25. The Real World
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Back in the early ’90s, The Real World was appointment viewing for the MTV generation. As one of the progenitors of modern reality TV, it’s hard to overstate how influential The Real World is. It’s such a simple premise. The network gathered together a bunch of attractive, crazy young people, and threw cameras on them. This approach signaled a massive shift in mainstream broadcasting. Producers realized one didn’t need “professional actors” or “stories” or “sets” in order to create a phenomena.