It ran its first season in 2005, concluding with the couple's engagement.
The second season debuted in the spring 2006, concluding with a wedding.
Among notable moments included conflict between Da Brat and Wiedlin that stemmed from comments made by Da Brat about Wiedlin that were shown during Dirty Laundry, and the strained relationship between Chyna and her now-ex-boyfriend Sean Waltman.More memorable moments included Troyer getting drunk on the first day and urinating in the weight room and Wiedlin getting upset about the group being asked to brand a cow.The third season premiered on January 20, 2008 and detailed the newlyweds' lives as they prepared to expand their family.The Surreal Life: Fame Games reunited cast members of the original Surreal Life series in a competition for cash and prizes.This season played up on the show's namesake surreality by having the house decorated with a circus/carnival theme and the cast was given circus-style taglines during the introduction.
This was enhanced with the introduction of a three-legged dog named Lucky.
The Surreal Life is one of VH1's most spun off shows, with a complex web of reality series which have had spin-off shows themselves.
The first spin-off from The Surreal Life was Strange Love, starring Flavor Flav and Brigitte Nielsen, both of season 3.
The format of the show resembles that of The Real World and Road Rules, in that the cameras not only record the castmates' participation in group activities assigned to them, but also their interpersonal relationships and conflicts.
The series is also likened to The Challenge in that previously known individuals from separate origins of entertainment are brought together into one cast.
Throughout the two-week production, the cast participated in a Survivor-inspired camping trip, a trip to Las Vegas, and a drama-creating Corey Feldman, who got married to his girlfriend in the season finale.