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Good for a laugh, but not much more. More scripted "reality" from MTV.
on December 10, 2011
I gave Jersey Shore a chance finally. I have watched every episode from this season and the last, the whole way up to present, so this review is not by a "hater" or a "troll", it's by someone who has actually watched the series. Here is my honest take...
Jersey Shore is a mildly entertaining show following the "reality" of a group of young people spending time in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. It's basically just another "The Real World" season but with a new name. The whole thing comes across as scripted. I mean, MTV shows like "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach" are more believable as reality than this show is. I will give the show one major praise. MTV did a great job creating these characters. They clearly make the show watchable, because otherwise, this thing would have been cut in season one.
This season I'm reviewing deals with the group living and "working" in Italy. I found this season far more boring than the seasons at the Shore. Same deal. Drinking, fighting, acting like idiots and acting like they are getting lots of sex.
Want a good description of what the show is really all about when they are a the Shore? The group works at "The Shore Store" T-Shirt shop on the boardwalk in exchange for rent and the right to live and party in their beach house. I often wonder how a minimum wage job could possibly pay for rent, utilities, groceries, drinks every night, club cover charges, designer clothes, tanning, waxing, hair styling, gym membership, laundry service, etc. That is where I call "BS" on this show being reality. Also, this group looks so cheap and sleazy that I have an extremely hard time believing that they have as much random sex as they do. I'm guessing that MTV pays off a lot of these guys and girls to be at the bar or club, come back to the house to be taped in bed on the night vision cam and then they leave. But, if they were really honest about it, the show would not be as popular.
Snooki, Deena, The Situation and Pauly D are the only real characters that do anything. The others just kind of blend in and are compliment characters to the court jesters. Vinny, JWoww and the couple don't do anything but fight or talk in a monotone voice about every situation. The gang gets into some funny and "drama" filled fun on every episode. But it's pure fluff TV at best, nothing of substance or long-term value. This is definitely not an MTV classic.
If you're either really bored or have a lot of time to kill, I'd recommend watching Jersey Shore on DVD. Otherwise, there are far better series', reality and non-reality out there for you to watch.