Matt,I watched the first season a few months back. It was enjoyable for me in a "Do young people really live like that?" voyeuristic sort of way. As an (almost) 40-year-old man from the suburbs of a Midwest city who didn't rely on his parent for money after I turned 18, I'm not sure it was aimed at me, but I got some laughs out of it.
The scene I remember most about the first season, probably because I relate to it the most, is the parents having awkward sex and one of them getting hurt (TV's Peter Scolari of Newhart and Bosom Buddies), which is all too real of scenario.
Thanks Sean, I appreciate that. Coming from someone I actually know, that helps me put the comments and, to a degree, the show in some kind of context. I should have been clearer in my post, but I don't have a real issue with the show itself, although it doesn't appeal to me in the least. I do have an issue with hype surrounding the show, and it baffles me. From what I've gathered, these are fairly self-centered, unlikable, annoying, privileged white girls refusing to take responsibility for their lives or choices and never really experiencing the consequences of that. What depresses me the most is that it continues to reinforce the idea that this culture, this identity, is not only acceptable, it is normative and should be celebrated. I don't want tv (or any media) scrubbed to the point where there are only positive role models, but, as "Jersey Shore" has shown us, the worship of deplorable people is sickening.