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True Life is a documentary series running on MTV since 1998. Each episode follows a particular topic, such as heroin addiction as in the first episode, "Fatal Dose." The show is created by following a series of subjects by a camera crew through a certain part of their lives. Depending on the season and topic, the production values vary.

In 2005–06 MTV Canada produced a series of Canadian-made True Life episodes, which are yet to air. It is not known if the Canadian shows will air on MTV US.

Contents

Topics covered

As evidenced by the episode listing below, True Life has covered over 140 topics from drug use, money issues, sexual topics to simple social behavior like visiting the Jersey Shore.

There is an occasional intersection between this show and other shows. For example, the episode "I'm a Reality TV Star" featured people from The Real World and Survivor, while the episode "I'm a Muay Thai Fighter" and "I'm a Mixed Martial Artist" both featured Kit Cope, who has recently signed a deal with the WFA. In the episode "I'm Bisexual," Sydney goes on a date with A.D. from From G's to Gents. Lazar, who was in the episode "I'm in A Love Triangle," was in a 2007 episode of Parental Control.

A full episode list can be found here.[1]

A fictional episode was featured in South of Nowhere about a shooting at the prom.

Season 1 (1998)

  • "Fatal Dose" (03-24-1998)
  • "No Money, Mo' Problems" (04-07-1998)
  • "Freaknik" (4-14-1998)
  • "POV: Road Trip"(4-28-1998)
  • "I'm a Porn Star"(10-7-1998)
  • "Matthew's Murder" (11-11-1998)
  • "It Could Be You" (12-01-1998)

Season 2 (1999–2000)

  • "I'm a Hacker" (10-13-1999)
  • "I Need Sex Rx" (10-20-1999)
  • "I Am Driving While Black" (10-27-1999)
  • "I'm a Model" (11-24-1999)
  • "I'm a Football Hero" (1-19-2000)
  • "I'm on Crystal Meth" (2-9-2000)
  • "I'm a Star At Sundance" (2-16-2000)
  • "I'm the Youngest Tycoon in the World" (2-23-2000)
  • "I'm a Comic" (3-1-2000)
  • "I'm On The Runway" (3-8-2000)
  • "I'm Horny in Miami" (3-15-2000)
  • "I'm Going To Mardi Gras" (3-29-2000)
  • "I Live in a Brothel" (4-5-2000)

Season 3 (2000–2003)

  • "I'm on Ecstasy" (11-30-2000)
  • "I'm a Backyard Wrestler" (12-3-2000)
  • "I Drive Race Cars" (4-3-2001)
  • "I'm a Cheerleader" (4-10-2001)
  • "I'm a Beauty Queen" (4-17-2001)
  • "I Can't Breathe" (11-14-01)
  • "The Aftermath of Terror" (1-2-2002)
  • "I'm a Private Wrestler" (1-6-2002)
  • "I'm a True Life VIP" (1-8-2002)
  • "I'm Getting Plastic Surgery" (2-7-2002)
  • "I'm Coming Out" (6-27-2002)
  • "I Have Embarrassing Parents" (7-11-2002)
  • "I'm in Therapy" (7-18-2002)
  • "I'm Getting Married" (9-21-2002)
  • "I'm Going to Fat Camp" (12-7-2002)
  • "I'm a Heisman Trophy Candidate" (12-22-2002)
  • "I'm Getting Breast Implants" (12-29-2002)
  • "Sex2k" (1-5-2003)

Season 4 (2003–2004)

  • "I Was Famous for 15 Minutes" (2-1-2003)
  • "I Have a Phobia" (2-6-2003)
  • "I'm Adopted" (2-13-2003)
  • "I've Got Baby Mama Drama" (2-20-2003)
  • "I Live in the Terror Zone" (2-27-2003)
  • "I'm a Binge Drinker" (3-6-2003)
  • "I'm a Gamer" (3-13-2003)
  • "I'm a College Baller" (3-20-2003)
  • "I'm Breaking Up" (3-27-2003)
  • "I Have an Eating Disorder" (4-3-2003)
  • "I'm Shipping Out" (4-10-2003)
  • "School's Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas" (4-17-2003)
  • "I'm Wasted" (4-24-2003)
  • "I'm Going to the Prom" (5-1-2003)
  • "First Year" (6-12-2003)
  • "I'm a Fanatic" (7-10-2003)
  • "I'm A High School Senior" (Bayonne, NJ High School and Long Beach, NY High School) (7-10-2003)
  • "I'm in a Wheelchair" (7-17-2003)
  • "I'm a Neglected Girlfriend" (7-24-2003)
  • "I'm Getting Divorced" (7-31-2003)
  • "I Want the Perfect Body" (8-7-2003)
  • "I'm Obsessed with My Dog" (8-14-2003)
  • "I'm a Street Racer" (9-4-2003)
  • "I Live with My Parents" (9-18-2003)
  • "I'm a Girlfriend" (Boyfriend)" (9-25-2003)
  • "I'm an Urban Cheerleader" (10-2-2003)
  • "I'm Hooked on OxyContin" (10-16-2003)
  • "I'm a Little Person" (10-23-2003)
  • "I Have a Friend with Benefits" (11-6-2003)
  • "I'm a Clubber" (11-13-2003)
  • "I Have a Summer Share" (11-20-2003)
  • "I'm in the System" (1-15-2004)
  • "I'm an Identical Twin" (1-22-2004)
  • "I'm a Big Wave Surfer" (1-29-2004)
  • "I Live in Iraq" (2-5-2004)
  • "I'm on Adderall"(2-19-2003)

