It’s been 18 years since the Emmy-winning documentary series True Life premiered on MTV, and in that time they’ve given their audience of teens and young adults a pathos-filled look into scores of lives and experiences they might not otherwise have been exposed to. Some stories are bleak (the show’s premiere episode chronicled heroin addiction), some are absurd (“I’m a Competitive Eater”), but they’re all—per the title—true. Deep, right?
The show’s 20th season premieres this fall, and MTV has just released its first trailer. Subjects appear to include a professional dominatrix, a diaper fetishist, and a man who survived being shot in the stomach.
Like all long-running MTV shows, a viewer’s favorite episode largely depends on when they came of age. As such, mine is 2002's “I’m Getting Plastic Surgery.” Remember that calf implant guy? I wonder whatever happened to him. Oh right.