The Cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ Through the Years (PHOTOS)
The year was 2009. The tans were orange, the fists were pumped, the soundtrack was LMFAO and the wardrobe was clubwear. It was the debut season of MTV's lightning-in-a-bottle reality show breakout Jersey Shore which, nearly a decade later, left phrases like "DTF" and "Cab's here!" lingering in our entertainment lexicon and images of drunken Seaside flings burned into our brains.
Original cast members Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Jennifer "JWoww" Farley, Vinny Guadagnino and Angelina Pivarnick (who was later replaced by "blast-in-a-glass" Deena Nicole Cortese) had just introduced the world to East Coast "guido/guidette" culture, creating a pop culture phenomenon that would spawn spin-off shows, merchandise and spoofs on the likes of Saturday Night Live and South Park.
Jersey Shore, which ran for six seasons between December 2009 and December 2012 and took the cast to places like Miami, Florida and Florence, Italy, will make its return (with most of its cast) on Thursday, April 5 with Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which will see the gang—now older and hopefully a little wiser—reunited for some "GTL" and quality time together.
Ahead of its MTV premiere, check out photos of the Jersey Shore cast through the years, below.