16 and Pregnant
Genre Reality
Created by Lauren Dolgen
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 53 (List of episodes)
Morgan J Freeman

Dia Sokol Savage
Lauren Dolgen
Jessica Zalkind
Andrew Portnoy
Sara Cohen
Janay Dutton

Camera setup Multiple
Running time 43 to 47 minutes
Original channel MTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)

1080i (HDTV)

Status June 11, 2009 – present
Related shows Teen Mom

Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 3

External links
Official website

16 and Pregnant is an American reality television series that debuted June 11, 2009, on MTV. It follows the stories of pregnant teenage girls in high school dealing with the hardships of teenage pregnancy. Each episode features a different teenage girl, with the episode typically beginning when she is 4 1⁄2 – 8 months into her pregnancy. The episode typically ends when the baby is a few months old. The series is produced in a documentary format, with an animation on notebook paper showing highlights during each episode preceding the commercial breaks. 16 and Pregnant has spawned three spin-off series: Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mom 3. Each series follows the lives of four girls from their respective season of 16 and Pregnant as they navigate their first years of motherhood.

The fifth season premiered on April 14, 2014.

Reception and impactEdit

Based on a preview of the show's first three episodes, The New York Times called the series a "documentary-style series about real-life Junos who are not scoring in the 99th percentile on the verbal portion of their SATs"..." despite its showcasing of the grim, hard work of single mothering." In 2011, the Social Security Administration reported that the names of one of the featured mothers and her son ("Maci" and "Bentley") were the names that saw the greatest increase in frequency over the past year. In 2014, an economic study on teen childbearing found that the show was responsible for a 5.7% reduction in teen births in the 18 months following its debut.