TLC’s New Show ‘Unexpected’ Documents Pregnant Teens & the Teen Moms Who Raised Them

“You couldn’t have gotten a spot on the show for knocked up teens that pays way more?!”

Look out MTV– TLC is getting into the lucrative teen pregnancy market with its just-announced new showUnexpected!

The show, which premieres next month, takes a look at the lives of three pregnant teenage girls, all of whom were raised by teen moms.

The six-episode series may sound a lot like MTV’s hit show 16 and Pregnant but its focus seems to be more on the relationship between mother and daughter, rather than the pregnant girl and her baby daddy like the MTV shows. However, there is a connection between this show and the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise. Heather Walsh, who worked on Teen Mom OG for years before being let go earlier this year, is now working on ‘Unexpected!’

“So honored and proud to work with these families!!” Heather tweeted on Wednesday.

As Dr. Drew Pinsky has told us at many a ‘Teen Mom’ reunion, children of teen moms are more likely to become teen parents themselves. ‘Unexpected’ takes a closer look at this statistic.

Let’s meet the teen moms…and their moms, shall we?

Lexus, is 15 years old and 38 weeks pregnant by her boyfriend Shayden. Lexus’s mom Kelsey, a former teen mom, is only 31 herself but about to become a grandmother. Lexus’ situation is especially interesting because her grandmother was also a teen mother.

“I never thought I’d be here, with my daughter being 15 and pregnant,” Kelsey says in the trailer.

“I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” Lexus replies.

Later, we get to meet Lexus’ grandmother, who also expresses her shock that their family has three generations of women who got pregnant as teens.

“All of us…teen moms…together,” she says.

McKayla is 16 and pregnant by her boyfriend Caelan. She was raised by her grandparents because her mother, Shannon, had her when she was a teenager and was not around. During the filming, McKayla becomes close to her mother, who is (of course!) also pregnant herself.

“I found out McKayla was pregnant through text,” Shannon says in the trailer. “I really wasn’t surprised.”

“Nobody ever told me it was so easy to get pregnant,” McKayla, who is from Florida, says.

McKayla’s son, Timothy, was born in July.

Lilly is also 16. She got knocked up by her boyfriend James just a few months into their relationship. She’s now 27 weeks pregnant, and her family is worried that James won’t stick around for her and the baby.

“I worry that Lilly will be left alone in this journey of motherhood,” Lilly’s mom says in the trailer. “This is not what a mom wants for her daughter — nobody wants this. It’s pretty much a mom’s worst nightmare.”

People reports that, with this show, TLC “is working in partnership with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in the hopes of sparking meaningful conversations about unplanned pregnancies.”

‘Unexpected’ premieres November 12 on TLC. Watch the first trailer below!

(Photos: TLC)

38 Comments

  1. The sad thing is, it’s not only the parents that failed their kids here, it’s the school system as well. In my school district, we had Sex Ed three times (Grades 6,8 & 9). I lucked out and the teachers I had for these lessons, had no problem talking to the class about any of it. However, there were a handful to teachers who were too uncomfortable, and the proof was in the fact that there were boys and girls in grade 8, going through puberty and panicking because they had no idea what was happening to their bodies, after having taken sex ed twice at that point. Parents and Teachers both need to really step it up, and take the time to explain these things to their children/students, if they want to prevent these things from happening.


  2. Unexpected?! “Nobody ever told me it was so easy to get pregnant” And the family with a third generation of teen moms………are you kidding me?! I know sex education is bad or non existent in America but really?! I would maybe understand if the grandmother’s daughter got pregnant (even tho she could have told her daughter to be careful) but that another teen in the family gets knocked up, the cycle just goes on. So she will be a great grandmother at what, about 46 year old, that’s crazy! How come not one of them told her daughter not to get pregnant at that age and use protection?!

    And yeah, that’s the fate of Teen Mom cast’s children. Most of them will have children when they are 16 themselves. Esp Danielle’s who is already a third generation of teen moms.


    1. Totally agree with you! My best friend is a third generation teenage parent who raised his daughter almost entirely alone; he has never hidden his struggles from her and from the time she was about 12 years old, he’s been entirely open and honest with her about sex and the responsibility that comes with choosing to have sex. He spoke to her and also showed her by example, how a relationship should go and that she should be treated with respect by any boy who wants to date her, letting her know that she should never have to say yes to sex in order to keep a boyfriend.