Season 5 (2004)

  • "I'm Gay and I'm Getting Married" (6/24/2004)
  • "I'm Obese" (7/1/2004)
  • "I'm Surviving High School" (7/8/2004)
  • "I Live a Double Life" (7/15/2004)
  • "I'm a Muay Thai Fighter" (7/22/2004)
  • "I'm in an Interracial Relationship" (7/29/2004)
  • "I'll Do Anything for Money" (8/12/2004)
  • "I Live to Ride" (8/19/2004)

Season 6 (2004)

Season 7 (2005)

  • "I'm on a Diet" (05/10/2005)
  • "I'm Dead Broke" (06/02/2005)
  • "I'm Moving Back in with My Parents" (06/16/2005)
  • "I'm Coming Home From Iraq" (06/23/2005)
  • "I Want the Perfect Body II" (07/07/2005)
  • "I'm a Battle Rapper" (07/14/2005)
  • "I'm a Professional Gamer" (11/20/2005)

Season 8 (2005–2006)

Season 9 (2006–2010)

  • "I'm Out" (11/21/2006)
  • "I'm On Vacation" (11/28/2006)
  • "I'm in an Interfaith Relationship" (1/9/2007)
  • "I'm Stepping" (2/18/2007)
  • "I'm In Debt" (2/25/2007)
  • "I'm Dating Someone Older" (3/1/2007)
  • "I'm a Genius" (3/8/2007)
  • "I Have Autism" (3/15/2007)
  • "I Self-Injure" (3/22/2007)
  • "I am Celibate" (07/25/2007)
  • "I Live on the Border" (9/29/2007)
  • "I'm in a Long Distance Relationship" (9/27/2007)
  • "This is Me Now" (9/29/2007)
  • "I'm the New Kid in Town" (11/04/2007)
  • "I'm Supporting My Family" (11/04/2007)
  • "I Stutter" (11/04/2007)
  • "I'm Pregnant" (11/12/2007)
  • "I'm Having a Summer Romance" (11/19/2007)
  • "I Live In The Projects" (12/1/2007)
  • "I'm Going To Rehab" (12/1/2007)
  • "I'm Looking for my Father" (12/1/2007)
  • "I'm in an Arranged Marriage" (12/7/2007)
  • "I'm an Alcoholic" (1/5/2008)
  • "I'm the Black Sheep" (1/5/2008)
  • "I Panic" (1/5/2008)
  • "I'm Getting Out of Prison" (1/14/2008)
  • "I'm Happy to be Fat" (01/21/2008)
  • "I'm Coming to America" (02/02/2008)
  • "I Need Anger Management" (02/02/2008)
  • "I Have a Husband In Iraq" (02/02/2008)
  • "I'm in the Sex Industry" (02/27/2008)
  • "A Map for Saturday" (3/1/2008)
  • "I'm Going to Fashion Week" (4/5/2008)
  • "I'm under Peer Pressure" (4/5/2008)
  • "I'm a Southern Belle" (4/5/2008)
  • "I Have Embarrassing Parents 2" (05/15/2008)
  • "I Have Schizophrenia" (05/22/2008)
  • "I Live Another Life On the Web" (05/29/2008)
  • "I'm a Compulsive Shopper" (7/20/08)
  • "I'm Deaf" (7/20/08)
  • "I Don't Trust My Partner" (8/3/08)
  • "I Can't Stay Thin" (8/3/08)
  • "I'm Graduating High School" (8/20/08)
  • "I'm Looking For My Mother" (9/13/08)
  • "I Have Acne" (9/13/08)
  • "I'm a Single Parent" (10/05/08)
  • "I'm a Mixed Martial Artist" (10/05/08)
  • "I Live Off The Grid" (10/05/08)
  • "I'm Getting Married 2" (10/30/2008)
  • "I Have a Summer Share 2" (11/01/2008)
  • "I'm Competitive with My Best Friend" (12/06/2008)
  • "I'm in a Love Triangle" (11/26/2008)
  • "Camp'd Out: I'm Going to Rock Camp (1/3/2009)
  • "I Have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (1/07/2009)
  • "I'm Addicted To Meds" (1/14/2009)
  • "I'm Nuyorican" (1/25/2009)
  • "I'm a College Freshman" (1/31/09)
  • "I Can't Sleep" (2/01/2009)
  • "I'm a High School Freshman" (3/14/2009)
  • "I'm Placing My Baby for Adoption" (3/21/2009)
