Jersey Shore Tops Buckwild

Jersey Shore Tops Buckwild

Claire Marvin, Staff Writer

When the tanned, toned and crazy guidos and guidettes first hit MTV in 2009, nobody knew what kind of impact they would have on American pop culture. Now, though, the Gym-Tan-Laundry (GTL) way of life has come to define a generation. These fist-pumping Italians have stolen more than just the spotlight; they’ve stolen our hearts. As much as we try to deny it, there is something inherently fascinating and captivating about watching eight roommates drink, dance and party their way through summer on the Jersey Shore.

Each of the roommates brought a new level of drama to the show. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Vinny Guadagnino, Deena Cortese, Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jenni “Jwoww” Farley have come to influence the youth of America, both for better and for worse. Young people everywhere have started to rock the famous “Snooki Poof” hairstyle, sales at the Shore Store are through the roof, and retro duck phones are making a comeback.

These past six seasons have gone by so quickly. We have watched a silly TV show about people an alarmingly bright shade of orange with funny accents and bedazzled clothes transform into the show that basically wrote the manual for modern-day reality TV. Saying goodbye to Jersey Shore is like finding out your favorite pair of jeans don’t fit you anymore. You knew the fabric could only stretch so far and only last so long, but you didn’t know how sad you would be to see them go.

No show, not even Buckwild, can ever replace Jersey Shore. Buckwild is nothing more than Jersey Shore’s ugly hillbilly stepsister. It’s a sad attempt by the people at MTV to fill the void that the conclusion of Jersey Shore has left in our hearts. Life in the country has nothing on late nights at Karma, living it up on the boardwalk or taking in the outlandish Jersey culture.

Buckwild lacks all the things that made Jersey Shore so great. The cast already know each other so viewers miss out on seeing friendships begin and end prior to the pilot episode. Buckwild also takes place in the middle of nowhere and the most entertaining things the kids can find to do is go “mudding” and drive their beat up trucks through huge puddles of mud or shoot a potato gun at their neighbors. This pales in comparison to the prime location of the “Shore House” situated right along the boardwalk. The Jersey Shore cast doesn’t have to stoop to the same level as their redneck counterparts and never cease to entertain themselves as well as their estimated 8 million loyal fans.

“The Jersey Shore changed me. Whaddaya know.” Us too Snooki, us too.