MTV (originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American cable television channel, launched on August 1, 1981. Based in New York City, it serves as the flagship property of the Paramount Media Networks division of Paramount Global, also headquartered in New York City.
Why You Wanted Your MTV
- It was the world's very first 24-hour all-music video television channel.
- Its logo was very creative.
- It was one of the earliest TV channels in full stereo sound.
- The network helped further merge radio stations with television.
- Awesome theatrical feature films made from their MTV Films division, especially Beavis and Butt-Head Do America and the 2011 remake of 1984's Footloose.
- Like the most successful video gaming console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, MTV became one of the most iconic 1980s icons.
- It had tons of music video themed shows, like MTV Unplugged, Total Request Live and MTV First.
- It aired award shows like MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and mtvU Woodie Awards.
- Its sister channel, VH1, which focused on the lighter, softer side of popular music.
- Hilarious, zany, laugh-filled original sitcoms, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, George Lopez, Faking It, The Ben Stiller Show, The Andy Dick Show, Warren the Ape and its iconic animated TV show, Beavis and Butt-Head.
- MTV had its original cartoon TV shows, especially Beavis and Butt-Head, Liquid Television and Celebrity Deathmatch.
- Its iconic cartoon TV show, Beavis and Butt-Head, was not only MTV's most-watched program, but one of the most successful adult-oriented animated shows, as well.
- It spawned music genre video games, as well as Beavis and Butt-Head video games.
- In its early years, the network was accused of having a racial bias in music selection. The worst offender of this issue is when they initially refused to play Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". Allegedly, the network made a lousy excuse for it, claiming that they wanted to play Jackson's more rock oriented track "Beat It" first.
- To be fair, the network was initially rock-oriented music but added more genres as the years progressed.
- Its first theatrical feature film, Joe's Apartment, was utterly disgusting.
- Luckily, it's second theatrical feature film, Beavis and Butthead Do America, was a major improvement.
- MTV went downhill after early 1996. With the launch of MTV2 in August of that year, MTV gradually showed fewer and fewer music videos. However, the network decay did not fully kick in until around 2005 as there were little to no music videos or other music-related content by then (with the exception of Footloose in 2011).
- The network has had many awful and/or mediocre shows, including Jersey Shore, Good Vibes, The Brothers Grunt, Headbanger's Ball, and Ridiculousness.
- Even back when the network was great, it showed some awful music videos. They also supported popular music artists who were often slammed by critics and music elitists