True Life Returns, Stars People Somehow Still Obsessed With the Kardashians

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MTV’s award-winning documentary series True Life premiered nearly 21 years ago—it’s hard to fathom a world in which formative episodes like 2002's “I’m Getting Plastic Surgery” and 2011's “I Have A Hot Mom” do not exist—and to celebrate, the TV network is revamping the show. True Life becomes True Life/Now tonight, January 2 at 10 p.m., when the “reboot” examines a few young people obsessed with looking like the Kardashians.

New episodes will air every Wednesday, presumably tackling “millennial” issues like desiring to look like a Snapchat filter in real life.

It feels a little late in the game to tackle what has surely been a trend for a number of years now, but purposeful flops seem to be MTV’s style these days. Who could forget Claire Leeson, the 24-year-old “up to her eyeballs” in debt after spending over $30,000 in 2014 to look kind of sort of like her idol Kim Kardashian?


Watch the short teaser trailer above, in which a Brooklyn woman named Sherra gets lip injections and contemplates the $100,000 more she needs to throw down to finalize her Kardashian transformation. Please note that it looks, feels and sounds exactly like the original True Life series. Sometimes a new name is just that.

URL: Senior Writer, Jezebel. IRL: Author of the very good book 'LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS,' out now.

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I love MTV’s True Life. Always have. Let’s hope the revamp makes all the prior episodes available on demand.