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Patricia Loud ...  Herself 12 episodes, 1973
Bill Loud ...  Himself 12 episodes, 1973
...  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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This was the original "Real World". The show was a weekly documentary which followed the real life travails of the Loud family, a mixed up cluster of suburbanites. The show picked up lots of interesting footage, including an on-camera divorce demand from wife Pat to her husband, and the coming-out of one of the children who was gay. Written by Anthony Ventarola <ventman1@bestweb.net>

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The Best"Realty Television" show of them all
19 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw it when it was first ran and taped it when it was repeated during the first Gulf War.

Despite all the pontificating and finger-pointing the Louds come off as quite a nice family. Divorce didn't "tear them apart" at all. They're still connected to one another to this very day.

Lance was of course the breakout 'star" of the show, thanks to episode for. The critics claimed he "came out" in this episode. But Lance was never "in," and his whole family adored him. Bill's disapproval had less to do with Lance's sexuality than the fact that he was goofing off too much and should set some goals in life. Lance tried a number of them, with mixed success, but he remained a terrific guy. (I got to know him personally as we were both writing for "The Advocate" and had many mutual friends.) His memorial service (captured in the documentary sequel "ADeath in An American Family" ) was quite an occasion, bringing together all manner of people in the arts and all the Loud family to celebrate Lance's life.


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