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The Ashlee Simpson Show (2004-05)
Viewers never seemed to connect with Ashlee Simpson the way they did with her sister. Watching the faux tortured artist whine about her endless stream of boyfriend problems simply was not as gripping as watching Jessica ponder the trials of laundry. —Sandra Gonzalez
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A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila (2001-2002)
Tila Tequila is hot. Tila Tequila is bisexual. Tila Tequila is... who exactly? It doesn't matter — she still managed to bag her own show, in which several men and women vied for her affection. Think The Bachelor, but replace love and roses with dry humping and pig vaginas. Yay, society! —Kate Ward
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Viva La Bam (2003-2005)
Bam Margera always reminds me of Hawkeye. Now, Hawkeye is always a fun character when he's hanging out with his fellow Avengers — he's the cut-up, the douchebag with a heart of gold, the guy who brings things back down to earth when Thor and Captain America start squabbling. But give Hawkeye his own series, and he just turns into a whiny loser. Hence, Viva La Bam, in which Margera and his team (including Brandon DiCamillo and the late Ryan Dunn) torment Bam's family. Jackass never felt so jackass-y. —Darren Franich
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The Tom Green Show (1999-2000)
Green's fans were accustomed to his zany antics, but many found his Andy Kaufman-inspired performance art as funny as cancer. Which, oddly enough, is what his MTV show is best remembered for, after he aired his own testicular cancer surgery. —Jeff Labrecque
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8th and Ocean (March 2006-May 2006)
Otherwise known as the best show on television to feature those twin models from the Acuvue ads. Okay, we mean the only show — and it was terrible. A reality series about models living in Miami? Puh-leeze. If we wanted to watch pretty, boring people blather about nothing, we'd watch The Hills... which it seems is what people actually did after this show aired its 10-episode run. —KW
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Clone High (2002-2003)
Abe Lincoln, Cleopatra, JFK, Ghandi, and other historical notables as teenagers going to high school together. That ought to be pretty cool, right? Not so much.
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This show scoured the land for the world's biggest fans and gave them the chance to meet and interview their idols. Not only were the meetings awkward and painful to watch, but ''biggest fan'' is such a subjective term. How did they know they were picking the biggest fan? Pfft. Not that I'm bitter... —SG
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Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004-2006)
Entertaining but empty, this reality show purported to show what life was really like for a bunch of wealthy teenagers. But it was mostly notable for launching the careers of Lauren Conrad (The Hills) and Kristin Cavallari (also The Hills). When the show moved to Newport Beach instead, it lost what little flavor it had.
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Mother Goose and Grimm (1991-1993)
This animated translation of Mike Peters' cartoon strip still felt a little flat.
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NEXT (2005 - 2008)
A person on a date gets to say ''Next!'' and call forth their next blind date, who's been waiting with others in a nearby bus, whenever she or he tires of the person in front of them. Speed dating at its cruelest, or evil genius? We'd actually be torn if we ever saw someone we didn't want to ''instantly next.'' —Mandi Bierly
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MTV Movie Awards (1992-present)
MTV's Video Music Awards represent everything great and iconic about MTV. Its annual Movie Awards are just the opposite: a Dark Link-style example of all the network's worst instincts. Sure, some of the awards are pretty funny — Best Kiss! — but year after year, the MTV Movie Awards become a misery ballet of unfunny sketches, aimless performances, and seemingly preplanned ''surprises'' that are neither surprising nor planned very well. —DF
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Parental Control (2005-present)
Because nothing says healthy relationship like telling your partner that you need to date a couple of other people your parents pick for you and then you'll decide if you want to stay in your current one.
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Room Raiders (2003 - 2009)
Someone armed with a spy kit snoops through three potential dates' bedrooms — as they watch remotely — and decides who he or she will ask out without ever seeing them. In theory, it's fascinating. In practice, we don't need to watch Zac Efron (circa Summerland) uncover condoms and handcuffs in a nightstand on a celebrity edition and say, ''Maybe you're pretty wild. That's cool. I can work with that.'' (But you can watch stuff like that in the current 2.0 edition.) —MB
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Say What? Karaoke (1998-2003)
Before there was American Idol, there was Say What? Karaoke as the outlet for amateur pop aficionados who performed awesomely bad songs. Not always the best thing to listen to but the best thing about it all was watching host Dave Holmes egg them on. He was just so damned likable. Hmmm, seems like he still is.
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Singled Out (1995-1998)
One woman, one man, 50 potential dates for each, 30 minutes to find them both love... or at least a potential hook-up. Singled Out was a prototype for The Bachelor(ette), only on crack. This cutthroat competition, which stigmatized dumped contestants with toilet seats around their necks or paper bags on their heads, got its start on MTV's once-relevant Spring Break. It's also the show that unleashed Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra on this unsuspecting world.—Lanford Beard
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This animated look at college life was simply not animated enough. Just boring.
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When people say that MTV isn't good at original fictional programming, they are talking about Undressed. Essentially soft-core pornography for a generation that was still using a dial-up connection, Undressed featured a rotating cast of characters who were simply beautiful idiots learning insipid lessons about sexuality. The anthology cheesefest is mostly notable now for the insane array of up-and-comers who swung by, including Christina Hendricks, Katee Sackhoff, Adam Brody, and Michael Urie. —DF
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Single white females (and males) everywhere got to live out their fantasy of being their favorite celebrities in this series that pitted three contestants against each other. The scariest round of competition? When the wannabes had to answer questions pretending they were the celeb. This seems... unhealthy. —SG
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Do you remember when Ahmet Zappa was having a moment? Well, this blink-and-you-missed-it game show didn't help, despite all the bells and whistles of having the audience play along on the Internet.