MTV airs its first music video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
Michael Jackson debuts his now-iconic “Thriller” music video.
Madonna delivers a show-stopping performance of “Like a Virgin” at the first Video Music Awards.
The musicians of Nirvana give one of their last televised performances with Kurt Corbain on MTV Unplugged.
The Real World: San Francisco‘s Pedro Zamora battles HIV/AIDS as one of the only openly gay men fighting the disease on mainstream television.
Bill Clinton answers the “boxers or briefs” question during the Rock the Vote forum.
Total Request Live (or, TRL) debuts, becoming an MTV staple for the next decade.
Jackass premieres, opening the door to prank and stunt comedy for years to come.
The first episode of Punk’d airs, featuring a crying Justin Timberlake after he was pranked by host Ashton Kutcher.
The Osbournes premieres, inspiring many celebrity reality series to follow.
Madonna and Britney Spears (and Christina Aguilera!) kiss during a performance at the VMAs.
In the height of MTV Cribs, Mariah Carey opens her doors for a bizarre tour of her abode.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdam recreate their award-winning smooch from The Notebook at the MTV Movie Awards.
My Super Sweet Sixteen continues its run, including such epic moments as teen Audrey throwing a tantrum after getting the “wrong” car as a gift.
Jersey Shore debuts and shows a particularly intense moment when Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gets punched in the face at a bar.
Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs, kicking off a feud that’s still going on seven years later.
Lady Gaga walks the red carpet at the VMAs in a dress made out of raw beef.
After four years, The Hills airs its final episode, dropping the curtain on the “reality” series.
Beyoncé takes the stage at the VMAs, and caps off her performance of “Love on Top” by revealing that she is pregnant.
After showing the darker side of internet dating in a 2010 documentary, Catfish: The TV Show hit the small screen to continue its shocking exposés.
Robin Thicke twerks with Miley Cyrus during a performance at the VMAs.