After nearly 15 years of waiting, Philly finally became the venue for the pioneering reality show where seven strangers stop being polite and start getting real.
"The Real World: Philadelphia" premiered on Music Television (MTV) Tuesday night.
The show taped throughout the summer in the Old City section of Philadelphia. Landon, Melanie, MJ, Sarah, Shavonda, Karamo and Willie volunteered to share their lives at 3rd and Arch. The ridiculously gorgeous home is the previous Seaman's Church Museum, neighboring the Betsy Ross House.
During the inaugural episode, the roommates visited such Philadelphia landmarks as Penn's Landing, 30th Street Station, South Street and the Philadelphia Art Museum. City shots showed the Center City skyline, the Schuylkill and SEPTA.
At Ursinus College, several students got together to throw "Real World" parties, such as freshmen Sarah Gardner, Graciela Gallo, Maria DeOliveira and Ashley Potter, who all live within half an hour of the city.
"I thought the show seemed different," said Gardner. "But I was more excited 'cause I knew the places."
"It was really interesting watching. I was excited," said DeOliveira.
"They made (Philadelphia) look nicer on TV than what it actually is," Gallo said.
"I enjoyed watching the premiere of the Philly 'Real World,' and I look forward to watching this season because even though I'm away from home, I'll still be able to see so many places and things I recognize, and it'll be a nice reminder of home," said New York University senior Jim Hammel.
Some local viewers watched the show because they never miss an episode of "The Real World," but many decided to check out the Philadelphia season because of its locality.
"I wanted to watch (the show) this season because it was in Philadelphia, and that's where I'm from," said Melanie Hernandez, Valley Forge Christian College freshman. "I thought it was pretty cool at first."
"We could recognize more 'cause we know where it is," Ursinus freshman Sarah Cole said.
"I thought (the show) was good. I'm used to seeing 'The Real World: Seattle' or 'The Real World: Louisiana.' It's cool to see them bring it closer to home," said Ursinus junior Dan Devlin, while manning a voter registration table outside the college cafeteria.
"I like the show a lot. I just thought it was really weird because a lot of the places they've been to, I've seen and been to before," Ursinus senior Lauren Brophy said.
Many Philadelphians identified with the show taking place in their hometown.
"I liked it 'cause I'm familiar with the area. I know it," said Nina Graham, an Ursinus freshman who had her birthday dinner at the same restaurant the Real Worlders ate at on the program. "I freaked out seeing it."
"It was pretty neat to know millions of viewers were seeing something I grew up around my entire life," said Charlie Weng, a senior at Ursinus College.
"I'm sure kids from San Diego feel the same way about ('The Real World:') San Diego," said Ursinus freshman Tarah Pearson.
"It was good publicity for Philadelphia," said Ursinus senior Steve Gazigna, of West Chester.
While many students made sure to tune in Tuesday at 10, others had no interest in the show or the station.
"I'd rather lose a leg than watch MTV," said senior Ursinus rugby player "Goody."
"It's ridiculous that bars like Finnigan's Wake in Philadelphia raised their prices because the Real World was there," said Dray Smith, Ursinus junior and rugby player.
With 23 more episodes in the season, many viewers in the area are making sure to turn on MTV Tuesdays at 10 p.m. to see familiar sites and exciting roommate drama in the city of brotherly love.