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The First Decade Of "Real World" Houseguests, Ranked From Worst To Best

Here's to the people who stopped being polite, started getting real, and made television history in the process.

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In 1992, producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray selected seven strangers to live in a New York City loft, have their lives taped, and show the world what happened when people stopped being polite and started getting real.Twenty-two years and 30 seasons later (The Real World: Skeletons premieres Dec. 16), the show has boasted an incredibly diverse roster of houseguests and called attention to major issues, both global (the AIDS crisis) and deeply personal (abortion).While recent seasons have ensured the show's legacy, there is truly no comparison to the first decade of houseguests — the ones who helped define the franchise and influenced multiple generations. So here are the cast members of every season of The Real World from New York (1992) to Las Vegas (2002), ranked from worst to best.
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In 1992, producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray selected seven strangers to live in a New York City loft, have their lives taped, and show the world what happened when people stopped being polite and started getting real.

Twenty-two years and 30 seasons later (The Real World: Skeletons premieres Dec. 16), the show has boasted an incredibly diverse roster of houseguests and called attention to major issues, both global (the AIDS crisis) and deeply personal (abortion).

While recent seasons have ensured the show's legacy, there is truly no comparison to the first decade of houseguests — the ones who helped define the franchise and influenced multiple generations. So here are the cast members of every season of The Real World from New York (1992) to Las Vegas (2002), ranked from worst to best.

87. Justin Deabler, The Real World: Hawaii

There's nothing wrong with being a reality TV villain, but unlike so many of his brethren, Justin is also utterly forgettable, proving his duplicitous deeds were for naught (his most memorable scheme involved emotionally and mentally manipulating the already emotionally unstable Amaya Brecher during their vacation in India). Justin left the house early, citing a family emergency as the reason for his exit. No one missed him.
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There's nothing wrong with being a reality TV villain, but unlike so many of his brethren, Justin is also utterly forgettable, proving his duplicitous deeds were for naught (his most memorable scheme involved emotionally and mentally manipulating the already emotionally unstable Amaya Brecher during their vacation in India). Justin left the house early, citing a family emergency as the reason for his exit. No one missed him.

86. Kaia Beck, The Real World: Hawaii

The Natasha to Justin's Boris, the oft-topless Kaia wasn't much better — or more capable of intentionally causing controversy — but at least she stuck out the season.
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The Natasha to Justin's Boris, the oft-topless Kaia wasn't much better — or more capable of intentionally causing controversy — but at least she stuck out the season.

85. Aaron Behle, The Real World: Los Angeles

Hard-pressed to think of a single contribution he made to the sophomore season of The Real World.
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Hard-pressed to think of a single contribution he made to the sophomore season of The Real World.

84. Kevin Dunn, The Real World: Back to New York

With such an poignant backstory (Kevin was in recovery from testicular cancer), there was an expectation for inspiration. Sadly, that never happened.
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With such an poignant backstory (Kevin was in recovery from testicular cancer), there was an expectation for inspiration. Sadly, that never happened.

83. Glen Naessens, The Real World: Los Angeles

Sure, it's tough to leave an enduring impression when you're a replacement roommate (see No. 64), but if your legacy includes letting all the members of your crappy rock band squat in MTV's shared sublet, perhaps you were better off not applying?
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Sure, it's tough to leave an enduring impression when you're a replacement roommate (see No. 64), but if your legacy includes letting all the members of your crappy rock band squat in MTV's shared sublet, perhaps you were better off not applying?

82. Lori Trespicio, The Real World: Back to New York

I spent 15 minutes trying to remember a memorable Lori moment to write a caption for her and failed.
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I spent 15 minutes trying to remember a memorable Lori moment to write a caption for her and failed.

81. Frank Roessler, The Real World: Las Vegas

Everybody knows someone like Frank: a perfectly pleasant dude with zero personality who focused all his energy on getting a six-pack. So every conversation is like, "Shut your mouth and take off your shirt."
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Everybody knows someone like Frank: a perfectly pleasant dude with zero personality who focused all his energy on getting a six-pack. So every conversation is like, "Shut your mouth and take off your shirt."

80. Mike Lambert, The Real World: Miami

While Mike was in Miami, he had a threesome and rode this Jet Ski. And that is basically all he did.
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While Mike was in Miami, he had a threesome and rode this Jet Ski. And that is basically all he did.

79. Colin Mortensen, The Real World: Hawaii

Colin's island time was basically tanked the instant Amaya laid eyes on him because that Stage Five Clinger latched on to his biceps like a barnacle. That said, Colin had control over how he treated Amaya and he couldn't have been more careless with her emotions. Not cool, guy.
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Colin's island time was basically tanked the instant Amaya laid eyes on him because that Stage Five Clinger latched on to his biceps like a barnacle. That said, Colin had control over how he treated Amaya and he couldn't have been more careless with her emotions. Not cool, guy.

