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The Real World Genre Reality Created by Mary-Ellis Bunim Jonathan Murray Country of origin United States Language(s) English language No. of seasons 25 No. of episodes 436 Production Executive producer(s) Mary-Ellis Bunim Jonathan Murray Jim Johnston Producer(s) George Verschoor Matt Kunitz Rick de Oliveira Anthony Dominici Russell Heldt Ted Kenney Running time 30 minutes (1992–2008) 1 hour (2008–present) Production company(s) Bunim/Murray Productions Broadcast Original channel MTV Picture format 480i (SDTV) (1992–2008) 1080i (HDTV) (2009–present) Original run May 21, 1992 (1992-05-21) – present Chronology Related shows Road Rules The Challenge External links Website Production website The Real World is a reality television program on MTV originally produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. First broadcast in 1992, the show is the longest-running program in MTV history,[1] and one of the longest-running reality series in history, credited with launching the modern reality TV genre.[2] The series was hailed in its early years for depicting issues of contemporary young-adulthood relevant to its core audience, such as sexuality, prejudice and substance abuse, but later garnered a reputation as a showcase for immature and irresponsible behavior.[3] Following Bunim’s death from breast cancer in 2004, Bunim/Murray Productions continues to produce the program. The show's twenty-fifth season, set in Las Vegas, premiered on March 9, 2011.[2][4][5] The twenty-sixth season will return to San Diego, and is expected to air later in 2011.[6] The show has been picked up by MTV through its 28th season.[7] Contents 1 History 2 Cast member successes 3 Format and structure 4 Recurring themes 4.1 Prejudice 4.2 Politics and religion 4.3 Romance 4.4 Sexuality 4.5 Unrequited love 4.6 Addiction 4.7 Departed housemates 4.8 On-screen marriage 4.9 Coping with illness 5 Seasons 6 Spinoffs and related projects 7 Criticism 7.1 Authenticity 7.2 Behavior of housemates 7.3 Diversity 8 Parodies, derivatives, and references 9 See also 10 References 11 External links History Part of a series on MTV   in the United States   MTV channels MTV2 · Tr3́s · mtvU MTV programs MTV personalities Censorship on MTV MTV Networks The show focuses on the lives of a group of strangers[8] who audition to live together in a house for several months, as cameras record their interpersonal relationships. The show moves to a different city each season. The footage shot during the housemates’ time together was edited into 22-minute episodes for the first 19 seasons, and into 44-minute episodes beginning with The Real World: Hollywood, the series' 20th season. The narration given over the opening title sequence by the seven housemates states some variation of the following: “ This is the true story... of eight strangers... picked to live in a together and have their lives taped... to find out what happens... when people stop being polite... and start getting real...The Real World. ” Before the finished version of the show debuted, the idea of a "scripted" version was toyed with. Rather than being themselves, a set of strangers (not the first-season New York cast) were given story and character arcs to attempt to recreate (a la soap opera). Bunim and Murray decided against this, and, at the last minute, pulled the concept (and the cast) before it became the first season of the show, believing seven diverse people would have enough of a basis upon which to interact without scripts. Tracy Grandstaff, one of the original seven picked for what has come to be known as "Season 0," went on to minor fame as the voice of the animated Beavis and Butt-head character Daria Morgendorffer, who eventually got her own spinoff, Daria. Dutch TV producer Erik Latour claims that the ideas for The Real World were directly derived from his television show Nummer 28, which aired in 1991 on Dutch television.[9] One early sign of the show’s popularity occurred on the October 2, 1993 episode of the sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, which parodied the second-season Los Angeles cast, whose members were depicted as contentious and bigoted, a parody of the numerous discussions of racism, bigotry, and political differences that served as a recurring theme that season.[10] The show also gained widespread attention with its third season, The Real World: San Francisco, which aired in 1994, and depicted the conflict between David "Puck" Rainey, a bicycle messenger criticized for his poor personal hygiene, and his roommates, most notably AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. As the show increased in popularity, Zamora’s life as someone living with AIDS gained considerable notice, garnering widespread media attention. Zamora was one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media, and after his death on November 11, 1994 (mere hours after the final episode of his season aired), he was lauded by then-President Bill Clinton. Zamora’s friend and roommate during the show, Judd Winick, went on to become a successful comic book writer, and wrote the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his friendship with Zamora, as well as high-profile[11] and controversial[12] storylines in mainstream superhero comics that featured gay and AIDS-related themes. As the San Francisco season continued to gain popularity, it was clear that the infant "reality" television format was one that could bring considerable ratings to a network. Cast member successes Appearing on the program has often served as a springboard to further success, especially in the entertainment industry.