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

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Season 1
The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Critics 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.

43%

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Critic Ratings: 14

48%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 63
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 1, 2008
2
Air date: Jul 8, 2008
3
Air date: Jul 15, 2008
4
Air date: Jul 22, 2008
5
Air date: Jul 29, 2008
6
Air date: Aug 5, 2008
7
Air date: Aug 12, 2008
8
Air date: Aug 19, 2008
9
Air date: Aug 26, 2008
10
Air date: Sep 2, 2008
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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).

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.

Jul 1, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 1, 2008 | Full Review…

A show on a family network that the family shouldn't watch -- it's like a televised Klein bottle.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

ABC Family's latest original drama wants to be a slow-motion version of "Juno" but settles for being an obvious, stereotype-laden teen soap.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It feels thin, mechanical and confused.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 25, 2018 | 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.

Jun 30, 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.

Jun 29, 2008 | 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.

Jun 25, 2008 | 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.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

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

Let's give credit where credit is due. As entertainment, the pilot is a most impressive work of economic and focused storytelling.

Jul 1, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1

  • Dec 20, 2019
    I 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, 2019
    This 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, 2017
    I am so sad this show is over, I would die for it to be back on air
  • Jul 30, 2017
    This 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, 2014
    shaillene STINKS!!!!!!
  • Apr 04, 2014
    I 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+

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