87% of people can't name these MTV television shows. Can you?

By: Laura Busse
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MTV, established in 1981, was the first all-music television network. However, it didn't take long for MTV to adapt to a changing audience as the channel picked up its first two reality TV shows - "The Real World" and "Road Rules" - in the early 1990s. Since then, MTV has been host to dozens of reality TV programs. Take this quiz and see how many MTV shows you can name.

"Beavis and Butt-Head" is an iconic cartoon series that premiered on MTV in 1993 and ran all the way until 2011. The cartoon was fairly successful, and many people recognize the two characters. Mike Judge, the creator of the show, did the voices for both Beavis and Butt-Head.

"Celebrity Deathmatch" is an MTV claymation TV show that aired in 1998 and ran until 2007. "Celebrity Deathmatch" animated real celebrities, using claymation, to fight one another in a boxing ring in what are very gory and sometimes hilarious battles. Some notable "battles" include Madonna versus Michael Jackson and Eminem versus Kid Rock.

"Daria" is one of MTV's better-recognized animated series, running from 1997 to 2002. The show features Daria, a cynical and monotone girl who attends high school with her other equally cynical friends. Daria was originally a character on Beavis and Butt-Head, but soon earned an entire TV show of her own. Daria has been broadcast in at least thirty countries.

"Jackass" is a reality series that first aired in 2000 and originally ran until 2002. The show opens with a familiar "Please don't try this at home" warning, which viewers should take seriously. The painful and often hilarious pranks that the characters on the show pull off got them two feature-length movies. The show features such memorable characters as Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and Steve-O.

"My Life as Liz" is a comedy reality series that follows a young woman named Liz. Liz doesn't quite fit in her small town and regularly clashes with the popular groups that rule the school. The show centers around Liz and her group of misfit friends as they navigate high school together.

"Punk'd" was a very popular MTV reality TV show that aired from 2003 to 2007. Many are familiar with the show or have at least seen clips, and it's little wonder why the show experienced such popularity. Hosted and masterminded by Ashton Kutcher, the premise of the show is to lure celebrities into awkward, bizarre, and sometimes infuriating situations. Some more notable celebrities to get the Punk'd treatment were Halle Berry, Serena Williams, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Justin Bieber.

"Teen Wolf" has been on air on MTV since 2011. On "Teen Wolf," Scott McCall is a high-school nobody who is trying to escape from his boring life and break into the social scene at school. While wandering in the woods one night, he is bitten by a mysterious creature and undergoes a transformation. Half-human and half-wolf, Scott must now navigate the stormy waters of high school drama with a secret to hide.

"Headbangers Ball" is a music-themed program that first aired in 1987. The show featured music videos of popular and obscure heavy metal music and would often air at night. It aired across MTV's various sister channels and enjoyed some success, as it was a very stark contrast to the Top 40 music videos that would air during the day.

"Pimp My Ride" was another very successful MTV program that first aired in 2004. Hosted by the rapper Xzibit, the show would "borrow" beaten down or ugly cars from unsuspecting individuals and take them back to a body shop to "pimp their ride." The show was fun and sometimes ridiculous, with such bizarre things as fish tanks, but would overall strive to make the car far more impressive than it was before.

"The Osbournes" followed the life of the family of Ozzy Osbourne, who was once a famous singer in the band Black Sabbath. The show follows Ozzy's antics, along with his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne's attempts to keep the family together.

"Viva La Bam" premiered in October of 2003 and ran for two years. Bam Margera was originally introduced on MTV as a cast member of the popular reality stunt show, "Jackass." Viva La Bam was one of several spin-offs of "Jackass" which featured cast members from the original show. In "Viva La Bam," we follow the pranks, challenges, and humor that accompany Bam Margera and a few of his friends. Often, Bam's parents "Ape" and Phil are the targets of his constant pranking.

"Ridiculousness" is an MTV show featuring skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and a cast of other entertaining guests. Similar to the premise of "Tosh.0" (a Comedy Central television show) Dyrdek and his cast review viral internet videos in front of a studio audience. The more extreme, dangerous, or, well, ridiculous a video is the more likely it is to be featured on "Ridiculousness."

"Liquid Television" premiered in 1991 and ran for three seasons. Rather than following one storyline or one group of characters, "Liquid Television" featured cartoons from various artists and creators and was a conglomeration of all of their work put together in various segments.

"The Real World" is a reality show that has been on the air since 1992. Out of thousands of applicants, seven lucky individuals are chosen to live with one another in a nice house located in the city of choice. They complete challenges and activities, form alliances, and get in fights. What else would you expect from seven strangers living together?

