MTV’s The Real World has spent the past 17 years testing the chemistry among groups of coed strangers from various backgrounds living together in different cities. It has also attempted to answer the age-old question, What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real? You saw that one coming.
In its early days, The Real World was championed for testing social limits by spotlighting then taboo topics: story lines featuring an HIV-positive housemate, a cast member contemplating abortion and various racially driven conflicts drew critical acclaim. But after 23 seasons, the show has encountered a fair share of criticism for focusing on ratings-friendly roommate hookups and drunken shenanigans. But regardless of how mixed reactions to the show have been, don’t count on it going away anytime soon. MTV has confirmed that the reality stalwart has been renewed for at least three more seasons.