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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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Flashback Friday: Catfish: The TV Show (2010-2018)

The Internet has changed our world as we know it to be. Especially when it comes to romance and dating. Online dating has become a normal way to find love, but the question is if the person we are talking to is real or hiding behind a fake profile?

The MTV reality show Catfish: The TV Show (2010) is based on the concept of catfishing. Catfishing is defined as the fake online persona that someone hides who they really are behind on a social media or online dating website profile. Each episodes, Nev Shulman and Max Joseph are contacted by someone who has fallen for the person they met online. Through various means of research, they either confirm or deny that the person on the other side of the email or messenger chat is real or fake.

Catfish: The TV Show is an interesting show from my perspective. Of course, it’s a reality show that is quite compelling. But, at the same time, it shows that as much as we want to find love, we have to be careful when using the Internet to find love.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Throwback Thursday- Wild ‘n Out (2005-Present)

When music and comedy come together, it is often the perfect way to entertain.

In 2005, Wild ‘n Out (2005-present) premiered on MTV. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show combined comedy and music into one package. Two teams of comedians (with a celebrity guest star) are pitted against each other in improvisational comedy battles. At the end of each episode, after a musical performance, one team is chosen as the winner.

Wild ‘n Out is one of those MTV shows that I enjoyed. It was funny, slightly raunchy, not exactly politically correct at moments, but all together, not a bad way to relax after a long day.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-True Life (1998-Present)

It has been said that we can never truly understand how another person thinks or feels until we walk a mile in their shoes.

For over twenty years, MTV’s ground breaking series True Life (1998-Present) allowed the audience to walk a mile in the shoes of each episode’s subjects.  Addiction, sexuality/coming out of the closet, dealing with personal issues and health issues, life changes are just some of the subjects that have been presented to the audience.

What I appreciated then and now about True Life is that punches were not pulled. The reality of subject’s lives were not glossed over. Unlike other reality shows, this program showed real human beings dealing with stuff that we all deal with. Especially with controversial topics, True Life humanized the topic by putting a face to a name and allowing the viewer to connect emotionally to person whose story they were watching.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-My Super Sweet 16 (2005-2008)

For many young people, turning 16 is a birthday to remember. Some decide to have a simple celebration. Others decide to go out all out.

This is the premise of the MTV series, My Super Sweet 16 (2005-2008). Each episode focuses on one teenage boy or girl who is about to turn sixteen and have a blowout of a birthday party. Usually, the teen’s parents are well off financially and can pay for more than the average sweet sixteen. Viewers expected at least one tantrum from the birthday boy or girl, the demand for a celebrity to perform or wildly expensive outfits.

I think the perspective of the show depends on the individual who is watching the show. The teenager might watch with envy, wishing to have a birthday party as out there as the subject of the episode. The adult might roll their eyes, knowing that the youngsters on-screen do not know as much as they think they know.

Do I recommend it? Maybe, it depends on your age.

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Throwback Thursday-16 and Pregnant (2009-2014)

Becoming a parent is the hardest task anyone can take on.

It’s even more difficult when the mom to be is still a child herself. 16 and Pregnant aired on MTV from 2009-2014. Each episode follows four young ladies who find themselves to be pregnant. Not only must they deal with everything that comes with being a teenager, they are also faced with the fact that within a matter of months, they will have a child of their own to raise and care for.

Shot documentary style, 16 and pregnant explores what it is like to have a baby when you are still a baby yourself. Some have argued that this program glamorizes what it is like to become a teenage parent. Other have argued that it has helped to decrease the level of teen births in America. I watched this show briefly as an adult, so I can only review the show based on my experiences as an adult. My perspective on 16 and Pregnant is that while it is still a reality show, it takes a hard look at a what it is like to make adult decisions when you are still young yourself.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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