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Ranking The Best Seasons of 'MTV Real World'  

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All the seasons of The Real World have been fun, but which seasons and casts really stand out? After introducing viewers to the concept of seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped in season one, the series finds the strangers hooking-up, fighting, and reaching understandings in later seasons. Some of the most memorable episodes (and people) of The Real World come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of The Real World are, let's rank every The Real World season from best to worst.

The Real World is a ground-breaking reality TV series that aired on MTV from 1992-2017 and now airs on Facebook Watch. It is the longest-running program ever to air on MTV and has inspired such sister series as Road Rules and The Challenge.

Vote up your favorite seasons of The Real World, and vote down any seasons that you didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be tough to put one The Real World season over the other when there are so many good ones - and so many seasons, period - which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

Season 12 - Las Vegas (2002–03... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking The Best Seasons of 'MTV Real World'
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Season 12 - Las Vegas (2002–03)

The twelfth season of The Real World premiered on September 17, 2002 and contains 28 episodes. For the first time ever, this season featured a cast of strangers who were 21 or over since it was set in a Las Vegas hotel.

Cast of Real World Season 12: Trishelle Cannatella, Arissa Hill, Steven Hill, Frank Roessler, Brynn Smith, Irulan Wilson, Alton Williams

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Word From Home," "Hey, Jealousy," and "Broken Boundaries."

Memorable moments from Season 12 include:

  • Steven, Trishelle and Brynn make-out.
  • Brynn attacks Steven with a fork.
  • Alton and Irulan hook-up.
Did this season get real?
Season 3 - San Francisco (1994... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking The Best Seasons of 'MTV Real World'
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Season 3 - San Francisco (1994)

The third season of The Real World premiered on June 30, 1994, and contains 20 episodes. This season focus' on the Pedro's struggle with AIDS.

Cast of Real World Season 3: Mohammed Bilal, Rachel Campos, Pam Ling, Cory Murphy, Puck Rainey, Jo Rhodes, Judd Winick, Pedro Zamora

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Trouble in Paradise," "Getting Dropped," and "Love Rules."

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

  • Puck reveals that he and Rachel have kissed.
  • Pedro gives an ultimatum.
  • Pedro and Sean exchange vows.
Did this season get real?
Season 1 - New York (1992) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking The Best Seasons of 'MTV Real World'
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Season 1 - New York (1992)

The first season of The Real World premiered on May 21, 1992, and contains 13 episodes. This season introduces viewers to the concept of "The true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped."

Cast of Real World Season 1: Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies, Kevin Powell

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "This is the True Story...," "Trouble Throughout the House," and "Julie Thinks Kevin is Psycho!"

Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

  • The strangers meet.
  • Kevin calls Becky a racist.
  • Heather is accused of assault.
Did this season get real?
Season 2 - Los Angeles (1993) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking The Best Seasons of 'MTV Real World'
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Season 2 - Los Angeles (1993)

The second season of The Real World premiered on June 26, 1993, and contains 21 episodes. This season finds one of the strangers getting evicted.

Cast of Real World Season 2: Aaron Behle, Irene Berrera (Kearns), Jon Brennan, David Edwards, Dominic Griffin, Tami Roman, Beth Stolarczyk, Beth Anthony, Glen Naessens

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Is David Going Home?," "The New Roommate," and "Dom and His Drinking."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • David takes a joke way too far.
  • David moves out.
  • Irene gets married.
Did this season get real?