The Most Iconic Moments From ‘Real World”s First 10 Seasons

Who could forget Pedro and Sean's commitment ceremony?

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.

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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

Julie and Kevin take to the street for a heated discussion about race.

Also from the Big Apple: Eric does a racy photo shoot with a female model.

Season 2: California

David becomes the first cast member to depart a “Real World” residence, following a physical altercation with Tami.

Also from Los Angeles: Tami decides to have an abortion — and fellow housemate Jon questions her decision.

Season 3: San Francisco

Perennial troublemaker Puck puts his fingers where they don’t belong: in a jar of peanut butter.

Also in Fog City: Pedro exchanges vows with the love of his life Sean.

Season 4: London

Rocker Neil gets the tip of his tongue bitten off during a musical performance.

Season 5: Miami

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