Jersey Shore debuted on December 3, 2009 and the show quickly became a cultural phenomenon that changed reality TV forever!
The series introduced us to young guidos and guidettes and throughout the summer in Seaside Heights, New Jersey they partied, fought and even went to work. The cast became a family and even today they’re still on TV raising their families together.
The crazy thing is, the series almost never happened.
Director shared that he was casting for another show when the idea came up.
Doron Ofir (casting director): I was casting My Antonio, the Antonio Sabato Jr. dating show on VH1. While I was on set in Hawaii, Shelly Tatro who was, at the time, the executive in charge over there said to me, “I have something really interesting.” She shows me a stock-footage tape called “America’s Biggest Guido,” the origins of which I can’t remember. It was hilarious.”
From there, he knew he had to create a show based on guidos. Jersey Shore was almost an all male cast.
Mike Situation shared that Jersey Shore was supposed to be a MTV Challenge-type show at first when he did the pilot.
Now the series is established and one of the biggest reality shows of all time when tons of current spin-offs and even an upcoming reboot.
TIME magazine has featured the reality series as one of the Top 50 most influential reality series of all time sharing:
“While the behavior of stars like Snooki (real name Nicole Polizzi, now Nicole LaValle) and Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino was controversial, drawing criticism for their binge drinking and hookup antics, the show brought the wild youth docusoap subgenre into the mainstream.”
Congratulations to the cast.