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 A Sex Offender
MTV tackled the controversial topic of registered sex offenders in this 2012 episode. It followed Terry, who was charged with having sexual relations with his underage girlfriend when he was 18. He had to register as a sex offender, and that meant moving out of his parents' house because it was too close to a school bus stop.
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.
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.
I Have A Strange Habit
Ever been so stressed you felt like you could pull your hair out? Welcome to Emily's daily reality. The teenager highlighted in the 2012 episode "I Have a Strange Habit" dealt with her stress and anxiety by pulling out her own hair. That resulted in bald patches that made her feel self-conscious.
This episode also included aspiring nail artist Kayliah, whose strange habit was eating emery boards.