True Life (1998– )

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MTV follows three unique persons in their everyday situations, and documents the problems and goals they face.


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This one hour documentary follows 4 young people who are moving to the Big Apple to pursue their dreams. Julie is a shop-o-holic who lives off of her parents credit cards but wants to make her own way in the fashion industry. Frankie & Dana are gay best friends from Ohio who have no money, no jobs, and no plan but have a big dream for a better life. And Josh is a model from a Winsconsin who is getting the opportunity of a lifetime with a top modeling agency. Who will survive in one of the most competitive cities in the world? Written by M. McEwan

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The earlier episodes were 30 minutes and the newer episodes are 60 minutes. Also, in the earlier episodes Serena Altschul would follow around the people being documented on in that episode and ask them questions. See more »


Referenced in Raising Hope: Burt Rocks (2010) See more »

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An Interesting Show
3 February 2004 | by (South Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better shows on MTV.

True Life is a documentary-like show which follows the lives of people with that episodes' subject and get into the world of that subject, one of the earlier episodes was about the porn industry, which was interesting because they said that they get everyday women who do it for extra cash and one of the girls in the video got HIV from it. Other episodes are more funny like "I'm Obsessed With My Dog," and "I Have Embarrassing Parents." The earlier episodes were hosted by Serna (something) and some of the newer episode Gideion Yago goes to places (one he went to Iraq.) This show is very interesting and one of my favorites, if you haven't seen it, you should. It's not like the trash that's on MTV, it's decent and well true (that's why it's called True Life!)

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