[13] Eric Nies of the New York cast went on to become a successful model, actor, and television host, and was inducted into the Television and Broadcasters' Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in reality television. His housemate, Kevin Powell, became a successful author, poet, journalist, and 2006 candidate for United States House of Representatives for New York's 10th district. Their housemate Heather B. enjoyed a career as a hip-hop music artist. Los Angeles cast member Beth Stolarczyk has produced men's and women's calendars and television programs featuring reality TV personalities, including herself, Las Vegas' Trishelle Cannatella, Chicago's Tonya Cooley, and Back to New Yorks Coral Smith. Stolarczyk and Cannatella have also appeared in Playboy magazine, as have Las Vegas' Arissa Hill and Miami's Flora Alekseyeun. Cooley appeared on London cast member Jacinda Barrett has become a film actress, appearing in films such as Ladder 49, The Namesake, The Human Stain, and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. 2004 San Diego castmate Jamie Chung has appeared in various television and film roles, including Dragonball Evolution and Sorority Row. Lindsay Brien of the Seattle cast became a radio and CNN personality. Hawaii cast member Tecumseh "Teck" Holmes III appeared in National Lampoon's Van Wilder. Chicago cast member Kyle Brandt’s acting career includes starring in the soap opera Days of our Lives. His castmate Tonya Cooley also appeared on an MTV special of True Life: I'm a Reality TV Star. Las Vegas castmembers Trishelle Cannatella and Steven Hill appeared in the horror film Scorned. Cannatella herself has also appeared on other reality shows, such as The Surreal Life, Battle of the Network Reality Stars, and Kill Reality, the latter of which also featured Hill and Cooley. Hill, along with housemate Alton Williams, hosts a radio show. Sean Duffy of the Boston cast served several terms as the Attorney General of Ashland County in Wisconsin, and in November 2010 was elected to the United States House of Representatives, winning the seat as a Republican in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.[14] Mike Mizanin has also found fame as a WWE wrestler wrestling under the name "The Miz," a character he first debuted during his season on The Real World and has since won the WWE Tag Team Championship, the WWE United States Championship, and the WWE Championship. Dozens of former cast members from The Real World and its sister production Road Rules have appeared on the spin-off series The Challenge, which pays $100,000 or more to its winners. Various cast members have also earned livings as public speakers, as Bunim-Murray Productions has funded their training in motivational speaking by the Points of Light Foundation since 2002, allowing them to earn between $1,500 and $2,000 for an appearance on the college lecture circuit.[15] Format and structure Each season consists of seven to eight people, aged 18–25 (a reflection of the network's target demographic), usually selected from thousands of applicants from across the country, with the group chosen typically representing different races, genders, sexual orientations, levels of sexual experiences, and religious and political beliefs. Should a cast member decide to move out, or be asked to do so by his or her roommates, the roommates will usually cast a replacement, dependent on how much filming time is left. Cast members are paid a small stipend for their participation in the show.[15] Each season begins with the individual members of the house shown leaving home, often for the first time, and/or meeting their fellow housemates while in transit to their new home, or at the house itself. The exception was the Los Angeles season, which premiered with two housemates picking up a third at his Kentucky home and driving in a Winnebago RV to their new home in Los Angeles. Upon arriving at the house, the housemates choose their bedrooms, which is typically the first source of tension, as some roommates fail to acquire a room they might prefer, with many choosing their rooms on a first-come first-served basis before the rest of the cast arrives. The residence is typically elaborate in its décor, and is usually furnished by IKEA.[16] The residence usually includes a pool table, a Jacuzzi, and an aquarium, which serves as a metaphor for the show, in that the roommates, who are being taped at all times in their home, are seen metaphorically as fish in a fishbowl.[17] This point is punctuated not only by the fact that the MTV logo title card seen after the closing credits of each episode is designed as an aquarium, but also by a poem that Judd Winick wrote during his stay in the San Francisco house called "Fishbowl".[18] In some seasons, the group is provided with a shared car to use during their stay.[19] The housemates are taped around the clock. The house is outfitted with video cameras mounted on walls to capture more intimate moments, and numerous camera crews consisting of three to six people follow the cast around the house and out in public. Each member of the cast is instructed to ignore the cameras and the crew, but are required to wear a battery pack and microphone in order to record their dialogue, though some castmembers have been known to turn off or hide them at times. The only area of the house in which camera access is restricted is the bathroom.[20] Despite the initial awkwardness of being surrounded by cameramen, castmembers have insisted that they eventually adjust to it, and that their behavior is purely natural, and not influenced by the fact that they are being taped.