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



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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Air date: Jul 1, 2008
Air date: Jul 8, 2008
Air date: Jul 15, 2008
Air date: Jul 22, 2008
Air date: Jul 29, 2008
Air date: Aug 5, 2008
Air date: Aug 12, 2008
Air date: Aug 19, 2008
Air date: Aug 26, 2008
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…

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] 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

It feels thin, mechanical and confused.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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…
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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…
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