The 5 best MTV reality TV shows are the most notable and memorable. They all feature ordinary people living their life in front of the cameras in unscripted situations. Every show introduce break out reality TV stars who made careers beyond their MTV fame. The best MTV reality TV shows center around creating music groups, following strangers living together, and true life stories of teen mothers.

  1. "Real World" One of the best MTV reality TV shows because it was the networks first venture into that type of programming. "The Real World"  premiered in 1992 and was the first reality show on television. The MTV show is based around seven strangers living together for a couple of months in a house provided by MTV. Each season there is a new cast, new location, and new drama. Placing people together that come from different backgrounds, and walks of life has provided a successful MTV reality TV show that has 24 seasons to date.

  2. "The Hills" Break out "Laguna Beach" star Lauren "LC" Conrad got her own MTV reality TV show "The Hills" in 2006. LC's reality show was about her living in L.A. and attending college. It lasted six seasons and spawned Whitney Port's MTV spin off show "The City." During "The Hills" audiences watched memorable couple Heidi and Spencer Pratt's relationship play out over the seasons. The couple's wedding was the season five finale, which was also LC's last episode. During the final season of the MTV reality TV show, Kristin Cavallari from "Laguna Beach" took over as the main characters. One of the best MTV reality TV shows because it launched LC and Whitney Port's now successful fashion designer careers.

  3. "The Jersey Shore" MTV took the premise from one of their best reality TV shows "The Real World" and put a new spin on it. "The Jersey Shore" follows eight Italian-American strangers and their dynamics of living together. They work, party, and cause drama amongst themselves and outsiders. The MTV show introduced the breakout reality stars  Mike "The Situation," Nicole "Snookie," DJ Pauly D, and Angelina. Unlike MTV's "The Real World," this reality show has the same cast members every season, unless someone chooses to not come back then someone else is cast. This factor causes more drama because after season one they are no longer strangers living together, but friends and enemies.

  4. "16 and Pregnant" The MTV reality TV show is about pregnant teenagers and how they cope with becoming young parents. Each episode focuses on one girls journey through pregnancy, childbirth, and the first couple months of being a teen mom. One of the best MTV reality TV shows because it's credited for a decline in teen pregnancy rates. A report by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy states the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" helps teens understand the reality of being a young parent. The MTV spin off show "Teen Mom" takes it a step further, and follows four girls journey through motherhood that were featured on "16 and Pregnant."

  5. "Making the Band" One of the best MTV reality TV shows because it launched short, but successful careers of O-Town, Da Band, Danity Kane, Day26, and Donnie Klang. The first season of the reality TV show was about Lou Pearlman, the former manager of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync creating a new boy band. The remaining three seasons were about Puff Daddy creating music supergroups. His female group, Danity Kane was arguably the most popular and season three followed the girls through their recording process. Audiences got to witness what it takes to record a record, and get ready for a tour. The MTV reality program showed no one got an easy ride being signed to Puff Daddy's record label.