[21] Winick, an alumnus of the show's third season (San Francisco), adds that castmembers eventually stop thinking about the cameras because it is too exhausting not to, and that the fact that their lives were being documented made it seem "more real."[22] Other cast members have related different accounts. Lars Schlichting of the London cast related an anecdote in which roommate Mike Johnson asked a question when cameras were not present, and then asked the same question five minutes later when cameras were present, an incident that Schlichting adds was not typical of Johnson. Johnson himself has remarked that roommate Jacinda Barrett "hammed it up a lot," and that roommate Sharon Gitau withheld details of her life out of fear that her grandmother would react negatively.[23] Movement of the roommates outside of the residence is restricted to places that are cleared by producers[24] through contractual arrangements with locations to allow filming.[25] The producers made an exception to the taping protocol during the third season, when Pedro Zamora requested that he be allowed to go out on a date without the cameras, because the normal anxieties associated with first dates would be exacerbated by the presence of cameras.[26] Filming of the Chicago season was also suspended during the onset of the September 11 attacks. At the end of each week, each housemate is required to sit down and be interviewed about the past week's events. Unlike the normal day-to-day taping, these interviews, which are referred to as "confessionals," involve the subject looking directly into the camera while providing opinions and reflective accounts of the week's activities, which are used in the final, edited episodes. The producers instruct the cast to talk about whatever they wish, and to speak in complete sentences, to reinforce the perception on the part of the home viewer that the cast is speaking to them. Winick described this practice as "like therapy without the help."[22] The confessionals were originally conducted by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jon Murray, but were eventually delegated to production staff members like George Verschoor and Thomas Klein. Beginning with the second season (Los Angeles), a small soundproof room was incorporated into each house for this purpose, which itself has also become known as "The Confessional." The various casts were often creative in their use of the confessional, which Bunim and Murray referred to as "inspired lunacy," such as a group confessional conducted by all the Los Angeles housemates on their last day, an appearance by San Francisco housemate Judd Winick in a nun's habit, and Miami roommates Melissa Padrón and Flora Alekseyeun dressing up as prostitutes for a shared confessional in which they discuss why their roommates did not get along with them. During Mardi Gras, 2000 New Orleans cast member Danny Roberts used the confessional to engage in a sex act.[27] Initially, the show documented the housemates as they struggled to find and maintain jobs and careers in their new locales, with minimal group activities aside from their day-to-day lives in the house and their socializing in the city. The only group activity engineered by the producers during the first season was a trip for the three females to Jamaica. By the second season, sending the entire cast on a vacation would become the norm, and the second season cast was also sent on a day trip to Joshua Tree, California. By the fifth season, the cast would be given an ongoing, season-long activity, with the Miami cast given startup money and a business advisor to begin their own business. This aspect of the show remained in most subsequent seasons,[28] and would be obligatory, with casts assigned to work at an after-school daycare program, a radio station, public-access television station, etc. Beginning with the tenth season, a roommate fired from the group job would be evicted from the house and dropped from the cast. Hollywood's Greg Halstead and Cancun's Joey Rozmus were evicted from their respective houses after they were fired from their group jobs. Footage taped throughout each season is then edited into episodes (half-hour episodes for the first 19 seasons, one-hour episodes beginning with the twentieth).[29] Physical violence of any kind was not tolerated by the producers. After an incident during the Seattle season in which Stephen Williams slapped Irene McGee as she moved out, a response to the event was debated by the housemates, who were not present but were shown a videotape of the incident. The producers, not wanting to be seen condoning violence, gave the housemates the choice of having him leave, but instead the housemates chose to let him stay, and Williams was ordered to attend an anger management class. Trisha Cummings was ordered out of the Sydney house after a physical altercation with Parisa Montazaran. Hollywood castmates William Gilbert and David Malinosky were ordered into anger management for incidents that occurred during their season. Housemates were also responsible for any damage to furniture or other structures that occurred within the house. Most notably, Austin's Wes Bergmann, Brooklyn's J.D. Ordoñez and 2011 Las Vegas' Adam Royer were each required to pay restitution for property damage that occurred during their respective seasons.