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."
Catelynn And Tyler
Season 1, Episode 6
Catelynn and her boyfriend Tyler are from a small town in Michigan. They have been together for three years and at 16, they find themselves expecting a child. They both come from tumultuous homes and are considering giving their daughter up for adoption. Even though Catelynn's mom and Tyler's dad are adamantly opposed to the decision, the young parents pursue an open adoption.
They know that they can't provide their daughter the future she deserves, so they make the heart wrenching decision to place her in a loving adoptive family. They follow through with that decision while camera's roll in an extremely emotional scene.
Why It's Crazy
Where do we even start? Oh, right, Catelynn and Tyler are step-siblings. After they started dating at just 13, their parents happened to meet, fall in love, and get married. That's pretty crazy but it's only the beginning.
Tyler calls dad Butch out for being a deadbeat who was in and out of prison his entire childhood. This is after Butch assumes that Tyler is choosing adoption because he just doesn't want to "man-up" to his responsibilities.
Catelynn's mom isn't any better; she tries to manipulate her daughter by buying baby items. She even buys Cate a bassinet for when she "changes her mind about the adoption." Despite having incredibly un-supportive parents, a toxic home life, and young ages, these two made an incredibly mature decision. That's pretty crazy for this show.
"I just want her to have better than what I had. And I know that I can't do that. So, I'm just doing the thing that I think's the best."
"My kid deserves way better than this. Way better."
"I didn't have a stable household, I didn't have two parents... I'm at peace with my decision."
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."