The Real World is a reality television program on MTV originally produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. First broadcast in 1992, the show, which was inspired by the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family, is the longest-running program in MTV history and one of the longest-running reality series in history, credited with launching the modern reality TV genre. The series was hailed in its early years for depicting issues of contemporary young-adulthood relevant to its core audience, such as prejudice, sexuality, AIDS and substance abuse, but later garnered a reputation as a showcase for immature and irresponsible behavior. Following Bunims death from breast cancer in 2004, Bunim/Murray Productions continues to produce the program. The twenty-seventh season, set in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, premiered on June 27, 2012, and ended its first run on September 12, 2012.