By Matt Goodhue
Sure, ’90′s Nickelodeon played a key role in shaping our childhood. Doug and Patty provided us with fashion sense. Kenan and Kel made us fond of orange soda. “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” encouraged us to use a nightlight. These shows were crucial in the development of our young, innocent brains, but it was the radical movement of MTV that really had an impact on how we are today.
As young interns for MTV News, we can’t ignore the influence certain programs had on us. It’s one of the reasons we wanted to come here in the first place. So, while Nickelodeon’s re-airings of hits like “Doug” and “Clarissa Explains It All” are thrilling our slightly older MTV News colleges, we’re hoping MTV will be inspired and re-play our favorite classics from the late ’90s and early 2000s.
“Celebrity Deathmatch,” 1998-2002 – Matt Goodhue
In a time when WWF ruled my Monday nights, I needed another program to meet my wrestling needs during the week. “Celebrity Deathmatch” was the missing link. Not only could I watch claymation characters kick each other’s asses in brutal ways, the matches featured celebrities and historical figures that I would have loved to see square off in the ring. Beavis vs. Butt-head. The Backstreet Boys vs. The Beastie Boys. Busta Rhymes vs. William Shakespeare. Pure genius. With commentators Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond giving the play-by-play, “Celebrity Deathmatch” provided endless entertainment and a copious amount of blood and physical injury. Bring back the clay!
“TRL,” 1998-2008 – Stefan Doyno
Who doesn’t miss “Total Request Live”? I remember 1998 like it was yesterday. I’m talking about the Carson Daly days, 4PM, Monday through Friday. I was in fourth grade, and every day after school I would turn on MTV to watch my favorite countdown show with a large glass of chocolate milk. “TRL” was great because it featured music videos, but it also kept me up to date with the latest in pop culture. Whether they were premiering a highly anticipated Britney Spears video or something from Eminem, “TRL” always had great guests and great performances. “Total Request Live” was not just a show; it was part of my childhood.
“Making the Video,” 1999-2009 – Danielle Genet
There’s nothing I love more than behind the scenes footage! I loved MTV’s “Making the Video,” which began in 1999, because we were given an exclusive and real look at the process of making a music video – everything from day one set arrivals, meeting the production team, watching the choreography and ideas unfold, and eventually watching the premiere of the video on television. The show taught its viewers so much about the whole production process … I didn’t even know what a green screen was until I watched the show! With technology these days going at a speed of a mile a minute, I would love for this show to come back, slow down the process and help us understand the current efforts behind the videos of the future. Wouldn’t it be so cool to know how Lady Gaga and her team work their magic in their video extravaganzas? MTV News now does a segment called “Frame by Frame” (watch Katy Perry talk about “California Girls”) which is filling the void that was created when this show went off air in 2009.
“Say What? Karaoke,” 1998-2003 – Morgan Schwartz
Although it stopped airing in 2003, “Say What? Karaoke” lives on forever both in my fifth grade yearbook (as my favorite TV show) and in my heart. There was no greater pleasure for me than coming home after a long, hard day on the playground, turning on “Say What? Karaoke,” and singing along as sometimes tone-deaf college-aged kids performed their own renditions of the hottest pop songs of our time. Some (me) may even go so far as to claim it was the original “American Idol.” Let’s just say Randy, Simon and Paula could have learned a thing or two from celeb judges like Shia LaBeouf. And let’s not even start with the resemblance between host Dave Holmes and Ryan Seacrest. It’s uncanny.
What’s your favorite MTV show? Let us know in the comments.
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