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The Secret Life of the American Teenager
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Also known as Secret-Teen
Secret Life
Genre Drama
Format Teen Drama
Created by Brenda Hampton
Written by Brenda Hampton
Jeffrey Rodgers
Caroline Kepnes
Jeff Olsen
Chris Olsen
Elaine Arata
Paul Perlove
Directed by Ron Underwood
Anson Williams
Jason Priestley
John Schneider
Gail Bradley
Lindsley Parsons III
Keith Truesdell
Starring Shailene Woodley
Daren Kagasoff
Kenny Baumann
Mark Derwin
India Eisley
Greg Finley II
Megan Park
Francia Raisa
Molly Ringwald
Jorge Pallo (Season 1)
Theme music composer Dan Foliart
Opening theme "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" by Molly Ringwald
Composer(s) Dan Foliart
Country of origin United States USA
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 46 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brenda Hampton
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time Aprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s) Brendavision! Productions
ABC Family Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Family United States (USA)
Citytv Canada (Canada)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run July 1, 2008 – present
Status Returning series
External links
Official website

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (often shortened to Secret Life) is a television series created by Brenda Hampton. It first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008.[1] The show was renewed for a second season consisting of 24 episodes on February 9, 2009,[2] which began airing on June 22, 2009.[3] The first season focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with the unexpected teenage pregnancy of character Amy Juergens, who is portrayed by Shailene Woodley. In the second season, Amy Juergens must deal with juggling motherhood and high school, while her family and friends experience relationship challenges of their own.[4][5]

The series received generally negative reviews from most mainstream critics when it began broadcasting, but was extremely well received among viewers. The pilot episode broke the record for highest rated debut for ABC Family, which has been broken by the second series premiere, beating Kyle XY, with 2.82 million viewers, and the season one finale brought in 4.50 million viewers, beating the night's Gossip Girl which had almost half its usual number of viewers. The second season premiere earned mostly positive reviews from critics and was praised and extremely well received among viewers. Secret Life opened its second season with the largest audience so far, posting a series high in Total Viewers with 4.68 million viewers and is the No. 1 scripted original premiere of Summer 2009 in Adults 18-34.[6] Furthermore, the mid-season premiere became ABC Family's most watched telecast of all time with Viewers Ages 12–34 with more than three million viewers watching.[7]

The show has earned the Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Show during its premiere season,[8][9] and currently airs on Monday at 8/7c on ABC Family in the U.S. and on MuchMusic in Canada. Following their record-breaking, mid-season returns, Make It or Break It, and Secret Life were both picked up for additional seasons which are expected to premiere in summer of 2010.[10]

Contents

Series overview

Season One primarily focuses on the effect of Amy Juergens having sex for the first time with Ricky Underwood at band camp. It explores how Amy's pregnancy affects her, the baby's father, her friends, and her family. The news of her pregnancy puts additional strain on her parents' already rocky marriage, but brings Amy closer with her younger sister Ashley, her new boyfriend, Ben, the father of her baby, Ricky, as well as with other teens at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, California. Amy's world expands as she learns that virtually every teen at Grant High carries a secret or unexpected problem.

In The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Amy finds out that her mother is pregnant, and Ashley Juergens starts her freshman year at Grant High School. At the same time, her family and friends experience relationship challenges of their own.[5] As the season progresses, Amy and Ricky struggle on who will get to care for John, and more drama unfolds with Ben and Amy Ricky.[11]

