16 and Pregnant

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16 and Pregnant
Genre Reality
Created by Lauren Dolgen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 61 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Morgan J Freeman
  • Dia Sokol Savage
  • Lauren Dolgen
  • Jessica Zalkind
  • Andrew Portnoy
  • Sara Cohen
  • Janay Dutton
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 43 to 50 minutes
Production company(s) 11th Street Productions
Distributor Viacom Media Networks
Original network MTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release June 11, 2009 (2009-06-11) – present
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16 and Pregnant is an American reality television series that debuted June 11, 2009, on MTV.[1] 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 12 – 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. 16 and Pregnant has spawned three spin-off series: Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mom 3. Each series follows the lives of four girls from their respective season of 16 and Pregnant as they navigate their first years of motherhood.[2]

The fifth season premiered on April 14, 2014.[3] The show was renewed for a sixth season on January 12, 2015.[4]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 June 11, 2009 (2009-06-11) July 16, 2009 (2009-07-16)
2 19 February 16, 2010 (2010-02-16) December 21, 2010 (2010-12-21)
3 10 April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21)
4 12 March 27, 2012 (2012-03-27) May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)
5 14 April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) July 1, 2014 (2014-07-01)

Reception and impact[edit]

Based on a preview of the show's first three episodes, The New York Times called the series 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."[5]

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.[6]

In 2014, an economic study on teen childbearing suggested that the show has generated a 4.3% reduction in teen births in the 18 months following its debut.[7]


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