The Surreal Life

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Sunday 9:00 PM on VH1 Premiered Jan 09, 2003 Between Seasons

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AIRED ON 5/14/2006

Season 6 : Episode 9

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Once, they were superstars. Now, they are shoved back in the spotlight as they share a home and a series of outrageous and life-changing events for ten days and nights that can only be described as surreal. Providing a Hollywood twist to today's version of the "reality tv-show,"The Surreal Life follows six very different pop-culture figures as they move into a house and room and work together in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. The lives of these notorious pop culture icons and their random foils and follies are taped over a rather eventful two week period. The recipe for The Surreal Life is a simple one: take six bigger-than-life celebrities from every genre of the entertainment industry-rap music, heavy metal, feature films, sitcom, drama, and even reality television itself-and throw them together under pressure, stirring as needed. Trapped without transportation, cell phones or personal assistants, they must interact with each other, share bedrooms and bathrooms, do household chores, go grocery shopping and prepare meals together. The cameras never stop rolling, so the power struggles and personality clashes are all captured on film-along with the very real new friendships. The familiar faces for the show's fourth installment include: Adrianne Curry (winner of the first America's Next Top Model competition), Christopher Knight (of the ever-popular sitcom, The Brady Bunch), Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin, rap artist Da Brat, supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg, wrestling star Chyna Doll, and Verne Troyer, best known for his role as "Mini-Me" (Austin Powers). The Surreal Life is produced by Brass Ring Productions, Mindless Entertainment and Renegade Productions. Note #1- The house in which the celebrities reside while filming is the old Glen Campbell estate in the Hollywood Hills on Mullholland Drive. (Currenly on sale for $7.5 million) Note #2- The first 2 seasons the series aired on the WB and then moved to VH1 after low ratings and creative differences between WB network executives and show producers.moreless
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Pretty cool show

    8.0
    I enjoyed this show,not bad.
  • odd superstars sweeeeeeet

    8.7
    Once, they were superstars. Now, they are shoved back in the spotlight as they share a home and a series of outrageous and life-changing events for ten days and nights that can only be described as surreal. Providing a Hollywood twist to today's version of the "reality tv-show,"The Surreal Life follows six very different pop-culture figures as they move into a house and room and work together in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. The lives of these notorious pop culture icons and their random foils and follies are taped over a rather eventful two week period. The recipe for The Surreal Life is a simple one: take six bigger-than-life celebrities from every genre of the entertainment industry-rap music, heavy metal, feature films, sitcom, drama, and even reality television itself-and throw them together under pressure, stirring as needed. Trapped without transportation, cell phones or personal assistants, they must interact with each other, share bedrooms and bathrooms, do household chores, go grocery shopping and prepare meals together. The cameras never stop rolling, so the power struggles and personality clashes are all captured on film-along with the very real new friendships.





    The familiar faces for the show's fourth installment include:



    Adrianne Curry (winner of the first America's Next Top Model competition), Christopher Knight (of the ever-popular sitcom, The Brady Bunch), Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin, rap artist Da Brat, supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg, wrestling star Chyna Doll, and Verne Troyer, best known for his role as "Mini-Me" (Austin Powers). The Surreal Life is produced by Brass Ring Productions, Mindless Entertainment and Renegade Productions.





    Note #1- The house in which the celebrities reside while filming is the old Glen Campbell estate in the Hollywood Hills on Mullholland Drive. (Currenly on sale for $7.5 million)



    Note #2- The first 2 seasons the series aired on the WB and then moved to VH1 after low ratings and creative differences between WB network executives and show producers.



    I watched the show ever sence the start it is great.moreless
  • "The Surreal Life" is reality junk for those who love reality junk.

    6.1
    I gotta admit this show is highly entertaining but in a car chase, car wreck way...you know it's junk and probably shouldn't waste your time watching it but can't help but look, stare and laugh.



    The term "celebrity" is loosely defined here. I wouldnt' consider half the people on here to be celebrities as least not people like Ron Jeremy whose a loser, Tammy Faye Baker (who everybody remembers as the wife of that loser evangelist Jim Baker). Vanilla Ice, eh he's not really a celebrity much like Milli Vanilli, he was just one of those fads that teens worship like a day of from school.



    Then add to the fact that a lot of these "celebrities" come from other reality shows then you know how downgraded this show from being a real show.



    Well I watched episodes from Second Season and will give credit to where credit is due. Jeremy, that clown Erik Estrada (never a great actor to begin with), Faye Baker, and Vanilla Ice provided lots of laughs but it's one of those things where you are laughing at them not with them.



    In a way, this show is a classic setup of hasbeens, former celebrities, minor celebrities and freaks from the entertainment industry. A lot of them serve as jokes (regardless of whether they know they're doing it as now).



    It's a guilty pleasure show so I can't tear it down much but I also wouldn't elevate this show past that either.



    If you're in the mood for a quick laugh, then like other reality shows this show will give it and more.moreless
  • Everyone hates this show...but I love it.

    7.5
    ALL the seasons have been terrific!

    #1 - wasn't *amazing* but at least Corey Feldman and Vince Neil were there. I loved "MannyMo" too. #2 - one of the best. It really influenced me. I love Tammy Faye.

    #3 - I absolutely hated this season. It was boring, and I couldn't bear to watch. Maybe it was Brigitte's LACK of clothes.

    #4 - This one was definitely amusing. and cute. I loved Jane but Verne was scary...so was Chyna.

    #5 - I was so amused with this one. It influenced me as well. Bronson and Janice's stories both took me by surprise, but on the other hand, Janice and Omarosa = couldn't stand to watch. Jose = pretty.

    #6 - I loved. CC DeVille = hot. Alexis = my hero. Tawny = I hate her forever. Steve Harwell = wicked. Sherman = awesome. Maven = obviously hot. Andrea = pretty damn cool too. AND FLO(super-cool)moreless
  • definetly one crazy show.

    8.7
    i dont know what these people were thinking when they came up with this show but they were definetly thinking something.it seemed like this slowly attached to flavor flav first it was this for flav then strange love now the flavor of love(s) he definetly got somewhere i\'ll tell u that much people i loved the flavor of love and i love the surreal life and im just waiting at the tv for that great day to come and save my life it will be great i will be glued to the tv for countless hours watching this hilarious reality show.moreless
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