Are you a reality television junkie? These days, it’s hard to channel surf without seeing the likes of the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, Gordon Ramsay or even the newest bachelor or bachelorette. As contestants line up to sing their hearts out on American Idol or the housewives dish the dirt on The Real Housewives of Orange County, viewers can’t help but watch in anticipation while cheering on their favorite contestants and stars. But when did reality television first get its start?
Seeing a huge boost in 2000 with Survivor on CBS, MTV had already tapped the reality television market with The Real World and Road Rules only to follow up their success in 2009 with shows like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore to attract a younger audience. While Teen Mom followed stories of teenage pregnancy, Jersey Shore became an even bigger hit documenting the lives of eight young adults living together for the summer first on the New Jersey beach and then in Miami and Italy until 2012.
With millions of viewers instantly hooked by the train wreck of opinionated Italian-Americans getting plastered, fighting and hooking up, Jersey Shore was more than a hit reality series as it became a lifestyle for viewers desperate to be just like Snooki, The Situation, Sammi and the others. But, now that the series has been over for four years, what has everyone been up to? Join us as we take a look at the cast of Jersey Shore then and now! Come on, aren’t you the least bit curious?