Remember These Hard-To-Forget ‘Real World’ Castmates?

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It’s hard to believe that MTV’s hit series The Real World has been on the small screen for a whopping 28 seasons. And, boy, has the cast of characters been memorable.

It all started in 1992 when the first season took over The Big Apple. Heather B. Gardner stood out in the SoHo loft because of her outspoken, take-no-prisoners attitude — and her rise to fame with a budding rap career to boot.

She was often misunderstood by her roommates, but later befriended Southern belle Julie Gentry in what was easily the most unlikely friendship in the house.

For the past 21 years, MTV has given us our very first glimpse at what we know today as “reality stars.”

Pedro Zamora, who starred in the San Francisco season, was one of the first people on air to ever speak out about being diagnosed HIV positive.

His trials and tribulations made the cast more than roomies — they were a family — and forced viewers to be just as courageous as Zamora by opening up the dialogue and bring a never-before-seen awareness to the disease.

Whether it’s the frat boy, ruthless party animal or a homophobic punk rocker, The Real World has never stopped bringing the drama to primetime.

The premiere of Real World: Portland airs Wednesday, March 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Click on the gallery above to take a trip down memory lane with our favorite castmates from The Real World.

Which Real World cast member is your fave and why? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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