At some point in watching the show I realized that I’d out-aged the maximums set for participants (18-25, also assumed to be the key viewing demographic), and, slowly, I stopped watching as well. But for all the time that’s passed between the first season and now—Eric Nies is about to be 41—I haven’t forgotten the very first episode of that new, bizarre program, one that my parents weren’t quite sure that I was old enough for or what it even was, but let me watch anyway.
The most recent San Diego iteration was the first time I’ve watched a full season in years - since the first Las Vegas, actually, back in my freshman year of college. But I’ll never be one to undermine the massive influence this show has had on television and pop culture. Congratulations, roomies, and happy anniversary.