TIMELINE: MTV remains respected source of music

There used to be a time when MTV was all about TRL rather than GTL (gym, tan, laundry). It was these days when more video premieres flooded the network than reality show dramas.

Since its launch in 1981, MTV has evolved into a pop culture phenomenon as it transitioned from daily video countdowns to reality programs like “The Real World.” Through the transition, it appeared that MTV had lost a sense of what started it all as reality shows became a key part of the daily schedule, overtaking the amount of music shown.