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The Real World: Brooklyn
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Season Information
Season No. 21
Location Brooklyn, New York
Season Run January 7 – April 1, 2009
No. of Episodes 13
Starring Baya Voce
Chet Cannon
Devyn Simone
JD Ordoñez
Katelynn Cusanelli
Ryan Conklin
Sarah Rice
Scott Herman
Season Chronology
Previous The Real World: Hollywood
Next The Real World: Cancun

The Real World: Brooklyn is the twenty-first season of the MTV reality series, The Real World, which features eight strangers living in a house together as cameras follow their every move and interpersonal relationships.

It is the third season to be filmed in New York. It is also the first season to feature eight starring cast members rather than the usual seven.

Season Changes

Brooklyn is the first season of the series to feature eight cast members moving into the residence together in the premiere. (All previous seasons premiered with seven-member casts, and only introduced new cast members when the departure of others during production necessitated replacements.) This number remains in subsequent seasons. It is also the first season to include an openly transgender cast member, Katelynn Cusanelli.

This is the first season, and the first MTV series, to be broadcast in high definition.


No group assignment is given to the cast this season; the castmates are free to pursue their own interests, the first such season to do this since the fourth season.


The Real World Season 21 house

It was originally reported that the cast would be staying at the BellTel Lofts in Downtown Brooklyn, but problems obtaining permits for the construction required MTV to seek a new location. The production chose Pier 41 at 204 Van Dyke Street in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn. Pier 41 was also used as the setting for a bar scene in the 2005 Will Smith film, Hitch. This marked the second time a pier was used as a season residence for the cast after 1998's The Real World: Seattle.


Cast Member Age* Hometown
Baya Voce 21 Salt Lake City, UT
Chet Cannon 23 Salt Lake City, UT
Devyn Simone 20 Kansas City, MI
JD Ordoñez 22 Miami Beach, FL
Katelynn Cusanelli 24 West Palm Beach, FL
Ryan Conklin 23 Gettysburg, PA
Sarah Rice 22 San Francisco, CA
Scott Herman 23 Salem, NH


Episode Title Original Air Date
1 "Brooklyn Bridging" January 7, 2009
2 "The Ins and Outs of Brooklyn" January 14, 2009
3 "The BFF-O-Meter" January 21, 2009
4 "Daddy Dearest and the Dueling Divas" January 28, 2009
5 "Friends and Enemies" February 4, 2009
6 "Battle of the Sexes" February 11, 2009
7 "Of Mice and Devyn's Men" February 18, 2009
8 "Angry Boys and Dirty Girls" February 25, 2009
9 "Dilators, Dresses and Bow Ties" March 4, 2009
10 "Pole Dancing and Pedro" March 11, 2009
11 "Saving a Private Ryan" March 18, 2009
12 "Atlantic City, Baby!" March 25, 2009
13 "Saying Goodbye" April 1, 2009


In 2010, the season was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program.