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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.

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on MTV
27 Seasons, 399 Episodes
March 31, 1998
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True Life Full Episode Guide

  • We see first hand what it's like have Misophonia- a rare condition where everyday sounds render life unbearable.

  • Americans leave the country in an effort to find answers about Ayahuasca.

  • Transformation is a documentary about a group of homeless and at-risk transgender youth who have struggled to find the resources, safety, and confidence to express their gender identity.

  • On this episode of True Life: I've Been Shot we follow two young people who are recovering from a recent gunshot wound, both physically and mentally.

  • We follow two young people whose parent's addiction to opiates is directly affecting their lives.

  • MTV teams up with multi-platinum artist and recovering addict Macklemore to go inside America's opioid epidemic, meeting those living with addiction and heading to Washington DC for an exclusive talk with President Obama.

  • True Life Presents: Hooked documents the most severe and bizarre addictions and mental health afflictions that millennials face today.

  • A one-hour docu-series following a group of up-&-coming hip hop artists as they navigate their music careers in Atlanta. Lead by their "Mom-agers" & "Dad-agers" who are the ones really calling the shots.

  • Many people are unhappy with their bodies. But what if you would do anything to lose weight. On this episode of True Life you'll meet two young people who are going to extreme lengths to shed the pounds.

  • Save My Teen Marriage gives two couples who got married too young and are ready to call it quits, the chance to re-evaluate their relationships to see if they're really in it for the long haul.

  • With the increasing legalization of marijuana, parents are becoming more and more open with their toking habits.

  • We're re-visiting some of your past favorites who've faced major health crises to see how they're doing now. We'll show you who's beaten the odds, who's still struggling, and whose life has taken an incredible turn.

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