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The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1 (2008 - 2009)
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Nothing about it feels original or even especially timely, and it certainly doesn't reveal any great secrets about society.
Shailene Woodley is terrific as the teen in question. Unfortunately, other parts of the show feel so contrived they border on soap opera parody.
Campily depicting high school as a den of sluts and predators, "Secret" achieves the noble goal of making sex thoroughly unsexy.
The show's one legitimately honest gesture was casting what appear to be actual teenagers.
While there is a lot of talk about sex on The Secret Life, how it approaches the subject is not particularly candid, nor is it as different as the ABC Family tagline promises. In the end, it's downright disappointing.
The series uses Amy's pregnancy as the centerpiece in a drama that's clearly more a painfully obvious, crudely-drawn cautionary tale than any sort of youth soap opera. It feeds into parental hysteria in ridiculously one-dimensional ways.
There's also the same sort of ham-fisted writing, stilted dialogue, bad acting, utterly unbelievable characters and lame humor that so often plagued 7th Heaven.
Even if there wasn't the splendid Juno to compare it to, The Secret Life of the American Teenager would be pretty bad.
Despite its nagging flaws, there is much to admire about the series. Woodley's Amy, first and foremost, is an engaging character and you can't help but root for her.
Led by the endearing female lead, Shailene Woodley, the cast is uniformly attractive. The premiere offers a strong soundtrack, some stilted dialogue and some silly and ironic humor that isn't in the league of the hit movie Juno.
[Some] moments [are] didactic,... But Secret Life does a good job of highlighting the pressure that many of today's teens experience while living in a society that seems to glorify sexual behavior.
Audience Reviews for The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1
Sep 12, 2020So bad it's good. XD I laughed so hard watching this!
May 07, 2020Some funny moments. A lot of awful stereotypes and even worse, incorrect information about the stereotypes in an obvious attempt to cement the stereotypes.
Dec 20, 2019I loved this show and I think this show is the best show I have ever watched. I am trying to get a lot of info about it because I wanna write a book about the TV show. Shailene Woodley does not stink I don't know who said that but she doesn't I think she is the best and she did good acting just like everyone on the show and if anyone from the show is reading this, I love you guys and I hope to meet you guys one day.😜😎😍😘😚
Aug 04, 2019This was the worst TV Show I've ever seen. I'm Happy that the careers of both Shailene Woodley and India Eisley are still intact after this atrocity.
Sep 10, 2017I am so sad this show is over, I would die for it to be back on air
Jul 30, 2017This show is fucking terrible. The writing and dialogue is incredibly unnatural and even worse with the abhorrent acting! The show makes horrible and cheesy jokes that all manage to fall flat, and the delivery from the actors playing the side characters that are basically exaggerated caricatures, The incredibly stupid decisions made by protagonists made me visibly angry, actually ruining my night. This show has terrible role models and is not meant for kids, yet the writing and acting is so bad that there is no way anyone over 10 years old would be able to handle it. This show is so bad it actually motivated me to write this review.
Aug 25, 2014shaillene STINKS!!!!!!
Apr 04, 2014I watched the first 8 episodes of Season 1 and fund the show is very much similar to a soap opera. It's filled with many close up's and teary eyes, surprise at every possible turn... It has some pretty wooden acting as well. The stories are predictable, and sometimes cringe worthy. You have very stereo typical characters. While I often find myself intrigued at the overall stories of those characters, the dialogue and scripts are so bad, I just can't come to enjoy the show. D+