[30][31] Recurring themes Prejudice As their experiences on The Real World were often the first time that cast members encountered people of different races or sexual orientations,[32] many episodes documented conflict over these issues. First season housemate Kevin Powell had such arguments with Eric Nies, Julie Gentry, and Becky Blasband. The premiere episode of the Los Angeles season depicted regional epithets exchanged between Jon Brennan, Dominic Griffin, and Tami Roman. San Francisco housemate David "Puck" Rainey's treatment of Pedro Zamora's homosexuality was an issue for Zamora. Flora Alekseyeun, during an argument with her Miami roommate Cynthia Roberts, dismissed what she referred to as Roberts' "black attitude," and their roommate Melissa Padrón, during a heated exchange with homosexual Dan Renzi, called him a "flamer." Racism began a point of contention between 2000 New Orleans housemates Julie Stoffer and Melissa Howard on more than one occasion. The stereotypical views about blacks imparted to Back to New York's Mike Mizanin by his uncle offended Coral Smith and Nicole Mitsch when he related them, and they tried to educate him on black culture. They were also offended by the fact that biracial roommate Malik Cooper wore a T-shirt with the image of Marcus Garvey, who was against miscegenation, despite the fact that Cooper was of mixed heritage and by his own admission had never dated a black woman. Philadelphia's Karamo Brown expressed being "borderline racist" towards Caucasians, though had softened in these feelings by the end of the season. In the Denver season, Stephen Nichols had confronted Davis Mallory over his homosexuality, and Mallory later used a racial epithet during a drunken argument with black housemate Tyrie Ballard. During the Sydney season, Persian housemate Parisa Montazaran was offended at an anecdote related by housemate Trisha Cummings, in which Cummings described an Asian McDonald's employee whose command of English was not perfect, though Cummings later insisted that she misworded her anecdote.[33] A similar confrontation over immigrants occurred during the Brooklyn season between J.D. Ordoñez and Chet Cannon. Hollywood's Kimberly Alexander got into an argument with Brianna Taylor, who is African American, and said, "Let's not get ghetto." When roommate William Gilbert saw this as racist, Kimberly explained that Brianna had previously described herself has sometimes behaving "ghetto", and was merely referencing that. During the 2010 New Orleans season, tensions escalated between Ryan Leslie and openly gay Preston Roberson-Charles, amid questions about Leslie's own sexuality, and their mutual use of homophobic slurs.[34] Politics and religion Los Angeles housemate Jon Brennan disagreed with Tami Roman’s decision to have an abortion, and argued with Aaron Bailey's girlfriend, Erin, who was pro-choice. Rachel Campos, a conservative Republican member of the San Francisco cast, clashed with liberal roommates Mohammed Bilal and Judd Winick. Paris housemate Chris "C.T." Tamburello became confrontational during a discussion of the Iraq War, even threatening Adam King. Nehemiah Clark, of the Austin cast, expressed disapproval of President George W. Bush and the Iraq War, sometimes coming into conflict with Rachel Moyal, who served in Iraq as a combat medic for the U.S. Army. The 2008 United States Presidential election served to highlight the political differences among the Brooklyn cast.[35][36] In the Washington, D.C. season premiere, atheist Ty Ruff got into an argument with Christian roommates Ashley Lindley and Mike Manning.[37] Romance Many cast members tried to maintain long-distance relationships that predated their time on the show, though remaining faithful was often a challenge. 2000 New Orleans’ Danny Roberts cheated on his boyfriend Paul, who was stationed in the military. Seattle’s Nathan Blackburn’s girlfriend worried about their relationship. Miami’s Flora Alekseyeun attempted to maintain relationships with two boyfriends simultaneously. Sydney's Shauvon Torres left the house to reconcile with her ex-fiance. Her housemates Trisha Cummings and Dunbar Flinn flirted or had sex with people other than their significant others back home. Cancun's Jonna Mannion and Washington D.C.'s Josh Colon each received visits from their significant others from back home, then proceeded to sever their respective relationships, following suspicions and admissions of infidelity. 2011 Las Vegas' Nany González severed a long-term relationship back home, after she was courted by her roommate Adam Royer, who also held a relationship from back home. Some cast members developed romantic relationships with their castmates. San Francisco roommates Pam Ling and Judd Winick have since married, as have their roommate Rachel Campos and Sean Duffy of the Boston cast. In the 2002–2003 Las Vegas season, Trishelle Cannatella and Steven Hill consummated a romance during the show, while their roommates Irulan Wilson and Alton Williams began a relationship that continued after they moved out of the Las Vegas suite. The Austin cast spawned two relationships, between Wes Bergmann and Johanna Botta, as well as Danny Jamieson and Melinda Stolp; the latter couple married in August 2008 but divorced in spring 2010.