The Real World may not have been the very first reality TV show (that would belong to Dutch reality soap opera Nummer 28), but it’s certainly the one that made the genre a true phenomenon. Not only did the show, created by visionaries Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, popularize the genre, the first 10 seasons were a legitimate study of how actual young people behaved and acted on camera. The result was raw, surprising, and totally compelling. Though later seasons fell into the same tropes that we see in most reality TV today, the first few seasons made an impression that will last forever.