16 and Pregnant
- 7 Seasons
MTV's reality show, 16 and Pregnant, focuses on the lives and drama of teenage girls who discover they're pregnant. Every hour-long episode follows a different girl and the struggles that come with having a child. The show just finished its fourth season and has been renewed for a fifth. Not every girl featured is sixteen, but every one is a teenager. Some of the girls have supportive families or romantic partners, but many are struggling with broken homes and bad relationships. The girls are still in high school and most are unemployed. Navigating school, relationships and finances while dealing with pregnancy is harrowing. The girls all crack under the strain, giving viewers a first-hand look at the difficulties of teenage pregnancy. The show follows the girls for the last months of pregnancy and for several months after they give birth. Some girls give their baby up for adoption, some girls try to raise their child with the baby's father and some girls struggle as teenage single mothers. Every episode features interviews with the girl discussing what it's like to be pregnant and the thought process behind her choices. At the end of the season, a reunion show gives updates in each girl's life. Some of the girls are doing well while others lose custody of their babies or go to prison. Because of the dramatic situations and stress that each girl goes through, 16 and Pregnant is not recommended for very young viewers. Bad language, poor behavior and sexual situations are common. For adults and teenagers, however, 16 and Pregnant shows the unglamorous reality of teenage pregnancy in America.