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My favourite trashy TV
16 and Pregnant
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16 and Pregnant
Date: 25/07/12, updated on 14/04/13 (46 review reads)
Advantages: Educational whilst still maintaining an entertaining format
Disadvantages: Trashy TV
"16 & Pregnant" is a TV on MTV following the stories of teenagers who fit the title of the show. While having a first child is a big learning curve for anyone, these girls find themselves having to grow up fast. During each 1 hour programme, cameras follow a new soon to be mum each week as they prepare for the new addition to their family.
While I have branded this as my favourite trashy TV in the headline of the review, I feel that the show itself is actually very informative for young people. The stars of the programme regularly have to struggle with issues such as housing, finding a source of income to support their child, keeping up with school work and handling their relationship with their other half. I think it would be a great resource to show in schools, seeing their struggles has given me a lot more respect for why it is considered better to wait to start a family than any lecture at school.
These one hour documentaries are the perfect blend of entertainment and education, giving a neat insight into a young mum's life without becoming too lengthy or requiring a commitment to watching the whole series. For 4 of the teenagers featured in each series, their journey is continued in spinoff series Teen Mom, where we see their trials and tribulations continue and also get to know the personality of their child as they grow older.
Overall I think this is a great series that I keep on watching again and again. Some high quality trashy TV with a moral.
Summary: Trashy TV with entertaining and educational value