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Throwback Thursday-Punk’d (2003-2015)

Practical jokes are funny, the only catch is that they are funny when you are not the one who the joke is being played on.

Punk’d (2003-2015) aired on MTV for most of the time that it was on television. Hosted and produced by Ashton Kutcher, it was the Candid Camera of the MTV generation. The premise of Punk’d was that Kutcher would play elaborately staged pranks on his celebrity friends while the audience got their chuckles in at home.

Among the shows that was part of the MTV lineup during the early 00’s, Punk’d ranks high (which is not saying much). It was not a mind numbing reality show, but it was enjoyable and entertaining, at least for the viewers at home.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Made (2002-2014)

Imagine, if you wanted to do something that you thought was impossible. Then you had the opportunity to do what which you thought would be impossible.

Made aired on MTV from 2002-2014. Each episode followed a young person as he or she goes on a journey to do something that they have wished to do, but have been unable to previously. Aided by a “Made Coach” who is an expert in the field, the subject of the episodes works to reach what they thought they could not do.

Among the pantheon of reality shows, Made stands out. It’s not some frothy show about the wealthy, the famous or finding a date. It’s about the very difficult journey of reaching your goal, no matter how hard it gets.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Total Request Live (1998-2008)

Music and television were made for each other.

For a decade, Total Request Live (1998-2008) or TRL for short, was a staple of MTV’s schedule. Hosted by Carson Daly for most of the original run, TRL was sort of American Bandstand for the MTV generation. Guided by the fans, the crux of the show is the countdown of the most popular music videos of the day. In addition to the countdown, artists and actors would stop by, often to promote their latest project.

For a generation, TRL was appointment television. Airing just after school had ended, it gave us a chance to show our love to our favorite artists and perhaps act like a crazy teenage fan-boy or fan-girl.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Room Raiders (2004-2006)

One’s home often speaks volumes about the person who lives there.

Room Raiders aired on MTV from 2004-2006. The premise is as follows: three men or women have their homes raided by a potential date. The contestants watch from a van as this man or woman visits their home. The residents either have pictures of themselves removed or covered. After the room raider has visited all three properties, their three potential dates inspect their homes. Then the room raider makes a decision on who to go out with.

Among the dating reality shows that littered the MTV schedule in the early 2000’s, this show was one of the more interesting ones. It was interesting because it felt more organic (well, as organic as a dating reality show can get) than some of the other dating reality shows that MTV aired at the time.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Throwback Thursday-Date My Mom (2004-2006)

When it comes to dating and romantic relationships, our parents play a part in whom we may or may not end up with.

From 2004 to 2006, this was the premise of the MTV show, Date My Mom. The premise of the show is as follows: The subject of this particular episode goes out with three moms. During their “date”, the moms try to persuade the young man or woman to pick their son or daughter for a date. At the end of the episode, one mother is “chosen” and watches as their child goes of on their date.

Of all the reality dating shows that was on MTV back then, this show was the worst. Not only did it feel fake, but it felt like everyone involved signed up just to get on TV, not to genuinely find a date for themselves or their child.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely not.

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Flashback Friday-Say What? Karaoke (1998-2003)

For some karaoke is chance to let loose, relax and pretend to be a rock star. For others, it makes their skin crawl.

So of course, MTV had to make a show based on karaoke. Say What? Karaoke aired from 1998-2003.  The premise of the show was that contestants sung karaoke in front of celebrity judges. As with any reality competition show, the contestants are judged and one is named the winner.

 

Say What? Karaoke is one of those shows that you watch when your a certain age. While I certainly watched it when I was in my late teens and early 20’s, I wouldn’t watch it now.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Throwback Thursday-America’s Best Dance Crew (2008-2015)

One of the surprising results of the meteoric growth of reality television is the opportunity for those in the arts to prove that they have what it takes to succeed in their chosen field.

America’s Best Dance Crew aired on MTV from 2008 to 2015. Produced by Randy Jackson, the premise of the show was for dance crews from the around the country to introduce themselves to audiences and to compete for the title of America’s Best Dance Crew. The show was hosted Mario Lopez and the contestants were judged by three well-known performers within the music and dance industries. Each episode had a theme and each crew had to come up with their own dance based on that theme. As with any reality competition show, at the end of the season, one dance crew was named the winner.

Looking back, I feel like this show was both very cliched and very niche. Though the dancers who were competing were obviously talented and working their tails off, it was a little too predictable for my taste.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Throwback Thursday-Making the Video (1999-2011)

Going behind the scenes in Hollywood has fascinated audiences for generations.

Making the Video was a staple of MTV’s schedule from 1999 until 2011. At the start of the episode, the director explains the concept of the video. Then the viewer watches as the artist(s) film the video. At the end of the episode, the completed music video makes its debut.

Making the Video was part behind the scenes look and part publicity for the band or the artist who was featured in the particular episode. But it worked because it showed how much work it took to put together a three or four-minute music video. It was a fun program to watch.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Pimp My Ride (2004-2007)

Home renovation shows are all the rage on television these days. But what about car renovation?

Pimp My Ride was part of the MTV schedule from 2004-2007. Hosted by Xzibit, the premise of Pimp My Ride is as follows: the subject of each episode needs a complete makeover of their ride. Rapper Xzibit shows at their home, examines their car and takes it the shop to start the renovation process. By the time the episode is over, the car has been renovated to its owner’s specifications.

Pimp My Ride is not the greatest show in the world. Nor is it the most intellectual. From my perspective, it can be defined as wish-fulfillment. If money was no object, how would you renovate your car?

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Flashback Friday- MTV Cribs (2000-Present)

One’s home says a lot about who they are, how they live and what they believe. When it comes to celebrity, those of us who do not live that lifestyle might be a tad curious to see how the other half lives.

MTV Cribs has been part of the MTV lineup for nearly two decades. A variation of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous for the MTV generation, the show takes viewers inside the homes of their favorite performers.

I have two reactions to show. My late teens and early twenties self enjoyed MTV Cribs because it was a window into a world that is not my own. But my thirty something self says that it feels weird to want to take a tour of another person’s home because of their fame.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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