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The Real World Homecoming: New York

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Original NY cast reunites with language, drinking, drama.

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Overall this reunion show is just OK. There are parts about it that are enjoyable but other parts that come off as a somewhat desperate attempt to extend the Real World franchise one more time. Later iterations of The Real World's 33 seasons got more and more tawdry and contrived, but early seasons were fairly honest portrayals of young people and the issues they were dealing with in their lives. This reunion focuses on one of those real-er seasons, so it has more substance. For example, the cast mates talk about how Kevin, who at the time was pigeonholed into the "angry Black man" cliché, may have been understood by his White counterparts completely differently in a post-Black Lives Matter era. It's definitely interesting to reflect on The Real World's cultural legacy, but there's an awful lot of navel gazing (and cast members deliberately trying to improve their image). Mostly, it's fairly boring as reality shows go, since the Homecoming stars video-chat with their kids back home and generally seem like responsible grown-ups most of the time.

Adults that grew up watching will enjoy this trip down memory lane, but today's teenagers won't find much relevance (with the exception of the excellent early '90s fashion). However, some young people who are into pop culture and history may enjoy this look back at the very first reality show and how it portrayed young people's lives in the '90s.

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