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2013-03-24 10:23:06 PM
Hold on, let me put on my Jon Brennan album...
 
2013-03-24 10:51:42 PM
I actually watched the first season of the Real World. I think I remember most of the cast members, actually. And aside from a few episodes of Comic Book Men, it was the last reality show I ever watched an entire episode of.
 
2013-03-24 11:23:15 PM
It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.
 
2013-03-25 12:03:06 AM
I think I stopped watching that show maybe seven seasons ago. Do they still do the Real World/Road Rules challenges?
 
2013-03-25 01:00:31 AM
Fake reality that claims its real, but is really all scripted/edited to promote stories and products. Didn't take them long to find the formula.
 
2013-03-25 02:52:52 AM
Have the cancelled Buckwild yet? Last news I had they'd arrested a couple of the actors.
There was a lot of outrage at first in WV, now it's meh, who cares....
/Didn't watch the show in Jersey either.
 
2013-03-25 02:54:51 AM
Only one I ever cared about was the California one, and the ones with Puck.
 
2013-03-25 03:08:40 AM

ParagonComplex: Only one I ever cared about was the California one, and the ones with Puck.


I remember the SF one with peanut-finger Puck. I read he's in jail now, getting peanut-fingered.
 
2013-03-25 03:26:12 AM
Pedro was a dick. There, I said it.
 
2013-03-25 03:33:31 AM

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.


TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.


TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.


This This This
 
2013-03-25 03:38:37 AM
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This guy was my favorite because he was always just that real down to earth alternative dude who sang all them cool songs that were almost grunge but more like candle box seattle type era and he reminded me of Eddie Vedder.
 
2013-03-25 04:07:04 AM
Here we are twenty-one years later and still hearing Kevin's argument that black people can't be racists courtesy of Adria Richards.

I remember watching the first season and thinking it was BS that they all had jobs in the arts and media. Didn't seem very representative of the real world to me but I still watched. When they won a vacation, I knew it was rigged. Still, it was much more real than anything else on today. And it episode where they all took on bizarro world personalities to fark with Kevin for not being around was Ovaltine level gold.
 
2013-03-25 05:18:33 AM
"Do you sell drugs?  Why do you have a beeper?"
 
2013-03-25 05:24:38 AM
I'll always remember Puck. Other than that. Garbage TV is still garbage.
 
2013-03-25 05:39:22 AM

LowbrowDeluxe: TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

This This This


Thirded.  Real World is not reality TV.  It's too controlled.  The fact that the characters aren't specifically told how to act and what to say does not make it "reality."  There's more to it than that
 
2013-03-25 05:51:37 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: LowbrowDeluxe: TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

This This This

Thirded.  Real World is not reality TV.  It's too controlled.  The fact that the characters aren't specifically told how to act and what to say does not make it "reality."  There's more to it than that


I probably have cherry colored blinders, but the first few years of The Real World actually seemed interesting. I'm talking about that period before people realised there were distinct "characters" to play in reality TV shows. I'd say this was at least through Real World London, I'm not sure if Miami was the one where in the first couple of hours a girl had already stripped and dived into the pool.
 
2013-03-25 07:18:02 AM

thisone: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: LowbrowDeluxe: TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

This This This

Thirded.  Real World is not reality TV.  It's too controlled.  The fact that the characters aren't specifically told how to act and what to say does not make it "reality."  There's more to it than that

I probably have cherry colored blinders, but the first few years of The Real World actually seemed interesting. I'm talking about that period before people realised there were distinct "characters" to play in reality TV shows. I'd say this was at least through Real World London, I'm not sure if Miami was the one where in the first couple of hours a girl had already stripped and dived into the pool.


I think that might have been Hawaii.  Ruthie was a hot mess.
 
2013-03-25 07:27:32 AM
who was the cute little southern girl on there?  I thought she was adorable.
 
2013-03-25 07:40:35 AM
You can watch it degrade as the seasons dragged on. It started with them picking somewhat interesting people with goals, some even had actual jobs. Now they just look for the train wrecks with the best bodies and worst cases of alcoholism.
 
2013-03-25 08:14:59 AM
I think I saw the current group a few months back at the Boiler Room in Portland.  The manager had little tolerance for them.
 
2013-03-25 08:20:10 AM

Chabash: I think I saw the current group a few months back at the Boiler Room in Portland.  The manager had little tolerance for them.


When they did Seattle, back in 1994 or 1995, the running joke was how bars kept throwing them out. There's a reason all the interior scenes are of the cast by themselves with no-one else around - the show had to buy private rooms to tape in -- no real bars wanted any piece of it. That's also the reason halfway through "Real World Seattle" that they shipped them off to Nepal.

Did portland embrace them and try to show how interesting and independent and "weird" you all are?
 
2013-03-25 08:26:13 AM
The Real World gave us Jamie Chung, so I can't hate
 
2013-03-25 08:30:40 AM
I always thought Julie Gentry was kind of cute.
 
2013-03-25 08:31:11 AM
It sucked back then.
 
2013-03-25 09:05:56 AM

DjangoStonereaver: I always thought Julie Gentry was kind of cute.


Her..yes...thank you.
 
2013-03-25 09:08:49 AM
Tat'dGreaser: The Real World gave us Jamie Chung, so I can't hate

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2013-03-25 09:13:32 AM
I watched the first and the second and still remember thinking that Puck guy was was what all the other people that season deserved.
 
2013-03-25 09:16:27 AM

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.


That's when I quit watching MTV....

Season 28?  have seen exactly zero shows. You know, I'm not wasting all of my time after all.
 
2013-03-25 09:35:13 AM
I always wanted to see MAD Magazine's parody.  I can see Mort Drucker's splash page, with all the characters introducing themselves.

"My name is Schmuck, and I'm gonna do everything I can to show how much I deserve my name."

Man, talk about your 15 minutes.....that guy defines 15 minutes.
 
2013-03-25 10:03:33 AM
The chick from Alabama.  So good.
 
2013-03-25 10:15:24 AM

Generation_D: Chabash: I think I saw the current group a few months back at the Boiler Room in Portland.  The manager had little tolerance for them.

When they did Seattle, back in 1994 or 1995, the running joke was how bars kept throwing them out. There's a reason all the interior scenes are of the cast by themselves with no-one else around - the show had to buy private rooms to tape in -- no real bars wanted any piece of it. That's also the reason halfway through "Real World Seattle" that they shipped them off to Nepal.

Did portland embrace them and try to show how interesting and independent and "weird" you all are?


I didn't see them making the news so I couldn't really say. I think they were living very close to downown. The hipsters are more across the river. Plenty of Jersey Shore club type folks downtown to satisfy the real world cast.
 
2013-03-25 10:29:37 AM
I tried to avoid the show when it was on but my girlfriend at the time was infatuated with it.  In my hazy memory I like to think Real World Hawaii and/or Road Rules Whatever was the end of MTV.

The fact that it coincided with the end of my youth probably has nothing to do with it at all.  Probably.
 
2013-03-25 10:30:42 AM

Kurmudgeon: Have the cancelled Buckwild yet? Last news I had they'd arrested a couple of the actors.
There was a lot of outrage at first in WV, now it's meth, who cares....
/Didn't watch the show in Jersey either.


ftfy
 
2013-03-25 10:38:19 AM

Generation_D: Chabash: I think I saw the current group a few months back at the Boiler Room in Portland.  The manager had little tolerance for them.

When they did Seattle, back in 1994 or 1995, the running joke was how bars kept throwing them out. There's a reason all the interior scenes are of the cast by themselves with no-one else around - the show had to buy private rooms to tape in -- no real bars wanted any piece of it. That's also the reason halfway through "Real World Seattle" that they shipped them off to Nepal.

Did portland embrace them and try to show how interesting and independent and "weird" you all are?


That is the same thing that happened when they were in Chicago. Everybody typically ignored them. About the only people that paid them any attention were the anti gentrification protestor and that was because the building they were using as the Real World house was in a neighborhood where the residents were fighting gentrification. I didn't even know that they were shooting in Chicago until I was at one of my friends houses, who lived by the house, and he pointed it out to me.
 
2013-03-25 10:40:11 AM

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.


THIS.  Thanks for the reality tv crap.
 
2013-03-25 10:53:48 AM
I watched the first two seasons.  I was also in junior high.

Dom from season 2 was my favorite.  Easy going, hard drinkin' Irishman.  Hard not to like.
 
2013-03-25 10:54:41 AM
Thanks Obama.

FARK YOU, MTv!

Assholes shot themselves in the foot, starting with this very show. I've paid attention to it exactly 3 times in my life: once when it first camer out, because it was unique, the second season I watched the first episode because they toured the country and picked up the cast members. I was living in Flagstaff, and they were in the parking lot of a hotel about 2 miles from my apartment, arguing about if they should take the drive through Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona(Bad mistake to turn that down). The third was '96 or so in Seattle because I had a friend who knew one of the people a chick on the show was dating.

That first season, I watched a couple of episodes, the second season, I watched that first one, and that other season, I just got the news secondhand from my friend. Otherwise, it was a waste of airtime and as someone pointed out, made all of these other network execs walk around under the mistaken impression that people LIKE reality TV.


Once again, FARK YOU, MTv!!!!! I actually used to watch your shiatty network. In High School the Top 10 countdown was a daily occurrence, immediately after school. We waited for the new videos to come out, we talked about them at school, we turned 'em up when they came on. I haven't watched your shiatty network in probably 15 years, thanks to the morons driving your shiat into the ground.
 
2013-03-25 10:54:48 AM
I can't liiiiive with Puck in da house!
 
2013-03-25 10:57:06 AM

KellyKellyKelly: thisone: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: LowbrowDeluxe: TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

TheCharmerUnderMe: It was the show that killed MTV and subsequently all of television.

This This This

Thirded.  Real World is not reality TV.  It's too controlled.  The fact that the characters aren't specifically told how to act and what to say does not make it "reality."  There's more to it than that

I probably have cherry colored blinders, but the first few years of The Real World actually seemed interesting. I'm talking about that period before people realised there were distinct "characters" to play in reality TV shows. I'd say this was at least through Real World London, I'm not sure if Miami was the one where in the first couple of hours a girl had already stripped and dived into the pool.

I think that might have been Hawaii.  Ruthie was a hot mess.


Actually that was the last semi-real one, they forced her to rehab or she was getting kicked off the show.  After that they decided that have a Ruthie like member was actually a good thing
 
2013-03-25 10:59:33 AM
Jeez I remember that show. I was in college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. At the time it was the height of Spike Lee's popularity and among the black film students there was a definite attitude problem.

At a place like Pratt, an Art School, you don't generally get people who are so racially polarized, everyone is pretty open minded and in a lot of cases, were genuinely curious about people they may not have known where they were from. It thought it had a pretty cool culture in that way. These black film students were so racially sensitive, they they would treat the rest of us like we're card carrying members of the KKK. I ignored it, most of them were clowns.

So when that incident that occurred with the white girl from Alabama and the Black guy from Jersey City. I wasn't at all surprised about it, I had seen it before. It was a clash of cultures, and he was treating a woman like a man.

I still have a friend that was like that back then. He still carries around that ball of 90's style black man hurt. It always surprises me when I talk to him. I just look at him and think: "Jesus man, it's been 20 years, evolve for f&@%'s sake. Did you ever think YOU'RE the problem, not your race?". It's sad.
 
2013-03-25 11:02:57 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Real World is not reality TV.  It's too controlled.  The fact that the characters aren't specifically told how to act and what to say does not make it "reality."  There's more to it than that


YOu wouldn't believe how predictable Reality TV actually is. I never watch it, I can't stand it, buck back around 2000, VH1 had a show called Bands On the Run, and it featured a band that I watched every time I got a chance to in the bars in the mid to late 90's. I saw an ad for the show, and decided to give it a go. The premise was that they had something like 7 bands that they took around the country and set up with gigs at clubs and bars. Whoever made the most money at the end, got a recording contract. I missed the first 2 episodes or so, because I didn't know it was on, but after watching a single episode, I turned to my wife and told her the exact order the bands were going to get kicked from the show, down to the fact that it would be between the band I liked(Soulcracker), and some shiat-heap called Flickerstick, and that Soulcracker would win, but the network would find a way to make shiat up/change the rules at the last second and make Flickerstick the winners. I was 100% correct, and it was all from picking up on the selective editing of the show, having watched Soulcracker for years, having partied with the band, and hung out with them after their gigs at times.

Nothing was scripted, they just selectively edited to make the band look like they always fought, and were constantly trying to backstab everyone else... If I hadn't been against reality TV before that, I would have been afterwards for sure.
 
2013-03-25 11:07:30 AM
I watched the first handful of seasons and it was an entertaining show. It got ridiculous after a while (or I got old).

It sucks that the Mtv isn't like it was when many of us were younger. Of course, what everyone seems to forget in 2013 is that the original Mtv model wouldn't work anymore. Back when I was in HS, you could say "did you see that Prison Sex video by Tool? It's freaking crazy." Then everyone in your circle of friends would watch for hours on end, hoping too see the video.

Now, you can use your smartphone and show your friends a crazy video during lunch.
 
2013-03-25 11:21:57 AM

ladodger34: I watched the first handful of seasons and it was an entertaining show. It got ridiculous after a while (or I got old).

It sucks that the Mtv isn't like it was when many of us were younger. Of course, what everyone seems to forget in 2013 is that the original Mtv model wouldn't work anymore. Back when I was in HS, you could say "did you see that Prison Sex video by Tool? It's freaking crazy." Then everyone in your circle of friends would watch for hours on end, hoping too see the video.

Now, you can use your smartphone and show your friends a crazy video during lunch.


That is what made those videos valuable.

Now it's no different than submitting an entry in Fark's photoshop contests.
 
2013-03-25 11:31:47 AM
Danny Roberts. Totally. Adorable. I met him. He was nice.
 
2013-03-25 01:13:20 PM
The one from London was interesting. I've always wanted to find a girl who'll get me a pig's heart with a nail through it for Valentine's Day.

Also, a girl I went to high school with ended up on Road Rules. So that's my claim to fame.
 
2013-03-25 01:15:25 PM

EngineerAU: Here we are twenty-one years later and still hearing Kevin's argument that black people can't be racists courtesy of Adria Richards.

I remember watching the first season and thinking it was BS that they all had jobs in the arts and media. Didn't seem very representative of the real world to me but I still watched. When they won a vacation, I knew it was rigged. Still, it was much more real than anything else on today. And it episode where they all took on bizarro world personalities to fark with Kevin for not being around was Ovaltine level gold.


Huh? They didn't win. MTV sent them, they made that very clear.

And in NYC at the time and now, you get a lot of creative professionals.

Anyway, I LOVED the original Real World. I saw it again on this weekend and still enjoyed it. I personally don't think the Real World went awful until Las Vegas, which was when they started casting people who didn't have aspirations and everyone was a gawddamn drunken attention whore. I still try to catch up on RW only because the Real World/Road Rules Challenges are SO worth it even if the contestants are much younger than me.
 
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2013-03-25 01:19:46 PM

Mikey1969: Thanks Obama.

FARK YOU, MTv!

Assholes shot themselves in the foot, starting with this very show. I've paid attention to it exactly 3 times in my life: once when it first camer out, because it was unique, the second season I watched the first episode because they toured the country and picked up the cast members. I was living in Flagstaff, and they were in the parking lot of a hotel about 2 miles from my apartment, arguing about if they should take the drive through Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona(Bad mistake to turn that down). The third was '96 or so in Seattle because I had a friend who knew one of the people a chick on the show was dating.

That first season, I watched a couple of episodes, the second season, I watched that first one, and that other season, I just got the news secondhand from my friend. Otherwise, it was a waste of airtime and as someone pointed out, made all of these other network execs walk around under the mistaken impression that people LIKE reality TV.


Once again, FARK YOU, MTv!!!!! I actually used to watch your shiatty network. In High School the Top 10 countdown was a daily occurrence, immediately after school. We waited for the new videos to come out, we talked about them at school, we turned 'em up when they came on. I haven't watched your shiatty network in probably 15 years, thanks to the morons driving your shiat into the ground.


QFT
 
DB
2013-03-25 02:45:27 PM
The author of TFA nailed it. The first season of the Real World was an innovative and exciting idea. No one new what was going to happen. The people had real personalities and we saw them react in organic situations (winning the vacation excepted). When producers started to figure out how to manipulate that it starting going down hill until you get to where we are today. They took a good idea, exploited it, and left a creative vacuum on television.

Fortunately, I think that vacuum was filled by making shows with unprecedented levels of quality like Breaking Bad so we have that to thank for it.

/also hot for Julie
 
2013-03-25 02:55:19 PM
I was too young to watch the first couple of seasons, or maybe young enough not to care, but then I hit middle school and started watching the Seattle season when I was trying to catch Daria. I got sucked right in because it was before everyone was drunk but right when the cast was just loaded up with crazy. Like the ROTC guy who had an affair with a producer resulting in her losing her job. Peggy getting smacked in the face as she was leaving the house. The eviction meeting. Surely it was the soap for my generation.

Then I tuned into a couple of episodes of the followup season and it was just drunken idiots who weren't even interesting, even in that train wrecky way they were in Seattle. So lucky for me I didn't get sucked into the reality show rabbit hole and can gladly say I avoided getting into Real Housewives, the Khardasians and I'm sure anything else on Bravo.

/I still watch Project Runway and Face Off though... I don't object to shows showcasing talent, even at questionable levels
 
2013-03-25 03:06:19 PM

GungFu: ParagonComplex: Only one I ever cared about was the California one, and the ones with Puck.

I remember the SF one with peanut-finger Puck. I read he's in jail now, getting peanut-fingered.


It's a shame, because dude was entertaining as hell. I remember them making  big deal about John being a 20 year old virgin like a religious person with morals was the oddest thing in the world. I also remember David getting kicked out of the house for pulling the covers off that black chick in a joke gone too far. It was all Beth's fault for instigating too. That was a good series. I was like... 11 or so, I think. Then there was Dom who was Irish or something. I might be getting seasons mixed up.
 
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