NEW YORK (AP) — MTV gave the last call for "Jersey Shore" on Thursday, saying the raucous reality show will conclude after its upcoming sixth season, which begins Oct. 4.
The series, whose roots lay in a party house in Seaside Heights, N.J., has given rise to stars such as Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, just two from a cast of characters who were over-tanned, over-loud and always pumped up. It popularized the terms "guido" and "guidette" and the mantra "Gym, tan, laundry" while trying the patience of local residents with its party-hearty antics.
"Jersey Shore" became a pop-culture sensation and one of MTV's biggest hits with its premiere in December 2009. It drew as many as 8 million viewers while spawning the spinoffs "Snooki & JWoww" and "The Pauly D Project." But ratings have eroded in recent seasons.
The show strayed from Jersey during its run. In Season 2, the housemates fled winter for Miami Beach. The fourth season took them to Italy.
But you could never take the Jersey out of "Jersey Shore" — or at least a certain Jersey stereotype the show made sport of riotously.