Sure, it plays music videos but MTV's best shows are usually the ones that have nothing to do with song. 16 and Pregnant is a prime example of this. A show about pregnant teenagers might seem like a bizarre content choice for a channel that brands itself as distributor of "Music Television." 16 and Pregnant has definitely made MTV a lot of money, though. After it's original airing, the show spawned multiple spin-off series; Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2, Teen Mom 3, and Teen Mom OG.
Over the course of five seasons, there have been more than a few bizarre happenings on 16 and Pregnant. In addition to the usual teenage drama of dating, school, and prom, these teens have a lot on their plate. Many come from broken homes themselves and face issues like poverty, homelessness, violence, and abuse.
Including everything from emotional adoptions to abusive partners, these are the craziest episodes of 16 and Pregnant.
Season 3, Episode 2
Jennifer is a typical 16-year-old girl. She lives outside of Tampa, Florida with her parents and little brother. She's dating an older guy that her parents hate and she's pregnant with twins. She spends most of the episode stuck in arguments between her parents and Josh. Her parents don't even attend her baby shower because they don't want to be around their grandchildren's father. On their one year anniversary, Josh surprises Jennifer by proposing at dinner. She accepts, much to her parents dismay but things only escalate after the twins are born.
Why It's Crazy
Relatively mild-mannered Jennifer is stuck between her parents (who are a little over-protective but mostly level-headed) and her boyfriend. Everything escalates towards the end of the episode. In an epic argument about Jennifer's parents, Josh kicks the mother of his children out of the car and tries to take off with the twins.
He calls her a colorful array of slurs, then picks her up, and pries her from the door. Jennifer has recently had a c-section, by the way. At this point, the young woman calls the police. Viewers see Josh cuffed, while Jennifer and the twins wait to be picked up.
"Stupid*ss b*tch... You heard me."
"Just for your information, you're going to jail. That's called kidnapping."
"Say goodbye to your kids, Josh because you will never ever see them again."
Season 3, Episode 10
Allie moves across the country with her dad at 14, from New Jersey to Texas. Although she doesn't love Texas, she does find love there. After becoming pregnant at 16, Allie makes the decision to move in with boyfriend Joey's dysfunctional family. Joey's mom is a drug addict who struggles with sobriety; she isn't exactly a source of stability for the two. Eventually, Allie, Joey, and the baby wind up living with his grandmother. The stress proves to be too much for two the, and they split at the end of the episode.
Why It's Crazy
As if being pregnant at 16 isn't wild enough, Allie's boyfriend is only 15. After finding out that she's pregnant, Allie's parents want her to move back to New Jersey with her mom but Allie opts to move in with Joey and his belligerent mom instead.
The angry older woman tries to attack the new mother and Joey is forced to separate the two. Not surprisingly, a 15-year-old boy didn't do well with the responsibilities of fatherhood and Allie gets fed up with his antics. She eventually leaves him and his crazy family behind.
"F*ck you b*tch. Get the f*ck out."
"That's why your mama didn't want you and your daddy didn't want you. You're here because no one's around for you."
"So what I'm a dope-fiend, b*tch? What's your parents' problem? They don't even do drugs and they don't want to see you!"
Season 2, Episode 19
16-year-old Ashley lives in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas with her mom and little sister. Ashley loves photography and wants to go to college in NYC but she she's pregnant. After dating for only a short time, Ashley and her boyfriend hook up once before separating. With no father figure in the picture, Ashley makes the tough decision to put her daughter up for adoption. Fortunately, Ashley's aunt and uncle agree to adopt the baby girl and they only live a few hours away.
Why It's Crazy
This episode is so crazy that it gets 90 minutes instead of the standard 60. Things really start rolling after the baby is born. Ashley has agreed, in advance, to let her family adopt the baby. After watching them fly the baby away, Ashley changes her mind and begs for her child's return.
It's agreed that Ashley will basically have a trial run at parenting. She brings the baby home, discovers that parenting is even harder than she thought, and then sends the child back. Talk about an emotional roller coaster.
"I just think the best thing is [for the baby not to be] with me."
"I just want you to be sure, very sure."
Season 2, Episode 4
16-year-old Chelsea from South Dakota is a total daddy's girl so discovering her pregnancy is tough. Boyfriend Adam has a much more difficult time adjusting to the idea of parenthood than Chelsea, though. Pretty self-absorbed and controlling as a boyfriend, Adam doesn't knock fatherhood out of the park, either.
Soon after daughter Aubrey is born, Chelsea realizes that Adam isn't going to help like she thought he was. She makes the decision to have Aubrey's last name changed from Adam's to her own. Chelsea decides to focus on her education and Aubrey and she forgets about Adam for a little while. If you've seen Teen Mom 2, though, you know how that works out.
Why It's Crazy
Everything Chelsea puts up with from Adam is pretty insane. His neglectful yet controlling behaviors as a boyfriend translate pretty directly into his parenting as well. Although he misses doctor appointments, night feedings, and diaper changes entirely, he still criticizes his girlfriend's parenting.
Chelsea decides to move on and enjoy herself at a homecoming dance with friends. However, when Adam learns that Chelsea is out, he uses the opportunity to berate her post-baby bod and call their daughter a mistake.
"No I want you to feel like the most worthless stupid b*tch in the world. You better believe it's so over for the rest of our lives you fat stretch-mark b*tch. Tell me where and when to sign the papers over for that mistake."