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‘Jersey Shore’ cast, then and now

In December 2009, MTV was ready to flip the script on reality TV, which is exactly what they did with the premiere of Jersey Shore. The series introduced Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Angelina Pivarnick, Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Samantha “Sammi sweetheart” Giancola and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino – and they wasted no time shaking things up.

Season 1 of Jersey shore took place in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The group was followed by 35 remote-controlled cameras, 12 handhelds, an IMX camera and six DV cameras – and those cameras captured all the drama as it unfolded.

For Season 2, the cast spent the summer in South Beach, Florida, and in Season 4, they traveled to Florence, Italy. The location wasn’t the only thing that kept changing, though. Pivarnick was evicted after refusing to work during Season 1; she returned for season 2, but left home after falling out with both Sorrentino and Polizzi.

While she didn’t appear in seasons 3 or 4, she arrived as a guest in seasons 5 and 6. Deena Nicole Cortese joined the series during Season 3 and remained a part of the cast for the rest of the franchise.

Since the reality hit was such a success, it spawned many other iterations and spin-offs, including the UK’s George Shore which launched in 2011 and is still on the air.

Polizzi and Farley’s friendship was documented in Snooki & JWowwwhich aired for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. The Pauly D projectwhich followed DelVecchio as he pursued his DJ dreams aired for one season in 2012.

In 2018, MTV launched a new series, Jersey Shore: Family Vacationafter the original cast – sans Giancola – as they vacationed together, traveling to Las Vegas, Seaside Heights and Atlantic City.

“We all started this together and I would have loved to finish it together because now everyone thinks it’s because of me that she didn’t come back, but because she has a boyfriend,” Ortiz-Magro said. Us weekly about his ex not being on the show. “She didn’t want to return because of her new relationship.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see how each cast member has changed over the years.

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