    Loosely Exactly Nicole

    Loosely Exactly Nicole

    Underemployed

    Underemployed

    Caged

    Caged

    Invincible

    Invincible

    Game of Clones

    Game of Clones