This week’s discussion: Snooki and JWoww: Moms with Attitude, Season 1, Eps. 1-12, 39-40. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
Next week’s discussion: Toddlers and Tiaras, Season 7, Eps. 1-5. Watch it on Hulu.
Our Listener’s Choice poll results are in and we listened to the masses (all two of them) who decided they wanted us to watch the Jersey Shore spin-off Snooki and JWoww: Moms with Attitude, a webseries that originally appeared over the go90 streaming service.
We begin by discussing the show’s interesting ‘YouTube’ style form factor and whether it worked for us. Then we segue into the show’s relationship with its famous progenitor and how the personas of the two hosts has evolved, linking that evolution to broader themes of aging and maturity. We also talk about the show’s interesting blend of traditional domesticity with an MTV ‘edge’ as well as its relationship to its target demographic of ‘millennial moms’ and how its themes of parenthood and family life connected with us. Additionally, we discuss issues of social class and praise the show’s minimalist production and apparent unvarnished nature, linking it to earlier discussions of the appeal of authenticity in reality television.
Show Notes and Links
1:30 / Introducing this week’s show
2:46 / Our experiences with Jersey Shore
6:32 / The concept and different episode types
8:52 / Talking about the show’s form factor
10:47 / Mike compares show to the ‘YouTuber’ phenomenon
11:46 / Discussing the minimalistic production (Article about the webseries that Mike mentioned)
13:49 / Returning to the form factor (Our Monica the Medium episode is here)
17:22 / Talking about the show’s aesthetic (‘not a mothering show for your mother’)
18:52 / Our view of the hosts and their evolution since Jersey Shore
21:55 / Discussing whether you should curse in front of your kids
23:01 / Coming back to the hosts and how they’ve changed since Jersey Shore
24:46 / This show’s relation to the previous one; acknowledgement mixed with distance
27:45 / How this show is indicative of shifting depictions of millennials as they age and settle down
29:02 / Why Mike thinks the perennial complaint of ‘kids these days’ is misguided
30:15 / Show also chronicles the cultural shifts around parenting that have occurred as millennials have become parents
30:44 / The show was stronger because they didn’t try to rehash Jersey Shore and showed the maturity and change of the hosts
32:36 / Briefly touching on the affluent lifestyle depicted in the show
33:35 / Does this show connect with fathers as well as mothers?
35:45 / Discussing the show as a ‘feminine’ space and how its views on gender roles and domesticity are actually surprisingly traditional
37:50 / The ‘non-traditional’ nature of the hosts made the show interesting
38:28 / Mike appreciated the depiction of family life, which managed to be a nice portrait that didn’t feel like a Hallmark card
39:12 / Segueing into the authentic nature of the show (We mention the ‘Facebook wall phenomenon’)
41:03 / Mike’s nostalgia for the characters, returns to idea of reality TV as ‘hanging out’ (our Keys episode is here, NYT profile of Snooki during her Jersey Shore days)
41:57 / JS appreciated the lack of product placement and their honesty in their product reviews
43:07 / Returning to the topic of social class and its relation to the show’s target demographic
46:17 / Closing with discussion of the appealing nature of the show’s authenticity
49:01 / The fact that this wasn’t done by a huge MTV production crew made the show feel more authentic and less produced
50:25 / Introducing the next show