TWO LANDMARK FINALES
FAREWELL, JERSEY SHORE!
After six seasons of gym, tan, laundry and Snooki, TV’s most in-your-face reality gang is packing up
Like all things, Jersey Shore must pass-the difference being that, for many Americans, it will pass like a kidney stone: after pain, relief. A breakout hit and critical lightning rod when it premiered on MTV Dec. 3, 2009, the show brought us characters with names like Snooki, JWOWW, Pauly D and the Situation. Devotees of all things “Guido,” they spent their days partying, having sex, arguing and tanning. They were not role models of any sort. You can argue that Jersey Shore, like TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has allowed audiences cheap, degrading entertainment seasoned by contempt: snobbery vs. slobbery. But Snooki and JWOWW (whose separate reality show will continue) were no worse than the so-called romantics who make such morally shady moves on The Bachelor. Actually, they were better. They didn’t scheme, just behaved. And the show would never have clicked without a spark of humanity: that would be Snooki (now a mom!), one of the best personalities ever to come out of reality TV. It’s hard to say how a camera can discern something likable, funny and even shrewd in what looks like a prize no one would ever claim on the Boardwalk, but I’d rather spend a year with Snooki than an hour with Bachelorette Emily Maynard. I think.
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