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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Paris Hilton and bestie Nicole Richie burst onto TV screens with “The Simple Life,” but as Hilton will tell you, time really does fly by when you’re having fun.
The reality star-turned-entrepreneur took to Instagram Sunday to mark the 20th anniversary of the hit reality series, which followed her and Richie as they traded in their glamorous lives in L.A. for menial jobs and hijinks in small towns across America. In a carousel post featuring promo images from the five seasons of the show, Hilton wrote that filming “The Simple Life” was “one of the most special, hilarious and iconic times in my life.”
“Happy 20th anniversary to [the] show that started it all,” Hilton wrote on Instagram. “I’m so lucky to have these amazing memories!”
“The Simple Life” premiered on FOX on December 2, 2003 and became an instant hit, at one point bringing in more than 13 million viewers a week. Considered by many as one of the first non-competition reality shows to break through with audiences, “The Simple Life” eventually ran for five seasons — first on FOX and then on E! — ending in 2007. By then, Hilton and Richie had become household names (not to mention tabloid fixtures) and both were able to use the show — and their newfound notoriety — as platforms to launch other businesses, shows and endeavors (Hilton was recently named one of Variety’s “40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV“).
While Richie has yet to comment on the “Simple Life” anniversary as of this article’s writing, Hilton recently teased on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” that her and Richie “have been talking” and that they may “have some surprises in store.”
“I can’t believe it’s going to be the 20-year anniversary,” Hilton told host Andy Cohen. “It just feels like yesterday.”
How to Watch ‘The Simple Life’ Online
Want to watch “The Simple Life” online? While reruns of the show occasionally pop up on cable, the best way to watch Hilton and Richie’s reality series is by streaming it on Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon has all five seasons of the show available to download, starting at just $4.89 per season. Your purchase gets you a digital download of “The Simple Life” that is yours to keep, so you can watch the show on-demand as many times as you want. Amazon also lets you watch “The Simple Life” on your phone, laptop, tablet or connected TV.
You can also watch “The Simple Life” on Apple TV, by purchasing each season (or individual episodes) on iTunes. Each episode starts at just $1.99. There currently isn’t a way to watch “Simple Life” online free, so you’ll need to purchase a digital download to stream the series from home.
Another way to watch “The Simple Life?” You can also find the show on DVD. Amazon currently has all five seasons of the reality series available to purchase on DVD here.
The success of the first season of the show led to four other seasons: “The Simple Life: Road Trip,” “The Simple Life: Interns,” “The Simple Life: Till Death Do Us Part,” and “The Simple Life: Goes to Camp.” Stream every episode of “The Simple Life” online now on Amazon.