The Real World

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AIRED ON 5/26/2016

Season 31 : Episode 12

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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.

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    Fan Reviews (109)

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    • THE REAL WORLD _They all go home

      6.0
      I am not a racist and I do not think Jenna is either. Jenna is young, raised in the south among racist family members probably but I'm not going to say that for sure because I don't know her family. CeeJa , now on the other hand , she was dealt a bad hand from the get go but that doesn't excuse her from beating Jenna, especially knowing that Jenna has been a victim of domestic violence. Now don't take my next comment a racist comment, I just call it as I see it. Some Black people will use the " I'm Black " card to whine, bitch, and holler racial discrimination or racial Black people can do that, why can't people of all races do that? Black people have all Black colleges, White people don't. If white people did the black people would holler it's racist. I have a Black son in law, several black nieces and nephews and cousins all of which I love to pieces but I'm am sick to death of hearing black people complain that they don't get something because they are black, or they get arrested because they are PEOPLE ---SHUT THE HECK UP ! ! ! You already get food stamps that I a disabled white nurse can't get, unless I check the box that asks me what is my race and I check black or latino then I get approved. Yes this has happened. When my friend checked white one day she got turned down. The very next day she checked Black and she was automatically approved, Now tell me who is being discriminatory? My own Black son in law said Black people ( not all of them) complain too much when they need to quit making names for themselves by robbing people, killing one another, and get up off of their asses and get a job just like he did and they need to finish school like he did and quit blaming white people for shit that happened 253 years ago. White people didn't make them slaves first, if they would read the history books, other tribes used them as slaves first and then sold them to the British who then sold them to the Southern states in the US. until the Civil War. The first Slaves were the JEWS, and Moses set them free, SO QUIT YOUR BITCHING CEEJA ! ! ! YOU JUST SHOWED YOUR TRUE COLORS WHEN PUNCHED JENNA. _moreless
    • Unreal World

      3.0
      I laugh at the teens who watch this dribble and think this is what it's gonna be like when they leave mommy and daddy. Yep, that's it. You just move out and find a multi-million dollar house on the beach in San Diego and live with some buddies. No need to work, just worry about what your going to wear and go tonight or spend your time worrying about who is sleeping with who. It's that easy.moreless
    • The Original Reality Show.

      9.0
      Great. But now really stupid
    • Not so Real

      6.0
      The Real World is often criticized for not being a great example of what the 'real world' actually is, and although this season had great drama and fights, it definitely did not live up to it's name. Putting seven strangers in a $8 million dollar mansion in San Diego for three months does not exactly show the audience what the real world is like. This season, to show they are like real people, they were given a job. This job was no desk job; they were given the opportunity to work for The House of Blues. Out of the twelve episodes, there were about only four that actually showed them doing 'work'. The rest of the episodes that mentioned House of Blues were ones where one of the housemates was sleeping with their boss. Other seasons of The Real World did a better job depicting reality, like the New Orleans season; their job included working at a homeless shelter and re-constructing a house that was destroyed during Katrina. The only reality depicted in San Diego involved two off the housemates; a lesbian and bisexual. Throughout the season they are shown struggling to get the rest of their housemates to accept them for who they are, something people do in everyday life. Even though that seems like good reality, it was the only reality that San Diego portrayed.moreless
    • This is the tv show that ruined american television forever, the jersey shore of the early 1990's

      1.0
      This show not only was the downfall of MTV, But the downfall of television as a whole, I Still can't believe that people think this is a good show, this is not, this is shameful trash beyond believe, eric nies was the DJ Pauly D of the 1990's, Yes I Said it, he and the rest of his cronies that brought us trash that should be the dumpster for decades, this is just truly shameful trash and I Hate to say this, but this is a failure and it should be, Because people are so much into this mess, why.moreless
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