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25. The premiere of "Road Rules," MTV's other progressive reality series
"The Real World" gets a lot of credit for kickstarting the reality TV revolution, but "Road Rules" introduced the cash stakes and competitive camaraderie we've come to associate with the genre. In retrospect the series seems downright quaint: a group of strangers jump in an RV, travel around completing challenges, and collect a handsome reward at the end of their journey. It was summer camp for hot adults, and MTV kept you glued to the fun and melodrama. Controversial theory: The greatest "Road Rules" season is Latin America. Yes to Gladys' Abe attack.