MTV's True Life has run for over 300 episodes, covering issues from drug addiction to plastic surgery to romance and everywhere in between. The docu-drama was groundbreaking from its debut in 1998; the very first show focused on the heroin epidemic. Since then, viewers have been entertained with plenty of crazy episodes from True Life.
Weird episodes of True Life are as remarkable for their sometimes uncomfortable subjects as they were for their crazy antics. Remember when production was halted when a meth addict brought out a loaded gun? How about the time someone ended up getting up close and personal with a 200-pound pig? And that's not to mention the phobias and fetishes.
There is definitely no shortage of over-the-top moments from MTV's True Life. Take a stroll down memory lane, and wonder just what happened to the most notorious people on True Life after the cameras stopped rolling.
I'm Supporting My Family
The highlight of the 2007 episode "I'm Supporting My Family" was meeting Unique, a 21-year-old stripper. Unique began working as a stripper to support her three younger sisters after their mother committed suicide. Unique was a mother herself, and one of her younger sisters was pregnant, too.
MTV managed to capture something incredibly special in the 2008 episode "I'm Deaf." Chris, a deaf high school student who loved to skate, got a cochlear implant and heard for the first time. Then, he learned how to hear, which meant discovering what different sounds meant, learning people's voices, and struggling not to get overwhelmed with the new world around him. This episode is as inspiring as it is thought-provoking.
My Parents Are In Porn
Most kids don't think twice about what their parents do, but that's impossible if your mom is a porn star. The 2016 episode "My Parents Are In Porn" is an eye-opening look at how families function within the adult film industry. Viewers follow Talia, who's looking to move into the family business but isn't sure she can stomach it, and Chandler, a 17-year-old who's just trying to live a normal life.
I'm Addicted To Crystal Meth
The 2006 episode "I'm Addicted to Crystal Meth" is jam-packed with crazy. From shooting up to shaking from withdrawal, viewers experienced the full range of addiction through Bryan's story. Things got out of control when Bryan pulled out the loaded gun he kept in his closet and used the laser sight as a toy for his cat. True Life producers stopped filming and refused to continue until Bryan agreed to relinquish his weapon.