MTV's reality show 'The Real World' celebraters 20th anniversary

By Gina DiFalco,

Fans of MTV’s Real World know the reality show has been around for a long time, but the show celebrates a big anniversary this week – 20 years on the air.

The show, which is older than some of the reality stars who sign on, has aired 26 seasons and aired 532 episodes which have been filmed in 21 cities.

According to CNN, Jonathan Murray, co-creator and executive producer of The Real World, talked about the impact the show has in our culture.

"The Real World was definitely the first show to put people into a house to live together," he explained of its significance.

He continues on that there have been other huge hits on the network, but this show has shown its ability to come back season after season.

"We've seen certain shows like Newlyweds or The Osbournes or Jersey Shore come along, and somehow, The Real World keeps coming back while some of those other shows have their super bright nova in the sky," he said.

“The fact that we do change the cast every season, and we do change the location," he said, "it keeps it fresh and it allows the show to very much reflect what's in the minds of young people."

The show doesn’t seem to be slowing down, either. As TV By The Numbers reports, the newest season of the show had its best premiere in five seasons, showing the new cast in San Diego.

The premiere drew almost 2 million viewers and it was the No. 1 original cable series of that night.

Check out a trailer for The Real World - Cancun below:

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