The Surreal Life was one of the most-watched reality TV shows of its time. Featuring a group of celebrities living together in a house, the show allowed viewers to get up close and personal with their faves, giving them a glimpse into their real lives outside of the spotlight. Audiences witnessed the celebrities drinking, partying, and having arguments with one another in a way that they had never seen before.
The show was tremendously popular during its run on TV, which lasted for several seasons before coming to an end in 2007. Today, it remains fondly remembered by fans who loved tuning in every week to see what new drama was unfolding.
Its Impact and Influence on Pop Culture
The Surreal Life played an important role in introducing audiences to the concept of reality television by allowing viewers to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of the world’s biggest celebrities. And due to its success, it became one of the first reality television shows to pave the way for other popular reality TV series that we know and love today.
For example, one of the most iconic seasons of The Surreal Life was the second season, which featured rapper Flavor Flav. This season is credited with the birth of the hit series Flavor of Love, which focused on the romantic relationships between Flav and the contestants vying for his attention. And later, Flavor of Love would produce the wildly successful spinoff I Love New York , featuring the HBIC of reality TV drama, Tiffany “New York” Pollard.
The Surreal Life helped pave the way for several other reality TV shows that followed in its footsteps. Some notable examples include the dating competition series The Bachelor and the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, both of which were inspired by the format and voyeuristic appeal of The Surreal Life.
What To Expect From This Week’s ‘The Surreal Life’
Considering the rise in popularity of reality television in recent years, there is no denying the impact that The Surreal Life had on shaping TV today. And now that the series is back, viewers are anticipating that the reboot will have been worth the wait. Here is what to expect from The Surreal Life cast this week:
1. Lots of Jokes
When you put outrageous and flamboyant personalities together in one house, hilarity is sure to ensue. This is why fans can expect to laugh a LOT this week as the housemates continue to get to know each other for the first time.
According to The Surreal Life premiere episode, the cast got to know Dennis Rodman a lot more than they expected as he walked around the house buck naked. And between Stormy Daniels introducing her creepy, haunted doll to the houseguests, and August Alsina moving her bed to escape it, the next episode is sure to deliver the laughs.
2. Clashing Personalities
Even though the cast is filled to the brim with outrageous personalities, many fans speculate that Dennis Rodman is most likely to stir up drama first. Rodman has proven to be a wild card, no matter whether the cameras roll or not. Plus, he’s already becoming quite vocal with some of the housemates.
In an interview with Ok!, Tamar Braxton gives her thoughts on his larger-than-life personality. “I kind of knew what to expect with him, but the truth he, he is a loose cannon. You never know what he’s going to say. It could be something we’re talking about or it could be something that happened 30 years ago or something that is going to happen in the future.”
3. Allegations and Accusations
As the G.O.A.T of reality TV, The Surreal Life knows how to create buzz. So viewers can expect lots of drama in the coming weeks, particularly because its castmates have been involved in plenty of it.
For example, in recent years, adult film star and director Stormy Daniels made headlines for her involvement in an alleged affair with former President Donald Trump back in 2006. To make matters worse, she alleged that he and his lawyer paid her a whopping $130,000 in hush money to hide it from the public. And judging by last week’s episode, she may have a lot more to say.
Also joining the cast is August Alsina. Even though Alsina is a talented R&B singer, he has become most known for his involvement with actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. According to Pinkett-Smith, she and Alsina became involved while she and her husband Will Smith were separated. And even though Alsina alleges that Smith was okay with the “entanglement,” the “Emancipation” actor has continuously denied the claims.
With a cast of characters like this, viewers can expect The Surreal Life to get real, real quick.
4. Lots of Glam
Before he became a ‘Surreal Life‘ housemate, Manny MUA got his big break by creating popular makeup tutorials. In fact, his helpful tips and techniques earned him the title of the first male brand ambassador for Maybelline. And his popular makeup line, Lunar Beauty can be found in many stores across the country.
Joining him is NBA legend, Dennis Rodman, one of the most stylish basketball players in history. Rodman had an aesthetic that was characterized by wild hairstyles, flashy clothes, and loud colors. He was unafraid to express himself, and his style reflected this attitude. His flamboyance was embraced by fans and sports media, who saw his style as an element of his larger-than-life personality. Whether it was a bleached buzzcut or a mohawk dyed in neon pink, Rodman stood out from his peers.
Both individuals are extremely talented in their own rights. And combined, they can probably teach viewers a thing or two about how to be unapologetically themselves.