Since the dawn of time, humans have always wondered: does a perfect world exist? Now, we get the chance to build one. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos? Fifteen pioneering Americans leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch.
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The X Factor
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Are You The One?
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A look into the privileged lives of several twenty-somethings.
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The Real Housewives of Orange County
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