If you miss the Carson Daly, Quinn Morgendorffer, Ashton Kutcher, and ‘Puck’ David Rainey filled MTV era, then it’s a good time to be you, because all of your favorite MTV programs from the nineties are returning to MTV this Monday!
As few of us may remember, on August 1st, 1981, MTV made its debut to the sight of a space shuttle launch and the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock ‘n roll.” At the time, MTV was a program primarily centered around young VJs showcasing music videos to the world. As the network grew in popularity into the ’90s, reality shows like The Real World and Road Rules, cartoons like Daria, Clone High, and Beavis and Butt-head, and the unforgettable top 10 music video countdown program Total Request Live, dominated the network. Since 2008, MTV has changed its format time and time again, tailoring most to reality fans, and often receiving criticism for the absence of music videos in its roster.
Now, on the 35th anniversary of MTV, in what may be the best rebranding ever (from VH1 Classic to MTV Classic), the nineties will make a triumphant return. This Monday, August 1st, “MTV Hour One” will replay the first ever hour of MTV, followed by a Total Request Live retrospective called The TRL Decade, and a best-of marathon of MTV Unplugged.
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On weekdays from 10PM-1AM starting this Monday, the network will air cult favorites like Daria, Jackasss, Punk’d, Clone High, Pimp My Ride, Beavis and Butt-Head, Aeon Flux, and Run’s House. Meanwhile, weekends will see marathons of Road Rules, The Real World, Laguna Beach, and more.
“MTV Classic gives audiences a modern and artful home for classic MTV programming” said Sean Atkins, President of MTV. “From Beavis & Butt-head to Laguna Beach, MTV’s programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance.”
So if you were ever a nineties kid with cool taste in TV and music, looks like it’s time to say goodbye to your social life and hello to MTV Classic.
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