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Ranking The Best Seasons of 'MTV Real World'

Updated March 25, 2021 750 votes 112 voters 4.5k views33 items

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.

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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.
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    The ninth season of The Real World premiered on June 14, 2000 and contains 23 episodes. This season finds the strangers living in a Civil War era mansion in New Orleans.

    Cast of Real World Season 9: David Broom, Melissa Howard, Kelley Limp, Jamie Murray, Danny Roberts, Matt Smith, Julie Stoffer

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Hookups and Linkups," "David's D-Day," and "Leavin' Louisiana."

    Memorable moments from Season 9 include:

    • The strangers travel to South Africa.
    • The cast of Road Rules stops by to steal.
    • The strangers ride on a float with Ann Rice.
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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.
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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.
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