The show that makes all New Jersey natives cringe is celebrating ten years of staining the state's image and reputation.

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The guido-lifestyle-centric reality show set in Ocean County's Seaside Heights has been gracing (or polluting, depending on your opinion) the realm of reality television with its presence since December 2009. It's almost ten years to the day that Snooki came barging into our lives with her drunken antics and big hair. There's no denying it: that poof is legendary in and of itself.

To be honest, I love 'Jersey Shore'. It was a show about super young adults (minus Sitch) growing up, getting wild, and (eventually) learning what aspects of life actually mean something. Spoiler alert: most of them figured out it wasn't all about gym, tanning, & laundry.

I'm not afraid to admit that I've taken many pictures outside the now-legendary shore house that sits off Ocean Terrace right on the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

Jahna Michal
Jahna Michal

Forgive my outfit choice. It was a midnight decision to journey to White Castle then the Jersey Shore house, so here we are.

What attracted people to the show in the first place, besides their ridiculous behavior that played out every week for the world to see, was the fact that they were just average people living their lives with an unapologetic attitude and outlook. Do they shudder when they look back at some of their actions (and fashion choices) that were caught on camera? Absolutely. Even if nobody admits it, of course there are situations we all wish we would've handled differently.

While it may have left some people with a bad taste in their mouths at the thought of NJ, it made the state a global phenomenon. So, at the end of the day, we should probably be grateful for the light it cast.


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