16 and Pregnant
|16 and Pregnant|
|Created by||Lauren Dolgen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||47 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes (some episodes are 90 minutes)|
|Production company(s)||11th Street Productions|
|Original run||June 11, 2009– present|
|Related shows||Teen Mom
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 3
16 and Pregnant is an MTV reality television series produced by Morgan J. Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage, and was first broadcast on June 11, 2009. The series gets its name from the song "18 and Life" by Skid Row. It follows the stories of pregnant teenage girls in high school dealing with the hardships of teenage pregnancy. Each episode features a different teenage girl, with the episode typically beginning when she is 4 1⁄2– 8 months into her pregnancy. The episode typically ends when the baby is a few months old. The series is produced in a documentary format, with an animation on notebook paper showing highlights during each episode preceding the commercial breaks. MTV launched a spin-off series titled Teen Mom, which debuted on December 8, 2009. On January 11, 2011 debuted a new show called Teen Mom 2.
The series returned for its fourth season on March 27, 2012.
Based on a preview of the show's first three episodes, the New York Times called it a "documentary-style series about real-life Junos who are not scoring in the 99th percentile on the verbal portion of their SATs"..."despite its showcasing of the grim, hard work of single mothering."
The first season finale attracted 2.1 million viewers.
16 and Pregnant along with Teen Mom have been shows added to MTV's lineup showcasing the hardships and struggles of teenage pregnancy.
|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||8||June 11, 2009||July 30, 2009|
|2A||11||February 16, 2010||April 20, 2010|
|2B||13||October 26, 2010||January 4, 2011|
|3||10||April 19, 2011||June 21, 2011|
|4||12||March 27, 2012||May 29, 2012|
Reception and impact 
In 2011, the Social Security Administration reported that the names of one of the featured mothers and her son ("Maci" and "Bentley") were the names that saw the greatest increase in frequency over the past year.
- Real Life Is Like Juno, Except Maybe the Dialogue, a 11 June 2009 article from The New York Times
- Nielsens: Baseball very very good to Fox, a 21 July 2009 article from USA Today
- "Maci" and "Bentley" soar in baby name game Reuters, May 5, 2011