At the time of its initial airing, reviews of the show were mostly negative.
Matt Roush, writing in USA Today, characterized the show as "painfully bogus," and a cynical and exploitative new low in television, commenting, "Watching The Real World, which fails as documentary (too phony) and as entertainment (too dull), it's hard to tell who's using who more." The Washington Posts Tom Shales commented, "Ah to be young, cute, and stupid, and to have too much free time...
Stolarczyk, Cannatella, and Miami's Flora Alekseyeun appeared in the May 2002 Playboy magazine, 2002–2003 Las Vegas cast members Trishelle Cannatella and Steven Hill appeared in the horror film Scorned.
Real World (formerly known as The Real World from 1992 to 2013) is a reality television series on MTV originally produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray.
First broadcast in 1992, the show, which was inspired by the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family, is the longest-running program in MTV history Seven to eight young adults are picked to temporarily live in a new city together in one residence while being filmed non-stop. The Real World was originally inspired by the popularity of youth-oriented shows of the 1990s like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.
Cast members are paid a small stipend for their participation in the show.
The cast of the first season, for example, was given ,500.