True Life
Narrated bySu-chin Pak
Opening theme"The Gift"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons21
No. of episodes369 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Betsy Forhan
  • Lauren Lazin
  • Dave Sirulnick
  • Jim Fraenkel
  • Marshall Eisen
Running time42 minutes
Original release
ReleaseMarch 31, 1998 (1998-03-31) –
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21)
  • True Life/Now
  • True Life Crime
  • True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders
  • True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories

True Life is an American documentary television series that aired on MTV from March 31, 1998 to June 21, 2017. Each episode follows a particular topic, such as heroin addiction as in the first episode – "Fatal Dose". The show is created by following a series of subjects by a camera crew through a certain part of their lives. A four-episode revival series titled True Life/Now aired in 2019 and a crime investigation iteration called True Life Crime premiered in 2020.[1]

A TV special titled True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders premiered on June 9, 2020.[2]

A four-part docu-series titled True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories premiered on August 5, 2020.[3]

Topics covered

Further information: List of True Life episodes

True Life has covered over 140 topics from drug use, money issues, and sexual topics to simple social behavior like visiting the Jersey Shore. The show has aired 18 seasons and 328 episodes so far. There is an occasional intersection between this show and other shows. For example, the episode "I'm a Reality TV Star" featured people from The Real World and Survivor, while the episodes "I'm a Muay Thai Fighter" and "I'm a Mixed Martial Artist" both featured Kit Cope, who has recently signed a deal with the WFA and Frankie Edgar, who was the UFC Lightweight Champion. In the episode "I'm Bisexual," Sydney goes on a date with A.D. from From G's to Gents. In 2011, Sydney was featured in season 6 of Oxygen's Bad Girls Club. Lazar, who was in the episode "I'm in A Love Triangle", was in a 2007 episode of Parental Control.[4]

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "MTV Goes Behind the Controversial Headlines with New Investigative Series "True Life Crime"". The Futon Critic. January 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "MTV to Premiere Groundbreaking New Project "True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders" on Tuesday, June 9th at 9PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. June 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "MTV Set to Premiere "True Life Presents: Quarantine Stories" on Wednesday, August 5th at 9PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. July 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Lauren laner - YouTube". YouTube.
  5. ^ "GLAAD's Resources for Press". GLAAD. Sep 12, 2011. Retrieved Jul 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved Jul 14, 2019.