The fourth season of The Surreal Life began airing on January 9, 2005 and starred Da Brat, Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, Chyna, Marcus Schenkenberg, Verne Troyer, and Jane Wiedlin.
Among notable moments included conflict between Da Brat and Wiedlin that stemmed from comments made by Da Brat about Wiedlin that were shown during Dirty Laundry, and the strained relationship between Chyna and her now-ex-boyfriend Sean Waltman.
Mindy Cohn was scheduled to be a cast member, but dropped out before taping began.
Some episode plots involved Ron Jeremy's topless porn-star pool party, Tammy Faye's book signing with members of the gay and transgender community.
Memorable moments included Date Night, an agonizing recording session for the group to produce an original song, and Flavor's insistence that he drive the group's RV despite not having a license.
The format of the show resembles that of The Real World and Road Rules, in that the cameras not only record the castmates' participation in group activities assigned to them, but also their interpersonal relationships and conflicts.The fifth season of The Surreal Life began airing on July 10, 2005 and starred Caprice Bourret, José Canseco, Sandy "Pepa" Denton, Janice Dickinson, Carey Hart, Omarosa Manigault, and Bronson Pinchot.This season played up on the show's namesake surreality by having the house decorated with a circus/carnival theme and the cast was given circus-style taglines during the introduction.Throughout the two weeks, Nielsen and Flav began a relationship which would have a dramatic influence on VH-1's programming over the next five years, as it indirectly spawned 14 spinoffs and sequels to date.The romance first continued in Strange Love and snowballed from there, after the success of the Flavor of Love series.