85. 'The Real World'
This MTV petri dish hatched the reality-TV virus that soon swept the airwaves. The Real World was hugely influential as soon as it debuted in 1992, bringing together an apartment full of strangers to fight, cry, and jump into bed, with the promise "This is what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real." (In 1992, not being polite meant ignoring a ringing landline – those were different times.)