It started with fist pumping.
It continued with laundry.
And, at nearly all times in between, it included stops at the gym.
Oh, and drinking. There was always a ton of drinking.
We write, of course, about Jersey Shore and the very long and somewhat strange ride that the cast members from this MTV franchise have taken us on.
The show just turned 10 years old and, in celebration, most of the stars jumped on social media to celebrate the milestone.
What did they say? How far have they come? And what comes next for these unique personalities?
Let's dive right in!
When Did the Series Premiere?
Back on December 3, 2009. It sparked controversy at the time due to its use of the words "Guido/Guidette," along with its portrayal of Italian-Americans and many allegations of perpetuating stereotypes. There was also scrutiny from locals of the cast who were not residents of the area
From Nobodies to... Somebodies
The original starred such characters as: Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Deena Nicole Cortese. It's fairly incredible that, with the exception of Sammi, the group has remained pretty tight.
How Very Far They've Come...
Snooki could barely make it through an episode over the first couple seasons without toppling over from inebriation. Now? She's married and has three kids! (But still knows how to get her occasional drink on.)
And JWOWW, Too
Jenni has been married and is now in the process of getting a divorce, while she's also the mother of a five-year old and a three-year old.
Heck, Even Ronnie Has a Kid!
But he also has the same anger and substance abuse problems, having been to rehab and gotten arrested... while remaining in a very tense and often vicious relationship with baby mama Jen Harley.
As for The Situation?
He served eight months in jail for tax evasion and is a married man! Seriously: So very much has changed for so many of these reality stars.
But Not for Vinny and Pauly D
Not really. They actually just signed on for yet another spinoff, DJ Pauly D and Vinny’s Vegas Pool Party. The series will follow DelVecchio and Guadagnino as they “take over Las Vegas and give their friends a shot at the Vegas life,” according to MTV, which announced the show just this week.
So. Many. Spinoffs.
Since its creation, Jersey Shore has been spunoff in a number of fashions, with the aforementioned Pauly D and Vinny collaboration merely serving as the latest. To wit, there has been: Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny (a dating competition series), Cooking in the Crib with Snooki and Joey (a YouTube series featuring Snooki and pal Joey Camasta), The Show with Vinny (a hybrid talk and reality show), Snooki & JWoww (a look into the lives of the two best friends for four seasons), The Pauly D Project (a look at Pauly's life and adventures as a DJ in Las Vegas), and an upcoming series about Vinny and Pauly in Las Vegas living it up.
And, Of Course, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
This one just completed its third season.
Yay for Us!
In honor of the 10-year anniversary, Mike posted this message on social media.
10 Years, You Guys!
JWOWW also has to comment on the milestone, which really does make us feel pretty old.
Congrats from MTV!
The network that launched the series also had to get in on the celebration, of course.
And the cast themselves were feted with this cake and this gathering. The question now remains: What will everyone be doing 10 years from now? And will viewers still care?