[38][39] Hollywood's William Gilbert became involved in a relationship with The Real World: Key West alumna Janelle Casanave, who made guest appearances in several episodes during that season. However, their relationship imploded when Gilbert later became attracted to his roommate Brittni Sherrod. Relationships among cast members of the various seasons of The Real World and its spin-off, Road Rules, are frequent on The Challenge, a game show which assembles dozens of alumni from the various seasons together. Sexuality The level of sexual experience varies among a given season’s cast members. New York's Julie Gentry, Los Angeles’ Jon Brennan, San Francisco's Cory Murphy, Boston's Elka Walker, Seattle’s Rebecca Lord, 2000 New Orleans’ Matt Smith and Julie Stoffer, Paris' Mallory Snyder, Austin’s Lacey Buehler, and Brooklyn's Chet Cannon for example, were virgins during their respective seasons. On the other end of the spectrum was 2000 New Orleans’ David Broom[40] and Cancun's Joey Rozmus,[41] who took pride in their promiscuity with various sexual partners during their respective seasons.[42] Cancun's Ayiiia Elizarraras was sexually intimate with three of her castmates.[43] More than once, fellow housemates have been involved in pregnancy scares, notably Steven Hill and Trishelle Cannatella during the 2002–2003 Las Vegas season, Cohutta Grindstaff and KellyAnne Judd during the Sydney season, and Leroy Garrett and Naomi Defensor during the 2011 Las Vegas season. Some cast members expressed difficulty with relationships, such as London’s Sharon Gitau. Overt sexual behavior was minimal during the show's early seasons, relegated mostly to discussion. In subsequent seasons, the level of sexual activity greatly increased, beginning with the Miami season, which depicted or touched upon activities such as exhibitionism, frottage, voyeurism, and threesomes.[44] Unrequited love Jon Brennan’s Los Angeles roommates speculated that he had developed a crush, or possibly had fallen in love, with Irene Berrera. 2000 New Orleans’ Melissa Howard was attracted to Jamie Murray, who did not reciprocate. Their roommate Julie Stoffer harbored similar feelings for Matt Smith, who also did not reciprocate. Back to New York's Lori Trespicio developed an attraction for Kevin Dunn, he only saw her as a friend. Addiction While many cast members tend to get drunk in social situations during their seasons, Ruthie Alcaide, Chris Beckman, Joey Kovar, and Ryan Knight[45] of the Hawaii, Chicago, Hollywood and 2010 New Orleans seasons, respectively, suffered from addictions to drugs and/or alcohol, with Alcaide and Kovar entering treatment programs during those seasons.[46][47] Departed housemates Many times, housemates have left the Real World house (and the cast) before production was completed, due to conflicts with other roommates, personal issues, or violations of work assignment policies. Replacement roommates would sometimes move in as a result. Housemates who departed over personal conflicts with other housemates include Los Angeles' David Edwards, San Francisco's David "Puck" Rainey, Miami's Melissa Padrón, Sydney's Trisha Cummings and 2010 New Orleans' Ryan Leslie, though Rainey, Padrón and Leslie continued to appear in subsequent episodes following their departures. Housemates who moved out due to personal issues back home include Hawaii's Justin Deabler and Sydney's Shauvon Torres. Housemates who were evicted after being fired from group work assignments include Hollywood's Greg Halstead and Cancun's Joey Rozmus, though Rozmus returned by that season's finale as a guest.[48] Housemates have also departed for other reasons. Irene Barrera moved out of the Los Angeles house when she got married. Irene McGee moved out of the Seattle house due to ethical objections to aspects of the show's production, though at the time she claimed it was due to illness. Frankie Abernathy moved out of the 2004 San Diego house due to a combination of homesickness and conflicts with her roommates. Joey Kovar moved out of the Hollywood house, fearing a drug and alcohol relapse after spending time in rehab, though he returned for that season's finale. Cancun's Bronne Bruzgo was evicted from the ME Cancun hotel that housed that season's cast after Bruzgo threw a fire extinguisher from the cast's balcony, though he moved into the staff housing responsible for that season's cast assignment, rather than return home.[49][50] Erika Lauren Wasilewski departed from the Washington D.C. house due to a combination of personal reasons, possible depression and homesickness.[51] 2011 Las Vegas' Adam Royer was evicted from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino that housed that season's cast, following a series of drunken and destructive incidents within the suite and accompanying Vanity nightclub,[52] though he returned for that season's twelfth episode.[53] On-screen marriage Irene Barrera-Kearns got married during the Los Angeles season. Pedro Zamora exchanged wedding vows with his boyfriend, Sean Sasser, during the San Francisco season. Coping with illness Pedro Zamora struggled with AIDS. He succumbed to the disease on November 11, 1994, hours after the San Francisco season finale aired. 2004 San Diego housemate Frankie Abernathy suffered from cystic fibrosis. She died on June 9, 2007.[54] Philadelphia's Sarah Burke battled through and overcame an eating disorder.[55] Key West's Paula Meronek battled anorexia and bulimia, and saw a therapist during filming. Denver's Colie Edison battled mononucleosis. Ayiiia Elizarraras of the Cancun season had a history of drug abuse and self-harming,[56] the latter of which manifested during that season's fifth episode. She received treatment for it after filming ended, and recorded a public service announcement on the condition that aired at the end of that episode.[57][58] Ryan Leslie of the 2010 New Orleans season suffered from severe obsessive compulsive disorder, which had deleterious effects on his relationship with the rest of the cast.