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True Life

Since its initial episode in 1998, MTV's award-winning True Life documentary series has told remarkable real-life stories of young people and the unusual subcultures they inhabit.

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1. I'm An Alcoholic

What if every time you took a sip of alcohol you couldn’t stop drinking until it was hard to walk, talk, or even think? That's the grim reality for the estimated 12 million Americans who are alcoholics.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 5 January 2008
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2. I'm the Black Sheep

Every family has its differences, but what if you actually feel like an alien among your own flesh and blood?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 6 January 2008
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3. I Panic

Everybody worries sometimes. But what happens if you're one of the estimated two and a half million Americans whose anxieties spiral into recurring and uncontrollable panic attacks?

Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 5 January 2008
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4. I'm Happy To Be Fat

Does being overweight mean you have to be miserable? Not to the three young people you'll meet on this episode of True Life, who all feel they're better off being fat.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 14 January 2008
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5. I'm Getting Out of Prison

What's it like to be locked up in prison for months or even years - and then be set free into a stressful and sometimes hostile outside world?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 21 January 2008
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6. I Need Anger Management

Everyone gets angry once in a while, but some people have such trouble controlling this natural emotion that it can destroy their relationships with family and friends.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 2 February 2008
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7. I'm Coming to America

All over the world people dream of moving to the United States. Some come for freedom, and some come for work, but all immigrants must face harsh realities of a place that can feel very strange to them.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 2 February 2008
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8. I Have a Husband in Iraq

For most Americans serving in Iraq there’s probably someone back home struggling with their loved one’s long absence.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 3 February 2008
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9. I Work in the Sex Industry

The adult entertainment industry is more popular and more mainstream than ever, but working in such a sexually charged field still greatly affects the personal lives of those who make it a career.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 1 March 2008
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10. I'm a Southern Belle

The term "Southern Belle" suggests visions of mint juleps, impeccable coiffeurs, and lives of leisure.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 5 April 2008
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11. I'm Going to Fashion Week

Twice a year, the biggest event in fashion comes to New York City.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 5 April 2008
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12. I'm Under Peer Pressure

What's it like being pressured to change who you are in order to be accepted by your friends?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 5 April 2008
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13. I Have Embarrassing Parents 2

Being embarrassed by your parents can be a rite of passage for many teenagers.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 15 May 2008
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14. I Have Schizophrenia

What if you couldn't tell the difference between reality and a scary hallucination?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 23 May 2008
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15. I Live Another Life On The Web

Tens of millions of us love to socialize online, but in the virtual world where you can become almost anyone you want with a few strokes of a keyboard, some people take it to the extremes.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 29 May 2008
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16. I'm a Compulsive Shopper

Everybody shops. But for some people, walking out of a store with a bag full of something new provides a thrill like no other.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 20 July 2008
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17. I'm Deaf

How would you get along in a world without sound? Where you've never heard a note of music or your own mother's voice?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 21 July 2008
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18. I Can't Stay Thin

What if every time you shed unwanted pounds you immediately gained them right back?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 3 August 2008
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19. I Don't Trust My Partner

What happens when you fall in love with someone you don't trust? And every moment spent apart or every phone call that goes unanswered is cause for alarm?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 3 August 2008
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20. I Have Acne

No one wants to go out into the world with a big pimple on their face. But for people who suffer from severe cystic acne, even the simplest social interactions can be torture.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 14 September 2008
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21. I'm Looking For My Mother

Man of us feel fortunate to have a strong bond with our mother. But how would it feel if your mom left you as a child, and never returned.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 14 September 2008
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22. I'm a Single Parent

Raising a child is a difficult challenge even with a trusted partner, but when you're young and single, it can be overwhelming

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 5 October 2008
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23. I'm a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

With a hit TV series and Pay-Per-View extravaganzas that rival viewership of pro wrestling, mixed martial arts has rapidly become one of America's most popular combat sports.

Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 8 October 2008
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24. I'm Living Off the Grid

Imagine being so self-sufficient that you don't need public utilities for electricity or water.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 8 October 2008
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25. I'm Getting Married 2

It starts with a simple heartfelt question, and ends with a kiss. But all bets are off during the months in between.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 30 October 2008
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26. I Have a Summer Share 2

Every summer, thousands of young people flock to beaches across America to shack up with friends for the season.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 1 November 2008
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27. I'm In a Love Triangle

Making a relationship work is hard enough, but what's it like if the person you're seeing is also in love with someone else?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: 6 December 2008
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28. I'm Competitive with My Friends

Most of us enjoy having some good-natured competitions in our lives, but what happens if you're so combative that you turn even casual activities into cut-throat contests, and constantly make your friends your foes.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 6 December 2008
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29. I Have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What's it like to survive the nightmare of war, but still be haunted by your experiences after returning to the US?

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 6 December 2008
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Product details

Season year 2008
Network Viacom
Producers Viacom
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices Available to watch on supported devices

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