Jersey Shore Family Vacation, reviewed.
MTV’s reality series Jersey Shore premiered at the tail end of 2009 as a piece of pop anthropology, populist and popular. Cast members Snooki, Sammi, Pauly, Vinny, Ronnie, Jenni, and Mike (and occasional cast member Deena, whose presence in this parenthetical is meant as a burn) were emissaries of a distinct subculture who nonetheless spoke the universal language of reality TV. Self-proclaimed, unapologetic “guidos” with distinct standards of beauty, behavior, and mating, the Italian American and Italian American–adjacent cast intrinsically understood how to be larger than life—unabashed about doing any and everything on camera, ever mindful of the imperative to entertain. Read MORE