78. Andre Comeau, The Real World: New York

Of all the subpar bands The Real World has forced viewers to endure over the years, Andre's Reigndance was the least awful.
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Of all the subpar bands The Real World has forced viewers to endure over the years, Andre's Reigndance was the least awful.

77. Keri Evans, The Real World: Chicago

Who are you?
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Who are you?

76. Rachel Braband, The Real World: Back to New York

All I remember about this Aeropostale mannequin is that she was underage and nothing makes a bouncer do their job more thoroughly than a camera crew attempting to follow an 18-year-old into their bar.
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All I remember about this Aeropostale mannequin is that she was underage and nothing makes a bouncer do their job more thoroughly than a camera crew attempting to follow an 18-year-old into their bar.

75. Matt Simon, The Real World: Hawaii

I liked Matt. He developed a sweet relationship with Ruthie's twin sister, was the ringleader in getting Ruthie help, and had excellent taste in late '90s clothing. (I also owed this terry cloth polo shirt.)
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I liked Matt. He developed a sweet relationship with Ruthie's twin sister, was the ringleader in getting Ruthie help, and had excellent taste in late '90s clothing. (I also owed this terry cloth polo shirt.)

74. Irene Berrera-Kearns, The Real World: Los Angeles

Irene was a cop, had a wall of bangs that would make Elaine Benes jealous, and left the show 14 minutes after it started to get married. 10's across the board.
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Irene was a cop, had a wall of bangs that would make Elaine Benes jealous, and left the show 14 minutes after it started to get married. 10's across the board.

73. Theo Gantt III, The Real World: Chicago

I remember puka shell necklaces more vividly than I remember Theo.
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I remember puka shell necklaces more vividly than I remember Theo.

72. Pam Ling, The Real World: San Francisco

Pam was a med student and, therefore, had no time for your drama. Sadly (for her, not us), she ended up on one of the most dramatic seasons of The Real World ever.
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Pam was a med student and, therefore, had no time for your drama. Sadly (for her, not us), she ended up on one of the most dramatic seasons of The Real World ever.

71. Jamie Murray, The Real World: New Orleans

As far as I'm concerned, The Real World: New Orleans was the best season from top to bottom. And I would still feel that way if you edited Jamie out of every single episode.
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As far as I'm concerned, The Real World: New Orleans was the best season from top to bottom. And I would still feel that way if you edited Jamie out of every single episode.

70. Jay Frank, The Real World: London

I never got the sense that Jay enjoyed his time in London. I feel this way because I distinctly remembering him wearing the uniform of depression (basketball shorts with white socks and shower sandals) in every single episode.
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I never got the sense that Jay enjoyed his time in London. I feel this way because I distinctly remembering him wearing the uniform of depression (basketball shorts with white socks and shower sandals) in every single episode.

69. Jo Rhodes, The Real World: San Francisco

Jo moved in after Puck was evicted and, let's be honest, by that time we all needed a break from his particular brand of insanity. And whoever replaced Puck would seem low-key by comparison, but I'm pretty sure MTV had to routinely check Jo's pulse to verify she was still alive. Pretty accent though.
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Jo moved in after Puck was evicted and, let's be honest, by that time we all needed a break from his particular brand of insanity. And whoever replaced Puck would seem low-key by comparison, but I'm pretty sure MTV had to routinely check Jo's pulse to verify she was still alive. Pretty accent though.

68. Dominic Griffin, The Real World: Los Angeles

Another perfectly nice roommate with a pretty accent and no real memorable contribution to his season.
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Another perfectly nice roommate with a pretty accent and no real memorable contribution to his season.

67. Sarah Becker, The Real World: Miami

Sarah's good in my book because, one time, she made the adorable puppy she adopted (it's possible she stole it, jury's still out) ride a skateboard.
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Sarah's good in my book because, one time, she made the adorable puppy she adopted (it's possible she stole it, jury's still out) ride a skateboard.

66. Rebecca Lord, The Real World: Seattle

Rebecca recorded a song with Sir Mix-a-Lot while she was in Seattle. Did you ever record a song with Sir Mix-a-Lot in Seattle? Thought not.
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Rebecca recorded a song with Sir Mix-a-Lot while she was in Seattle. Did you ever record a song with Sir Mix-a-Lot in Seattle? Thought not.

65. Mohammed Bilal, The Real World: San Francisco

Mohammed gamed the system, because he actually lived in San Francisco, so he was able to stop being polite and start getting real while continuing to see his girlfriend (the stunning Stephanie) and all his friends.
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Mohammed gamed the system, because he actually lived in San Francisco, so he was able to stop being polite and start getting real while continuing to see his girlfriend (the stunning Stephanie) and all his friends.

