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Such is the lot facing the wayward wastrels of The Real World, something new in excruciating torture from the busy minds at MTV." Shales also remarked upon the cast members’ creative career choices, saying, "You might want to think about getting a real job." Nonetheless, the series was a hit with viewers.One early sign of the show's popularity occurred on the October 2, 1993 episode of the sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, which parodied the second-season Los Angeles cast's recurring arguments over cliquism, prejudice and political differences.Bunim and Murray initially considered developing a scripted series in a similar vein, but quickly decided that the cost of paying writers, actors, costume designers, and make-up artists was too high.Bunim and Murray decided against this idea, and at the last minute, pulled the concept (and the cast) before it became the first season of the show.Bunim/Murray decided upon the cheaper idea of casting a bunch of "regular people" to live in an apartment and taping their day-to-day lives, believing seven diverse people would have enough of a basis upon which to interact without scripts.The production converted a massive, 4000-square-foot duplex in Soho, cast seven cast members from 500 applicants, paid them ,600 for their time on the show.
Matt Roush, writing in USA Today, characterized the show as "painfully bogus," and a cynical and exploitative new low in television, commenting, "Watching The Real World, which fails as documentary (too phony) and as entertainment (too dull), it's hard to tell who's using who more." The Washington Posts Tom Shales commented, "Ah to be young, cute, and stupid, and to have too much free time...The series was hailed in its early years for depicting issues of contemporary young-adulthood relevant to its core audience, such as sex, prejudice, religion, abortion, illness, sexuality, AIDS, death, politics, and substance abuse, but later garnered a reputation as a showcase for immaturity and irresponsible behavior indicative of the declining morals of contemporary youth.Following Bunim's death from breast cancer in 2004, Bunim/Murray Productions continues to produce the program.On June 8, 2018, it was announced that MTV and Bunim-Murray Productions are working on a potential revival of Real World, with the hopes of selling the new version to a streaming platform.The thirty-third US-cast season was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia and premeired along with the first new international localized versions since 1996: in Mexico City and Bangkok.