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.
Jennifer And Josh
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."
Allie And Joey
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."
Jordan and Derek
Season 5, Episode 9
Jordan is a senior and her boyfriend Derek is in college. Jordan's parents let the young man move in with them but things spiral out of control when Jordan becomes pregnant. Derek decides to quit school and focus on his job. He loses that job, though, and Jordan's parents kick him out.
Pregnant Jordan goes with him and spends her third trimester couch surfing and living out of a mini-van with Derek. The two finally crash with a family friend who is willing to help them long term.
Jordan spends a great deal of energy trying to convince Derek to look for a job and support the baby.
Why It's Crazy
Jordan and Derek are homeless for the majority of their episode. Once they finally find secure lodgings, things seem to level out. Their fate soon plummets, though, their van dies, and the landlord where they're staying kicks everyone out. Jordan agrees to leave everything behind and move to Texas to live with Derek's dad, even though her boyfriend hasn't convinced her that he's ready to be mature.
"I can leave at any point in time that I want to leave. You're stuck here, I'm not." - Derek to Jordan