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|Opening theme||"Get Crazy" by LMFAO|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original run||December 3, 2009– present|
Jersey Shore is a reality television series on MTV that follows eight housemates spending their summer on the New Jersey Shore. The show was filmed in August 2009 in a summer share in Seaside Heights but was also filmed in other towns such as Toms River, Neptune and Atlantic City, New Jersey. It follows the eight housemates in a Real World-type style while they live, work and party at the Jersey Shore. The show debuted amid large amounts of controversy regarding the use of the words "Guido/Guidette," portrayals of Italian-American stereotypes and scrutiny from locals because the cast members are not residents from the area. The theme song featured in the opening credits is "Get Crazy" by LMFAO.
On January 29, 2010, MTV announced that a second season of the series consisting of 12 episodes has been ordered and will air in the summer. MTV announced that the second season would follow all of the first season cast with the exception of Angelina as they "escape the cold northeast and find themselves in a new destination". The second season is planned to be shot in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida in May 2010 and will air in Summer 2010.
The show examines the lives of eight young cast members living and vacationing on the various resorts along the Jersey Shore, more specifically the town of Seaside Heights. In exchange for living and partying in the shore house, each member of the cast is required to work shifts at a local boardwalk t-shirt store. Failure to comply with the ground rules set by their boss, who owns the shore house in which the cast resides, results in termination and eviction from the shore house.
|Angelina "Jolie" Pivarnick||22||Staten Island, New York||Angelina, a New York City bartender, proclaims herself as "the Kim Kardashian of Staten Island" due to her "all natural" figure. A very outspoken individual, she causes conflicts within the shore house primarily between male castmates. She starts out the season with a serious relationship at home and intends on remaining faithful. However, the two ultimately break up in episode 3, which indirectly leads to her eviction from the shore house after refusing to work her shift in the t-shirt shop.|
|Jenni "JWoww" Farley||23||Franklin Square, New York||Jenni, aka JWoww, is a graphic designer and club promoter from Franklin Square, New York. She refers to herself as a praying mantis when it comes to her relationships with men. However, JWoww enters the shore house with a steady relationship at home with a man whom she claims to love. Although she intended to remain faithful, JWoww ultimately cheats on her boyfriend with castmate Pauly D and ends her relationship in Episode 3. Prior to her 21st birthday she got a breast augmentation as a present to herself.|
|Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino||27||Staten Island, New York||Mike, an assistant manager of a fitness center in Staten Island, refers to himself as "The Situation." A confident individual, he strikes up friendships, romances and performs well as an employee in the t-shirt shop. Although cocky on the outside, The Situation has a sensitive side and aspires to settle down in the future. He develops an attraction towards Sammi "Sweetheart" but a relationship never comes into fruition when she becomes interested in fellow castmate Ronnie. He also worked as an exotic dancer in 2004.|
|Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi||21||Marlboro, New York||Nicole "Snooki" is a self proclaimed "guidette" from Marlboro, New York outside of Poughkeepsie and an aspiring veterinary technician. She describes her ideal man as one who fits the guido stereotype and enters the experience hoping to meet the man of her dreams. She is the center of controversy when a man punches her in her face during a bar confrontation. She previously suffered from an eating disorder in high school. Her friends started calling her "Snooki" in middle school after the character "Snooki the cootchie crook" from the film Save the Last Dance because she was the first of her friends to make out with a boy.|
|Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio||28||Johnston, Rhode Island||Paul "DJ Pauly D" is a Disc Jockey from Johnston, Rhode Island outside of Providence. He owns a tanning bed in his house and spends around 25 minutes daily on his hair. As a DJ, he is very confident around women and easily strikes up romances down at the Shore. He strikes up a brief romance with fellow castmate JWoww but the relationship does not progress.|
|Ronnie Ortiz-Magro||23||Bronx, New York||Ronnie hails from The Bronx in New York City and sports a muscular appearance. He enters the experience with the intent of not falling in love at the Jersey Shore. However, he ultimately breaks his own rule and strikes up a relationship with castmate Sammi "Sweetheart."|
|Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola||22||Hazlet, New Jersey||Sammi "Sweetheart" calls herself "the sweetest bitch you'll ever meet" and hails from Hazlet, New Jersey. Recently single, she enters this experience with the sole intent of having fun. She attended William Paterson University and was a midfielder on the women's soccer team. When it comes to relationships, Sammi is described by her friends as a "heartbreaker" though she ultimately strikes up a relationship with fellow castmate Ronnie in Episode 3.|
|Vinny Guadagnino||21||Staten Island, New York||Vinny comes from a traditional Italian family in Staten Island. A self proclaimed "Mama's boy," Vinny is ready to enjoy his first summer as a 21 year old at the shore. Guadagnino is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz and plans to attend law school if acting doesn't work out.|
^[a] Ages are at the time of filming.
