The Real World Was More Than Just a Reality Show

MTV’s longest-running reality show is now in its 33rd season. But after its 28th season, they dropped “The” and so now it’s just called Real World. But most of us know of the show way before it ever hit the new millennium. The revolutionary reality show began in 1992 when MTV was mostly just airing music videos. In between Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” people around the country fell in love with these seven strangers who lived in a loft and agreed to have their lives recorded for millions to see.

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Okay, so this is what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. The show pretty much birthed a whole new generation of wannabe reality stars – and that was before it ever became a term. So whether or not we want to honor or blame The Real World, we can’t deny the impact it had on American culture. So if you’re wondering what kind of impact I’m referring to, you can read and find out…

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