[59][60][61] Seasons Main article: List of The Real World seasons Season # Location Year(s) Aired Number of Episodes 1 The Real World: New York 1992 13[62] 2 The Real World: Los Angeles 1993 21[63] 3 The Real World: San Francisco 1994 20[64] 4 The Real World: London 1995 23[65] 5 The Real World: Miami 1996 22[66] 6 The Real World: Boston 1997 25[67] 7 The Real World: Seattle 1998 21[68] 8 The Real World: Hawaii 1999 23[69] 9 The Real World: New Orleans 2000 23[70] 10 The Real World: Back to New York 2001 22[71] 11 The Real World: Chicago 2002 24[72] 12 The Real World: Las Vegas 2002–2003 28[73] 13 The Real World: Paris 2003 25[74] 14 The Real World: San Diego 2004 26[75] 15 The Real World: Philadelphia 2004–2005 26[76] 16 The Real World: Austin 2005 24[77] 17 The Real World: Key West 2006 25[78] 18 The Real World: Denver 2006–2007 28[79] 19 The Real World: Sydney 2007–2008 24[80] 20 The Real World: Hollywood 2008 13[81] 21 The Real World: Brooklyn 2009 13[82] 22 The Real World: Cancun 2009 12[83] 23 The Real World: Washington D.C. 2009–2010 14[84] 24 The Real World: New Orleans[85] 2010[85] 12[86] 25 The Real World: Las Vegas[5] 2011[2] 13[87] 26 The Real World: San Diego[6] 2011–2012 In production Seasons one through nineteen aired 30 minute episodes. Seasons twenty through the current season air one hour episodes. For more detailed information on seasons, cast lists, and DVDs, see: List of The Real World seasons. Spinoffs and related projects In 2002, MTV also produced a made-for-TV movie The Real World Movie: The Lost Season, ostensibly about a season of The Real World whose cast members are terrorized by a rejected would-be member. In 2008, prior to the airing of the Hollywood season, the first-ever Real World Awards Bash aired on MTV. Viewers voted the Austin season as their favorite season.[88] Since the introduction of The Real World, Bunim/Murray has introduced a number of other reality shows, most notably Road Rules, in which five strangers (six in later seasons) are sent off in a Winnebago RV and asked to travel to various locales and complete certain tasks to eventually gain a "handsome reward." Other Bunim/Murray productions include The Challenge, which pits teams of alumni from both shows against each other in physical competitions. Bunim-Murray also produced Pedro, a 2008 film by director Nick Oceano, which dramatized the life of Pedro Zamora, including his stay in the Real World house. The film, Bunim/Murray's first scripted project since the original unaired "Real World" concept, was an Official Selection at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.[89][90] Criticism Authenticity As with other reality shows, The Real World has received criticism for being staged.[23][91] During a reunion show featuring the first four Real World casts, Heather Gardner, of the original New York cast, asked some members of the San Francisco cast if their situations were real. She noted that situations from the original season seemed to repeat themselves in the other incarnations, stopping short of accusing them of acting. On an edition of the E! True Hollywood Story that spotlighted the series, cast member Jon Brennan revealed that he was asked by the producers to state on the air that he felt hatred towards housemate Tami Roman for her decision to have an abortion, and that he refused to do so, stating that although he disagreed with her decision, he did not feel hatred towards her. Another accusation is that producers selectively edit material in order to give the false impression of certain emotional reactions or statements from the castmates.[92] Some critics see the very concept of being in "the real world" as a misnomer, asserting that in the real world, people do not live in luxurious dwellings for free, are not "given" jobs in the media without any effort, and are not taken to exotic locations for free.[93] Behavior of housemates After airing for several seasons, the series, began to develop a reputation for immature or irresponsible behavior on the part of its stars,[6] which has described as being "sometimes fit for a police report."[3] On the final track of his Become the Media spoken word album, activist Jello Biafra discusses a conversation he had with The Real World: Seattle cast member Irene McGee, who was slapped by castmate Stephen Williams, saying: “ We know Real World is not the real world. I recently met a woman named Irene McGee who quit this show and said not even the house was real. The fridges were all filled to the brim with Vlasic pickles delivered daily by the crate load along with gallons of Nantucket Nectar. If she drank anything else, the crew took it from her hand and made sure the Nantucket Nectar label was facing the camera instead. When she walked out, another guy in the cast of Real World hit her and the camera guy did nothing ... When she spoke out, MTV sued her. And Entertainment Weekly rated Irene getting smash mouthed the 47th most interesting event on TV that whole year ... Can’t you MTV think of a better way to raise audience awareness of domestic violence than to make it look cool?[94] ” McGee has toured colleges to discuss media manipulation and the falsehoods of reality television. She later started a youth-oriented radio show/podcast, No One's Listening,[95] covering a wide range of pop-culture and media-related issues. The show has also been accused of being characterized by the casts' drunken and sexual antics,[96] beginning with the show's 2002 Las Vegas season.