Hosted by Julissa Bermudez, a half-hour after show titled Jersey Shore: After Hours occasionally airs after selected episodes featuring cast members discussing the week's episode.
A half-hour special titled Jersey Shore: Spoof'd aired on January 16, 2010, featuring the original cast audition tapes and cast commentary highlighting internet and television spoofs that have sprung up as a direct response to the show.
Season 1 of the show will be released on DVD on February 23, 2010.
|Episode number||Title||Viewers||Original airdate|
|1.01||"A New Family"||1.375 million||December 3, 2009[a]|
|Summer at the Jersey Shore kicks off when eight soon-to-be roommates move into their summer share. Romance heats up between Sammi and Mike, but all might be lost when the guys invite three random girls to join them in the hot tub. Meanwhile, Snooki comes on way too strong, and finds herself the outcast. She can only hope that first impressions won't be lasting impressions.|
|1.02||"The Tanned Triangle"||1.375 million||December 3, 2009[a]|
|Still feeling like the outcast, Snooki tells the others that she's leaving the Shore. And the roommates' first night out at the club gets flirty, proving that the boyfriends back home might, in fact, have something to worry about. And what started with Mike and Sammi turns into a love triangle that threatens to divide the house.|
|1.03||"Good Riddance"||2.1 million||December 10, 2009|
Mike has trouble accepting the fact that Sammi chose Ronnie over him. Angelina decides she's too good to work at the Shore Store and Danny fires her, which means she's no longer allowed at the house and has to leave the show. And JWoww's boyfriend comes for a visit but she waits before telling him about kissing Pauly D.
|1.04||"Fade To Black"||2.481 million||December 17, 2009|
|After a night at the clubs, and "beating the beat", Pauly and Mike have to juggle multiple groups of girls. Pauly takes a grenade for The Situation. Snooki's mother comes in for a visit, and an emotional Snooki shows her "true colors". And later that night mayhem breaks out when a fight erupts at a bar, and one of the housemates goes down.|
|1.05||"Just Another Day at the Shore"||1.297 million||December 31, 2009|
|With the support from most of her housemates, Snooki recovers from the punch. Ronnie's family comes for a visit and Sammi does her best to make a good first impression. J-WOWW gets tired of all the haters at the club and gets in a fight. Mike, Pauly and Vinny continue their schemes to hook-up with as many girls as possible, but Vinny may have crossed a line when he takes the boss' girl home.|
|1.06||"Boardwalk Blowups"||3.266 million||January 7, 2010|
When Mike invites girls back to the house, the situation gets out of control, and Snooki gets into her second fight of the summer. Meanwhile Ronnie gets into a brawl of his own, leaving Sammi questioning their relationship.
|1.07||"What Happens In AC"||3.6 million||January 14, 2010[b]|
|The roommates head to Atlantic City. Fun turns to fury when Mike manages to antagonize both Snooki and J-WOWW. Snooki reveals that she used to have an eating disorder.|
|1.08||"One Shot"||3.6 million||January 14, 2010[b]|
|The summer's winding down but the drama doesn't stop. Pauly's got a stalker and a fight lands another roommate in jail.|
|1.09||"That's How The Shore Goes"||4.8 million||January 21, 2010|
Ronnie is released from his night in the slammer and the guys comfort Snooki after she has a bad encounter with her ex-boyfriend. The housemates wrap things up at the Shore as summer draws to a close, but not before one final house hot tub hook up. The last episode of the first season.
Jersey Shore: Reunion: Questions are answered when Snooki, The Situation, J-WOWW, DJ Pauly D, Angelina, Ronnie, Sammi and Vinny return for more fights and insight into what truly happened down at the Jersey Shore.Viewers: 4.0 million
In August 2009, female cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was punched in the face after a confrontation with a man who had stolen her drink at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill in Seaside Heights. The assailant, Brad Ferro, a physical education teacher from Deer Park, New York, was arrested on simple assault and disorderly conduct charges. A promo of the clip aired after the show's December 3, 2009 premiere and circulated on the Internet. The incident would have aired on the December 17 episode, along with a public service announcement against violence towards women. Polizzi suffered bruises and swelling as a result of the punch.
