In December 2009, MTV was ready to change the script on reality shows, and that’s exactly what they did with the Jersey Shore premiere. The series introduced Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Angelina pivarnick, Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Samantha “Sammi Sweetheart” Giancola other Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino – and they didn’t waste time changing things.
Season 1 of The Jersey Shore took place in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The group was monitored by 35 remote-controlled cameras, 12 laptops, an IMX camera, and six DV cameras, and those cameras captured all the drama as it unfolded.
For season 2, the cast spent the summer in South Beach, Florida, and in season 4 they traveled to Florence, Italy. However, location wasn’t the only thing that kept changing. Pivarnick was evicted from the home after refusing to work during season 1; he returned for season 2, but left the house after getting into fights with Sorrentino and Polizzi. While she did not appear in seasons 3 or 4, she did arrive as a guest in seasons 5 and 6. Deena Nicole Cortese He joined the series during season 3 and remained part of the cast for the remainder of the franchise.
Since the reality hit was such a success, it spawned many other iterations and spin-offs, including the UK one. Geordie shore which launched in 2011 and is still on the air. Polizzi and Farley’s friendship was documented in Snooki and JWoww, which aired for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. The Pauly D Project, which followed DelVecchio as he pursued his DJ dreams, aired for a season in 2012.
In 2018, MTV launched a new series, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, following the original cast – sans Giancola – as they vacationed together, traveling to Las Vegas, Seaside Heights and Atlantic City. “We started all this together and I would have loved to have finished it together because now everyone thinks that he didn’t come back because of me, but it’s because she has a boyfriend,” said Ortiz-Magro. Us weekly about his ex not participating in the show. “She didn’t want to go back because of her new relationship.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see how each member of the cast has changed over the years.