My Super Sweet 16
|My Super Sweet 16|
|Directed by||Lucy J. Lesser
David L. Bowles
|Opening theme||"Sweet Sixteen" by Hilary Duff|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||61 (List of episodes)|
Lucy J. Lesser
David L. Bowles
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original run||January 18, 2005– June 15, 2008|
My Super Sweet 16 is a MTV reality series documenting the lives of teenagers, usually in the United States, Canada and UK, who usually have wealthy parents who throw huge coming of age celebrations, which had a very exclusive target audience, being the 1% of the children of those three countries but mainly the United States. Parties include the quinceañera (a sweet 15), the sweet 16, and other birthdays including a My Super Sweet 21 (which was broadcast during MTV's Spring Break party) and My Super Swag 18. The show premiered on January 18, 2005 and ended its run on June 15, 2008. The opening theme is "Sweet Sixteen" sung by Hilary Duff. The series had two spinoffs, Exiled and The Real deal, which have both ended their run by 2010.
A UK version of the program was also produced, and also a Spanish version entitled "Quiero mis quinces" or "Super Dulces 16" produced by MTV.
In 2008, MTV launched a spinoff titled Exiled. On the show, a number of parents of participants on My Super Sweet 16 banish their teens to remote countries in order to see if their "sweet sixteener" will survive the harsh conditions. In 2009, MTV announced their newest addition to the franchise, My Super Psycho Sweet 16, a horror movie based on the concept of the show, which was aired on October 23, 2009 and followed by two sequels: Part 2 and Part 3.
In March 2010, MTV International commissioned Maverick TV in the UK to make a new, international version of the Super Sweet franchise. Casting has begun globally on a series of 10 episodes, and interested parties are encouraged to go to the casting website. The brand has been extended to include people having birthdays aged 13–24. The series has also ended its run.
The show has been criticised for its excesses and the effects of presenting such over the top parties as an aspirational norm to impressionable young people.
The Daily Mail said: "In an age of celebrity, where anyone desperate and rich enough can get their 15 minutes of fame, the series is a depressing indictment of our next generation's goals and aspirations" displaying "the crippling excesses of fame and capitalism that have come to symbolise our society."
English satirist Charlie Brooker gave a light-hearted criticism of the show on BBC4's Screenwipe, calling it "a stonehearted exposé of everything that's wrong with our faltering so-called civilization." He describes the protagonists by saying that "Each episode follows an unbelievably spoiled rich and tiny sod as they prepare to throw a despicably opulent coming of age party for themselves and their squealing shitcake friends." He said the show "might be an Al-Qaeda recruitment program." However, he added that "that's exactly how the show wants you to feel - it's even more effective at creating instant hate figures than Big Brother, and that's saying something."
One teenager (Audrey Reyes) is seen screaming at her mother and saying she "hates" her after having received a new Lexus, costing US$67,000, before, instead of after, her party. However, after the episode aired, she apologized for the tantrum.
In pop culture
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- Hip-Hop artist Common made reference to the show as well as Exiled in a line from his single "The Game", 'Watching Sweet Sixteen, Bitchin-ass rich kids Who don't know in life you gotta go the distance'.
- In the film Bratz, a character named Meredith throws a Super Sweet 16 Party, and has MTV film it.
- The show was parodied on an episode of Comedy Central's South Park ("Hell on Earth 2006"), broadcast on October 25, 2006. Satan was intent on throwing an over-the-top Halloween bash. His behavior reflected that of the sweet 16ers preparing for their coming-of-age birthdays. In the end, when Satan realizes his folly, the audience considers the sweet 16ers to be "worse than Satan." This is a reflection of the creators' disdain for the show, which they claim is just as offensive as South Park except that, where South Park satirizes offensive behavior, My Super Sweet 16 celebrates it, stating, "that is probably the most disgusting, foul show ever made." He went on to say that "where we would be ripping on the people acting like that, on My Super Sweet 16 the girls act that horrible and they're celebrated for it at the end, teaching little girls around the country that that's how you should act." Trey Parker further commented, "I can say.....every single girl that has been on that show, My Super Sweet 16, is evil. Is an evil horrible person. It's just that simple."
- List of My Super Sweet 16 episodes
- Super Sweet 16: The Movie
- List of programs broadcast by MTV
- My Super Psycho Sweet 16
- List of episodes
- Exiled, MTV homepage
- Super Sweet International Casting
- Bob Goldthwait on My Super Sweet 16
- The new cult TV show about Britain's spoilt, deluded and demanding teenagers
- Charlie Brooker on My Super Sweet Sixteen on YouTube
- My Super Sweet 16 | Episode: Audrey | Video, Photos | MTV
- Video on YouTube
- 10 Reality Stars: Where They Are Now - EW.com
- 'Bratz' Exclusive Clip: Another Super Sweet 16
- Comedy Central's South Park spoofs My Super Sweet 16, broadcast on October 25, 2006 - TV.com
- Commentary for South Park episode "Satan's Super Sweet 16" Trey Parker and Matt Stone on YouTube