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The Real Life is the 15th episode of the third season of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 40th episode overall. It originally aired on October 10, 1997.

The Real Life[]

Animation by Wang

The real life title


Brain needs an advantage point in Cleveland to broadcast a rare audio record from Rush Limbaugh's "failed singing career" via radio, in order to drive everyone in the world insane. To help him with this, the two mice head to the shooting location of TV reality show "The Real Life", which happens to be the precise point Brain needs to unleash the broadcast. The mice then manipulate their way into the show and have to learn to live among "an artificially assembled household of testy misfits and wannabes." Tensions arise between the show's cast and Brain as he struggles to keep his calm and advance his plan amongst the oblivious rude manners of the cast.




  • The reality show is a parody of MTV's The Real World, focusing on putting 7 wildly different youths under one roof and sometimes addressing serious social issues.
  • When Brain interrupts Murray's heavy metal dance party by unplugging the amplifier, Murray protests, "What is this, Unplugged?" Brain answers, "Yes. The perfect format for the untalented." This mocks another MTV show, Unplugged, where famous musicians are invited to play in an all-acoustic set.
  • The song "Sad Brain" is a parody of The Who's song "Behind Blue Eyes".


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Rush Limbaugh, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Eisenhower, Heidi
Pamela Hayden Dawn
LeVar Burton Murray
Scott Valentine Spike

List of Pinky and the Brain episodes
Season 1
Das MouseOf Mouse And ManTokyo Grows / That Smarts / BrainstemPinky and the Fog / Where No Mouse Has Gone Before / Cheese Roll CallBrainaniaTV or Not TVNapoleon BrainaparteA Pinky and the Brain ChristmasSnowballAround the World in 80 NarfsFlyAmbulatory Abe / Mouse of La ManchaThe Third Mouse / The Visit
Season 2
It's Only A Paper WorldCollect 'em All / PinkassoPlan Brain From Outer SpaceThe Pink CandidateBrain's SongWelcome to the JungleA Little Off the Top / Megalomaniacs AnonymousThe Mummy / Robin BrainTwo Mice and a Baby / The MazeBrain of the FutureBrinkyHoop Schemes
Season 3
Leave it to Beavers / CinebrainiaBrain NoirPinky and the Brain... And Larry / Where the Deer and the Mousealopes PlayBrain's Bogie / Say What, EarthMy Feldmans, My FriendsAll You Need Is Narf / Pinky's PlanCold Open- A New Direction / This Old MouseBrain StormA Meticulous Analysis of History / Funny, You Don't Look RhennishThe Pinky ProtocolMice Don't Dance / Brain DrainedBrain AcresPinky and the Brainmaker / Calvin BrainPinky Suavo / T.H.E.YThe Real LifeBrain's WayA Pinky and the Brain HalloweenBrainy JackLeggo My Ego / Big in JapanBut That's Not All, Folks!Operation Sea Lion / You Said a MousefulThe Tailor and the Mice / Bah, WildernessPinky at the Bat / Schpiel-borg 2000Broadway MaladyThe Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo / The Melancholy BrainInherit the WheezeBrain's Night Off / Beach Blanket BrainThe Family That Poits Together, Narfs TogetherPinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global DominationYou'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town AgainDangerous BrainsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Brain / Just Say NarfThe Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator / Brain Food
Season 4

(Part 1 - Brain, Brain, Go AwayPart 2 - I Am Not a HatPart 3 - Wash Harder)
To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory BonkThe Pinky and the Brain Reunion SpecialA Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N.
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special: (Star Warners)