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In Real Life
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Created by Jonathan Finkelstein
Presented by Sabrina Jalees
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 33(+2 webisodes)
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Patel
Production company(s) Apartment 11 Productions
Original network YTV
Picture format 1080i ( HDTV)
Original release March 4, 2009 – December 12, 2011

In Real Life (formerly known as In the Real World) is a Canadian reality show where eighteen young contestants aged 12–14 race across North America and compete in a series of real-life tasks, aimed to "discover the skills, strength, and stamina it takes to make it in real life." The show is developed and produced by Apartment 11 Productions. The show is hosted by Canadian comedian and actress, Sabrina Jalees.

The first season of In Real Life was nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize in 2010. Sabrina Jalees was nominated as "Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series" in the 2009 Gemini Awards. The show was nominated for "Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series" in the 2011 Gemini Awards. In 2011, Mark Lawrence, the director of In Real Life was nominated for a Leo Award for "Best Direction in a Youth or Children's Program or Series".

The first season was originally planned to premiere on February 4, 2009 as In the Real World but was delayed one month. The first season premiered on March 4, 2009. The second season premiered on October 4, 2010. The third season of the series premiered on October 3, 2011.


Each season of In Real Life features eighteen kids, aged 12–14, from across Canada competing throughout North America in various real life jobs. At the start of each season, the eighteen challengers are paired up into nine teams of two and given team colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Teal, Purple, Grey, and Brown (Seasons 1, 2), or Pink (Season 3)).

In each experience, the challengers compete in three (or more) tasks related to one job in the real world. Each experience also contains a hidden "Shield", which a team can find and use to protect themselves from elimination. The first team/challenger to cross the finish line at the end of each experience is given the choice between two prizes: the "Big Reward" for instant gratification or the "Wrench" which will slow another team down in the next experience. The second team/challenger to cross the finish line receives whichever prize the first team turned down. The last team/challenger to cross the finish line is usually eliminated, unless they possess a "Shield" (and the second last team doesn't) or it is a non-elimination experience (Season 1). The shield cannot be used more than once in the competition but if you find it you can keep it for the whole competition. When five teams remain in the competition, they will have the opportunity to split up and pair up with a new teammate. When Three teams are left the teams are dissolved and the challengers will compete as solo competitors.

In the very last experience, the winner will receive the title of "In Real Life Champion", college tuition money, and an all-expense-paid family vacation.


Season Premiere date Finale date Contestants Winner Runner(s)-Up Episodes
In Real Life March 4, 2009 June 3, 2009 18 Ruby-Rae Rogawski Maddison Hartloff 13
In Real Life 2 October 4, 2010 December 6, 2010 Tea Vlatkovic Sam Mantin 10 + 1 Webisode
Christian van Vilet
In Real Life 3 October 3, 2011 December 12, 2011 Zachary Tng Sydney Reynolds

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2009 Gemini Awards Sabrina Jalees, Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's Youth Program or Series Nominated
2010 Shaw Rocket Prize Best Children's, Youth, or Family Program Nominated
2011 Leo Awards Mark Lawrence, Best Direction in a Youth or Children's Program or Series Nominated
Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence Best Convergent Interactive Content Nominated
Gemini Awards Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series Nominated
2012 Digi Awards Best in Cross-Platform - Kids Won
Kidscreen Awards Viewer's Choice for Best Tweens/Teens Program Won
Best Tweens/Teens Companion Website Nominated
2013 Kidscreen Awards Best Tweens/Teens Non-Animated or Mixed Series Won
International Emmy Kids Awards Best Non-Scripted Entertainment Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards Best Cross-Platform Project – Children's and Youth Nominated
Claire Cappelletti, Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series Nominated
Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence Awards of Excellence for Best Television Program, All Genres, Teen Category Won
Parents' Award Nominated


Record Challenger(s) Season Number
Most Experience Wins Ruby-Rae Season 1 6 Experiences
Most Top Two Finishes 12 Experiences
Most Wrenches Won 7 Times
Most Times Wrenched Talon 5 Times
Andreas & Kelly Season 3 2 Times
Most Big Rewards Won Ruby-Rae & Maddison H Season 1 3 Times
Sam & Amber Season 2
Abhinav & Zachary Season 3
Most Shields Found Maddison H & Talon Season 1 2 Times

Talon holds the record for most times wrenched throughout the series, 5, where as Kelly & Andreas hold the record for most times wrenched in a single experience, 2 Times.

Ruby-Rae, Maddison H, Sam, Amber, Abhinav, & Zachary all tied for this record.

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