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The Real World: California (retrospectively referred to as The Real World: Los Angeles, to distinguish it from subsequent installments of the series) is the second season of MTV's reality television series The Real World, which focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months, as the cameras follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. It is the first season of The Real World to be filmed in the Pacific States region of the United States, specifically in California.

 

 

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My favorite. I recently rewatched the pilot of this on Youtube. The way reality TV was filmed then was so different...it actually felt a lot more candid and less scripted (I guess because it was!).

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This was also the test run for the original "Road Rules",  which was also an awesome the first few seasons (up to semester at sea or so).  The drive to LA was fun.

 

Dominic and Aaron were such an odd couple, Jon in his Hulk Hogan shirts and of course "It wasn't not funny!"   made it totally a hoot. . 

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One random moment I love is Tami using the CB radio, knowing the lingo (probably from TV/movies) but not understanding it, and thus saying "Breaker 1-9" even though she was on a different channel.  I loved Dom explaining, "Um, you only use 1-9 if you're actually on channel 19."

 

This season felt like a bit of a letdown at the time, since I had enjoyed the first one so much, but I enjoyed it and still look back on it fondly.   

 

"I'm a slave, I'm a slave, I'm a slave to your lovin' ..."

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Curse Beth S. for her role in getting David kicked out.  Even then it didn't seem that bad, but now it probably would end up on the cutting room floor and none of the roommates would bat an eye.  But the real crime is that David and Irene leaving stuck us with the horrible Glen and boring old Beth A.

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I remember really liking Beth back when the show was first airing and thinking she seemed cool (but then I was like 10 when it was first on, so probably a poor judge of character). After watching her for years on The Challenge and then going back to watch that episode again where they kick David out, I can see what a shit-stirrer she was even back then in that situation.

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I was never a Beth fan, even before the David incident.  But at least we got one good thing out of this:  "It wasn't not funny!".

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Looking back, I can't believe they were able to show Tammy getting her abortion. Definitely one of the more "real" moments in the show's history.

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I'm amazed at no reference to John's "Truuue stor-EEEEE!" from the opening credits lol. It may be my overall favorite thing from this season. "It wasn't not funny!" is a very close second 

I always wondered why Irene even appeared on the show when she was going to be getting married so early on in the season

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I remember reading somewhere that Irene was specifically cast in that season because the producers wanted someone on the show who was getting married.

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This is going to be marathoned on Saturday 8/20 on the new MTV Classic channel. They have it listed as Venice Beach when I searched "Real World" but we all know it's LA! 
 

It wasn't not funny!

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10 hours ago, Meatball said:

It's Laguna Beach, not The Real World.

No, Laguna Beach is next week. Real World is 8/20 ...that's in two weeks.

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I'm so in, this is the first reality show I got addicted to, sat in my apartment ALL day watching it, without really intending to.

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Caught the second half of the marathon today. Beth S was less annoying than I remembered, and Glen was more so. Funny what 20 years can do to one's perception.

The production value and story writing went up a bit from season 1 to 2, but it's nothing compared to what reality TV has become since then. The crazy MTV decor at this point was a few colorful murals and a Sherwin-Williams logo in a relatively modest-size house. And they more or less let the cast do as they wanted, with a trip to Mexico in the mix.

It's almost like a museum piece.

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I think the decor stays relatively normal until either Boston or Seattle...then it becomes a bit more "colorful".

Beth S was annoying, but Glen was the worst. I thought he was a smug ass when I saw the show during it's first run.

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I watched some of the marathon today, I watched from the first episode up until the conclusion of the David incident and then I caught the last episode.  I never saw this when it first aired (The first season I saw all the way through was Chicago, though I did see some episodes of Hawaii) so I decided to check it out.  I liked it a lot more than the first season (Which I saw when they were showing that season's marathon).  Having been an avid Challenge viewer (I realized today that I have been watching that damn show since 2003) I wanted to see Beth S. in her original season.  I have to say she was a lot more attractive during her Real World season.  I wonder if she went under the knife because she had more of the girl-next-door look to her during this season (She looked like every girl I went to high school with).  What I saw of this season I enjoyed and I am looking forward to seeing the Pedro and Puck season next.

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On 6/14/2016 at 7:31 PM, Decider said:

I remember reading somewhere that Irene was specifically cast in that season because the producers wanted someone on the show who was getting married.