As soon as the footage aired on the season sneak-peek on MTV, Ferro was suspended from both of his positions at North Queens Community High School and the Middle Village School in Queens. Ferro was subsequently placed in one of the Department of Education’s teacher reassignment center. The Department of Education is in the process of firing Ferro and said his firing is imminent.
Ferro has since apologized to Polizzi stating "I deeply regret what happened. Nobody deserves that. That was not the real Brad Ferro." Ferro was found guilty of simple assault and fined $500 and given a 6 month suspended jail sentence. Ferro later pleaded guilty to a nonindictable offense in municipal court. Ferro's father feels that his son was provoked into "doing something stupid" saying "When you get a bunch of people in a situation with alcohol and instigate, someone's going to do something stupid, and that's obviously what MTV wants."
After the clip of Polizzi's incident was aired after the first and second episodes, MTV decided to omit the footage from the December 17 episode calling it "extremely disturbing". The clip shown in the preview for the episode in which Snooki gets punched can be seen on news sites that reported the incident prior to the episode being shown.
Cast member Ronald "Ronnie" Ortiz-Magro was arrested after a fight occurred on September 4, on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, for aggravated assault for striking Stephen Izzo with a closed fist. Izzo lost consciousness as a result. Magro says the other party provoked him while he was walking home with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and that the other person involved in the fight was being disrespectful and shouted "racist" remarks at their African-American security guards and might have spat on him. Izzo claims that he was sucker punched because MTV security held him back and Magro punched him in the back of the head.
Magro was charged under the name "Ronnie Ortiz." He spent a few hours in jail, had a mug shot taken, and paid $600 bail. Magro stated that he was not a person who likes to fight and that was acting in self-defense: “You’ll see throughout the show, we do go out and if we do get into an altercation... It’s us just defending ourselves or reacting to somebody else.”
Senior Assistant Prosecutor Hillary Bryce of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office is investigating Magro and is considering pressing aggravated assault charges against him. Mike Mohl, chief of detectives with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, also stated that the case is now with prosecutors and is under review for further action. Magro said that he received a letter in the mail saying the charges have been dismissed.
Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist from Tampa, Florida, has criticized the show for "glamorizing" tanning: "The young adults on Jersey Shore think tanned skin is important. Some even own their own tanning bed... It’s ridiculous. I think young adults don’t realize how much damage they are doing to the[ir] skin." Dr. Forman also says that people need to wear sunscreen every day and avoid tanning beds.
Marybeth Hicks, author of the parenting book Bringing Up Geeks, criticized Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi for saying she would change the world by installing tanning beds in every person's house during her appearance on The Jay Leno Show. Hicks believes Polizzi could influence tweens into using tanning beds. "It's disconcerting that [she] could have any sort of influence or be a role model... or advocate something like tanning beds that could cause cancer," she said. Hicks also criticized MTV for glorifying behaviors that are dangerous, such as drinking and casual sex, for the purpose of garnering higher ratings, and believes that parents need to know that the show is promoting unsafe behavior.
Prior to the show's debut, controversy arose over portrayals of Italian stereotypes and the cast's use of the words "Guido/Guidette", a slang term for a working-class urban Italian-American which is widely perceived by Italian-Americans as a pejorative word, similar to "spic" or "wop". The show also received scrutiny from locals because the cast members are not residents from the area and portray the area in a negative light.
The show plays upon the stereotype of the guido, prompting criticism from groups such as the National Italian American Foundation, UNICO National, and the Order Sons of Italy in America for using "ethnic slurs, violence and poor behavior to marginalize and stereotype Italian-Americans". Prior to the premiere of the show UNICO asked MTV to cancel the show because of the apparent play on stereotypes from the promos. UNICO National President Andre DiMino said that the behavior in the promos is offensive and stereotype-promoting and that "MTV is using very pejorative terms, 'Guido' and 'Guidette,' to promote a program and as a corporation that is not correct." After the show premiered, UNICO National claims they "can't keep up with the volume of calls" from "outraged" Italian Americans.
UNICO National President Andre DiMino said in a statement "MTV has festooned the 'bordello-like' house set with Italian flags and red, white and green maps of New Jersey while every other cutaway shot is of Italian signs and symbols. They are blatantly as well as subliminally bashing Italian-Americans with every technique possible. ... (The cast members) are an embarrassment to themselves, their heritage and their families."
