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The True Story of Seven Strangers—and You

When The Real World made its debut 16 years ago, nobody knew that it would lead to today's glut of reality programming. But as the series enters its 20th season, it's begun to look like something we never expected it to be: an American classic.

November 5, 1994 Gen X icon Pedro succumbs to AIDS, dying the day after the season finale of The Real World: San Francisco airs.

July 26, 1995 The Real World: London follows aspiring model Jacinda Barrett, who will later star in The Namesake and The Last Kiss, as she goes on casting calls. Somewhere, Tyra Banks gets an idea.
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