Real World’s first two seasons are on Hulu Plus

With this weekend’s rebroadcast of An American Family, it’s a good time to rediscover more of reality TV’s roots. While the PBS documentary series laid the groundwork, MTV and Bunim-Murray’s The Real World is the show that changed everything 20 years later, and gave us everything from confessional interviews to the creation of an artificial context in which real people interacted.

A lot of us lament where the show has gone since then, either because we’ve outgrown it, we no longer connect with the casts’ lives, or the show has devolved into a parody of itself–or all three. But now we can actually watch it to see if our memories are accurate.

That’s because Hulu Plus–which offers a free one-week subscription, upped to one month if you have an .edu address–is now showing the first two seasons, which were set in New York City and Los Angeles. Just watch the first couple minutes of season one and see if you’re not slammed in the face with nostalgia.

For some reason, the first episode of season two isn’t available, perhaps because of rights issues (Hulu only says “We will continue to work with our content partners to make this available”). That’s disappointing because the first episode features Tami and Dominic picking up Jon in an RV and driving to L.A., which was the inspiration for Road Rules.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.