Snooki & JWOWW

Three and a half years ago, audiences were first introduced to the pop-culture phenomenon that would be MTV's Jersey Shore. We were all spectators to the stories that unfolded on the legendary first season — sloppy hot tub make-out sessions, infidelity, violent fights and the conception of viral phrases like "GTL" and "grenade."

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But we also witnessed the birth of what seems to be the most genuine friendship among all the cast members: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley. In fact, MTV saw something in the compelling duo too. So, they gave the girls their own spin-off Snooki and JWoww, which premieres Thursday at 10/9c.

"I'm excited because everyone's just used to seeing me drinking, getting arrested, going crazy," Snooki tells TVGuide.com. "So this is our opportunity to show people that we're actually normal people. And we don't drink every single day. Well, not normal but..."

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"Our version of normal," JWoww interjects.

"Nut-job normal!" says Snooki. "We're relatable. We're just like everyone else."

Normal or not, the girls have come a long way since their first summer at the Shore, so we thought it was an appropriate time to have them take a walk down memory lane. Below, the reality stars talk about their first impressions of each other the day they met, why they hate watching themselves on Season 1 and reveal a ton of juicy, behind-the-scenes gossip from the past three years.



Snooki and JWoww premieres Thursday at 10/9c on MTV.