64. David Edwards, The Real World: Los Angeles

The stand-up comic had to take a damn seat when his prank on a sleeping Tami went horribly awry and he was booted from the house.
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The stand-up comic had to take a damn seat when his prank on a sleeping Tami went horribly awry and he was booted from the house.

63. Kelley Limp, The Real World: New Orleans

Kelley's entire legacy is defined by the people she surrounded herself with: best gay Danny, best friend Melissa, hot doc hook-up Peter. These days, it's, "Kelley from The Real World married Scott Wolf." Can't knock her hustle.
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Kelley's entire legacy is defined by the people she surrounded herself with: best gay Danny, best friend Melissa, hot doc hook-up Peter. These days, it's, "Kelley from The Real World married Scott Wolf." Can't knock her hustle.

62. Nicole Mitsch, The Real World: Back to New York

I remember Nicole being very smart (and a Google search confirms that she graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta with a 4.0 GPA), which explains why she knew better than to do anything embarrassing on camera.
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I remember Nicole being very smart (and a Google search confirms that she graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta with a 4.0 GPA), which explains why she knew better than to do anything embarrassing on camera.

61. Kyle Brandt, The Real World: Chicago

All-American apple pie-face Kyle spent most of the season in a flirtmance with someone I don't remember (oh, it was whatsherface at No. 77) and trying to be an actor. The second sort of worked out for him.
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All-American apple pie-face Kyle spent most of the season in a flirtmance with someone I don't remember (oh, it was whatsherface at No. 77) and trying to be an actor. The second sort of worked out for him.

60. Jon Brennan, The Real World: Los Angeles

This Kentucky boy brought his 10-gallon hat and learned prejudices all the way to Los Angeles. Thankfully, he lost the latter after being exposed to people of different races and orientations on the show, which used to be the point of The Real World.
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This Kentucky boy brought his 10-gallon hat and learned prejudices all the way to Los Angeles. Thankfully, he lost the latter after being exposed to people of different races and orientations on the show, which used to be the point of The Real World.

59. Matt Smith, The Real World: New Orleans

As Ann as the nose on bland's face.
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As Ann as the nose on bland's face.

58. Mike Johnson, The Real World: London

Here are all the things I remember that Mike liked: racing cars, sleeping all day, crushing on Kat, and pretending he didn't crush on Kat when it became clear Kat liked Neil more.
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Here are all the things I remember that Mike liked: racing cars, sleeping all day, crushing on Kat, and pretending he didn't crush on Kat when it became clear Kat liked Neil more.

57. Cynthia Roberts, The Real World: Miami

Cynthia wasn't the most memorable houseguest, but she was one of the most unabashedly lovely. Like, genuinely kind and sincere. Let this be a lesson for ya, children of the internet: Treat people nicely while on a reality show and you too can end up in the middle of a mega ranking one day!
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Cynthia wasn't the most memorable houseguest, but she was one of the most unabashedly lovely. Like, genuinely kind and sincere. Let this be a lesson for ya, children of the internet: Treat people nicely while on a reality show and you too can end up in the middle of a mega ranking one day!

56. Teck Holmes, The Real World: Hawaii

Thanks in part to Teck's skinny dip dive upon arriving at the Hawaii seaside residence, his became "The Naked Season."
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Thanks in part to Teck's skinny dip dive upon arriving at the Hawaii seaside residence, his became "The Naked Season."

55. Nathan Blackburn, The Real World: Seattle

Nathan was the Kelley Limp of Seattle, and by that I mean he was only interesting because of the company he kept, namely his best friend David. In fact, I'd venture a guess that Nathan wouldn't have ended up on this show had the producers not taken to the idea of having two military cadets in the cast.
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Nathan was the Kelley Limp of Seattle, and by that I mean he was only interesting because of the company he kept, namely his best friend David. In fact, I'd venture a guess that Nathan wouldn't have ended up on this show had the producers not taken to the idea of having two military cadets in the cast.

54. Arissa Hill, The Real World: Las Vegas

Even the roommates who arrived in Sin City with significant others were not safe from the most sexually charged season of The Real World (and possibly television) ever. In Las Vegas, Arissa pretty quickly cuddled up to Steven, despite loving her long-distance boyfriend, Dario. This season's sexual pull was so great, even Dario wasn't immune: It turned out one of Irulan's friends knew Dario and informed Arissa he cheated on her and got another girl pregnant (the second part turned out not to be true).
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Even the roommates who arrived in Sin City with significant others were not safe from the most sexually charged season of The Real World (and possibly television) ever. In Las Vegas, Arissa pretty quickly cuddled up to Steven, despite loving her long-distance boyfriend, Dario. This season's sexual pull was so great, even Dario wasn't immune: It turned out one of Irulan's friends knew Dario and informed Arissa he cheated on her and got another girl pregnant (the second part turned out not to be true).

