16 & Pregnant


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16 and Pregnant is an MTV reality television series produced by Morgan J. Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage, and was first broadcast on June 11, 2009. It follows the stories of pregnant teenage girls in high school dealing with the hardships of teenage pregnancy. Each episode features a different teenage girl, with the episode typically beginning when she is " 8 months into her pregnancy. The episode typically ends when the baby is a few months old. The series is produced in a documentary format, with an animation on notebook paper showing highlights during each episode preceding the commercial breaks. MTV launched a spin-off series titled Teen Mom, which debuted on December 8, 2009. On January 11, 2011 debuted a new show called Teen Mom 2.

The series returned for its fourth season on March 27, 2012.

Summary

Based on a preview of the show's first three episodes, the New York Times called it a "documentary-style series about real-life Junos who are not scoring in the 99th percentile on the verbal portion of their SATs"..."despite its showcasing of the grim, hard work of single mothering."

The first season finale attracted 2.1 million viewers.

16 and Pregnant along with Teen Mom have been shows added to MTV's lineup showcasing the hardships and struggles of teenage pregnancy.

Episodes

Main article: List of 16 and Pregnant episodes


Reception and impact

In 2011, the Social Security Administration reported that the names of one of the featured mothers and her son ("Maci" and "Bentley") were the names that saw the greatest increase in frequency over the past year.



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