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Short summary

A documentary series focusing on the controversial subject of teen pregnancy. Each episode follows a 5-7 month period in the life of a teenager as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age; all while dealing with being pregnant. Each story offers a unique look into the wide variety of challenges pregnant teens face: marriage, adoption, religion, gossip, finances, rumors among the community, graduating high school, getting (or losing) a job. Faced with incredibly adult decisions, these girls are forced to sacrifice their teenage years and their high school experiences. But there is an optimism among them; they have the dedication to make their lives work, and to do as they see fit to provide the best for their babies.

Leah Messer's twins (Aleeah and Aliannah), Lori Wickelhaus' son (Aidan), and Ashley Salazar's daughter(Callie) were all born on December 16th, 2009.

User reviews

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    • Author: Went Tyu
    Last year a girl in my high school got pregnant - she was sixteen - and she did it on purpose.

    Why? Well, she'd seen the show 16 and Pregnant and figured that having a baby at that age would be melodramatic and fun, like living in a film. She didn't give a damn about her baby, she only got pregnant to get attention - and it worked. Within days she found herself getting money from her boyfriend, getting to leave school and sit at home all day, getting to plan a baby shower and getting gifts and attention from her peers and her family. Her baby wasn't a child anymore, it was an accessory. Now the baby is being raised by his grandma and the girl... well, to be honest I haven't seen her in ages because she ran off with some guy, not wanting to take responsibility after the novelty wore off.

    Reality shows are bad enough, the majority of them are stupid and a waste of time and money. But 16 and Pregnant makes being a teenage mom look like a game, when the truth is that often the boyfriend deserts the mom, she has to drop out of school, gets laughed at by her former friends and ends up getting lousy part-time jobs for money after the baby is born. Many teenage mothers miscarry, or have to give up their baby for adoption because raising a child is expensive. It isn't easy and it isn't fun, and this show is wrong on so many levels.

    The girls featured on it are usually spoiled and self-centered, and everything is always dramatic and fake in each episode. God, first it was "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", then "Keeping up with the Kardashians" and now this garbage? Reality shows are cheap and that's why there are so many of them on television these days. They can be filmed on a cheap digital camera instead of a professional film camera, they don't need any effects or elaborate soundtrack, and some of them only cost a couple of bucks to produce. It's sad, but that's the 21st century, the age of laziness and stupidity. 16 and Pregnant is just another nail in the coffin for intelligence in the television industry. :(
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    • Author: Chillhunter
    Just freaking wear a condominium when you have sex so you don't have brain dead teenagers like these kids on TV who haven't even learned to become actual adults before having a damn kid.
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    • Author: AfinaS
    I don't understand why this has got a 3 out of 10 ? I think its a fantastic show.

    Shows how these teens have to grow up instantly when their baby is born, and shows their struggles with the baby daddy & family etc.

    I personally love it. I've become addicted and am watching it pretty much back to back to catch up.

    Its got all the typical MTV type animation throughout which gives it a bit more of an upbeat type feel.

    the show is pretty emotional, its got me laughing, crying and in shock. I will continue watching it and I cant wait to start teen mom 1 & 2!!
  • Series cast summary:
    Drew Pinsky Drew Pinsky - Himself - Host 4 episodes, 2010-2012
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