Irene was chosen because they specifically put a casting call out for a law enforcement officer. That is what Irene is quoted as saying in a Real World book I have. 

Venice Beach was the location of the house although various scenes were filmed in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood. People who live in Venice Beach would generally say they live in VB.

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I have a real fondness for RW season 2. I was about their ages when it showed and I had such a crush on Dominic back then. Course now I can only hope he and his liver have survived the past 20 plus years.  Aaron was a know it all snob, Beth A and Glen were insufferable. I can only hope that we'll get to see the early seasons of RW/RR challenges. I remember that Beth S. was pretty annoying on those too and I'd like to revisit them for nostalgia's sake.

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Watched the RW2 marathon over the weekend.  Why did I remember Mark Long being one of the roommate interviews?  Or did he interview to replace Puck in RW3?  Once again, I yelled at the TV that she should pick anyone but Glen.  Glen was a major tool.  I always wondered why they weren't given an option for Irene's replacement.

A couple things that struck me:  being of similar age to the roommates, I did enjoy how they would shake hands when meeting.  No big hugs or I love yous on the first night.  So different that recent seasons.  When did that change?  I also forgot how the vast majority of the cast would already be living in the city.  Both seasons 1 & 2 had only one roommate imported in.  No wonder Jon felt so isolated, he knew no one outside of the house, while they all had established lives in LA.

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10 minutes ago, snarts said:

Watched the RW2 marathon over the weekend.  Why did I remember Mark Long being one of the roommate interviews?  Or did he interview to replace Puck in RW3?

Yes, he's one of the people interviewed to replace Puck. Which means he's the one true Bunim-Murray godfather, if you will. Appeared on Real World in an organic way, inaugural Road Ruler, appeared on the first true RW/RR Challenge, hosted a Challenge, hosted the after-shows. He's done everything.

The only person comparable is Eric Nies -- inaugural Real Worlder, competed on a Road Rules season (which is retroactively acknowledged as the first Challenge season), hosted a Challenge, competed in and won a Challenge season, co-hosted the 10th Anniversary Special.

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Glenn was the one who joined the house later, and was the lead singer (I think) of a band -- Perch?  That's all I can remember about him.

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Glen replaced David when David left the house after the blanket incident with Tami.

And yes, his band was called Perch.

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I finally finished watching the season. I'd forgotten so much about it. I enjoyed it more this time around than I did when it originally aired. (It helped to have more seasons to compare it to than just the first one.) I forgot just how annoying Glen was. (They really should have picked Ed the track guy.)

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On 8/22/2016 at 6:44 PM, Bob Sambob said:

Yes, he's one of the people interviewed to replace Puck. Which means he's the one true Bunim-Murray godfather, if you will. Appeared on Real World in an organic way, inaugural Road Ruler, appeared on the first true RW/RR Challenge, hosted a Challenge, hosted the after-shows. He's done everything.

The only person comparable is Eric Nies -- inaugural Real Worlder, competed on a Road Rules season (which is retroactively acknowledged as the first Challenge season), hosted a Challenge, competed in and won a Challenge season, co-hosted the 10th Anniversary Special.

I remember Mark and Rachel bonding over their respective fraternity/sorority during his interview.

A guy named Ed was interviewed as a replacement for either Irene or David. I think it was Irene. Ed ran track and he was hot as hell. I remember my little 15 year old hormones wishing Tami would advocate for him, but then being kind of glad he didn't make it because Tami had the hots for him too. I was very territorial over my crushes back then. 

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Looking at what Tami is up to now...man, her housemates are lucky she never went off on any of them. Especially Glen.

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On 8/22/2016 at 3:35 PM, snarts said:

Watched the RW2 marathon over the weekend.  Why did I remember Mark Long being one of the roommate interviews?  Or did he interview to replace Puck in RW3? 

Yes, he was one of the people that the San Francisco roommates interviewed to replace Puck. I specifically remember that Rachel pointed out that Mark and one of the blonde female candidates looked like Barbie and Ken. Even then I remember thinking what a stealthy insecure bitch Rachel was at that moment because she clearly did not want a hot girl moving into the house (no offense to Jo, who is not unattractive or anything, but she certainly was less threatening to Rachel).

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