In advance of the premiere of The Real World: Portland, which begins March 27 at 10pm ET/PT on MTV (cast pictured below), the network is going “RetroMTV” this weekend with a marathon of the entire first (New York), third (San Francisco) and 12th (Las Vegas) seasons of the iconic reality series. Throughout the retro weekend, viewers will also get previews of the new season of The Real World: Portland and get commentary from MTV personalities like Snooki, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, comedians, The Real World alums and Challenge veterans on their favorite and most memorable Real World moments.
The Real World: New York — Begins Friday, March 22, at 8pm ET/PT
In 1992, the first season of The Real World helped launch the modern reality TV genre with its documentary/soap opera formula. Seven diverse young people moved into a New York apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. All seven pursued their own dreams in the big city — a model, a dancer, a writer, a rapper, a rock singer, an artist, and a singer. A flirtation developed between two of the roommates, Eric and Julie, gay cast member Norman embarked on a serious relationship, and racial tensions heated up between Kevin and the roomies. The series’ first vacation blurred the lines between cast and crew when one of the directors ended up in bed with a cast member and went from behind the scenes to an on-camera boyfriend.
The Real World: Las Vegas — Begins Saturday, March 23, at 2pm ET/PT
The Real World‘s 12th season was set in the world’s most infamous and decadent destination playground. Marking a break with tradition, the season’s seven strangers found their new home in a spectacular three-bedroom high-roller penthouse suite in Las Vegas’ hippest luxury hotel, the Palms Resort and Casino. With the desert fun-zone of Las Vegas as their 24/7 stage, the cast embarked on a five-month journey, which included two cast romances — Steven and Trishelle, and Alton and Irulan. The Palms Resort and Casino, in addition to being their home base, also employed this season’s seven with jobs as club promoters. The cast also had the opportunity to gain new perspective on one another on an international vacation to Australia.
The Real World: San Francisco — Begins Sunday, March 24, at 8am ET/PT
Season 3 of The Real World, based in San Francisco, is one of the most recognizable seasons and catapulted into the national spotlight because of cast member Pedro’s battle with AIDS/HIV during the season. For the first time, the majority of the cast members came from places other than the city in which they were to live. With four out of the seven members from outside the Bay Area, finding jobs became a major task for the housemates. Romance was also a huge issue throughout the season, resulting in engagements for two of the seven strangers. And of course, who could forget that lovable (or not-so-lovable) Puck, who got tossed out of the house.
And in the premiere of The Real World: Portland on Wednesday, it looks like more drama and fireworks are in store right off the bat. In the premiere episode, seven strangers move into their Portland loft and, amidst some initial flirtation, animosity sets in between the sexes, culminating with one roommate exploding when the boys bring girls home.
The RetroMTV: The Real World marathon begins March 22 at 8pm ET/PT on MTV and airs all weekend.
The Real World: Portland premieres March 27 at 10pm ET/PT on MTV.