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MTV To Marathon Vintage Seasons Of “The Real World”

This weekend, MTV is hosting a marathon of three vintage Real World seasons ahead of the premiere of The Real World: Portland. The weekend will kick off with season 1 (New York), which was partly famous for the racial tension between Kevin Powell and Julie Gentry. On Saturday, younger viewers can re-visit Las Vegas, which was home to season 12’s trashiest of casts.


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Finally, on Sunday, The Real: San Francisco will re-air. Season three was famous for introducing audiences to gay cast member, Pedro Zamora, and his struggle with AIDS. That season aired in the early days of the epidemic and was helpful in putting a human face on the issue.

The show begins Sunday, March 24, at 8 a.m while the full marathon starts on Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m.

Watch part 1 of a part 4 documentary about Pedro’s life below:

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  • Andrew

    As I’m in Australia I never saw the show and didn’t know who he was. But by simply reading some articles on him and the show, it’s clear Pedro was and will always be a beacon of light and intelligence for people around the world for years to come while David “Puck” Rainey will fade into obscurity and fall on the ‘hate’ side of history. Just bought the Pedro movie from Amazon to learn more about his kind, generous, amazing human.

    I wonder how David “Puck” Rainey would feel if his child were treated the same way he treated Pedro?

  • boring

    Who gives a shit about Pedro, I wanna see Puck stick his thumb in the peanut butter.

  • ait10101



    Not sure it’s strictly correct to say Real World SF “aired in the early days of the epidemic.” I think that phrase conjures a whole different level of blind panic and paranoia; and pre widespread useage of AZT. But maybe I’m wrong.

    Not withstanding Puck’s all too evident (criminally) obsessive interest in women (not to mention his other “issues” with them), there have been pesistent Internet rumours about his (bi)sexuality, if such a source is ever to be trusted. Maybe some gay ironical revenge shit. As if we would!

  • DarkZephyr

    @boring: Really? “Who gives a shit”? Quite a great number of people actually, you insensitive creep.

  • Darson

    @PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID: No..TRW-SF aired a good 10yrs after the “outbreak”. I think a point was made with the show how little the average non-gay person knew about the disease even after 10+ years had passed.

  • boring

    @DarkZephyr: In terms of Reality Television Entertainment Value, Pedro was an absolute zero. An important landmark in television in terms of LGBT acceptance? Absolutely. Unquestionable. But fucking I wouldn’t watch a Pedro-centric Real World episode if it was playing in my glasses.

  • Dixie Rect

    More bad writing and wrong info from Queerty, it wasn’t the early days of the epidemic, I think that was 1984-85 ish. This season was like 1993, or so. What qualifies as vintage? I always thought vintage was like 50+ years ago. This doesn’t seem vintage to me.

  • Stache1

    @boring: Says you. Pedro is the only reason I clicked over to the youtube video. Any other real world drama fest I could do without.

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