  • "I'm Eloping" (3/21/2009)
  • "I'm Addicted to Porn" (3/28/09)
  • "Camp'd Out: I'm Going to Performing Arts Camp" (4/25/2009)
  • "I'm Uncomfortable With My New Body" (5/2/2009)
  • "I Don't Like My Small Breasts" (5/2/2009)
  • "I'm Losing My Hair" (5/2/2009)
  • "I'm Stuck At Home" (5/16/2009)
  • "I'm Looking For My Sibling" (5/21/2009)
  • "I'm Bisexual" (6/6/2009)
  • "I Don't Like My Large Breasts" (6/6/2009)
  • "I'm Having Twins" (6/25/2009)
  • "Best and Worst Moments Ever" (7/25/2009)
  • "I'm Ending My Marriage" (8/31/2009)
  • "I Hate My Tattoos" (9/07/2009)
  • "I'm Polyamorous" (9/14/2009)
  • "I'm Changing My Sex" (9/19/2009)
  • "I'm a Fanboy" (9/19/2009)
  • "I'm a Sports Fanatic" (9/19/2009)
  • "I'm Rehabbing My Injury" (9/19/2009)
  • "The True Adventures of True Life: 200th Episode" (9/23/2009)
  • "I Can No Longer Afford My Lifestyle" (10/19/09)
  • "I'm Clashing With My Parents" (11/15/09)
  • "I Have Broke Parents" (11/15/09)
  • "I'm Homeless" (11/15/09)
  • "I Can't Leave My Boyfriend" (11/16/09)
  • "I'm Homeschooled" (1/9/10)
  • "I'm a Gambler" (1/9/10)
  • "I'm Addicted to Video Games" (1/25/10)
  • "I'm at a Crossroads in my Relationship" (2/1/2010)
  • "I'm Looking for My Child" (2/22/2010)
  • "I'm Ex Amish" (3/8/2010)

Season 10 (2010)

  • "I Need a Transplant" (3/15/2010)
  • "I Have Digital Drama" (3/22/2010)
  • "I Have a Parent in Prison" (3/29/2010)

Awards and nominations

  • Won 2009 Emmy Award for Best Special Class Series.
  • Won 2000 Image Award for Outstanding News, Talk, or Information Special (For episode "I Am Driving While Black".)
  • Won 2005 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary (For episode "I'm Gay and I'm Getting Married". Accepted by Aaron Pike and Stephen Schonberg)[2]
  • True Life: I'm on Crystal Meth Won 2007 Prism Award for TV Teen Series Episode or Special (awarded to Cheryl Horner Sirulnick.)
  • Nominated 2000 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism (For the segment "Matthew's Murder".)
  • Nominated 2003 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary (For episode "I'm Coming Out".)

Cast updates

  • Morgan Weirich, from True Life: I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is on MTV's show "House of Jazmin".
  • Kelly Cutrone from True Life: I'm Going to Fashion Week, was on "The Hills" and currently comes out on "The City" as well as on her own show "Kell on Earth".
  • A.D (Sydney's boyfriend) in True Life: I'm Bisexual also appeared in MTV's From G's to Gents season 2
  • Shawny from True Life: I Don't Trust My Partner, passed away.
  • Lazar from True Life: I'm in A Love Triangle, was featured in a 2007 episode of Parental Control.
  • Jason and Lauren Friedman from "True Life: I Hate My Tattoos" were happily married September 5, 2009. Jason still has all his tattoos and is in school to become a veterinarian.
  • Ryan Harris from "True Life: I want a Perfect Body", was drafted as a 3rd round pick (70th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos

References

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