My Super Sweet 16
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Directed byLucy J. Lesser
David L. Bowles
Opening theme"Sweet Sixteen"
by Hilary Duff
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes94 (list of episodes)
Production
ProducersJordana Starr
Lucy J. Lesser
David L. Bowles
Running time22 minutes
Release
Original networkMTV
Original releaseJanuary 18, 2005 (2005-01-18) –
September 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)

My Super Sweet 16 is an American reality television series documenting the lives of teenagers, usually in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, generally with wealthy parents who throw lavish, excessive and expensive coming-of-age celebrations. Parties include the quinceañera (a sweet 15), the sweet 16, and other birthdays including a My Super Sweet 21 (which was broadcast during MTV's Spring Break party) and My Super Swag 18. The show aired on MTV from January 18, 2005, to September 11, 2017. The opening theme is "Sweet Sixteen" sung by Hilary Duff.

Spin-offs

The series had two spin-offs, Exiled and The Real Deal, which both ended their run by 2010. The show has also covered a number of celebrity coming of age parties. Bow Wow, Sean Kingston, Aly & AJ, Chris Brown, Soulja Boy and Teyana Taylor have all had their parties featured on the show.[1] A United Kingdom version of the program was also produced, as was a Spanish version entitled Quiero mis quinces or Super Dulces 16.

MTV launched a spinoff in 2008 titled Exiled, involving the parents of some prior participants on My Super Sweet 16 "exiling" their teens to remote countries in order to see if their "sweet sixteener" will survive the harsh conditions. In 2009, MTV announced their newest addition to the franchise, My Super Psycho Sweet 16, a horror movie based on the concept of the show, which was aired on October 23, 2009 and followed by two sequels: Part 2 (2010) and Part 3 (2012).

In March 2010, MTV International commissioned Maverick TV in the UK to make a new, international version of the Super Sweet franchise. 10 episodes were produced, with interested parties encouraged to go to the casting website.[2] The brand was also extended to include people having birthdays aged 13–24.

Reception

In retrospect, Bustle identified "the main 14 elements [or tropes] which happened in most episodes which made it the supernova of a show that it truly is", including:[3]

Bobcat Goldthwait noted that watching the My Super Sweet 16 marathon inspired him to write his controversial film God Bless America.[4] Prior to attaining stardom in film, Jennifer Lawrence made her on-screen acting debut in an advertisement for the series depicting a fictional scenario (she never appeared in the series proper).[5]

Criticism

English satirist Charlie Brooker gave a light-hearted criticism of the show on BBC4's Screenwipe, calling it "a stonehearted exposé of everything that's wrong with our faltering so-called civilization." He describes the protagonists by saying that "Each episode follows an unbelievably spoiled rich and tiny sod as they prepare to throw a despicably opulent coming of age party for themselves and their squealing shitcake friends." He said the show "might be an Al-Qaeda recruitment film." However, he added that "that's exactly how the show wants you to feel - it's even more efficient at creating instant hate figures than Big Brother, and that's saying something."[6]

One teenager (Audrey Reyes) is seen screaming at her mother and saying she "hates" her after having received a new Lexus SC430, costing US$67,000, that was not on the day of the party.[6][7][8][9] However, after the episode aired, she apologized for the tantrum.[9]

In popular culture

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The Hip-Hop artist Common made reference to the show as well as Exiled in a line from his single "The Game", 'Watching Sweet Sixteen, Bitchin-ass rich kids Who don't know in life you gotta go the distance'. In the film Bratz, a character named Meredith throws a Super Sweet 16 Party, and has MTV film it.[10]

The show was also parodied on an episode of Comedy Central's South Park ("Hell on Earth 2006"), broadcast on October 25, 2006. Satan was intent on throwing an over-the-top Halloween bash. His behavior reflected that of the sweet 16ers preparing for their coming-of-age birthdays. In the end, when Satan realizes his folly, the audience considers the sweet 16ers to be "worse than Satan."[11] Trey Parker further commented, "I can say.....every single girl that has been on that show, My Super Sweet 16, is evil. Is an evil horrible person. It's just that simple."[12]

In 2016, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, US actor Bryan Cranston (known for his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad) featured in a parody titled "My Super Sweet 60" for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, with Kimmel as party planner and various guest stars including musician Sisqo.[3]

The show was parodied in the fourth season of Robot Chicken in a sketch titled "Annie's Super Sweet 16". The segment follows the format of the show with the episode featuring Annie Warbucks from the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. On the sister channel Tr3s, the show Quiero Mis Quinces showcases the Latin American traditions of planning a quinceañera.[13] More recently, the 2020 reboot of Animaniacs referenced it in a song.

Broadcast

In June 2018, it was announced that the series will stream on Hulu.[14] It also currently airs on MTV Teen on the Pluto TV service. TeenNick also began airing the series in July 2019.

See also

References

  1. ^ "MTV Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows - MTV". MTV.
  2. ^ "Super Sweet International Casting". Archived from the original on 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Amy (May 2016). "Bryan Cranston's 'My Super Sweet 16' Parody On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Is Pure Gold". www.bustle.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  4. ^ "VaultAir comments on I am Bobcat Goldthwait. Ask Me Anything". reddit.com. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  5. ^ "#TBT: Jennifer Lawrence's First Role On 'My Super Sweet 16′". MTV.com. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, Series 4 Episode 4
  7. ^ "MTV Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows - MTV". MTV.
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ a b EW Staff (1 August 2008). "The real reality". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 2 October 2018. I felt the need to apologize to a few people, like my friend Samantha.
  10. ^ "'Bratz' Exclusive Clip: Another Super Sweet 16". MTV. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  11. ^ Comedy Central's South Park spoofs My Super Sweet 16, broadcast on October 25, 2006 - TV.com
  12. ^ Commentary for South Park episode "Satan's Super Sweet 16" Trey Parker and Matt Stone on YouTube
  13. ^ "Exclusive Photos from MTV Tr3s' Quiero Mis Quinces!". 13 August 2013.
  14. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (June 25, 2018). "'Daria,' 'My Super Sweet 16' to Stream Exclusively on Hulu". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 25, 2018.