True Life

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True Life
True Life Logo.jpg
Narrated bySu-chin Pak
Opening theme"The Gift"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons21
No. of episodes369 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Betsy Forhan
  • Dave Sirulnick
  • Jim Fraenkel
  • Marshall Eisen
Running time42 minutes
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Original networkMTV
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 31, 1998 (1998-03-31) –
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21)
Followed byTrue Life/Now
True Life Crime
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True Life is an American documentary television series that aired on MTV from March 31, 1998 to June 21, 2017. 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. A four-episode revival series titled True Life/Now aired in 2019 and a crime investigation iteration called True Life Crime starts January 8 on MTV and VH1.

A TV special titled True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders premiered on June 9, 2020.[1]

On July 22, 2020, it was announced that a four-part docu-series titled True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories will premiere on August 5, 2020.[2]

Topics covered[edit]

True Life has covered over 140 topics from drug use, money issues, and sexual topics to simple social behavior like visiting the Jersey Shore. The show has aired 18 seasons and 328 episodes so far. 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 episodes "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 and Frankie Edgar, who was the UFC Lightweight Champion. In the episode "I'm Bisexual," Sydney goes on a date with A.D. from From G's to Gents. In 2011, Sydney was featured in season 6 of Oxygen's Bad Girls Club. Lazar, who was in the episode "I'm in A Love Triangle," was in a 2007 episode of Parental Control.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 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 ashleeMedia Award for Outstanding Documentary (For episode "I'm Gay and I'm Getting Married". Accepted by Aaron Pike and Stephen Schonberg)[4]
  • 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.")
  • Nominated 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine (For episode "I'm Genderqueer" featuring Jacob Tobia.)[5]


  1. ^ "MTV to Premiere Groundbreaking New Project "True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders" on Tuesday, June 9th at 9PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. June 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "MTV Set to Premiere "True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories" on Wednesday, August 5th at 9PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. July 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "Episodes: True Life". TV Guide. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  4. ^ "GLAAD's Resources for Press". GLAAD. Sep 12, 2011. Retrieved Jul 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved Jul 14, 2019.

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