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The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1 (2008-2009)

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Critic Consensus: While The Secret Life of the American Teenager manages to show teens behaving like real teenagers, forced dialogue and an overall lack of originality leaves the show stranded at the border of soap opera parody.

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High-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).

Cast

Shailene Woodley
as Amy Juergens
Molly Ringwald
as Anne Juergens
Mark Derwin
as George Juergens
India Eisley
as Ashley Juergens
Francia Raisa
as Adrian Lee
Megan Park
as Grace Bowman
Greg Finley
as Jack Pappas
Jorge-Luis Pallo
as Mark Molina
Ken Baumann
as Ben Boykewich
Kenny Baumann
as Ben Boykewich
Daren Kagasoff
as Ricky Underwood
John Schneider
as Marshall Bowman
Josie Bissett
as Kathleen Bowman
Alex Boling
as Donavan
Ernie Hudson
as Dr. Fields
Luke Zimmerman
as Tom Bowman
Amy Rider
as Alice
Ben Weber
as David Johnson
Tom Virtue
as Rev. Stone
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Critic Reviews for The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

Nothing about it feels original or even especially timely, and it certainly doesn't reveal any great secrets about society.

July 1, 2008 | Full Review…

Shailene Woodley is terrific as the teen in question. Unfortunately, other parts of the show feel so contrived they border on soap opera parody.

June 30, 2008 | Full Review…

[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.

September 25, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

With so many other teen drama series on the air today,... high school kids pretending to be adults.. it's nice to see a series that addresses real teen issues with characters that behave like real teenagers.

September 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Secret Life so awkwardly blends the cutesy with the smarmy that you can't help wondering if naming the football team "the Lancers" is meant as a phallic joke. In a show like this, even scoring probably has a double meaning.

June 25, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

June 29, 2008 | Full Review…

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