53. Beth Anthony, The Real World: Los Angeles

Beth wore a t-shirt that read, "I'm not gay, but my girlfriend is," and that's still my favorite article of clothing from the history of this show.
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Beth wore a t-shirt that read, "I'm not gay, but my girlfriend is," and that's still my favorite article of clothing from the history of this show.

52. Lars Schlichting, The Real World: London

Lars always seemed too cool for this show — except for that time he lost his shit when someone stole his mountain bike.
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Lars always seemed too cool for this show — except for that time he lost his shit when someone stole his mountain bike.

51. Janet Choi, The Real World: Seattle

Janet was great, but there were few things better than Janet with Lindsay! She also had the best laugh (which can be heard dancing through the Seattle sky in the opening credits).
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Janet was great, but there were few things better than Janet with Lindsay! She also had the best laugh (which can be heard dancing through the Seattle sky in the opening credits).

50. Sean Duffy, The Real World: Boston

Putting a dyed-in-the-wool Republican in the house with a liberal (Kameelah) and a lesbian (Genesis) should have resulted in tons of thought-provoking arguments. But aside from a few small spats, Sean was pretty middle of the road. At least openly.
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Putting a dyed-in-the-wool Republican in the house with a liberal (Kameelah) and a lesbian (Genesis) should have resulted in tons of thought-provoking arguments. But aside from a few small spats, Sean was pretty middle of the road. At least openly.

49. Malik Cooper, The Real World: Back to New York

Season highlight: A touching moment where Malik met his father's family for the first time.
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Season highlight: A touching moment where Malik met his father's family for the first time.

48. Joe Patane, The Real World: Miami

While I don't remember how tall Joe was, I do recall that he had a very — VERY — tall girlfriend named Nicole. In fact, one of my most enduring memories from this season is of Nicole dwarfing Joe while they walked on a treadmill together.
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While I don't remember how tall Joe was, I do recall that he had a very — VERY — tall girlfriend named Nicole. In fact, one of my most enduring memories from this season is of Nicole dwarfing Joe while they walked on a treadmill together.

47. Chris Beckman, The Real World: Chicago

Chris had a lot going for him as a reality TV character: He was a gay, a recovering alcoholic, an artist, and an aspiring model. He really should have been more interesting.
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Chris had a lot going for him as a reality TV character: He was a gay, a recovering alcoholic, an artist, and an aspiring model. He really should have been more interesting.

46. Syrus Yarbrough, The Real World: Boston

While I'm sure a lot of good was done by having the roommates volunteer at an after-school program, there were also some predictable downsides (most of which will be discussed later in this ranking in regards to Montana), like when Syrus began dating one of his kids' mothers, much to the chagrin of their boss.
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While I'm sure a lot of good was done by having the roommates volunteer at an after-school program, there were also some predictable downsides (most of which will be discussed later in this ranking in regards to Montana), like when Syrus began dating one of his kids' mothers, much to the chagrin of their boss.

45. Judd Winick, The Real World: San Francisco

Judd came to San Francisco looking for love and he found it, both in best friend Pedro and future wife Pam.
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Judd came to San Francisco looking for love and he found it, both in best friend Pedro and future wife Pam.

44. Jacinda Barrett, The Real World: London

While her career as a model kept Jacinda out of the house a fair bit, when she was around, we got gold. Like this incredible prank phone call.
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While her career as a model kept Jacinda out of the house a fair bit, when she was around, we got gold. Like this incredible prank phone call.

43. Beth Stolarczyk, The Real World: Los Angeles

Beth was an unstoppable instigator and, therefore, bore the brunt of a lot of her roommates' frustration. But she maintained an admirable ability to shake it off before Taylor Swift was allowed to watch The Real World, most likely.
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Beth was an unstoppable instigator and, therefore, bore the brunt of a lot of her roommates' frustration. But she maintained an admirable ability to shake it off before Taylor Swift was allowed to watch The Real World, most likely.

42. Kat Ogden, The Real World: London

If the point of being on The Real World is to expose yourself to sights, sounds, and ideas that are outside your norm, then Kat truly maximized the opportunity afforded to her.
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If the point of being on The Real World is to expose yourself to sights, sounds, and ideas that are outside your norm, then Kat truly maximized the opportunity afforded to her.

41. Cory Murphy, The Real World: San Francisco

Cory was the Jan Brady of this season: no one's favorite, always caught in the middle, unable to ever eke out a win.
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Cory was the Jan Brady of this season: no one's favorite, always caught in the middle, unable to ever eke out a win.

