The Real World: 12 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets
The Real World is the longest running program on MTV! It’s also one of the longest running reality series with 31 seasons under it’s belt and the first episode dating back to 1992. As reality television becomes more and more popular among viewers, the Real World has been forced to change and adapt alongside their competition, catering to new audiences. But the general concept has always remained the same: seven strangers living under one roof, forced to live with one another and get along. The famous tag line goes, “when people stop being polite…and start getting real.” But how much of the show is really REAL? Producing a successful show takes a lot more than just picking seven strangers and putting them in a vacant house — there’s a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes and a level of editing that takes place to create a beginning to end show. Here’s a look at 12 behind-the-scenes secrets from the Real World:
12. Adapting the Show
Filming the first season of the Real World, Jonathan Murray’s own words was “a sh-t show.” He said, “We had no idea what we were getting into. We foolishly thought everyone would go to bed at the same time. That didn’t happen. We had this meager little crew trying to cover seven individuals who were all over the place. Everyone was shell-shocked by the end of the experience.” Now onto the 31st season things have gotten much more organized with numerous camera men following the housemates around the clock, a phone in the house that offers a direct line to a producer who is monitoring them at all times and ceiling cameras installed in the house to capture every little movement. The show has branched out to become a little more complex than usual with themed seasons like Skeletons, EXplosion, or Go Big or Go Home — this keeps the show interesting and makes it easier to market to their audience.
11. Living Accomodations
One of the best perks of going on the Real World is that the cast gets to live in these amazing homes, whether it be a mansion in the city or a penthouse suite in a Las Vegas hotel. Putting these homes together takes a lot of time and careful consideration. In the more recent seasons, producers choose to decorate the living spaces with furniture from local makers and artists. Murray said, “The first few seasons, we worked with Ikea. But now we have a production designer who goes out to the city we’re shooting in and finds out who the local furniture makers and artists are. One of my favorite experiences was walking through the Palms hotel in Las Vegas with George Maloof before it opened. He had just finished [the penthouse], but he said, ‘Oh, we can rip this all out and create a loft for you.'” The most budget friendly item in the house is the big couch. Producers have used the same big couch for the past five seasons and just re-covered it each year with a different colored upholstery. We can only imagine what that couch has been through…Gross!