The original Teen Mom cast is back for their last season. Admit it, you've missed them.
It's not over until the terrible doctor makes everyone feels like crap.
All things considered, this season of 16 and Pregnant has been enjoyable. It's not that I like seeing teenagers suffer -- though I've read enough comments in our forums and on MTV.com to know that people definitely get a sense of schadenfreude from watching this show -- it's just that the drama on it is super compelling. And I have to admit, I get a sense of satisfaction knowing that I'll never be in a relationship with a 17-year-old boy ever again... probably.
Oh, this show. While 16 and Pregnant was sort of a fascinatingly disturbing look at teens, this show that follows them after they've had their kids lacks the same sort of appeal. Maybe it is the girls they've chosen to follow, as they are either whining about how hard it is raising a child, (yeah, could have told you that before you got knocked up) or they are whining about the fact that they gave up their kid and can't see them all the time or whatever. Seriously, it gets annoying. Especially the two who gave up their child and constantly complain that they can't know everything about her like her last name and where to find her. I feel for the adoptive parents who have to deal with them. Oh, and this is the same couple that has continued to have unprotected sex and then lie about it when the doctor asks. Fantastic. I do kind of love Maci though, she's a smart single mom who finally dumped her dumb boyfriend who liked partying more than parenting.
Anyway, there is not at all much on tonight, and there are worse things to watch. It's on tonight at 10 PM on MTV.
It's the season finale, where we finally get to see Catelynn and Tyler's touching reunion with the daughter they gave up for adoption. Actually, I couldn't care less about those two. They pretty much bore me to tears. Why does this show spend so much time on them? I get that they are trying to show the post-adoption process, which is interesting and probably educational for some, but these two, they are about as exciting as dry toast. How did they become prom king and queen? Their school must suck, or be easily swayed by people who are on the TV.
I rarely think of shows on MTV as important. As much as I loved Fat Camp and Jersey Shore, they are more of inside looks into different cultures than open discussions about societal problems. Teen Mom, on the other hand, allows people (especially MTV's demographic of young teens to young adults) to see the gravity of teen motherhood. We watch the four girls on this show face many serious hardships: dropping out of school, maintaining healthy relationships with loved ones, getting jobs, putting their children into daycare, moving out, and managing finances. These girls often feel like failures, as though they are succumbing to standards lower than their children deserve.
It's time for Season 2 of the most soul-crushingly enjoyable show on television, and not surprisingly, things haven't gotten much better for these teen moms since last season ended. Amber is still fighting with that whiny tub of Velveeta her baby has for a father, and she apparently endures a fairly serious pregnancy scare this season. So, good to know she's learned nothing.