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“Jersey Shore” (MTV, 2009) – 71 Episodes, 31 Specials With 76 episodes, three spin-offs and countless specials, “Jersey Shore” wrapped its six season run at the end of 2012, but not before “fist pumping” its way to becoming the highest-rated show in the history of MTV. The show explored the lives of a group of New Jersey 20- somethings, making the show’s cast members household names and launching several of them to global super-stardom.

“Tattoo Nightmares” (SPIKE TV, 2012) – 24 Episodes The series was recently credited in Variety for being an integral component in drawing a broader Nielsen audience to the network. “Tattoo Nightmares” was a ratings hit for SPIKE TV in its first season, and the second season is slated to air later this spring. The program showcases real people with really bad tattoos as they seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to cover someone else’s mistake.

“The Show With Vinny” (MTV, 2013) – 11 Episodes The third spin-off of the global phenomenon, “Jersey Shore,” ”The Show With Vinny” premieres on May 1st. Watch as Vinny Guadagnino welcomes celebrities into his Staten Island home and shares a home-cooked Italian meal and candid conversation with his family.

“Friendzone” (MTV, 2011) – 86 Episodes This hit MTV series recently aired its 66th episode with another 20 ordered, and no end in sight. The program follows someone stuck in the “friend zone” as their crush helps them get ready for a faux blind date, where they ultimately reveal their true feelings.

“Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV, 2012) – 26+ Episodes There have been two seasons and 26+ episodes to date of this hit series, which is the first of three “Jersey Shore” spinoffs. The program follows BFFs Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley as they start a new chapter in their lives and take over Jersey City.

“Nail Files” (TV Guide Network, 2011) – 16 Episodes “Nail Files” quickly became the highest rated show in TV Guide Network’s history. The series, which recently wrapped its second season, looks at the secrets behind beauty entrepreneur Katie Cazorla’s success, her famous clients, and how she balances her busy work life and her love life with Walter Afanasieff, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer.

“Repo Games” (SPIKE TV, 2011) – 40 Episodes The game show series has seen two seasons and 40 episodes so far for SPIKE TV, where real repo men give car owners a chance to win their vehicle back by answering five general-knowledge trivia questions. If the owner correctly answers three questions, their delinquent payments and any outstanding loan balances are paid off by the show and they own their car free and clear. Spoiler alert: they are always funny, but they often fail.

“Tool Academy” (VH1, 2009) – 30 Episodes This hit series, which ran 26 episodes over three successful seasons, put contestants through the “Tool Academy,” which transformed strutting, preening, over confident males into proper boyfriends through lessons in honesty, fidelity, maturity, and communication with relationship counselor Trina Dolenz.

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