Through the Years: MTV at the Jersey Shore

MTV is celebrating a milestone this week -- the network's 30th anniversary! And while the network's appearance hardly looks like it did in 1981, one thing is for sure, MTV Loves New Jersey. The network has recorded several reality shows on the shore, and even set up camp there for two entire summers.

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MTV is celebrating a milestone this week -- the network's 30th anniversary! And while the network's appearance hardly looks like it did in 1981, one thing is for sure, MTV has always loved New Jersey. The network has recorded several reality shows on the shore, and even set up camp there for two entire summers.

In 1985, Bon Jovi came home to film a music video for MTV. The video, which accompanied the band's popular song, "In and Out of Love", showed shots across the town. The video featured the band on a boardwalk stage performing in front of hundreds of screaming fans, plus various shots across the popular beach.
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In 1998 and 2002, MTV chose Seaside Heights over locations like South Beach and Cancun to set up their own shore house. The house, which was located right on the beach, was used for the filming of popular shows like "TRL". The scene around the house was generally chaotic as the network brought stars like Will Smith, Kyle Minogue, Vanessa Carlton, and Ashanti to the beach to perform in front of huge crowds on the beach and boardwalk.
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Check out Will Smith rocking out to a crowd of hundreds during the summer of 2002 on the beach in Seaside Heights.
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In 2003, MTV's "True Life" introduced us to cheese balls and a guy named Tommy who was enjoying a summer full of nonstop partying. The episode, titled: n"True Life: I have a Summer Share", focused on the lifestyle of renting and partying at the Jersey Shore, in particular, Seaside Heights.
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In 2004, MTV went one step further with: "True Life: I'm a Jersey Shore Girl". Before we even heard of Sammi, JWoww and Snooki, there was Lisa, Dottie and Erica. A 2004 episode of the hit show, MTV's "True Life" followed the three girls as they rented a summer share house in Seaside Heights. The episode, which was titled: "True Life: I'm A Jersey Shore Girl", showed a lot of drama as the girls lived together. But, of course, they found time to party it up too!
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On December 3, 2009, a new reality show hit the airwaves -- "Jersey Shore." The show featured eight self-described guidos and guidettes as they lived in a shore house together in Seaside Heights. The show, which shattered ratings records for the network, has introduced us to phrases like "smushing," "GTL," and "gernades." The show's fourth season in Italy premieres Thurs., Aug. 4. "Jersey Shore" is currently filming its fifth season in the shore town.
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