[97][98][99] There is a larger conception that it has become increasingly superficial with respect to the drama and angst depicted on the part of cast members. As critic Benjamin Wallace-Wells put it: “ No longer an outlet for twentysomethings to brood about their future careers, the show has become a cyclic three-month on-air party for young adults to mingle in hot tubs and obsess about the present. The locales have changed from creative meccas like New York and London to vacation spots like Las Vegas and Hawaii. MTV has rejiggered the show to require characters to engage in artificial, season-long contests or projects -- like putting together a fashion show -- which the characters embrace in the way most American teenagers experience spring break: as a big party.[100] ” A 2006 comment from LA Weekly's Nikki Finke reflects the same sentiments: “ The show that once seriously delved into hot-button issues like homosexuality, AIDS, racism, religion and abortion was now purposely pushing someone’s buttons to have that person implode on air.[101] ” The Parents Television Council, which has frequently criticized MTV, has also frequently criticized The Real World for its overtly sexual content.[102] In addition, that organization contends that because MTV routinely reruns Real World episodes with a simple "TV-14" rating without the "L" (language) descriptor, parents cannot block out the show with a V-Chip,[103] although countering reports claim that the V-Chip does not totally rely on content descriptors added to the general ratings to work.[104] An episode of The Real World: San Diego that was broadcast in January 2004 came under intense criticism from both the PTC[105] and American Family Association for its sexual content.[106] Diversity In December 2005, Aaron Gillego, a columnist for The Advocate, criticized the series for having never cast an Asian male in the then-13 years of its existence, opining that female Asians have been cast on the show because heterosexual men have been socialized by the media to think of them as exotic beauties or sex objects, but that Asian males have been largely invisible in popular media.[107] Parodies, derivatives, and references Lists of miscellaneous information should be avoided. Please relocate any relevant information into appropriate sections or articles. (October 2010) The show was satirized in the October 2, 1993 episode of the sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live. The episode, which was hosted by Shannen Doherty, featured a sketch depicting a Real World cast patterned after the Los Angeles cast, and poked fun at the discussions of racism, bigotry, and political differences that served as a recurring theme that season.[10] Another SNL parody of The Real World came in a 1996 episode hosted by John Goodman in which Bob Dole (Norm Macdonald) is thrown out of the house. The 1994 movie Reality Bites, starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, focuses on a group of twentysomethings whose video diaries are misappropriated for a Real World-style documentary series. This fictional documentary series, as well as the title of the movie itself, closely parodies and satirizes The Real World format. A fifth season episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 called "Unreal World" depicted David Silver using a character named Tuck as the subject of a class video project. When Tuck refuses to participate, the rest of the cast pretend to be Tuck and his roommates for the project. Another character named Beth is also used in the project. In an episode of the animated comedy Pinky and the Brain, Pinky and the Brain join the cast of a show called Real Life hosted by TV personality Eisenhower for the network MTTV in order to broadcast the a cappella voice of Rush Limbaugh in order to take over the world. A satirical TV movie called The Lost Season parodied The Real World. It depicted a season of the show that supposedly took place in Vancouver, BC, and was abandoned because its participants were kidnapped. The reality show The Surreal Life is structured similarly to The Real World, except that the housemates, who live together for ten days, are celebrities. The show's original name was "The Surreal World." "Swept Away - A Very Special Episode", a Season 11 episode of the crime drama Law & Order that premiered February 28, 2001, featured a plot involving the investigation into the murder of a housemate on a reality show akin to The Real World called Deal With It. An episode of the crime drama Diagnosis Murder also featured a plot involving a murder committed during the filming such a show. Dave Chappelle lampooned what he perceived as the targeting of minority cast members for criticism or ejection on the show on his Comedy Central sketch comedy show, Chappelle's Show, with a sketch entitled "The Mad Real World", portraying, with hyperbole, the results of what would happen if one white person were to cohabitate with a collection of crazy black people. The white man is raped and beaten, his father is stabbed and his girlfriend cheats on him with multiple other housemates. Finally he loses his temper when asking his roommates one night to turn down the music so he can sleep; the next day they all vote him off, saying he's getting out of control and they're afraid of him. They conclude with "If you don't leave, we reserve the right to fuck you up." The Comedy Central series Drawn Together is an animated reality show parody that borrows much of its format and conventions from The Real World, but whose cast is populated by animated cartoon archetypes. The music video for the Eminem track, "Without Me", contains scenes which parody The Real World, with appearances by New Orleans castmate Julie Stoffer, Boston castmate Syrus Yarbrough, and San Francisco castmate David "Puck" Rainey. In "Morality Bites," a second-season episode of the television series Charmed, the sisters travel to 2009, and on the television can be heard "Coming up, The Real World: On The Moon!" The 1999 romantic comedy She's All That features Matthew Lillard playing Brock Hudson, an ex-Real World cast member kicked out of the house for being obnoxious to his fellow castmates. In "Text, Lies & Videotape", a fifth-season episode of the television series Dawson's Creek, Audrey (Busy Philipps) is speaking with Joey (Katie Holmes) about recording her audition tape for the fictional The Real World: Ibiza season. In a sixth season episode, "The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest", some college students speculate whether Joey sent an e-mail to the whole campus (by accident) in an attempt to get attention or because she was on The Real World. In "The Route of All Evil", a third-season episode of the animated television series Futurama, the characters watch an episode of The Real World: The Sun. An incredulous Leela remarks on how much a house on the Sun would cost, a reference to the upscale houses in which that the casts on The Real World live. The WB television series Mission Hill based an entire episode on The Real World, in which the show's protagonist joins the cast and attempts to destroy The Real World from the inside by exposing it as an elaborate hoax with microphones and hidden cameras telling each person how to act and behave on camera. The TV show Muppets Tonight featured a skit called The Real World: Muppets. Most segments of it were only shown in United Kingdom. It showed Rizzo the Rat, Bobo the Bear, Clifford, Bill the Bubble Guy, and a goth girl named Darci. Several television commercials for the U.S. version of the Nintendo video game Animal Crossing parodied The Real World. The MTV Canada crew parodied The Real World with a trailer for The Real World: MTV, featuring nine VJ's with different personas. Most were from The Real World: Denver. The computer game Afterlife features a Hell punishment called "The Unreal World", which features the description "This is the true story, of 5000 SOULs, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting damned." In "My Hero", a 2001 episode of the TV series Scrubs, a cutaway gag shows a number of the characters introducing themselves in the style of The Real World's opening sequence. In the April 10, 2005 episode of the stop motion animated television series Robot Chicken entitled "The Deep End," Aquaman is one of seven housemates in the fictional parody of The Real World entitled The Real World: Metropolis. Dutch TV producer Erik Latour claims that the ideas for The Real World were directly derived from his television show Nummer 28, which aired in 1991 on Dutch television.[9] The Nickelodeon children's comedy show All That parodied The Real World in its last season with "The Unreal World", in which nearly all of the housemates were undead beings, such as vampires, zombies, ghosts, and a floating head. Video artist Eileen Maxson's short film Tape 5925: Amy Goodrow is set up as an audition tape for The Real World, a familiar component of the series' casting specials and season openers. Maxson portrays the title character, a sensitive and awkward young woman whose main hobby is paper craft, and reveals a surprising sexual encounter between her teenage self and a teacher. The resulting confession lands on the desk of a jaded MTV employee, who fast-forwards through the details of her depressing story. The video was named one of the "sweet 16" experimental film and video works of 2003 by Village Voice media critic Ed Halter.[108] See also Reality television MTV List of programs broadcast by MTV List of The Real World cast members List of The Real World seasons Road Rules The Challenge References ^ "The Real World: Hollywood; Press Release from" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-12-19.  ^ a b c Gorman, Bill. "MTV’s ‘The Real World’ Is Turning 25 And Returning To Sin City As Seven Roommates Take Over Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In March 2011" TV By the Numbers; September 17, 2010 ^ a b Thompson, Richard. "Real World New Orleans: Toothbrush-as-toilet scrubber sickens housemate, triggers police action"; March 21, 2010 ^ "The Real World: Back to Las Vegas" Vevmo; January 30, 2011 ^ a b "The Real World: Back to Las Vegas" Vevmo; September 8, 2010 ^ a b c Dehnart, Andy (June 7, 2011). "Real World returning to San Diego for its 26th season". 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Retrieved 2010-12-19.  ^ She and Emilee Fitzpatrick shared a night of intimacy in Episode 3 of that season, she had a menage a trois with castmate Jonna Mannion and a coworker Jonna was dating named Pat in Episode 10, and had sex with Joey Rozmus in the season finale. ^ "Lies, and Videotape", The Real World: Miami, Episode 17, MTV, 1996 ^ Video of The Real World: New Orleans; Episode 1 at; June 30, 2010 ^ Joey Kovar entered rehab in Episode 4 of the Hollywood season. Summary page for The Real World: Hollywood; Episode 4 ("Joey's Intervention") at ^ Posted 5/7/08. "Video of The Real World: Hollywood; Episode 4 at". Retrieved 2010-12-19.  ^ Posted 9/2/09. "Sneak Preview For The Real World: Cancun, Episode 12". Retrieved 2010-12-19.  ^ "Summary page for Episode 9 ("The Love Square") at". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-05-23.  ^ Posted 8/19/09. "Video of Episode 9 at". Retrieved 2010-12-19.  ^ Posted 3/17/10. "Ep. 12 White House, Glass House". Retrieved 2010-12-19.  ^ Posted 4/13/11. 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