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'Jersey Shore' Premiere Recap: Welcome to Jersey

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:20AM
Jersey ShoreOn the surface, MTV's 'Jersey Shore' is your typical mix of elements featured in reality shows like 'Growing Up Gotti,' 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' and 'A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila': 'Jerry Springer'-worthy twentysomethings getting into boozy trouble and whipping drama at a high turnover rate.

At the same time, though, we have to wonder what fuels the narcissism of these self-proclaimed guidos and guidettes. Are they delusional, or do they actually think their orange skin and Barbie hair extensions look good? Are their insecurities as deep-seated as their confidence is over the top? Angelina, whom the roommates wittingly choose to refer to as Jolie, enthuses, "I'm a bartender, I do great things," in protest to her proposed position of hawking t-shirts on the boardwalk.Jersey ShoreOn the surface, MTV's 'Jersey Shore' is your typical mix of elements featured in reality shows like 'Growing Up Gotti,' 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' and 'A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila': 'Jerry Springer'-worthy twentysomethings getting into boozy trouble and whipping drama at a high turnover rate.

At the same time, though, we have to wonder what fuels the narcissism of these self-proclaimed guidos and guidettes. Are they delusional, or do they actually think their orange skin and Barbie hair extensions look good? Are their insecurities as deep-seated as their confidence is over the top? Angelina, whom the roommates wittingly choose to refer to as Jolie, enthuses, "I'm a bartender, I do great things," in protest to her proposed position of hawking t-shirts on the boardwalk.

True colors aren't on full display after the second episode, but it's hard to not say "aww" inside after the Oompa Loompa-esuqe orange exterior starts to wear off. Sure, Mike has a nickname for his abs ("the Situation" -- whatever that means), but it was cute to see the self-proclaimed player get upset when Sammy -- aka "Sweetheart" -- chose to drunkenly make out with Ronnie instead of him. "You was holdin' my hand at the boardwalk the whole time, what was that?" he said.

If nothing else, 'Jersey Shore' is worth its weight in gold for its additions to the reality TV lexicon. From threats like "I will cut your hair while you're sleeping," to the disgust-evoking "I'm gonna gross myself out right now," the cast seems poised to become the next Housewives (and Husbands) of New Jersey. Then, of course, there is the hilarious mangling of the English language, such as Snooki's lament that she's "on the outcast."

WIth clips that show Snooki getting punched in the face on a future episode, it looks like there will be plenty more drama ahead in this latest reality endeavor from MTV. The show doesn't border on offensive, as some how have argued, but it's certainly a strong warning to not drink too much and act a fool. Which, after all, is what reality TV is here for.

Let us know what you think of 'Jersey Shore' in the comments.

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