None of these guys or girls would be described as geniuses, but the editors of this show might be. Jersey Shore is MTV's biggest hit, and it's status is not entirely undeserved. Much like the Real World, the show groups together young 20-somethings to live together in an idyllic life pretty much filled with clubbing and rarely a BS job (I can tell you for a fact you won't be able to afford a place like that in Miami as a grunt selling ice cream).
Snooki is the show's beloved breakout character, ditzy well beyond a valley girl, but also kind of the heart of the franchise. Naturally a charmer who doesn't pick physical fights, she is socially savvy and finds herself in quite a few scuffles. Sammy and Ron can pretty much be seen as the definition of an Abusive relationship. Ron cheats, verbally abuses, and lies to Sammy with abandon, Sammy the codependent responds with adoration and loyalty. Mike "The Situation" has no brain, but is good with the ladies and thinks he's cool. Vinny's the "nice guy," kind of an apprentice of the other two boys, but still clinging on to a semblance of morality. Pauly D is the oldest of the crew, but ironically the loudest. Jwoww might be alpha female, tough as nails, kind of the hard side of Snooki's softness. Angelina is the omega, outcast, but vicious in her desperation.
This isn't intellectual stuff by any trace of the imagination. But it is well put-together and edited. Often, the show plays tricks with what has happened and what is happened. As one roommate lies to another, the show quickly flashes back to prior events to display the outrageous bending of truth taking place. While it's not moral, it is an active lifestyle, and the editing briskly moves through the highlights (perhaps lowlights) of the lives of these young people. To the savvy viewer, one can take small lessons. How for example, the abusive Ron and Sammy pair team up on those who intervene on an abusive dual psychosis. How, despite being brainless, the crew is reproductively successful for other reasons. A lot of the fights, pathologically driven, are hilarious, as are the cast's not-too-bright observations on life and lingo. Try it out... much akin to Beavis and Butthead before it, the kids involved are dumb, but the show itself might just be saying something about youth today.