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This Oct. 24 file photo shows “Jersey Shore” cast members, from left, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Deena Cortese, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi at a panel entitled “Love, Loss, (Gym, Tan) and Laundry: A Farewell to the Jersey Shore” in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

Shutting down the house: ‘Jersey Shore’ ending run

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“Train wreck.”

That’s what I hear, again and again, when I ask people why they watch “Jersey Shore.”

“It’s such a train wreck!” they chortle. I nod blankly and change the subject.

Am I missing the essential train-wreckiness that has made “Jersey Shore” such an audience-pleasing, buzz-generating hit? Or is my immunity to its charms explained simply by the fact that if I wanted to watch a train wreck, I’d choose a swifter railroad?

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