40. Dan Renzi, The Real World: Miami

Don't open his mail, you stupid bitch.

39. Jason Cornwell, The Real World: Boston

Jason brought most of his drama into the house, thanks to a rocky relationship with girlfriend Timber (real name, she swears). In one particularly memorable episode, she went full Ricky Fitts and erected a love message in fire outside the roommates' building (which was, ironically, a converted firehouse).
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Jason brought most of his drama into the house, thanks to a rocky relationship with girlfriend Timber (real name, she swears). In one particularly memorable episode, she went full Ricky Fitts and erected a love message in fire outside the roommates' building (which was, ironically, a converted firehouse).

38. Irulan Wilson, The Real World: Las Vegas

Irulan came into the house with a boyfriend, Gabe, but that didn't stop her from getting wrapped up in an on-again, off-again relationship with Alton that would come to define her time on the show.
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Irulan came into the house with a boyfriend, Gabe, but that didn't stop her from getting wrapped up in an on-again, off-again relationship with Alton that would come to define her time on the show.

37. Cara Kahn, The Real World: Chicago

OK, so I can't find any evidence to support this on the internet, but I swear there was an episode where Cara got caught smoking pot in the house — or maybe she admitted in one of the million Real World retrospectives I've watched over the years (that have been lost to time in a pre-YouTube era) that she got in trouble with production for smoking pot. In any case, that's part of my memory of why I loved her.I also was #TeamCara after she became a lightning rod for controversy once the show depicted her having sex with several men over the course of the season (something the men of Real World have done almost every season to little or no judgement). I distinctly remember one episode that used night vision cameras to show Cara mounting a guy in bed as a condom wrapper was thrown to the floor. I always felt like her Scarlet Letter was unfair. I mean, she was 22 years old, on a reality show, and using protection. We should all be so lucky.
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OK, so I can't find any evidence to support this on the internet, but I swear there was an episode where Cara got caught smoking pot in the house — or maybe she admitted in one of the million Real World retrospectives I've watched over the years (that have been lost to time in a pre-YouTube era) that she got in trouble with production for smoking pot. In any case, that's part of my memory of why I loved her.

I also was #TeamCara after she became a lightning rod for controversy once the show depicted her having sex with several men over the course of the season (something the men of Real World have done almost every season to little or no judgement).

I distinctly remember one episode that used night vision cameras to show Cara mounting a guy in bed as a condom wrapper was thrown to the floor. I always felt like her Scarlet Letter was unfair. I mean, she was 22 years old, on a reality show, and using protection. We should all be so lucky.

36. Elka Walker, The Real World: Boston

I will never, ever forget the image of Elka hunched over her mother's grave (she'd recently died from cancer) and crying, "Mommy." It broke my heart then, and reliving that viewing experience while typing this out is breaking my heart all over again. Those are the kinds of raw, unfiltered, deeply personal moments that The Real World does its audience a great service by broadcasting.
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I will never, ever forget the image of Elka hunched over her mother's grave (she'd recently died from cancer) and crying, "Mommy." It broke my heart then, and reliving that viewing experience while typing this out is breaking my heart all over again. Those are the kinds of raw, unfiltered, deeply personal moments that The Real World does its audience a great service by broadcasting.

35. Flora Alekseyeun, The Real World: Miami

Flora warrants a high ranking on this list for forcing herself through the glass shutters on their bathroom window in order to get a firsthand view of Mike and Melissa's threesome.
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Flora warrants a high ranking on this list for forcing herself through the glass shutters on their bathroom window in order to get a firsthand view of Mike and Melissa's threesome.

34. Becky Blasband, The Real World: New York

The Real World has a storied history of on-camera talent breaking the fourth wall and hooking up with production people (which is to be expected when rule-flaunting twentysomethings are your bread and butter). That trend started in Season 1 when Becky began dating one of the show's directors.
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The Real World has a storied history of on-camera talent breaking the fourth wall and hooking up with production people (which is to be expected when rule-flaunting twentysomethings are your bread and butter). That trend started in Season 1 when Becky began dating one of the show's directors.

33. Brynn Smith, The Real World: Las Vegas

Whether she was making out with Steven and Trishelle in the hot tub (and then regretting it) or attacking Steven with a fork (and then regretting it), the ups and downs of Brynn's emotional instability made for tough, but compelling, viewing.
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Whether she was making out with Steven and Trishelle in the hot tub (and then regretting it) or attacking Steven with a fork (and then regretting it), the ups and downs of Brynn's emotional instability made for tough, but compelling, viewing.

