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Which 2000s MTV reality shows should make a comeback?

I’m very passionate about one of these making a return.

words by: Kayla Carmicheal
Oct 14, 2022

Remember the weird, experimental reality shows that were on MTV in the 2000s? Obviously, there were the -of Loves that have skyrocketed in popularity again, thanks to meme queen Tiffany “New York” Pollard, and the fact that people were actually competing for the hearts of Flava Flav and Brett Michaels. Plus Pimp My Ride and Cribs, because who wasn’t watching Cribs?


But I’m talking about the others that I’ve recently gone done memory lane with using Paramount+, which has way too much content (never change, Paramount+). I’m talking about the deep cuts. And watching these disasters, I started thinking, “Should these shows have a reboot?”


Since we’re in reboot season anyway, I thought I’d revisit some of these shows, what they’re about, and if they have enough merit and necessity to come back. Or, if they are back, if they need to be.



We know it. We loved it. And who wouldn’t? This is the perfect idea. In a world where celebrities are part of a small, exclusive bunch with huge, expansive wallets, who wouldn’t want to see the lavish lives they’re living? Plus, MTV could invite anybody: Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, that guy from Motley Crue.


And we’d sit in our modest homes and watch celebrities like Bow-Wow or Ja-Rule show off their (rented) sports cars, (leased) hot tubs, and chef’s kitchens. It writes itself.



Apparently, Cribs gets revived all the time. In fact, the new season is premiering Halloween 2022. Some of the stars in recent years include Bachelor contestants, Jojo Siwa, Tinashe, Big Sean, and Ashlee Simpson.


Should it come back?: While an amazing spectacle of the early 2000s, we have Instagram, TikTok, and Architectural Digest Open Door on YouTube. We are way too connected to celebs at this point for Cribs to have the hype it had in its heyday.


Parental Control 

Teens and young adults: You always seem to choose Mr./Ms./Mx. Wrong, and can’t see the red flags. In fact, those flags endear you. But your parents can. And now, armed with a remote and MTV, they’re ready to take control of your love life. Maybe, just maybe, two blind dates (chosen by your parents after a lengthy audition process) will be exactly what you need to dump the loser and experience happiness.



The parents have the joy of watching the dates with the hated significant other that they just ragged on at the beginning. And that’s it. That’s the premise. Will they stay with the loser, or will they pick someone new? Time will tell!


Should it come back?: I think it is hilarious for parents to try to control their kids’ love lives. But maybe it can have a soft 6-episode soft launch. Hear me out: Dating apps. What if the parents made their kid a dating profile, impersonated them, and set up two dates that way? I think that would be hysterical. And I’m just imagining the inevitable: Finding the kid’s current partner on the dating app without them knowing. Honestly, I’d watch it.



Next was a fever dream. I’m not sure why or how this show was created, but I’m somewhat positive the pitch meeting involved the question: “How many factors can we put in one 18-minute show?” Seriously. Contestants, competitions, money, dating, bus conversations, kooky introductions, a rotating cast of young people who definitely said, “MTV? Say no more!”



Basically, a young person who agrees to go on blind dates with somewhat eligible people who appear out of a van. We’ve gotten to know them via awkward conversations forced by the producers, but the single has no idea who they’re about to meet. From the minute they step out of the van, the single can yell, “Next!”, signaling the end of the date, and the date earns a very low amount of money depending on how long they last.


Should it come back?: Next was done way too many times. Seriously, there’s like 4 of these happenings per episode. I feel like no one is willing to do anything like this, earn like $10, and not become an influencer at the end. Plus, there are already reality shows out where people who barely know each other pressure cook their relationship, and they’ve gone way better. We can leave this in the dust.


My Super Sweet 16

Needs no introduction. Another look into the lives of the ultra–rich, this show did nothing but showcase bratty teens who made their 16th birthday a spectacle, from exclusive invites, to party themes, and throwing a fit if they didn’t get the right Bentley for their present. And for some reason, my friends and I were obsessed. Now, this capitalism propaganda nightmare gives me a headache.



Should it come back?: TikTok exists.


Silent Library

I have to include this stroke of genius (that MTV stole). Silent Library is this game show where friends draw a card to see who has to endure unusual punishments and (hopefully) win money. But if they fail or make too much noise, no dice. Obviously, libraries are quiet zones. So why not make a game show where contestants (and sometimes celebrities) engage in old-school “Try not to laugh” challenges?



Should it come back?: YES. I know what you’re thinking, this is just a challenge with a short lifespan for YouTube. But Silent Library had some spice, some magic. With a fun host, new challenges, and celebrity contestants, I think it could rival Hot Ones. And so many people would apply to be on this show it’s crazy. We all thought, “I can do that.”


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