The Best Episodes of True Life
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Since its initial episode in 1998, MTV's award-winning True Life documentary series has told remarkable real-life stories of young people and the unusual subcultures they inhabit. Whether documenting the lives of gay marriage activists, individuals dealing with obesity, or teens in high school--the True Life series tells its stories solely from the varied voices and points-of-view of its characters--putting the series in the unique position of reflecting the state of youth culture at any given moment.
#1 - Fatal Dose
Season 1 - Episode 1
This premiere installment of True Life takes a raw, uncensored look at heroin addiction in Plano, Texas, a small town in the southwest that has lost several teenagers to heroin overdoses in the past few months.
#2 - I'm a Pro Wrestler
Season 3 - Episode 1
Professional wrestling; on the road with Triple H and Chyna.
#3 - I'm Addicted To Crystal Meth
Season 11 - Episode 11
In this episode of True Life we meet several young people whose lives have been taken over by crystal meth and explore the challenges they face trying to rid themselves of their addiction.
#4 - I Want Respect for my Sect
Season 19 - Episode 4
If you like to wear fangs, act like a clown, or look like a wolf – chances are, you’ll be treated as an outsider. On this episode of True Life, you’ll meet three young women who are sick of being ostracized.
#5 - I Have a Fetish
Season 16 - Episode 1
What if the way you got turned on seemed freakish to most people? On this episode of True Life, you'll meet two young people struggling to fit into a world that doesn't always accept their unusual sexual obsessions.
#6 - I'm Supporting My Man
Season 17 - Episode 8
A pregnant girl is waitressing to pay the bills because her immigrant husband can't afford his green card. A young mother is forced to strip because the father of her kids hasn't had a job in years.
#7 - I Have an Embarrassing Boyfriend
Season 18 - Episode 19
Two young women are struggling to handle their boyfriend’s Jekyll and Hyde behavior before it destroys their relationships.
#8 - I'm Preparing for the End of the World
Season 19 - Episode 5
Since practically the beginning of civilization, man has wondered if, when, and how the world might end. But are you ready to survive the apocalypse? You'll meet two guys gearing up to face the ultimate meltdown.
#9 - The Benjamins
Season 19 - Episode 6
Warm, funny and lovable brothers Kenny and Brad Benjamin want what many young men want – to find jobs, move out of their parents’ home, and find love. But they face one obstacle most people don’t: they are autistic.
#10 - I'm Hooked on Molly
Season 19 - Episode 16
It can produce euphoric highs and make you want to dance all night, but Molly, the party-drug-of-the-moment, isn’t as harmless as it’s rumored to be.
#11 - I'm Addicted to Tanning
Season 18 - Episode 8
Two sun seekers put their lives on the line in search of the perfect tan. A man is concerned that his son’s tanning obsession puts his health at risk; a young woman’s tanning salon habit is straining her family finances.
#12 - I'm Dating With HIV
Season 21 - Episode 11
The stories of two HIV-positive young people who are searching for love.
#13 - I'm Deaf
Season 13 - Episode 17
On this episode of True Life, you'll meet two young people who were born completely deaf and must overcome huge obstacles to get the most out of their lives.
#14 - Camp'd Out: I'm Going to Rock Camp
Season 14 - Episode 3
A lucky few teens get to live their dream, working towards a performance on a world-famous stage at the end of the one week Rock Camp. Assigned to different groups, these kids must combine talents to form a real, rocking band. Different musical interests, jealousy and stage fright will be working against them, but at their final House of Blues gig, all differences must be set aside as they strive to give the best performance of their lives.
#15 - I'm a Gambler
Season 15 - Episode 1
Whether betting on sports, blackjack, or online poker, many of us enjoy the chance to turn loose change into big money. On this episode of True Life, you'll meet three young people whose gambling habits have become an obsession.
#16 - I Have Orthorexia
Season 17 - Episode 9
Three young people overdo healthy eating: a girl who eats only raw food for two years, a guy who fears that eating impure food causes cancer and a girl whose social life crumbles due to her increasingly rigid eating habits.
#17 - I'm Addicted to Marijuana
Season 17 - Episode 12
Young adults struggle to keep their lives in order as their addiction to marijuana heightens. Amy Beth smokes to keep her anxiety down, Amere faces the demand to quit his 8-blunt a day habit cold turkey, and Troy faces jail time.
#18 - I Have a New Step-parent
Season 17 - Episode 13
Teenagers' lives are forever changed with the introduction of step-parents into their families. Ali and Robyn strive to maintain their relationships with their parents while Fernando struggles to bond with his new siblings.
#19 - I'm Addicted To Heroin
Season 17 - Episode 21
Three young adults are caught in a life-or-death struggle when their heroin addiction begins to consume their lives. With an overpowering urge to maintain their high, they face pressure to escape addiction's grip and get clean.
#20 - I'm Coming Out 2
Season 17 - Episode 23
Two college students struggle with the difficult challenge of revealing their sexual orientation to their friends and families. With the fear of rejection on their mind, they bravely seek acceptance from their loved ones.
#21 - I'm Having Unusual Plastic Surgery
Season 18 - Episode 2
Two young people brave new frontiers in the O.R. to overhaul their appearances. Louie is looking for a surgeon who can remove silicone horns from his head without disfiguring his face, while Salomé gets a Brazilian butt lift.
#22 - I'm a Gay Athlete
Season 19 - Episode 7
Although openly gay men and women are prevalent in many aspects of American culture, Stephen and Desiree are two college athletes who are unhappily trapped in the closet. Will they still have teammates once the truth is told?
#23 - I Need To Change My Man
Season 19 - Episode 10
Two young women are so annoyed by their significant other’s career and lifestyle choices that they’re ready to end their relationships. Can they persuade their mates to change before it's too late?
#24 - My Boyfriend's Fed Up With My Weight
Season 19 - Episode 13
Two young couples relationships are on the rocks due to their extreme weight differences. Will Desiree and Sara lose weight for the sake of their relationships or will the pressure from their partners destroy their relationship?
#25 - I have a Trans Parent
Season 21 - Episode 8
How would you feel if your mom or dad came out as transgender? In this episode of True Life, two young people grapple with their parents’ life-changing transitions.