32. Amaya Brecher, The Real World: Hawaii

OK. Real talk. Everyone hated Amaya. Everyone in the house. Everyone at home. Everyone. But with a little time and perspective I've come to realize that the reason we (or, I) disliked Amaya so much is because she's so relatable. And sometimes it's uncomfortable to see yourself reflected so accurately in the crazy eyes of a lovestruck fool.
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OK. Real talk. Everyone hated Amaya. Everyone in the house. Everyone at home. Everyone. But with a little time and perspective I've come to realize that the reason we (or, I) disliked Amaya so much is because she's so relatable. And sometimes it's uncomfortable to see yourself reflected so accurately in the crazy eyes of a lovestruck fool.

31. Tonya Cooley, The Real World: Chicago

There are a handful of roommates who have gone on to have very illustrious post-show careers on MTV's various incarnations of The Challenge. Therefore, it's difficult to separate one's opinions of them as a result of that show versus The Real World. For example, Tonya has been a drunk and disorderly hurricane of hellfire on The Challenge, but was more reserved and judgmental of others' messy behavior on her Chicago season.
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There are a handful of roommates who have gone on to have very illustrious post-show careers on MTV's various incarnations of The Challenge. Therefore, it's difficult to separate one's opinions of them as a result of that show versus The Real World. For example, Tonya has been a drunk and disorderly hurricane of hellfire on The Challenge, but was more reserved and judgmental of others' messy behavior on her Chicago season.

30. Norman Korpi, The Real World: New York

Norman's earnestness and openness set the bar for every subsequent LGBT Real World roommate.
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Norman's earnestness and openness set the bar for every subsequent LGBT Real World roommate.

29. David Broom, The Real World: New Orleans

"Come on be my baby tonight."

28. Eric Nies, The Real World: New York

So much pretty.
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So much pretty.

27. Kameelah Phillips, The Real World: Boston

Kameelah was unapologetic about who she was, what she wanted, and how she would go about getting it (one episode was even titled "200 Things a Guy Has to Be to Date Kameelah"). She stood up for herself, never backed down, and made for constantly incredible television.
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Kameelah was unapologetic about who she was, what she wanted, and how she would go about getting it (one episode was even titled "200 Things a Guy Has to Be to Date Kameelah"). She stood up for herself, never backed down, and made for constantly incredible television.

26. Neil Forrester, The Real World: London

I saw my first severed tongue thanks to Neil.
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I saw my first severed tongue thanks to Neil.

25. Alton Williams, The Real World: Las Vegas

No one had more sex on any season of The Real World than Alton — both with his roommates and with local randos. And it's easy to understand why: Dude was jacked and charming as all hell.
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No one had more sex on any season of The Real World than Alton — both with his roommates and with local randos. And it's easy to understand why: Dude was jacked and charming as all hell.

24. Julie Stoffer, The Real World: New Orleans

What's the Mormon version of Rumspringa? Whatever it is, that's what this experience was for Julie — a Mormon with no real awareness of the outside world who wanted/needed to expand her horizons (boys with spiky hair!) in New Orleans.
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What's the Mormon version of Rumspringa? Whatever it is, that's what this experience was for Julie — a Mormon with no real awareness of the outside world who wanted/needed to expand her horizons (boys with spiky hair!) in New Orleans.

23. Aneesa Ferreira, The Real World: Chicago

Aneesa, like her roommate Tonya, has gone on to have a memorable Challenge career, but the take-no-prisoners attitude that has come to make her a staple on the competition series was front and center in Chicago as well.
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Aneesa, like her roommate Tonya, has gone on to have a memorable Challenge career, but the take-no-prisoners attitude that has come to make her a staple on the competition series was front and center in Chicago as well.

22. Steven Hill, The Real World: Las Vegas

Steven's biggest contribution to this season was his penis. By that I don't mean its size — although, who knows, there was probably something special about it since so many women were dickmatized by it. What I mean is that, from day one, his sex life (and the fallout from it) was the thrust of his storyline. From threesomes to pregnancy scares, Steven basically created drama without ever having to leave his bed.
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Steven's biggest contribution to this season was his penis. By that I don't mean its size — although, who knows, there was probably something special about it since so many women were dickmatized by it. What I mean is that, from day one, his sex life (and the fallout from it) was the thrust of his storyline. From threesomes to pregnancy scares, Steven basically created drama without ever having to leave his bed.

21. Melissa Padron, The Real World: Miami

Melissa opened envelopes and pushed boundaries during her short but memorable time on the show as she moved out of the house following her attention-grabbing threesome (although she continued to work for the business).
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Melissa opened envelopes and pushed boundaries during her short but memorable time on the show as she moved out of the house following her attention-grabbing threesome (although she continued to work for the business).

