16 & Pregnant: Season 1
16 & Pregnant: Season 1
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MTV's 16 and Pregnant' is an hour-long documentary series focusing on the controversial subject of teen pregnancy. Each episode follows a 5-7 month period in the life of a teenager as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age; all while dealing with being pregnant.
Each story offers a unique look into the wide variety of challenges pregnant teens face: marriage, adoption, religion, gossip, finances, rumors among the community, graduating high school, getting (or losing) a job. Faced with incredibly adult decisions, these girls are forced to sacrifice their teenage years and their high school experiences. But there is an optimism among them; they have the dedication to make their lives work, and to do as they see fit to provide the best for their babies.
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|Actors:||Maci, Farrah, Amber, Ebony, Whitney and Catelynn|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Run Time:||315 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||May 13, 2013|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 80 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 80 customer reviews )
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4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Unselfish Hearts... Apr 24, 2015
I applaud Tyler and Catelynn for their courage and strength to do something I myself had to do 34 years ago... The differences in my situation was that I kept my son Johnny for the first 2 months of his life but knew deep down I was a failure as his mother... We were practically homeless with no help from his Ivy league college father... In Dec. 1980 I made the decision that I knew I had to make and called an adoption agency and back then all adoptions were closed meaning I knew nothing about the adoptive parents... I didn't have the option of choosing his new parents or watching him grow up like you can now... Shortly after his adoption was finalized I had a complete nervous breakdown and attempted suicide... It was only a few months later when I learned I had stage 1b cervical cancer and required a hysterectomy... I would never be able to have another child... I had the hysterectomy and wound up suffering severe complications but despite those complications I managed to follow my dream of becoming a Paramedic until 1995 when in the process of saving a heroin addicts life I was stuck by a needle belonging to the addict and he tested positive for Hepatitis C which I contracted... I am now in the advanced stages of my disease and will die soon from a combination of the complications from the cancer and the Hepatitis C... But watching Tyler and Catelynn as they struggled with their decision took me back to when I gave up my son... I have done nothing but cry writing this and watching the hell they went through but if by chance they see my story I want them to know that they did the right thing just as I did 34 years ago and they should be proud of themselves as we all loved our children enough to want more for them than what we could give them.... This picture is the only one I have of my son Johnny... I pray he had a happy life....
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Funny and stupid teenagers Feb 23, 2014
By Emanuel Najera
Just wanted to see that back door teen mom. Nothing special about this show except! I wonder if these teenagers are ever taught how to use birth control!
10 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Wonderful show, poor DVD. Jul 11, 2010
By E. Hamby
The show is terrific. It sheds realism onto the difficult and controversial topic of teen pregnancy. Instead of irresponsibly trivializing the issue, "16 and Pregnant" focuses on the hard-core real-life drama of having a baby and raising it while still being a teenager. The episodes often have re-curring sub-topics, such as parental relationship to the pregnant teenager, finishing high school/earning a GED while pregnant, facing the intense demands of a screaming newborn, trying to keep your relationship going strong while coping with a child.....etcetera....the only downside to ordering the DVD, that you should expect ( I wish somebody had told me this before I ordered the DVD ) is not to see the episode "Unseen Moments: Season One". In the first season of "16 and Pregnant", we had six hour-long episodes sharing the stories of teen parents. After the last parent's episode, we had one episode that was the "Reunion Special" and we had the episode "Unseen Moments: Season One". "Reunion Special" IS included on the DVD, but the "Unseen Moments: Season One" episode is not. Kind of a drag, since technically it IS part of the first season. There are also no English subtitles, so some of the dialogue is difficult to understand.
As for a summary of the stories in Season One, here is a brief synopsis:
Episode #1: "Maci". Maci is an overachieving teen whose life heads in a whole new direction after she gets pregnant. Her fiancee, Ryan, is very immature and Maci is not sure if she can depend on him or not.
Episode #2: "Farrah". Farrah is a pregnant teen who risks losing her friends due to her pregnancy. She also has issues getting along with her parents and finding the right place for herself emotionally.
Episode #3: "Amber": Amber is an expectant teen who drops out of high school and moves in with her older boyfriend, Gary. The pregnancy and the animosity between themselves and their families threatens to destroy their relationship.
Episode #4: "Ebony": Ebony is a teen mom-to-be who is trying to maintain her high goals, along with her impending motherhood. She and her slacker fiancee, Josh, try to deal with making sacrifices in order to make their family work.
Episode #5: "Whitney": Whitney is a childish yet likable pregnant teen who is trying improve her living situation with her boyfriend, Weston, her mother ( who is also pregnant ), her mother's boyfriend, and her grandmother.
Episode #6: "Catelynn": Catelynn is an expectant teen from the wrong side of the tracks. She is fortunately in a good relationship with her boyfriend Tyler, but the couple faces the toughest decision of their lives-adoption-without their families' support.
Tough stuff. Emotional.
The "Reunion Special" episode is on the special features disc. It is a Q&A forum with the teen mothers and a live audience. It is very interesting and Dr. Drew Pinsky does a very good job of neutrally hosting it.
I would recommend this show to teen moms, young moms, or even anybody who knows a teen mom or a young mom. If I had watched this show as a teenager, I would have looked at it from a teenager's point of view, and the parents' opinions in the show probably would have annoyed me. But now I am an adult, and I can see both sides-the parents' points-of-view, and also the angst-ridden points-of-view from the teenage moms and their boyfriends.
Very good show. Just wish the DVD was better :-(
8 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Sort of feel sick watching... Jun 28, 2013
... a bit addicting. You keep wanting some sign of hope for any of them. There are those beautiful moments where someone steps up or finds their better selves but mostly it's just horrible to see so much selfishness and immaturity and you just hurt for all of them but especially for the children born to children.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
16 and Pregnant Jun 10, 2014
By Lillian Roberts
I chose this rating because it goes into the reality of teens having children too young. I like the show because a lot of teenage girls think it's okay or a trend to have children. The reality is that it's hard and will change your life tremendously. My dislike is most of the time the show seem to focus more on the dads not being there for the mother of their children or families at each other all the time. I would hope that any teenager or parent learn and understand the positive you can get from this show. This is actually a teachable reality show and would definitely show how important it is to focus more on finishing high school and going to college. Basically waiting until your mature enough and older to become a parent.
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