The Surreal Life is a reality television series that sets a select group of out-of-the-spotlight celebrities and films them as they live together in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. The format of the show resembles that of The Real World. The first two seasons aired on the The WB, and subsequent seasons have been shown on VH1.

The first spin-off from The Surreal Life was Strange Love, starring Flavor Flav and Brigitte Nielsen, both of Season 3. It premired in January, 2005 and ran for 11 episodes. The second spin-off, My Fair Brady, starred America's Next Top Model Top Model Adrianne Curry and former Brady Christopher Knight. It ran its first season in 2005, concluding with an engagement... The second season (a first for a Surreal Life spin-off) will debut in spring, 2006, concluding with a wedding. Strange Love itself has a continuation in the third spin-off, Flavor of Love. Flavor of Love, once again starring Flavor Flav with cameos by Brigitte Nielsen, ran in early 2006. The fourth official spin-off is The Surreal Life: Fame Games (see below for info/cast).