20. Lindsay Brien, The Real World: Seattle

Lindsay's hair was as big as her personality. She never really caused waves, or did anything particularly memorable; she was just an awesome person you actually wanted to be friends with and have by your side for adventures.
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Lindsay's hair was as big as her personality. She never really caused waves, or did anything particularly memorable; she was just an awesome person you actually wanted to be friends with and have by your side for adventures.

19. Rachel Campos, The Real World: San Francisco

Rachel had two storylines: learning from Pedro and fighting with Puck. The first was an informative and inspirational journey we're all better for having taken with her, while the second was a slow-motion car accident none of us could tear ourselves away from.
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Rachel had two storylines: learning from Pedro and fighting with Puck. The first was an informative and inspirational journey we're all better for having taken with her, while the second was a slow-motion car accident none of us could tear ourselves away from.

18. Heather Gardner, The Real World: New York

There are many things I remember about Heather B. She was an awesome lyricist, she seemed genuinely invested in educating her roommates, and she always sounded like she had a cold.
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There are many things I remember about Heather B. She was an awesome lyricist, she seemed genuinely invested in educating her roommates, and she always sounded like she had a cold.

17. Stephen Williams, The Real World: Seattle

The Slap Heard 'Round The World was — and is — one of the most significant moments in Real World history. In the wake of Stephen's shocking assault on Irene, the houseguests had to evaluate his place in the house and, in the end, opted to send him to therapy instead of simply evicting him. A more beneficial choice, certainly.
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The Slap Heard 'Round The World was — and is — one of the most significant moments in Real World history. In the wake of Stephen's shocking assault on Irene, the houseguests had to evaluate his place in the house and, in the end, opted to send him to therapy instead of simply evicting him. A more beneficial choice, certainly.

16. Irene McGee, The Real World: Seattle

Irene has to rank higher than Stephen for two reasons: 1) She assaulted no one.2) She accurately assessed that he was a homosexual, and a marriage between them would have truly never worked out.
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Irene has to rank higher than Stephen for two reasons:

1) She assaulted no one.

2) She accurately assessed that he was a homosexual, and a marriage between them would have truly never worked out.

15. Mike Mizanin, The Real World: Back to New York

Before he became The Miz professionally and before he dominated The Challenge, there was just Mike, a sheltered 20-year-old who had never truly interacted with gay or black people before he moved to New York City. His education was a solid reminder that there can be so much more to The Real World than hot tubs.
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Before he became The Miz professionally and before he dominated The Challenge, there was just Mike, a sheltered 20-year-old who had never truly interacted with gay or black people before he moved to New York City. His education was a solid reminder that there can be so much more to The Real World than hot tubs.

14. Coral Smith, The Real World: Back to New York

Much of Mike's education came courtesy of Coral (and considering they went on to be a dynamic duo on several seasons of The Challenge, I felt it apt to pair them here as well).
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Much of Mike's education came courtesy of Coral (and considering they went on to be a dynamic duo on several seasons of The Challenge, I felt it apt to pair them here as well).

13. David Burns, The Real World: Seattle

I can still hear him cry-shouting, "You're killin' me, Kira!" Yes, David's on-camera romance with Kira, the casting director who put him on the show, made for damn good television.
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I can still hear him cry-shouting, "You're killin' me, Kira!" Yes, David's on-camera romance with Kira, the casting director who put him on the show, made for damn good television.

12. Trishelle Cannatella, The Real World: Las Vegas

Trishelle's season-long relationship with Steven resulted in a hot tub triple kiss, a pregnancy scare, a jealousy-induced fork attack, and many, many other moments she also regretted.
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Trishelle's season-long relationship with Steven resulted in a hot tub triple kiss, a pregnancy scare, a jealousy-induced fork attack, and many, many other moments she also regretted.

11. Kevin Powell, The Real World: New York

It's essential that The Real World not only cast the inquisitive, but also the intelligent, so their questions are met with thoughtful, helpful answers. For the inaugural season, Kevin was more than up to the task, and his argument with Julie about race remains the most important in the show's history.
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It's essential that The Real World not only cast the inquisitive, but also the intelligent, so their questions are met with thoughtful, helpful answers. For the inaugural season, Kevin was more than up to the task, and his argument with Julie about race remains the most important in the show's history.

10. Montana McGlynn, The Real World: Boston

Whether she was fighting with her boyfriend Vaj or giving alcohol to the children at their after-school program, Montana (who may have used Sheila Albertson as a hairstyle inspiration) more than left her mark on Boston.
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Whether she was fighting with her boyfriend Vaj or giving alcohol to the children at their after-school program, Montana (who may have used Sheila Albertson as a hairstyle inspiration) more than left her mark on Boston.

9. Sharon Gitau, The Real World: London

Quite simply a damn delight of a person.
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Quite simply a damn delight of a person.

