MTV Was At Its Trashy Reality TV Prime In 2007
The Hills, Next, Parental Control, and the list goes on!
When MTV launched in 1981, it was devoted to playing music videos and focusing on, well, music.
But throughout the 2000s, MTV decided to shift away from music and instead focus on glorious, hilarious, beautifully trashy reality television.
It was the beginning of a beautiful era.
And in 2007, MTV hit its peak with the best reality TV line-up in the history of all channels ever.
2007 was the year that Lauren and Heidi's relationship on
The Hills went to shit, giving us some of the best lines in reality TV history.
I still feel the sting of this burn 10 years later, and I love it.
2007 was also the year the world got introduced to Audrina's then-boyfriend, the infamous Justin Bobby.
Who broke up with Audrina by leaving his motorcycle helmet at a beach party. And then Lauren delivered the best post break-up wisdom a girl could ever ask for.
LC is basically the Dalai Lama of MTV reality TV.
When you weren't obsessing over the drama on
The Hills, you were probably watching one of the many dating shows on MTV, such as Next, the show that was basically Tinder before Tinder existed.
You could literally say "Next!" at any time during the date (even as soon as you first saw them) and the date would be over. Amazing.
Still mourning the loss of this gem of a show.
2007 was also the premiere of
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, a dating show similar to The Bachelorette.
Tequila, a social media personality who gained fame on MySpace, is bisexual, so she invited 16 hetero men and 16 lesbian women to compete for her love. Stir for drama.
Who could forget
Parental Control?! Parents who were unhappy with their kid's S.O. would interview potential partners, and their child HAD to go on a date with them.
At the end of the date, he or she could stay in their current relationship, be single, or choose one of the new prospects. So much anticipation every time!!
And I WISH I could forget
Exposed, a dating show where everything the contestant said was run through a lie detector test.
Pretty problematic, and as you can see from the video, so damn scripted!
Okay, back to
good reality TV. 2007 was also the peak of My Super Sweet 16, the show that gave you unrealistic expectations for your 16th birthday.
Every episode featured the most dramatic and spoiled teenagers in America, and you ATE. IT. UP.
Who could forget when one of the girls threw a fit when she got her car on her actual birthday and not the day of the party LIKE SHE FUCKING ASKED. JESUS, MOM!!!!
If you needed a nice escape from reality, you tuned into
Pimp My Ride, because watching someone get an aquarium installed into their jank-ass car was SO much better than doing homework.
Many MTV classics were still on the air and in their prime, such as
We don't miss those trucker hats though, Ashton.
And arguably the first reality television show ever,
The Real World, was still going strong with just as much drama as ever.
Denver and Sydney were both shown in 2007.
And admit it, you wanted to be in the studio audience of
TRL so bad (Yes, it was still a thing in 2007.)
Take a minute to admire baby Zac Efron promoting
High School Musical 2, pre-Baywatch abs, of course.
And you were
dying to be on Made, a show where an expert helps you achieve a dream or goal you've always wanted.
Sure, it was cringeworthy at times, but that's what made it SO. GOOD.
Speaking of cringeworthy, 2007 was also the year of Britney's "comeback" during the VMAs.
Not exactly reality TV, but honestly, it doesn't get more real than this.
You were always intensely fascinated with
True Life, a documentary series that tackled both serious and more lighthearted topics.
Wild 'N Out, a sketch comedy and improv show hosted by Nick Cannon, was actually kinda good, too!
In fact, MTV brought it back to life in 2016!
And to conclude, who could possibly forget
Yo Momma, which Wikipedia hilariously describes as a show "based upon insulting one's mother."
No, really. It was just people saying "yo momma" jokes to each other. Let's hope this doesn't get revived soon.
If you want to reminisce and watch FULL episodes of shows from 2007 like
The Hills, True Life, and more, you can on MTV.com.
2007 Week is a week of content that celebrates the iconic music hits, tabloid-fixture stars, crazy movie & TV moments, ~trendy styles~, and much more that made the year SO important for pop culture. Take a step back in time and check out more great 2007 content
here. It's what Lindsay Lohan would want!
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