Before the first year was over, MTV had already aired the first spinoff: Teen Mom. It followed four of the six girls from Season 1: Maci, Farrah Abraham, Amber Portwood, and Catelynn Lowell. The show initially aired from 2009 to 2012, and it was revived in 2015. The new show focused on the challenges faced after birth: fights with their family, baby daddy drama, drugs, and more.
Catelynn was notable among the cast, as the only mom who chose to give her baby up for adoption. Her segments typically focused on her struggle to come to terms with the difficult decision that she made.
After two seasons, MTV announced the show’s sequel Teen Mom 2. This would follow girls from season 2: Jenelle Evans, Chelsea Houska, Kailyn Lowry, and Leah Messer. It premiered in 2011 and is now on its 8th season.
Teen Mom 3 aired in 2013, but it was cancelled after one season. Fan favorite Briana DeJesus joined the cast of Teen Mom 2 last year, despite protests from the other moms on the show.
Both Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 have been renewed for an additional season. Though many of the moms have threatened to quit in the past, the first one to permanently leave the show was Farrah. She was fired from the show in an explosion of controversy in the fall.
First, she announced on her Instagram and in a live show on the adult-streaming site, CamSoda , that she was fired by MTV. She blamed her return to the adult entertainment industry and MTV’s “sex-shaming” for the firing. However, MTV eventually aired footage of the incident that caused them to terminate the outspoken star.