Appreciating Jersey Shore's Production Value

More

I realize it's like saying one reads Playboy for the articles, but seriously, the editing on Jersey Shore is brilliant. The trailer for the second season, set in Miami, is under the jump, and I absolutely cannot deny that I'm excited. 


By any reasonable algorithm that takes into account how I feel about art, entertainment and human behavior, I recognize that I ought to be repulsed by everything about the series. But I actually find its self-awareness relatively charming, with the exception of Angelina, who should never have been allowed to return, especially if she hurts Snooki's feelings or her pouf. The producers know how to please: we like the duck phone, the first season's unlikely totem? Snooki mourns the duck phone in the trailer. The antics don't feel scripted because the folks on the show simply behave that outrageously. And the iota that the integrity in being drunk, dumb, and really excited to work in a t-shirt shop outweighs the pretty, dumb polish of scripted shows like The Hills somehow matters.
But really, the editing's just completely excellent. I don't know if anyone has ever manufactured more drama and emotion out of a Jersey sunset than the folks behind Jersey Shore. No way The Situation would be a star without that backlighting.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Alyssa Rosenberg is a culture writer with The Washington Post.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Where the Wildest Things Are

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In