In our current popular culture landscape, remakes as well as reboots and many other forms of sequels from shows once popular in the late ‘90’s to late 2000’s seem to be the most commonplace aspect. From the recent return of the exciting escape drama of “Prison Break” earlier this year to the action-packed and terrorist-killing  “24” reboot entitled “24:Legacy”, everything well-loved a decade ago is once again being revived. It’s bringing back both endless amounts of excitement and also a few awkward memories from my middle school days.

 

Imagine putting the names of all the shows popular among teenagers in the late 2000’s into a hat and pulling a name out. Now, the chances of pulling the infamously trashy MTV show that possibly single handedly transitioned the channel away from solely music into strange reality TV shows that made “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” look intelligent and rarely any music. I’m of course speaking about the once country-dominating and wildly popular “Jersey Shore”, a show which probably embarrassed the entire Garden State long before soon-to-be former Governor Chris Christie ever could’ve.

 

Quite like “Rocky Horror Picture Show” though, the very loved reality show of young aspiring “guidos” and “guidettes” galavanting across the historic Jersey Shore had a loyal fanbase that defies all explanation. Even more so, the protagonists became a mainstay of pop culture during its’ six season run, with the cast appearing in episodes of WWE programming, such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s appearance at Wrestlemania XXVII, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s appearance on the Comedy Central roast of President Ooompa Loompa himself and even being parodied heavily on both “Saturday Night Live” and “South Park”.

 

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Those teenagers who had a strangely formative experience with the seven guidos and guidettes of “Jersey Shore”, myself included to the point where my fraternity’s pledge name was “The Situation”, became today’s Snapchatting and tweeting Millennials that we are. We have fond memories of the holy triumvirate of Gym, Tan and Laundry, the club-bumping tunes of DJ Pauly D, and the ongoing tumultuous relationship of Ron and Sammi, possibly the New Jersey version of Ross and Rachel.

 

There was a brief reunion special entitled “Reunion Road Trip” that premiered on The E Network this past August where they traveled back to the once coveted Seaside. But as nice as it was to relive those memories, there was an overall theme of depressing reminiscing as “The Situation” tried to make amends for his misdeeds following the end of the original series, including a prescription drug addiction and multiple counts of tax evasion which ended up bringing attention to his fellow cast member’s finances into question. On top of this repeating theme of repenting, three cast members, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadigno, and Deena Cortese, were absent from the entire special.

 

Luckily, a entire reunion series was recently announced by MTV, with the entire cast except Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola returning. While no specifics have been announced, it’ll still be an interesting experience to see how their lives have progressed and hopefully Sorrentino will be in a better place. Of course, I’m sure there will still be plenty of Gym, Tan and Laundry.

 

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