I talked a little bit in my first post about how MTV more or less started the reality television revolution in the early 90s. While many other networks adopted their own reality tv shows, MTV has also been churning them out for nearly a quarter of a decade.
In the early 20s, MTV turned to reality to fill many of their programming spots. They focused on young college kids to ‘star’ in these shows, much like those who were making up their demographic. Singled Out and the Real World spin-off, Road Rules, hit the airwaves during this time.
In the mid-20s we were kind of obsessed with watching what went on in other people’s lives. Shows like the Newlyweds, Laguna Beach, and My Super Sweet 16 helped us with that quest. I personally was obsessed with the Hills, and still am a huge Lauren Conrad fan to this day.
One of the biggest shows to ever hit MTV was Jersey Shore. It followed around 8 interesting folks during their summer at the Jersey Shore. It launched these people into immediate stardom. Some parleyed that into spin-off shows and Dancing With the Stars appearances, others into a few scandals.
At the end of it all, we have MTV to thank for many of our favourite shows, pop culture references, and ‘wait, how are they famous’ celebrities.