"TRL," or "Total Request Live," is an MTV show that was on the air for ten years, from 1998 to 2008. MTV's version of a live talk show, "TRL" would count down the top music videos of the day. The show also featured many celebrity guests, from Mariah Carey to Tom Cruise. The show was filmed in front of a live studio audience.

"Aeon Flux" was a science-fiction cartoon that premiered in 1991 and ran until 1995. "Aeon Flux" is set in a distant future and features a leather-clad heroine who is an assassin. There have been many spin-offs of the original animated series, including a film adaptation starring Charlize Theron (2005), as well as video games.

"Awkward" is a comedy series that premiered in 2011 and ran until 2016. The show features Jenna Hamilton, an unlucky high-school student, who narrates the series from her point of view. Jenna must navigate the stormy waters of high school politics, romance and mean girls in a show that lives up to its name of being very awkward at times. "Awkward" won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy.

"Singled Out" was a dating reality show that aired from 1995 to 1998. Somewhat similar to "The Bachelor," a group of contestants would compete to win a date with an eligible bachelor or bachelorette. Popular hosts of the show included Carmen Elektra and Jenny McCarthy.

"Rob & Big" is a reality show that revolved around the life of the famous skateboarder, Rob Dyrdek. Dyrdek's bodyguard, Big Black, is the other main character of the show, which is essentially a series of pranks and trouble that Rob and Big manage to get themselves into while living in Hollywood.

"Room Raiders" first aired in 2004 and is a dating show with an MTV spin on it. A group of contestants agree to have their rooms "raided" at an indeterminate time by an eligible bachelor or bachelorette. The contestants then ride around in the back of a van while they watch the eligible guy or gal raid their rooms and decide whether he or she wants to date one of them, based on what they find.

"Parental Control" is another reality dating program on MTV that aired in 2006. On the show, parents of a son or daughter who is dating someone they consider to be undesirable are given the opportunity to choose new partners for their son or daughter to go on a date with. The current significant other of the parents' son or daughter then sits in the family living room with both parents and watches the events of the planned dates unfold. At the end, the son or daughter must choose between the new candidates and the old flame.

"Remote Control" aired on MTV from 1987 until 1990. It was one of MTV's first game shows and features three contestants. The three contestants had to answer a series of questions about pop culture references.

"True Life" first aired in 1998. A departure from the usual silly and funny programming that MTV usually airs, True Life was a reality series told in the form of documentaries and usually featured one or multiple individuals.

"Next" is an MTV reality dating series that aired from 2005 to 2008. A bachelor or bachelorette would go on a series of blind dates with contestants on an RV that followed him or her around from date to date. The name of the show comes from the premise that at any time during one of the dates, the star of the show could yell "Next!" if they weren't enjoying the date.

"The Head" was a bizarre MTV animation series that ran for only fourteen episodes, from 1994 to 1996. "The Head" referred to the main character of the show, Jim, who suddenly and inexplicably has a huge head. He soon learns the reason for his head expansion - an alien named Roy is living in there! Roy has come to earth to help Jim protect humanity from Gork, an evil alien.

"Wildboyz" is another spinoff of the popular show, "Jackass." Two members of the original Jackass lineup, Steve-O and Chris Pontius, go around the world in search of interesting animals and strange habitats. The show is educational and silly at the same time; viewers will learn about a new species of animal or a culture they never knew existed, but also watch the antics of Steve-O and Chris Pontius in the process.

"Wild 'n Out" is an MTV comedy program with a unique twist. First aired in 2005 and hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features comics doing improvisational comedy for a panel of celebrity judges. But "Wild 'n Out" has a twist - all the comedy has a hip-hop focus.

"Made" is an MTV reality series that first premiered in 2002. Airing on both MTV and MTV2, "Made" follows an individual who wants MTV's help to pursue a dream or goal that seems out of reach for them. Over the course of the show, MTV will remake and transform the individual, helping them to achieve their dream and become "Made."

"Jersey Shore" was a popular MTV reality series that aired from 2009 to 2012. Featuring a cast of individuals who personify the Jersey Shore lifestyle of tanning, going to the gym and partying to House EDM music, Jersey Shore was a very popular show while it was on the air. Lots of drama, drinking, and romance ensued in the Jersey Shore house, where a group of people - including Snooki, The Situation, JWoww, and others lived.

"MTV Cribs" was a long-standing MTV reality show that first aired in 2000. The show features tours of famous celebrities' mansions and their numerous cars and other luxuries. The show featured a wide variety of celebrities, from Mariah Carey to Lil' Wayne and from Richard Branson to Tony Hawk.

"My Super Sweet 16" is an MTV reality series that first premiered in 2005. The show follows the planning and execution of "super sweet 16" birthday parties for 15-year-old girls (and some boys). The individuals featured in the show usually come from wealthy families and receive lavish gifts, such as expensive cars and VIP treatment, for their sixteenth birthday party.