8. David "Puck" Rainey, The Real World: San Francisco

The most infamous of all houseguests, Puck was like a human snot-rocket to the senses. He was unapologetic, unsympathetic, and we were unable to turn away. Perhaps that was because, despite all the tough-guy fronting and peanut butter licking, you could sense Puck's heart and wanted so badly to mend it.
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The most infamous of all houseguests, Puck was like a human snot-rocket to the senses. He was unapologetic, unsympathetic, and we were unable to turn away. Perhaps that was because, despite all the tough-guy fronting and peanut butter licking, you could sense Puck's heart and wanted so badly to mend it.

7. Ruthie Alcaide, The Real World: Hawaii

It quickly became clear that Ruthie had a drinking problem when paramedics had to be called to revive her in the first episode of Hawaii. What followed was a series of increasingly worrisome episodes that placed a spotlight on a very damaging issue that The Real World's target audience should be learning about.
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It quickly became clear that Ruthie had a drinking problem when paramedics had to be called to revive her in the first episode of Hawaii. What followed was a series of increasingly worrisome episodes that placed a spotlight on a very damaging issue that The Real World's target audience should be learning about.

6. Genesis Moss, The Real World: Boston

Genesis was the first lesbian roommate on The Real World (besides Beth A. from Los Angeles, since she was a late addition toward the end of the season) and an incredible person to boot. By the time one of the kids at their after-school program told Genesis she hated gay people, we cried right along with her and loved Kameelah for setting a child straight about LGBT issues.
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Genesis was the first lesbian roommate on The Real World (besides Beth A. from Los Angeles, since she was a late addition toward the end of the season) and an incredible person to boot. By the time one of the kids at their after-school program told Genesis she hated gay people, we cried right along with her and loved Kameelah for setting a child straight about LGBT issues.

5. Melissa Howard, The Real World: New Orleans

Sometimes, life gets you down and you just want to laugh. Enter Melissa, the funniest person to ever appear on The Real World.
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Sometimes, life gets you down and you just want to laugh. Enter Melissa, the funniest person to ever appear on The Real World.

4. Danny Roberts, The Real World: New Orleans

Danny was the guy every girl (and gay) wanted to bring home to mom. Sweet, sexy, and with a swoon-inducing Southern accent, Danny's legacy could have easily ended there. But his time on the show also turned him into a poster boy for our country's arcane "don't ask, don't tell" policy when his boyfriend, an officer in the military named Paul, was forced to have his face blurred out on-screen.
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Danny was the guy every girl (and gay) wanted to bring home to mom. Sweet, sexy, and with a swoon-inducing Southern accent, Danny's legacy could have easily ended there. But his time on the show also turned him into a poster boy for our country's arcane "don't ask, don't tell" policy when his boyfriend, an officer in the military named Paul, was forced to have his face blurred out on-screen.

3. Tami Roman, The Real World: Los Angeles

Tami's Real World experience ran the gamut from silly (verbally sparring with her jaw wired shut) to scary ("It wasn't not funny") to incredibly powerful (allowing cameras to document her abortion).
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Tami's Real World experience ran the gamut from silly (verbally sparring with her jaw wired shut) to scary ("It wasn't not funny") to incredibly powerful (allowing cameras to document her abortion).

2. Julie Gentry, The Real World: New York

A reality show only gets to become an institution if the first season succeeds, and Julie is to The Real World what Kelly Clarkson is to American Idol: the example held up by producers to say, "See! This works!" Julie not only engaged, thoughtfully and passionately, with Kevin about race and with Norman about sexuality, but she also used her time in New York City to learn more about the homelessness problem that plagued the city, going as far as to spend a night with a group of homeless youths.
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A reality show only gets to become an institution if the first season succeeds, and Julie is to The Real World what Kelly Clarkson is to American Idol: the example held up by producers to say, "See! This works!" Julie not only engaged, thoughtfully and passionately, with Kevin about race and with Norman about sexuality, but she also used her time in New York City to learn more about the homelessness problem that plagued the city, going as far as to spend a night with a group of homeless youths.

1. Pedro Zamora, The Real World: San Francisco

In short, Pedro Zamora was a game changer and the kind of advocate every cause needs. A prominent figure armed with facts on an undeterrable quest for equality. He also transformed an incredibly scary global issue into a deeply personal one for millions of viewers and brought AIDS and HIV care to the forefront of household conversations. So, yes, Pedro is No. 1, and that's because Pedro should be No. 1.
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In short, Pedro Zamora was a game changer and the kind of advocate every cause needs. A prominent figure armed with facts on an undeterrable quest for equality. He also transformed an incredibly scary global issue into a deeply personal one for millions of viewers and brought AIDS and HIV care to the forefront of household conversations. So, yes, Pedro is No. 1, and that's because Pedro should be No. 1.