I n a recent study conducted across three medical centers in Ontario, researchers examined how pregnant teens and young parents experience media portraying pregnant and parenting youth. And whether those portrayals are from sitcoms or reality shows, real teen parents see them as mostly negative. According to the study, these depictions lead to the formulation of negative stereotypes that tend to affect real life teen parents in their day-to-day life. On one side, sitcoms tend to portray single mothers as lazy, overtly sexual, or lacking in intelligence.
That could be a coincidence, of course, but it certainly serves the network well if you believe that its franchise about knocked-up teens has actually resulted in, well, fewer knocked-up teens. For background, when Teen Mom 2— same format as the original, just four different girls—first premiered in , it nabbed the highest ratings for any MTV series ever. Last year, the Season Five premiere won the night for all of cable, and continued to pull high numbers from there. So high, in fact, that MTV added extra episodes to existing seasons and expanded the franchise further: more woefully unprepared young mothers, more awful exes, more drama. In other words, more motivation to keep filming until there was nothing dramatic left to film.
It is the first spin-off of 16 and Pregnant , and focuses on the lives of several young mothers as they navigate motherhood and strained family and romantic relationships. Its first run consists of four seasons originally aired between December 8, and October 9, , while another four seasons have aired during its second run that began on March 23, Are You the One? However, Palin departed the show following an announcement on Instagram in April In August , Mackenzie McKee from Teen Mom 3 joined the cast as a guest mom for the last few episodes of season eight.