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True Life is a documentary series running on MTV since 1998. Each episode follows a particular topic.
The show is created by following a series of subjects by a camera crew through a certain part of their life. Depending on the season and topic, the production values vary. Different numbers of cameras or personal microphones can result in more or less interesting video or clear audio. Scenes are often staged or actions and events coordinated and manipulated by writers.
True Life has covered over 140 topics from drug use, money issues, sexual topics to simple social behavior like visiting the Jersey Shore.