Linda Stasi, an Italian-American New York Post columnist, criticized MTV saying that Jersey Shore is a show "...in which Italian-Americans are stereotyped (clearly at the urging of its producer) into degrading and debasing themselves -- and, by extension, all Italian-Americans -- and furthering the popular TV notion that Italian-Americans are gel-haired, thuggish, ignoramuses with fake tans, no manners, no diction, no taste, no education, no sexual discretion, no hairdressers (for sure), no real knowledge of Italian culture and no ambition beyond expanding steroid-and silicone-enhanced bodies into sizes best suited for floating over Macy's on Thanksgiving."
On January 10, 2010, Andre DiMino called for Jersey Shore to be canceled saying "enough is enough" and that the series isn't just an insult to Italian-Americans or Jersey Shore residents, but to everyone. Dimino claims that it has been clear from the beginning that it is MTV's intent to "ridicule, stereotype and defame Italian-Americans" and "to say to the world that this is what Italian-Americans are really like". Dimino further expresses his disgust saying that Italian-Americans continue to be the only ethnic group that it is acceptable to negatively stereotype and demean. Dimino also called MTV's removal of the terms guido and guidette from their promos and Web site a "partial victory".
On February 17, 2010, DiMino released a statement to RadarOnline.com  stating:
"We have consulted attorneys and are prepared to take legal action because we are so angry about the situation. I cannot say too much right now about the actual legal steps we are going to take but we feel what MTV are doing with Jersey Shore is outrageous. The use of words like ‘Guidos’ and ‘Guidettes’ is racial stereotyping in the worst possible sense and they are portraying young Italian Americans in the worst possible light. They would not try and get away with the same tactics if it was show full of young African American or Jewish kids so why is it acceptable to portray Italian Americans in this way? There are a lot of young American Italians who serve in the community and the armed services who are ashamed of Jersey Shore and we need to stand-up for them.”
Contrary to popular response, Italian-American New York Daily News columnist S. E. Cupp believes Italian-Americans should not be mad at MTV but thankful for the company shining a spotlight on a small but real subset of the culture that they should raise their kids to be nothing like stating, "Somebody needs to explain to me how it's MTV's fault that the subjects of its reality show behave like stereotypical idiots. In fact, Jersey Shore is proof that some stereotypes, while not representative, are in some cases real." Cupp also goes on to say that since the cast of the show are real people that the show's detractors are actually insulting Italian-Americans by suggesting that the cast is having fun pretending to be stereotypes.
Senator Joseph F. Vitale, the chairman of the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus, and Richard Bilotti, the chairman of the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission, have sent a letter to Viacom, MTV's parent company, asking them to cancel the show for its "offensive, inaccurate" portrayal of Italian-Americans. Vitale and Bilotti say the show violates, at least in spirit, New Jersey's hate and bias crime laws writing, "these acts are contrary to the spirit of New Jersey law and jeopardize the active and open pursuit of freedom and opportunity."
Senator Vitale further requested that the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development opened an investigation into employment and wage practices, as well as the tax status of the “Shore Store” where cast members worked. Officials refused to confirm whether or not a probe was taking place.
In light of UNICO National President Andre DiMino's concerns about the show, MTV released a statement, which reads:
Jersey Shore is a reality series that follows eight young adults spending their summer at the beach. The show continues MTV's history of documenting various subcultures, rites of passage of young people, and the ways they self-identify. The Italian-American cast takes pride in their ethnicity. We understand that this show is not intended for every audience and depicts just one aspect of youth culture.
MTV's Italian-American president of programming, Tony DiSanto, stated that "The cast takes pride in their ethnicity... In fact, it is a key driver of how they bond with each other and self-identify. They refer to themselves as 'guidos' in a positive manner." DiSanto also said "We want to make breakout shows that will get people talking about us... It's pure entertainment, dramatic, engaging and comedic" MTV has since refrained from using the terms "guido" and "guidette" in promo clips and on their web site after being confronted by UNICO National President Andre DiMino prior to the series debut.
FoxNews.com reported that the MTV building in Times Square received threatening emails, abusive phone calls, and hurtful Facebook messages, mainly directed at staff members involved with the press for the show, and were hiring more security as a result. A spokesperson for MTV responded to the rumors saying that everything was fine at their headquarters and MTV "has not received any death threats."
