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Adult Written byM&M1995 July 27, 2014
 

Mature topics, real-life drama explored in excellent MTV staple.

Do not let the fact that True Life is an MTV program deter you from watching. This is a fantastically executed series which can be described as a cross between a documentary and a reality show. True Life is one of MTV's earlier shows, and a very successful one at that, spawning hundreds of episodes. Each episode takes a rather voyeuristic look into the lives of two to three individuals, usually in their teens or twenties, as cameras capture their odd habits, life-changing choices, and monumental moments. Many of the episodes focus on serious issues today's youth face and struggle with, such as body image, coming out, various addictions, disorders, and more. There are also light-hearted episodes such as "I'm a Comic Book Junkie" or "I'm Preparing For The End Of The World" where people's often obsessive and extreme interests, beliefs, and quirks are exposed. However, mature content and situations tend to dominate the series. Topics related to sex and sexuality (prostitution, masturbation, porn, virginity, stripping, homosexuality and bisexuality, contraception, threesomes...) are prominent, and of course are discussed openly, frankly, in detail, or at the very least referenced heavily throughout certain episodes. No visible nudity or on-screen sexual situations though. Marriage and relationships form the storyline of a number of episodes. Sensitive topics such as religion are central to some episodes as well. Smoking, drinking, and partying appear in a few of the episodes. Curse words are minor. Expect "stupid," "hell," "damn," and "bitch." Words like "sh*t" and variations of "f*ck" are bleeped. Parents can safely watch this show even with the younger teens to incite thoughtful discussion. I must admit, numerous episodes do contain disturbing content (ex: one about plastic surgery), but a lot of teenagers could enjoy this show, because there is a chance they could relate to it. True Life is filled with positive messages, including those of acceptance, forgiveness, education, importance of family and friends, etc.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 20, 2012
 

Great drama!

I remember seeing this on MTV years ago.It thought it was EXTREMELY action packed!
Adult Written byPastelito28 July 14, 2011
 

Great Overall

i think that this show is great to show people that there is people out there in the world with the same problems that other have and they share their story. i think is nice that MTV just shows the location, first name and age of each person. is better like that to protect them.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Adult Written bymahilana July 28, 2010
 

Great show for older teens (16+)

I love this show! Sometimes there's situations that aren't the best but it sticks to the title of the show and really shows people what others are going through in their life. I've been inspired by many young teens who were on the show and I've shed many tears while hearing their stories. Absolutely one of my fave shows!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Parent Written byPlague January 7, 2010
 

True Life

A show I would expect from MTV, dealing with todays youth, and the struggle with teen pregnancies, birth defects, drug issues, and more. A good hard look into the eyes of the people presented in the show.