The cast of Jersey Shore paved the way for my favorite reality trash such as the UK's Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex and taught me how to 'beat the beat,' but what have they been up to since their trailblazing MTV years?
Believe it or not, the first episode of Jersey Shore aired all the way back in 2009, six years ago. The lives of everyone in their mid twenties tend to change a lot in the following years, but what about our favorite Guidos and Guidettes?
I've caught up with the Shore crew to see if their lives have moved beyond the monotony of GTL and 'smushing, and the way that some of them have evolved might just surprise you:
Age Now: 27 years old
Real Name: Nicole Polizzi
What's She Been Up To? Snooki is now married to bronzed business man, Jionni LaValle and the pair have two children together, Lorenzo, who is a few months away from his third birthday and Giovanna, aged 9 months.
Snooki has also released a book entitled 'Shore Thing,' and appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Perhaps most bizarrely, The 4"8' star has also had a stint at wrestling on WrestleMania.
Most Infamous Jersey Shore Moment: Everyone remembers the moment where Snooki was viciously socked in the face in a by a teacher of all people.
Brad Ferro claims he acted in "self defence" after Snooki accused him of stealing drinks, but the Jersey Shore star does not appear to be physically aggressive in the clip:
Ferro received 6 months probation and a $500 fine for the incident and was fired from teaching. He enlisted in the army in 2011, which is probably not the best career for someone who can't control their temper.
Did You Know? Snooki was adopted by her parents when she was 6 months old.
Age Now: 32 years old
Real Name: Michael Sorrentino
What's He Been Up To? Although it might not look like it at first glance, The Situation is wildly successful. In 2010, he was the second highest earning reality star after Kim Kardashian.
The Situation earned his keep through vodka endorsements, a ghost-written autobiography, a rap song, a workout DVD, a clothing line and making appearances on TV.
The Situation has also appeared on the dating show The Choice, Dancing with the Stars and numerous talk shows.
Most Infamous Jersey Shore Moment: I don't want to bore you with the numerous epic Jersey Shore brawls, so I'll leave you with that time The Situation tried to order a taxi...
Did You Know? In September 2014, The Situation was charged with tax fraud, allegedly avoiding paying taxes on $8.9 million.
Age Now: 29 years old
Real Name: Jennifer Lynn Farley
What's She Been Up To? JWoww and her longterm fiancee, Roger Matthews, are engaged and have a daughter named Meilani who is almost a year old.
Like her cast mate Snooki, JWoww has released a book entitled 'JWOWW: Shore-Tested Secrets On Landing A Mint Guy, Staying Fresh To Death, and Kicking the Competition to the Curb.'
JWoww has also starred in reality spinoff series' including Snooki & JWoww which follow the Jersey Shore gals living in their real life permanent residences.
Most Infamous Jersey Shore Moment: JWoww was just as famous for her fighting spirit as for being a (comparably) wise and loyal friend as the clip below shows:
Did You Know? Before appearing on Jersey Shore, JWoww owned her own graphic design business.
Age Now: 34 years old
Real Name: Paul DelVecchio
What's He Been Up To? Now going by the moniker 'DJ Pauly D,' it's pretty obvious what career this former Jersey Shore member is following now!
Pauly D has a three record contract deal with 50 Cent's record label, G-Unit Records and has released three singles so far, but they failed to make a huge splash. Bizarrely, he also opened for Britney Spears on selected dates of her 2011 Femme Fatale tour.
Pauly D's music career also made him the first Jersey Shore member to land his own reality TV show. The series tracking his efforts to launch his DJ career was entitled The Pauly D Project.
Pauly D is the father of a daughter who lives in the New Jersey area and is reportedly engaged in a custody battle with the child's mother.
Most Infamous Jersey Shore Moment: Known as being the most level headed guy of the bunch, Pauly D is best known for helping his buds out of difficult situations as you can see in the video below:
Did You Know? It used to take Pauly D 25 minutes every day to achieve his signature hair-do before he went for the chop.