Lots of cable networks claim that their trashtastic reality shows are "documentaries," but almost no shows actually deliver on that promise. Not so MTV's 16 and Pregnant, which could be a typically exploitative and melodramatic reality product but turns out to be a remarkably clear-eyed look at the personal and social cost of teen pregnancy. Which isn't to say it's not also deliciously good TV: Teen pregnancy has a way of bringing out natural drama (what with the accompanying sexual, financial and psychological implications), as you might have noticed from the recent success of Juno, Saved, Life Unexpected, Gilmore Girls and Secret Life of the American Teenager, not to mention the infamy of Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin.
Long story short, we're absolutely fascinated by this reality show, and we'd love it if you would tune in to tonight's all-new episode of 16 and Pregnant. Here's why you should watch: