This is the true story… of seven strangers… picked to live in a house… work together and have their lives taped… to find out what happens… when people stop being polite… and start getting real.
Back in 1992, when those unforgettable lines above were uttered for the first time, MTV viewers were introduced to a breakthrough series called “The Real World.” The basic premise, outlined ever so clearly in the intro: A diverse group of twentysomethings — in this case, Norman, Heather B, Eric, Julie, Kevin, Andre and Becky — were selected to reside together under one roof in the City That Never Sleeps. There were laughs and there were brawls, and we watched it all from a front-row seat.
The show paved the way for an explosion of reality television programs. And since its debut 22 years ago, 28 seasons have aired. The locations, formats and people have changed, but one thing hasn’t: “Real World” has offered plenty of memorable moments, involving complex relationships, revelations of dark secrets and everything in between.
In honor of the milestone 30th installment, “Real World: Skeletons,” premiering on Tuesday, December 16 at 10/9c, we’re taking a look back at 14 incidents from the first 10 seasons — New York, California, San Francisco, London, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans and Back to New York — that are simply impossible to forget:
Season 1: New York
Season 2: California
Season 3: San Francisco
Season 4: London
Season 5: Miami
Mike and Melissa — plus a waitress — share a flirtatious evening in the hot tub and eventually head to the shower. But they almost have some company when…
…a very curious duo — Flora and Dan — attempt to break through a bathroom window to watch the potential threesome.
Season 6: Boston
As the group works at an after-school program, Kameelah talks to a young student about homophobia — while an emotional Genesis watches.
Season 7: Seattle
Season 8: Hawaii
An intoxicated Ruthie is stopped by producers for driving drunk.
Season 9: New Orleans
The face of Danny’s boyfriend Paul is blurred when he comes to visit. The reason? It was the year 2000 — the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — and Paul was in the military.
Season 10: Back to New York
Coral schools the Miz on racism.
+ Tweet your choices for the most iconic “Real World” moments using the hashtag #RW30. Then share your thoughts about the clips below, be sure to check back next week for our picks from Season 11-20, and get ready for the premiere of “Real World: Skeletons” on December 16 at 10/9c!