The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1 (2008-2009)
Season InfoHigh-school student Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley) finds herself unexpectedly pregnant after a band-camp fling with Ricky Underwood (Daren Kagasoff) in the first season of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." Amy turns to her friends Lauren and Madison for support before telling her parents (Molly Ringwald and Mark Derwin), while also catching the eye of rich boy Ben (Kenny Baumann).
as Amy Juergens
as Anne Juergens
as George Juergens
as Ashley Juergens
as Adrian Lee
as Grace Bowman
as Jack Pappas
as Mark Molina
as Ben Boykewich
as Ricky Underwood
as Marshall Bowman
as Ben Boykewich
as Kathleen Bowman
as David Johnson
as Dr. Fields
as Rev. Stone
as Tom Bowman
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Her [Shailene Woodley] performance lifts a well-meaning, rather brave, but ramshackle show a notch. And it needs all the notch-raising it can get.
Nothing about it feels original or even especially timely, and it certainly doesn't reveal any great secrets about society.
ABC Family means well but could not have done worse. "Secret Life" doesn't take the fun out of teenage pregnancy, it takes the fun out of television.
Let's give credit where credit is due. As entertainment, the pilot is a most impressive work of economic and focused storytelling.
Shailene Woodley is terrific as the teen in question. Unfortunately, other parts of the show feel so contrived they border on soap opera parody.
Unlike the dopey Gossip Girl characters, these kids are fleshed out - not cardboard cut-out teens who improbably order martinis at New York hotel bars without a hint of trouble.
Some truly dreadful acting by a few of the young stars and a tendency to rely on statement-making dialogue that sounds like it comes from a research study rather than natural conversation.
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