Though the channel debuted in the early ’80s, MTV really found its groove in the ’90s when it still balanced music coverage with its burgeoning original reality, comedy, and animated programming. Because we can’t resist looking back fondly on the wild and wacky on-air incidents that shaped our adolescence, here are ten mind-blowing moments from MTV’s second decade that make us pine for those
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We can’t remember the last time that we flipped to MTV expecting to see a music video, but it’s safe to say that it was probably in the early ’90s. This hilarious video by Brian Firenzi and Maria Del Carmen of 5 Second Films, which we spotted on Uproxx, explains why the network abandoned its roots, and while it might be a comedy sketch, it is rather on point. We killed music videos with our Napsters and our LimeWires, and what’s more, we’re old now — MTV doesn’t really care if we don’t like Teen Mom 2. Also: there’s the Internet. Click through to check out the clever clip, but be warned: It kind of stings when Firenzi points out that the complaint that MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore is literally old enough to drive a car by now.
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If you haven’t watched any scripted MTV programming since Daria wrapped, you probably aren’t planning to tune in tonight for the series premiere of Underemployed. But we suggest you switch your schedule around (or at least set your DVR), because this show isn’t just good by MTV standards — it’s a thoroughly enjoyable, largely realistic take on contemporary post-collegiate life seen through the eyes of five recent graduates living in Chicago.
The pilot opens with a shot reminiscent of both Girls’ Hannah Horvath and Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Sophia (Michelle Ang) sits at a computer, typing self-consciously referential purple prose: “It was the best of times, it was the best of times.” But while the show’s mere existence probably has something to do with Lena Dunham, and there’s at least one SATC reference in its first few episodes, Underemployed is no zeitgeist-y knockoff.
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1. If you missed seeing The Daily Show last night, there was a hilarious video segment that took a look back at Barack Obama’s first term, and was narrated by none other than Larry David. The major takeaway: “Less bad is better than more bad.” [via Gawker]
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1. Gird your loins: A new comedy created by former Daily Show showrunner Josh Lieb and comedian Nick Thune that is currently known as “Untitled Hipster Project” is headed to NBC. The basic premise? “A decidedly un-hip anthropology student finds himself living with – and studying – the wild, untamed hipsters of Brooklyn, New York.”… Read More
Usually when a television show gets cancelled, we’re either extremely upset because it was a series that we loved, or apathetic, because it wasn’t even on our radar. On hearing the news that MTV will pull the plug on Jersey Shore after the upcoming sixth season, what we feel is a sense of relief. Did… Read More
The Newsroom has received it’s fair share of flack for a number of reasons (misogyny, plagiarism, self-positioning, manipulative use of Coldplay), and when you boil all this unrest down you get one thing: pride. In today’s post-Sopranos world, the TV elite have high expectations for their shows, especially from networks — nay, institutions — like HBO. AMC has joined the ranks with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and recent hits like Homeland and Louie have put Showtime and FX on a similar playing field. Broadcast networks continue to be game players, but finding their best shows requires some sifting, and then of course there’s an array of web platforms, like Hulu, that are serving up new series or exclusives that are actually good, if not great.
The point being, watching TV is now a great balancing act, one in which “the little guys” sometimes get overlooked. And understandably so, because y’all have actual lives in the living breathing world and important things to do. We, on the other hand, don’t, and therefore found the return of STARZ’s Boss to be the perfect pretext to highlight the networks that often get ignored in elite circles, or simply forgotten because they don’t stream their content for free. Not every show on this list is for everyone, and some are certainly more of an acquired taste, but perhaps you’ll find something to fill that tiny sliver of space you have in your nearly booked TV calendar.
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Have you found that adult life involves far too few childhood party games? If so, then The CW has the answer to your prayers with Oh Sit!, which premieres tonight at 8pm and is billed as a “high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs competition, in which 20 thrill-seeking daredevils race head to head through five physically demanding, obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair, to the sounds of a live band.” Fusing a preschool pastime with extreme physical challenges seems unlikely, but it’s hardly the weirdest game show premise in history. In celebration of its debut, we’ve rounded up some of the silliest and most bizarre examples of one of American TV’s oldest genres (we’re not even going to get into Japanese game shows here, because that’s a whole other can of weird). Meet a talking Olmec head, relive a slacker classic, and experience a show where John McEnroe tries to get your blood pressure up, after the jump.
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1. We’re oddly excited to hear that Parker Posey will be appearing on the upcoming season of New Girl as “a ‘shot girl’ at a party to celebrate the removal of Schmidt’s penis cast.” Given this and her recent stint on Louie, it seems like she’s finally making a long overdue comeback. [via … Read More
There are a few puzzling things about MTV’s new Retro Mania block: First and foremost, we never expected a slate of MTV programming to share its title with a book of Simon Reynolds’ cultural criticism. It’s a whole lot less surprising that this news fully supports Reynolds’ argument that we’re running out of… Read More