Various members of the cast defended the show prior to airing saying to give the show a chance, with Mike Sorrentino saying, "it's not necessarily a stereotype; it's just how it is... in New York and New Jersey, that just happens to be the style."
Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola said prior to the shows debut:
"It's just people living life on the show … that's it... We shouldn't judge, because everybody's their own person. I feel, as an Italian-American, I understand their ways. People are what they are ... and that's the way it is."
When Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was on The Wendy Williams Show she responded to the criticism saying:
"The Italian, whatever, national, whatever their organization is, they don’t understand that 'guidos' and 'guidettes' are good-looking people that, you know, like to make a scene and be center of attention and just take care of themselves... They are old-fashioned. They don't know that; they think it's offensive, because maybe in their time it was offensive, but now it's kind of a compliment. So they don't understand that and that is what we are trying to say. They are way overreacting to the show. We're 22 to 29 just having fun at the shore. They are just taking it way out of proportion."
When Polizzi was asked about the advertisers pulling their ads Polizzi responded, "I just have one thing to say to Domino's, Dell, UNICO and all the other haters out there, F*** you! If you don't want to watch, don't watch. Just shut the hell up! I'm serious... F*** you!" In response, UNICO said in a statement "She is not an embarrassment to Italian Americans – she is actually an embarrassment to the entire human race!!!!" A rep for Domino's said in response, "Our first response was, 'What a classy young lady—her parents must be so proud... There's no need to get into a war with this young girl, because tick-tock, her fifteen minutes are almost up."
During the reunion special, the cast members rejected the notion that there was anything shameful about being a Guido with Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio saying "I don’t represent all Italians.. I only represent myself."
Domino's Pizza and American Family Insurance pulled their commercial after the debut episode of the show. In response, MTV said in a statement, "Jersey Shore may not be for every sponsor or advertiser and we understand that." Domino's stated that they didn't have a problem with MTV but that the content of the show wasn't right for them. Tim McIntyre, Domino's vice president of communications, stated, "One of the ads happened to show up and once we saw what the program was, we decided that the content wasn't in keeping with what we're all about."
In response to Polizzi's comments about the advertisers, a rep for Domino's reiterated the company's previous statement saying,
"We have no issue with MTV or the programming it airs... Just like viewers have a choice of what they want to watch, advertisers have a choice on what shows they want to advertise. We didn't pull a penny from MTV... We love what they do. We never made any critical commentary. It was a 30-second call, and MTV said, 'OK,' and that was it."
Dell also pulled their ads during the airing of the show, becoming the third company to do so, saying they will "block" their commercials and that they don't "condone or support ethnic bashing in any form."
UNICO National, who previously criticized the show, later criticized several sponsors, including Papa John's Pizza, Nivea, LG Electronics and Burger King, for supporting "such a discriminatory, insulting and Italian-bashing program." UNICO president Andre DiMino added, "I am urging our supporters to call these sponsors and demand they pull their advertising from Jersey Shore." UNICO has no plans to stop pressuring sponsors to boycott the show.
BeenVerified.com, a company that does criminal background checks, rushed over to MTV to take the vacant advertising slots beginning December 10, after Domino's and American Family Insurance pulled their ads. A rep for the company stated, "We may not be hair gel product, but we feel the program's content reinforces our brand's message perfectly."
The show has also been protested against by residents and businesses in the Jersey Shore area for casting what they feel is a negative light on the region. The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau said that "MTV is providing a one-dimensional, dramatized version of a very small group of visitors' summer experiences in one Jersey shore town."
Seaside Heights Borough officials have issued a statement distancing themselves from the show stating, "the governing body wants it to be known that they did not solicit, promote or participate in the filming of this show," and that "...the borough does not condone any discriminatory remarks against Italian Americans, domestic violence or the promiscuous and otherwise bad behavior portrayed on the show, the people on the show are certainly not indicative of the majority of those who visit, and enjoy the Jersey shore and Seaside Heights every summer."
Some local residents have a different take on the show. Mike Carbone, manager of The Beachcomber Bar where female cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was punched in the face, said that critics should quiet down, stating, "some people are like, 'Oh, my God, look how dumb this makes New Jersey look,' but it's not even a show about New Jersey. It's about people who come down to the Jersey shore."
In February 2010, J-Woww admitted on Fox News Channel's "The Strategy Room" that she and Snooki are not of Italian descent, and that Ronnie is half Puerto Rican. J-Woww is Spanish and Irish and Snooki is Chilean. However, Snooki was adopted by Italian parents. .