Teen Mom: The Complete First Season
Teen Mom: The Complete First Season
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In 16 and Pregnant, they were moms-to-be. Now, follow Farrah, Maci, Amber, and Catelynn as they face the challenges of their first year of motherhood.
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|Number of Discs:||4|
|Run Time:||462 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||May 06, 2010|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 18 reviews|
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1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
A cautionary tale for today's teens Aug 24, 2012
By Sandra Matsunaga
Many claim this show glamorizes teen pregnancy, but perhaps the people who say that haven't actually watched the show. Or perhaps their lives are so miserable that Teen Mom actually does look like a step up. If you ask me, however, raising a child by yourself (as is the case for most of these teen moms), struggling to finish high school let alone attempt college, becoming addicted to drugs (like Farrah apparently did according to her new auto-biography) or clinically depressed and suicidal (in the case of Amber) doesn't sound "glamorous" at all to me! This show makes me feel happy that I didn't end up like these girls. You couldn't pay me enough to want to live their lives, and if they do get paid 60k a year, it's not enough to make up for all the suffering they'll have to endure thanks to their decision to have unprotected sex at a young age. Fighting with some "baby daddy" (as in the case of Maci) all the time looks like a nightmare. Or losing custody of your own child and rarely being able to even see her (like Amber) doesn't sound like anything I'd want to aspire to either. Clearly the people who think this show "glamorizes teen pregnancy" and "encourages impressionable teens" don't have very high standards for their own lives to begin with, or none of this would look even slightly appealing.
And the statistics don't lie either. Teen pregnancy in the U.S. is the lowest its been in years and that number has consistently declined since this show started airing. If Teen Mom was making so many teens rush to follow in the footsteps of the cast, then the national numbers would be going up to reflect that.
All-in-all, this is a great reality show to watch if you like reality programming. The cast is interesting and the conflicts are frequent, after all, raising a baby when you're still just in high school is no picnic and I believe that is accurately demonstrated on this show despite what others claim. I'd recommend this for anyone who likes watching reality T.V., watching shows about babies or or for teens who are ready for a cautionary tale about what NOT to do.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Advice to all of the girls Sep 02, 2011
This is a really good reality show about teen moms and their struggles to raise their infants. It isn't what I thought it would be because I thought that it would be the camera following the girls around while they are taking care of their children. (I guess that doesn't make good TV). It is really about their interactions with their families and fathers of their children.
I am a married woman in my thirties who has a full time job who has a daughter the same age as their kids. Compared to them, my life has much less drama. My daughter has stayed in the same house, went to the same preschool, and her dad and I are married to each other and live together. She has a lot more stability than the teen moms kids.
I can't help but feel for these girls and sometimes forget how young they are. I think that if I were in their shoes, I would probably stay dependent on my parents even now. If I were financially independent, I would not have a great paying job and my career options would be limited because I wouldn't get my college degree. My child wouldn't have much stability too.
For Maci, I would advise her to try and communicate better with Ryan, her son's dad. I would also advise her to not get a four year degree because it is no gaurantee for a good paying job. She should try to start her own business or work at a minimum wage job and work her way up. Or take that truck driving job that Ryan didn't want.
For Amber, I would advise her to try to accomplish something in her life. Get that GED!!! Volunteer for something you are interested in. Be the best mommy you can be to your daughter. Positive action would make her feel better about her life and herself.
For Catelynn, I think that she is the most mature teen mom. I know in my heart that she will realize that she made the best decision for her child. I hope that she takes the opportunity to pursue her dreams and gets whatever she wants in life.
For Farrah, I saw a lot of growth and maturity in season 1. It is hard to for young women to let go of the dream of finding a partner. Many women much older than her can't accept that. I would advise her to finish cooking school and to get an entry level job and learn everything she can. Of course try to be the best mom she can be to her daughter.
I wonder what will happen to the children of these teen moms. It seems like there is a lot of drama in these children's lives because of their parents and it is hard to say how they will be affected. I hope that they choose not to feel sorry for themselves and try to live the best lives that they can. All of these kids have the blessing that there is at least someone in their lives who cares about them and I hope that it is enough to overcome the obstacles that they will face in the future.
7 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Glamorize Teen Pregnancy? Oct 25, 2011
Does Teen Mom really confront the issues of being a teen mother or does it glamorize teen pregnancy? There is a lot of controversy surrounding this series, many critics have said that young girls are intentionally becoming pregnant to get a spot on the show. The message being sent from the executives at MTV is definitely mixed. The intentions were to show the struggles and the trials that a teen mom faces when raising a child, but their paychecks definitely tell us a different story. The salaries of the cast members haven't officially been released by MTV but according to a press release from Life & Style Magazine, the girls earn anywhere between $60,000 - $65,000 each per season and with up to two season a year the cast members aren't exactly struggling.
In addition to their wages, the cast members are getting so much attention by the media that at least one of the moms appears on the cover of the weekly gossip magazine and is viewed by every teenage girl in the checkout line at the grocery store. As a teenage girl who is obsessed by celebrities and the idea of fame, why wouldn't you see this show as an "in" into the world of paparazzi's and magazine covers?
Of course all reality shows create a desperation to become a cast member. Shows like Daisy of Love and I Love New York has cast members fighting for the love of a stranger, while Bad Girls Club and The Real World promote binge drinking and partying. But the difference between those shows and Teen Mom is the contestants are adults, and their decisions to be a cast member do not effect their lives, and the lives of a child forever. Teen pregnancy is a major issue and it ties into many other problems, such as health risks to the mother and child, poverty and broken families.
Raising a child is a very serious thing; it is not something that should not be taken lightly. With false idols and unlikely dreams of being famous, our nations teenagers are in for a big surprise when they realize that becoming pregnant isn't going to get them what they want. Instead it's going to give bills piling up, hungry babies and a lack of education. So, is Teen Mom really encouraging young girls to get pregnant or are the critics just trying to find an excuse for the sky rocketing numbers of teen pregnancy around the country?
Trashy tv at it's finest! May 11, 2013
This show manages to totally fulfill my need for trashy, trashy TV. Can't wait for more episodes on Prime!!! This show totally replaced the real housewives for me!
Daughter watches these shows…so trashy. May 10, 2013
Why put this trash on tv? We are teaching our youth to love high drama and low class. So wish I could make these shows unavailable to my teenage daughter.
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