The Real World
- 33 Seasons
MTV's "The Real World", a show that got its start in the early 90's, allows viewers to catch a glimpse into the lives of seven roommates as they go about their daily life. Contestants who earn a spot on the show will have an opportunity to experience new culture, along with many other luxuries and accommodations. Each season takes place in a different location, from such diverse cities as London to New York City. Their residence is usually an all-expense-paid million dollar mansion or suite that is stocked with designer furniture, hot tubs, and 50 gallon aquariums. Throughout their three month stay, the roommates immerse themselves in the culture of the city while meeting natives and other interesting people. The absence of a script and paid actors is conducive to a creative and spontaneous storyline. Viewers who tune in to the weekly show can identify with the ordinary issues that affect most young people today such as interpersonal conflict, family problems, relationships with significant others, and academics. Each show is a unique surprise as cameras follow the cast members down city streets, to job interviews, volunteer programs, hip coffee shops, and back home to visit family. The unique experiences of the roommates and their reaction to the environment is what creates the story. The diversity of each cast member plays a critical role in the show's overall success. One show might focus on one cast member's struggle with alcohol addiction, while the next episode is an hour-long drama-filled saga that dissects an ongoing dispute between two roommates. When the roommates' frustration level reaches the threshold, they can vent their feelings and innermost secrets in the confession room. Each cast member is generously examined, giving viewers an in-depth look at what makes each one tick and digging beneath the exterior to reveal the true self. There is no question as to the show's entertainment value for anyone who enjoys reality Tv. By the end of the season, true fans of the show feel like they can relate and sympathize with their favorite cast member. A show that can connect with its audience on that level will have a long and successful career for years to come.