This is the true story...of seven strangers...picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens...when people stop being polite...and start getting real. 

It's been 28 years since a handful of young unknowns first uttered those unforgettable words as MTV essentially kickstarted the genre of reality television with the debut of The Real World on May 21, 1992. And since then, there have been a whopping 32 seasons that have aired on the cable network, with the last, Real World Seattle: Bad Blood, airing in 2017. 

And for a minute there, it seemed like the iconic series, which gave rise to spin-offs like Road Rules and The Challenge before being relegated to the discard bin as thing of the past, might be getting a new lease on life with the debut of The Real World: Atlanta, airing not on MTV but on Facebook Watch, last summer. 

While it seems unlikely Facebook will air another season of the revival, the show's anniversary certainly got us thinking about our favorite roommates from yesteryear.

So, in honor of The Real World's anniversary, let's take a look at what some of its most memorable stars have been up to since things stopped having their lives taped. Did they go back to being polite or keep on keeping things real? Find out!

The Real World Returns, Feature

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Real World, Then and Now, Eric Nies

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Real World, Then and Now, Kevin Powell

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Real World, Then and Now, Tami Roman

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Real World, Then and Now, Rachel Campos-Duffy

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Real World, Then and Now, Jacinda Barrett

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Real World, Then and Now, Sean Duffy

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Real World, Then and Now, Irene McGee

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Real World, Then and Now, Amaya Brecher

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Real World, Then and Now, Ruthie Alcaide

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Real World, Then and Now, Kelley Limp

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Real World, Then and Now, Danny Roberts

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Real World, Then and Now, Mike Mizanin

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Real World, Then and Now, Trishelle Cannatella

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Real World, Then and Now, Chris "CT" Tamburello

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Real World, Then and Now, Simon Sherry-Wood

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Real World, Then and Now, Jamie Chung

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Real World, Then and Now, Cameran Eubanks

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Real World, Queer Eye, Fab Five, Then and Now, Karamo Brown

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Real World, Then and Now, Johnny Bananas, John Devenanzio

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(Originally published on June 13, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. PT.)

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