The Real World

Wednesday 10:00 PM on MTV - Music Television
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  • "This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. The Real World..." How many times have we heard those words? The Real World was the first reality show on tv, premiering in 1992. It is still on the air, about to air it's 21st season, set in Brooklyn. When The Real World was created, it created a new genre of television that years later would be copied by other networks and become almost an obsession around the world. MTV originally wanted to make a soap opera, but the costs were too high, so they thought "what if we could get rid of writers, and scripts, and sets?". That resulted on the first Real World, set in NY neighborhood of SoHo, Manhattan, where 7 people that had never met before had to live in a house together for some time. As the years went by, The Real World slowly gained its shape and space. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, San Diego, Philadelphia, Austin, Key West, Denver, Sydney and now Hollywood...all these locations have hosted the show. Auditions to be a cast member today attract hundreds of thousands of people in hopes to be one of the strangers in the house. Living rent-free for 6 months in a very hip house with very interesting (and often annoying) roommates, and being on an internationally broadcast tv show is quite attractive to people in their late teens/early 20s. How much of the show is actually true we'll never know. A lot of what we see on tv is edited to make it look like it all happened in a certain timeline. All the houses have cameras everywhere, and there's a clause in the contract of each housemate that says they're not allowed to go places where the cameras are not allowed in. And all the sounds are taped in a separate way, so, according to Melissa from New Orleans, a lot of times when they're talking and you can only see the back of their heads, the words you hear might not be the words they actually said at the time. Edited or not, none of the scenes aired on the show are acted. They all happened, without scripts. Each cast member receives around $250 per week, plus their house expenses paid (not including food. That's why every time a parent comes over, they cook). Anything else they want, they have to pay for. Plus, they don't get to take any of all the cool stuff you see in the house. Today, The Real World is shown in several countries, and local versions of the show have already been made. Loving it or hating it, you just know it's here. The Real World: the first and original reality show.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 30 : Ep 13

    The Final Skeleton

    Aired 3/10/15

  • S 30 : Ep 12

    Wine and Roses

    Aired 3/3/15

  • S 30 : Ep 11

    Breaking Mad

    Aired 2/24/15

  • S 30 : Ep 10

    Brother in Arms

    Aired 2/17/15

  • S 30 : Ep 9

    Where's the Beef?

    Aired 2/10/15

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric Patrick

    Season 24 - New Orleans

  • Ryan Leslie

    Season 24 - New Orleans

  • Jemmye Carroll

    Season 24 - New Orleans

  • McKenzie Coburn

    Season 24 - New Orleans

  • Preston Roberson-Charles

    Season 24 - New Orleans

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • "I don't feel the need to go up to people and say, 'I'm gay,' because I don't expect them to come up to me and say, 'I'm straight.'" -Simon

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    • Randy: Its like, Boom! Bazooka Joe!

    • Jacquese: Free Brad!!!!!

    • Jamie: Brad's in jail, Robin's missing i mean how much worse can it get?!!?

    • Frankie: run, run like there is no tomorrow!

    • Frankie: Just because I don't jump up and down like Cameran doesn't mean that I'm not excited

    • "I never thought I'd make out with a Northern boy and I did," Cammie narrates

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    Notes (82)

    • Special 1 hour season premiere.

    • Special 1 hour season premiere.

    • Puck getting the boot from the house was named #97 on TV Guide/ TV Lands "100 Most Memorable TV Moments" in December of 2004.

    • Special one hour long premiere.

    • Special one hour long premiere.

    • London member Jay Frank and San Francisco member Pedro Zamora did not attend the special. Pedro died the day after the last RW: San Francisco episode aired.

    • Roommate Irene leaves the show to treat her Lyme disease.

    • Special 1 hour long episode.

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    Trivia (20)

    • When Svetlana and John are in the kitchen having a conversation, it shows Svetlana's hair pulled back. Then it shows it down, then up again. It looks as though this scene was taped more than once and then pieced together.

    • The roommates won the '80s contest and won $166 each.

    • Paula was the last to leave Key West.

    • The roommates job this year is to work for Outward Bound.

    • Joey and Kimberly entered the house first, followed by Will and Brianna, then Dave and Sarah, and lastly Greg.

    • Brianna's nail polish changes from red tips to white tips and back to red tips during the course of the events of the "day".

    • When the girls are in the living room discussing Dave and Kimberly's fight, a baby can be heard cooing off-camera.

    • Featured Music: "How Much Longer" by Brave Citizens "Before I'm Barely Seen" by Melissa Giges "Smokescreen" by Eric Wilson

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    Allusions (3)

    • There was drinking, lesbian kissing, fights, arguments, flirting, rivalries, alliances, the cops showed up and Danny may even need surgery, All In this premeire episode alone.

    • The Empire Strikes Back: Will: "Do or do not. There is no try." This is Yoda's famous line from the 1980 movie.

    • Title: Saving a Private Ryan is a nod to the movie, Saving Private Ryan.

  • Fan Reviews (108)
  • Unreal World

    By mahituna1, May 13, 2013

  • The Original Reality Show.

    By gracielove, Nov 10, 2012

  • Not so Real

    By stanleyyelantes, Dec 19, 2011

  • This is the tv show that ruined american television forever, the jersey shore of the early 1990's

    By afijamesy2k, Dec 20, 2010

  • A show about 7 (prearranged) strangers. The producers intentionally pick people that will clash. The result? A bunch of people drinking, fighting and hooking up.

    By MrsPea, Mar 23, 2007