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True Life is an original MTV reality and documentary series that chronicles that lives of individuals who are facing adversity in a variety of ways. Each episode focuses on a single issue and individuals whose lives are affected by that issue. There are usually three people featured in every episode. Their lives are taped for the duration of filming so viewers can get an idea of what it is like to live with whatever challenge is being highlighted for that episode.

The first episode of True Life aired on MTV in 1998. It covered the trials of people who are addicted to heroin. Since that time, there have been several addiction episodes that range from street drugs to prescription pharmaceuticals. The show also touches on relationship issues like homosexuality and open relationships. There are episodes covering mental illnesses and physical illnesses. There are even life goal oriented episodes, such as is the case with several modeling and sports episodes.

True Life has featured many now famous people. Examples include Kelly Cutrone, who is now a famous fashion publicist. She has been featured on a number of reality shows since her time on True Life. Frank Edgar starred on the show and went on to become a UFC Lightweight Champion. They were both featured in life goal style episodes that covered their chosen professions and their struggles and successes in them.

The series has won numerous awards and has been on air for more than 13 years. It has won three GLAAD awards for episodes dealing with homosexuality and lesbianism. It has also won awards for episodes about racism and drug addiction.

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Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on MTV
15 Seasons, 331 Episodes - Currently Airing
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True Life Full Episode Guide

  • Featuring two young women who feel shunned by their loved ones. Will they be able to get back in their family's good graces?

  • Two young women suffering from epilepsy try to keep their symptoms under control.

  • Two young adults are obsessed with looking like teenagers, no matter the consequences.

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Woman Spends $20k to Implant 3rd Breast, Angles for MTV Reality Show

We're not saying that MTV's "True Life" is a bastion of culture and taste, but this might be pushing it. A Florida woman by the name of Jasmine Tridevil is angling for an MTV reality show after spending $20,000 on plastic surgery in order to have a third breast implanted on her chest. Tridevil, a massage therapist, also claims that she went through with the procedure because she doesn't want to be attractive to men anymore. "It was really hard finding someone that would do it, too, because they’re breaking the code of ethics," Tridevil said in an interview.

Watch: MTV Takes (Another) Stab At The MMA Trend With 'Caged'

Once more, MTV seeks a ratings bump by jumping on-board a hot trend. The once-music-centric Viacom network was apparently so impressed with the documentary-style series "True Life" episode called "I'm A Mixed Martial-Arts Fighter" that it put together an entire series following up-and-coming fighters through their local ranks. "Caged" premieres Jan. 9 at 10 PM ET/PT and fleshes out not only the challenges of being a fighter, but also the personal struggles that inspired the three young Louisiana combatants to enter the fast-growing combat sport.

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