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Release Date:
11 January 1973 (USA) See more »
Plot:
This was the original "Real World". The show was a weekly documentary which followed the real life travails of the Loud family... See more »
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Groundbreaking, important, shocking in its day... and tedious beyond description See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Patricia Loud ... Herself (12 episodes, 1973)
Bill Loud ... Himself (12 episodes, 1973)
Lance Loud ... Himself (12 episodes, 1973)
Kevin Loud ... Himself (12 episodes, 1973)
Grant Loud ... Himself (12 episodes, 1973)
Delilah Loud ... Herself (12 episodes, 1973)
Michelle Loud ... Herself (12 episodes, 1973)
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Series Produced by
Jacqueline Donnet .... coordinating producer (unknown episodes)
Craig Gilbert .... producer (unknown episodes)
Susan Lester .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Pat Cook (unknown episodes)
Eleanor Hamerow (unknown episodes)
David Hanser (unknown episodes)
Ken Werner (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Hal Hutkoff .... production manager (unknown episodes, 1973)
Michael Podell .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Kathleen Walsh .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Thomas Halpin .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Peter Pilafian .... additional sound (unknown episodes)
Dick Vorisek .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Joan Churchill .... additional photographer (unknown episodes)
Thomas C. Goodwin .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Michael Levine .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Peter Smokler .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Joanna Alexander .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Robert Alvarez .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Hal Hutkoff .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Janet Lauretano .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Elinor Bunin .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Alice Carey .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Kristin Glouer .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
David Henry .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Groundbreaking, important, shocking in its day... and tedious beyond description, 13 January 2010
Author: Steven Capsuto from United States

I videotaped most of the series when it reran on WNET some 20 years ago, and I keep trying to like it. But even to this avid TV viewer who lived through that era and is fascinated by cultural anthropology, the show is largely unwatchable.

The problem is that except for a couple of episodes (episode 2 and maybe the one with Lance in Paris), it's dull and slow. What made it shocking in 1973 -- the strangeness of being able to peek into someone else's day-to-day life -- has now been eclipsed by a torrent of tell-all talk shows and contrived "reality shows." Without the show's original voyeuristic shock value, ten of the twelve hours are unadulterated tedium (though I imagine a nifty 100-minute documentary could be culled from the footage).

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