12. The Real World (1992-present)
Equal marriage. Mixed-gender bathrooms. Yes, the queer community is finally merging with the rest of society, but The Real World
was always one step ahead. For two-plus decades -- and 31 seasons -- MTV's influential and inclusive show has illuminated lives from all walks of life, including a multitude of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Among them: New York's
Norman Korpi, one of the first gay people on non-scripted TV, and San Francisco's
Pedro Zamora, who was living with AIDS at the time.
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