Road Rules turns 10 today

Ten years ago today, we watched as Alison, Carlos, Kit, Mark, and Shelley emptied their pockets of money and credit cards and set out on a cross-country trip in an RV. Road Rules broke ground in reality by offering a reward and making the show into a competition. (For the record, Mark Burnett’s Eco-Challenge did the same thing around the same time, but Road Rules‘ format borrowed from its older MTV sibling The Real World and definitely influenced all that followed, including Survivor.)

Sadly, the show didn’t make it to its 10th birthday. After 13 seasons, the last of which aired last year, the show appears to have been cancelled. At the very least, it hasn’t been renewed, while its sibling shows have.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Road Rules Web lists 10 best and worst moments from the series. They’re also talking to cast members; right now, only Jake Bronstein has commented, taking a break from blogging about his penis to say only that his appearance “was a looonnnngggg time ago” and thus he can’t remember anything about it.

Happy 10th Anniversary Road Rules [Road Rules Web]
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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.