‘Jersey Shore’ Is Overexposed, but Somehow Better Than Ever

How sick are you of hearing about Jersey Shore? They’re everywhere. The show is being exploited both internally and externally. We’ve all heard of the exorbitant fees for the characters to appear at a club. (The whole cast can run a promoter a reported $30k.) And things approached meta-overload when Michael Cera hopped in the figurative Cadillac. In the last week, we’ve heard news of Jersey Couture, a fashion reality show based around a Garden State dress shop, and even a Jersey Shore Party App for the iPhone, complete with a nickname generator, a fist pumping game and pick-up lines. Oh, and the show was reviewed in The New Yorker. Is there any amount of overexposure that can bring the cast down? No, there’s not.

The most damnable entry in the insta-analysis canon was the The New Yorker piece — “Jersey Jetsam” by Nancy Franklin — in which the drunken, spray-tanned hysteria is translated and distilled for the learned upper class. The setting, Seaside Heights, is called “scruffy” and jokes about The Situation are derided with a wink, “chuckle or groan.”

“The logo of these shows might be one of those large red plastic cups used for beer (and beer pong) at frat parties, and in evidence in many teen-agers’ Facebook photos,” Franklin writes, “signalling the overflow of alcohol and expectations that happens at large gatherings and the nausea that often results the next day, triggered partly by the fact that someone caught it all on camera.” The show is gross, cliché, and worst of all, boring, she concludes. Not to mention ubiquitous: talk shows, Times Square and the internet, oh my! A curious way to end a think-piece, to be sure, and yet, she’s right. But oh so wrong, because marketing exploitation and trend-hopping aside, the show at its essence keeps getting better.

Before you approach overdose, think about all Jwoww and crew have given us in these six wonderful weeks. Take another look at their recent InTouch photo shoot, in which the cast’s fancy clothes sound like a gimmick but look adorable. And spend some time with MTV’s The Situator soundboard to remember the sheer volumes of quotable gems produced in only six episodes.

Even more than just a constant punchline, the characters have even softened over the show’s short life. The solidarity they showed after the Snooki punch was spiriting, to say the least. And don’t you want to see how the Shore‘s most ‘roided and emotional cast member bounces back after last week’s Royal Rumble? Will he and Sammi persevere and will The Situation ever get laid? Have a glass of Ron Ron Juice and tune in tomorrow, because we owe them that much, bro.

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