"Yo! MTV Raps" is an MTV music program that ran from 1988 to 1995. The show was also the first hip-hop music program that aired on MTV. Somewhat similar to "TRL," which would premiere many years later, "Yo! MTV Raps" featured hip-hop and rap music videos, interviews with hip-hop artists and live performances in the MTV studio.

"Bam's Unholy Union" is another spin-off of the popular reality show, "Jackass." "Bam's Unholy Union" featured the planning process and (you guessed it) pranks and hijinks leading up to Bam's marriage to his girlfriend Missy.

"America's Best Dance Crew" is an MTV reality dance competition. The show first aired in 2008 and featured different "crews" of dancers competing against one another for the title of America's Best Dance Crew. Each week, the dance crews must create a dance based on a particular artist or song.

"Bully Beatdown" is an MTV reality game show series that first premiered in 2009. The show featured individuals who have been victimized by bullies coming forth and exposing the bullies. The bully is then confronted and told that he can win a $5,000 cash prize if he can win a match with a professional fighter or refuse and look like a coward.

"Faking It" is an MTV comedy series that first premiered on MTV in April of 2014. "Faking It" is a coming of age comedy that confronts important social issues such as acceptance of one's sexuality and pressure to be "normal." After two best friends are outed as lesbians, they must deal with the serious and sometimes humorous consequences.

"Catfish: The TV Show" is an MTV television adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2010 documentary, "Catfish." The producers of the movie also produce and star in the MTV television series. On the show, Nev and Max travel around the country and meet romantic partners who often misrepresent themselves online - people who are referred to as Catfish.

"The Hills" is an MTV drama series that features the lives of young men and women living in the Hollywood Hills. The show launched the careers of several individuals who are now household names, such as Audrina Partridge and Lauren Conrad. The show follows the drama and turmoil that exists between a group of (sometimes) friends who navigate the waters of social life living in the Hollywood Hills.

"Scream" is an MTV show that premiered in 2015 and is produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein. "Scream" puts a modern spin on the 1990s original thriller movie, "Scream," with a series of murders being set off by a cyberbullying incident online.

"The Maxx" is an MTV animated series based on a comic book by the same name that was originally published in 1993, by Image Comics. In the comic and the TV series, a man who lives as a homeless person in reality also sometimes enters an alternate reality called the Outback, where he is the hero Maxx.

"Laguna Beach" is an MTV reality TV show that first premiered in 2004. The show follows the lives of a group of young people who live glamorous lives in Laguna Beach, California.

"My So-Called Life" is an MTV TV series that aired in the 1990s. The show follows the drama and angst that accompany teenage life, such as drugs, drama and sex.

"Real World/Road Rules Challenge" is an MTV reality game show. First premiering in 1998, "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" follows the groups of people from both reality shows, "Road Rules" and "The Real World." The groups come together to compete in challenges and win prizes.

"Teen Mom" is an MTV reality series that enjoyed considerable popularity. Originally premiering in 2011, "Teen Mom" is the follow-up show to "16 and Pregnant." "Teen Mom" follows the lives of the girls introduced in "16 and Pregnant," which featured young women and the struggles they each faced in having a child at such a young age.

"Date My Mom" is an MTV dating show that first premiered in 2004. Similar to the dating show, "Parental Control," "Date My Mom" follows a single and eligible individual who goes on a date with three different moms. Each mom tries to convince the bachelor or bachelorette to date their son or daughter.

"Skins" is an MTV drama series that follows the lives of a group of teenagers. The show tells the stories of typical teenage problems such as heartbreak, friendship, fights and drama. Skins is based on the original show of the same name that first premiered on British television.

"Wonder Showzen" is an MTV comedy series that first aired in 2005 on MTV's second channel, MTV2. The comedy series parodies children's educational programs, such as "Sesame Street." Instead of being educational, however, the show is rated TV-MA and is intended for adults.

"MTV Unplugged" first aired in 1989. This show is a musical staple of MTV's television programming. On the show, famous bands and musical artists perform acoustic or "unplugged" versions of their hit songs. Some more popular episodes have featured the likes of Nirvana, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen.

"Run's House" is an MTV reality series based on the life of Joseph Simmons. Former rapper and member of the rap group Run D.M.C., Simmons became a preacher later in life, after ending his rap career. The show follows his day-to-day life with his wife and six children.

"Scarred" debuted on MTV in 2007 and is not a show for the faint of heart. The show tells the stories of skateboarders, rock climbers and other risk-takers. But rather than just telling their stories, the show usually shows footage of the risk takers in action, and often the "scarring" results of injuries sustained while taking those risks.

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