MTV

MTV (formerly an initialism of Music Television) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel which is a part of the "Viacom Music and Entertainment Group" unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom, which it is a subsidiary of. The channel itself is headquartered in New York City, and is a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. Launched on August 1, 1981,the original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys," or VJs. The network's current target audience is teenagers and young adults, with programming consisting mainly of original reality, comedy and drama programming and some off-network syndicated programs and films, along with limited music video programming in off-peak time periods. In its early years, MTV's main target demographic were young adults, but today, MTV's programming is primarily targeted at teenagers, high school students and college-aged students.

MTV has spawned numerous sister channels in the U.S. and affiliated channels internationally, some of which have gone independent. MTV's influence on its audience, including issues related to censorship and social activism, has been a subject of debate for years.

As of February 2015, approximately 93,240,000 American households (80.1% of households with television) received MTV.

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  • Ridiculousness

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  • The Real World

    The Real World

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  • Catfish: The TV Show

    Catfish: The TV Show

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  • Scream: The TV Series

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  • Girl Code Live

    Girl Code Live

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  • The Challenge

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  • MTV Fandom Awards

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  • One Bad Choice

    One Bad Choice

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  • Kingin' with Tyga

    Kingin' with Tyga

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  • The Shannara Chronicles

    The Shannara Chronicles

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  • Ladylike

    Ladylike

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  • Sweet/Vicious

    Sweet/Vicious

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  • Wild 'N Out

    Wild 'N Out

    Bringing fresh energy to the monumental tenth anniversary of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out", ar…

  • Teen Mom

    Teen Mom

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  • Teen Mom 2

    Teen Mom 2

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  • Joking Off

    Joking Off

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  • Girl Code

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  • Follow the Rules

    Follow the Rules

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  • The Middle of the Night Show

    The Middle of the Night Show

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  • Broke A$$ Game Show

    Broke A$$ Game Show

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  • MTV Europe Music Awards

    MTV Europe Music Awards

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  • MTV Video Music Awards

    MTV Video Music Awards

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  • MTV Movie Awards

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  • MTV Woodie Awards

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    True Life

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    MTV Suspect

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  • MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged

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  • Unlocking the Truth

    Unlocking the Truth

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  • MTV Wonderland

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  • Acting Out

    Acting Out

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    Stranded with a Million Dollars

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