      After she started her period, he got her started on the Depo shot and faithfully took her to get them every three months. He let his daughter know that this wasn’t permission to have sex but rather him understanding that teenagers make hasty decisions without thought to consequences. He spoke to her about STD’s and let her know that her Depo shot would not protect her from those STD’s, so she needed to use condoms too, if she chose to have sex.

      His daughter made it to the age of 20 this past March and she has no children, nor any thought toward having any kids anytime soon. She has a good job, her own apartment, her own car and now assumes responsibility for her own birth control regimen (which she does maintain – she’s still very honest with her dad). They’ve had a bumpy road at times but his honesty, diligence, and dedication to his daughter has helped to prevent a 4th generation of teen parents. He still doesn’t consider it a success because he worries that she could be a single parent down the road but either way, she’s still successfully put off parenthood into her 20’s and she is proof that the teen parenting cycle can be broken with education and open communication. The conversations required to get to this point were sometimes difficult and uncomfortable for all involved but they were so necessary. There’s no excuse for a 15 year old girl to say that she “had no idea that she could get pregnant so easily”, especially when her mother and her grandmother both had children in their teens!


    1. I know a girl who literally said to my face ‘I’m not going to name my kid Mercedes or something tacky and trashy” and then 3 months later popped out a kid she called Kash- with a ‘K’ because “it’s much more unique.”


  3. There is something seriously wrong with education when teenagers say “I didn’t know it was so easy to get pregnant” – uhm, YEAH.
    Shouldn’t this show be called “Not Surprised” or something?


    1. Was about to say aomeing similar. A statement like that is just sad. If a teen doesn’t know how easy it is to get pregnant, her mom and/or school has failed her.


  4. i would like to see a teen choose adoption and actually do something besides sleep and eat out..im looking at you catelynn and tyler..id like to see a girl deal with that while in college and job hunting ..


  5. sounds like some people weren’t paying attention during sex ed. I think I remember taking the class in 7th and 10th grade. they were very clear on how easy it is to get pendant and also how to prevent pregnancy.


    1. Not sure where these girls are from (aside from the one from Florida) but far too many schools in the South do not stress sex ed that isn’t abstinence only based. Pretending that teens won’t have sex has never worked and just results in higher teen pregnancy rates.


    2. I went to Catholic school back in the day. The nuns told us we could get pregnant by sitting at the same lunch table as a boy. I still will not eat dinner at the table with my husband


    1. Yes.
      MTV claims they fired Heather cause she was getting so close with Farrah, sleeping at her house etc. That was against the contract Heather had with MTV.
      Simon claims Amber had Heather fired. Amber did not like how Heather made her look and told MTV to choose between her or Heather, according to that rumor.


  6. Also, the person who said they weren’t surprised McKayla got pregnant and found out through text was her grandmother. Her Mom was not in the trailer. McKayla found out she was pregnant at her Mom’s house. lol!


  7. Here is a thought.., let’s not highlight this irresponsible behavior of these young girl and guys but tape the lives of these innocence babies for 18 yrs and conceal the video… then give them a choice to be exploited! if they choose to let it become a reality show let them decide and make all the money instead of the indulgent little girls who had sex to early.


  8. McKayla actually has a YouTube channel, she’s had it since the beginning of her pregnancy. She did a Q&A with her and her Mom, in the video they revealed that when her Dad committed sucide her Mom wasn’t mentally stable to take care of her and her brother and that’s why she lives with her grandparents! I believe she was between 4-6 when that happened.


    1. that’s so sad! I guess getting pregnant was her way of putting a bandaid on those feelings she has about nor having her parents in her life.


    1. Ugh…here we go again. Thanks producer Heather in your effort to create more entitlement for irresponsible teens (and their mothers).


    2. Agree!! They sensational teen pregnancies!! Why not show a good show about teens who do the opposite!! Like study and go to college. Hey, maybe they work AND go to college supporting themselves!! Or maybe they have really horrible parents, etc., but rise above it. And later……guess what they get a job, get MARRIED and have a nice life!!

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