Cast and characters

  • Shailene Woodley portrays Amy Juergens, daughter of George and Anne Juergens, mom of John Jurgens, older sister of Ashley and Robert Juergens. She is a sixteen year-old sophomore in high school, plays the French horn, and wants to attend Juilliard. At summer band camp, Amy has a one-night-stand with Ricky, and becomes pregnant. After returning to school, Amy meets Ben Boykewich and they begin dating. After Ben comes back from summer vacation in Italy, they eventually break up. Amy later begins dating a boy by the name of Jimmy, he is the son of Anne's old high school boyfriend.
  • Molly Ringwald portrays Anne Juergens, the mother of Amy, Ashley, and Robert Juergens and the wife of George Juergens. After discovering George was cheating on her with Adrian's mother, Cindy Lee, Anne separated from him and filed for divorce. Due to her impending divorce, Anne took a job in architect office and began dating her boss, architect David Johnson; she later becomes engaged. In the premiere of the second season, it is revealed that she is pregnant. Though she believes it is her boyfriend's, due to her husband's vasectomy, it is revealed that he lied about having the surgery. Later in the season Anne, breaks off her engagment with David and returns to be with her family.
  • Mark Derwin portrays George Juergens, the father of Amy, Ashley, and Robert Juergens and husband of Anne Juergens. He owns a furniture store and was previously married to Kathleen Bowman, Grace's mother, before marrying Anne. He also had a brief affair with Adrian's mother, Cindy Lee, which led to Anne filing for divorce. George regrets his affair, realizes he is in love with Anne, and desires to reunite his family.
  • India Eisley plays Ashley Juergens, Amy's 15-year-old sister. Ashley is sarcastic, dresses in a vintage style, cares little about what others think of her, has one a friend - a boy by the name of Griffin - and is a bit of a know-it-all. She is the first member of the Juergens family to learn of Amy's pregnancy and the one who convinces Amy to keep the baby. Ashley moves out of her home to go live with her father. Her and George eventually move back into the house with Amy and Anne to raise the children as they see it as the best option. Upon seeing her sister go through childbirth, Ashley vows to delay having sex.
  • Kenny Baumann portrays Benjamin "Ben" Boykewich, a kind-hearted 16 year-old sophomore who plays the cymbals in the school band. He is also the boyfriend of Amy. He is very devoted to her and completely fixated on her. Ben is the heir of a wealthy meat company owned by his father, Leo. He plans to marry Amy and use his fortune to raise the baby with her. His father forces him to get a job in the family butcher shop rather than take for granted his father's wealth to aid Amy and her baby. He despises and even admits to being jealous of Ricky at first, but the two end up starting a friendship after agreeing to work together to help support Amy in raising the baby. After going on a summer trip to Italy Ben becomes involved with a girl he met there. Although Amy and Ben eventually break up, Ben remains single for a few episodes. In the newer episodes Ben is courting Grace Bowman after having slept with Adrian.
  • Daren Kagasoff portrays Ricky Underwood, a seventeen year-old junior with a troubled past and emotional issues resulting in promiscuity and a reputation as the school "bad boy". He is the son of Bob Underwood, a domestic abuser, child molester, and drug addict, and a drug addict mother who still lives on the streets. Ricky lived with his foster parents, Margaret and Dr. Shakur, but moved out to an apartment above the butcher shop. Ricky later decided that he wants to have a more serious relationship with Adrian and tells her he doesn't want her sleeping with other guys, he on the other hand wants to sleep with other girl's while still being in a relationship with Adrian.
The main cast of Secret Life.
  • Francia Raisa portrays Adrian Lee, a sixteen year old majorette with a reputation for being easy because she enjoys casual sex. Adrian's mother is a flight attendant who often is away from home because of her job. Adrian's father was absent from Adrian's childhood, though after she found her father, he has made an effort to reconnect with her. Her broken background has made Adrian emotional, hidden under her tough exterior. She enjoys feeling loved, and so continues her on-off casual relationship with Ricky, though he constantly pursues other girls. Grace helps Adrian to behave more "like a lady," even trying to help her become a virgin again by "reclaiming her virginity. Adrian later decideds that she wants a more serious relationship with Ricky and tells him that she loves him. He decideds that they will work at being in a relationship and although Adrian agrees to stop sleeping with other boys, Ricky says he still wants to sleep with other girls. She slept with Ben after finding out that Ricky and Amy kissed.
  • Megan Park portrays Grace Kathleen Bowman, a perky and sweet sixteen year old sophomore. Grace is Grant High's head cheerleader and a devoted Christian. Grace's father is Marshall Bowman, a doctor whose career she hopes to emulate. Her mother is Kathleen Bowman, George Juergens' ex-wife. She has an adopted brother, Tom, who has Down's Syndrome. Grace has a loving, respectful, and open relationship with her family, but has grown from following their rules and advice to making her own decisions about matters such as boys and sex. Grace and Jack resume their rocky relationship have sex for the first time. After having sex Grace learns of her father's death in a plane crash and blames her sin, which was directly disobeying her father. She takes a while to recover from this idea and pledges to wait to have sex again until marriage.
  • Greg Finley II portrays Jack Pappas, a seventeen-year-old junior on the football team. Jack is the stepson of a minister. The summer before his sophomore year, Jack began a relationship with Grace, partially in an effort to keep her well-to-do family at his stepfather's church. He quickly falls for Grace and after their first date asks her for a closed, committed relationship. However, Jack is distraught when Grace informs him she wants to wait until after marriage and medical school for sex. Fretful, Jack has oral sex with Adrian for which Grace breaks up with him. Jack regrets the end of their relationship and projected serious efforts into trying to win back Grace. However, Grace began to date Ricky instead. Unsure of how he feels about sex and waiting until marriage, Jack tries to keep his mind off it by doing good deeds.
  • Jorge Pallo played Marc Molina, the guidance counselor at Ulysses Grant High School. Grant High students, particularly Ben, Adrian, and Jack, sought counseling of every kind from Molina. However, as events such as Amy's pregnancy and Adrian's relationship with her stepbrother unravel, he starts to restrict himself to solely academic counseling to avoid becoming entangled in inappropriate affairs. Molina recently married Virginia, his jealous girlfriend (played by Constance Marie), although he believes she is the wrong person for him. His wife, Virginia Molina, is now pregnant with their first child, which was revealed when she showed up at Amy's baby shower. He later leaves due to personal reasons.

Production

The Secret Life of the American Teenager was created and executive-produced by Brenda Hampton, creator of the eleven season long show 7th Heaven.[4] It has a low $1.5 million-an-episode budget, which is $1 million below average for a broadcast network primetime series. Secret Life is number one with the network's key demographic in its debut time slot versus cable television shows.[4]

Development

Hampton first pitched the show more than a decade ago to FOX when Susanne Daniels was head of programming, but was eventually passed over. The project followed Daniels to Lifetime but met a similar fate. A frustrated Hampton wrote six scripts on spec and submitted them to other networks, including the CW, which had carried 7th Heaven, the longest running hit in WB/CW history. Finally, she zeroed in on ABC Family because it was playing off the reruns of Heaven and was scouring the community for original scripted hours as part of a new programming initiative.

Despite its controversial center around an unwed, pregnant 15 year old, ABC Family took the leap although Laura Caraccioli-Davis, executive VP of the media buyer Starcom, said advertisers held back from buying time in the show, taking what she called "a wait-and-see attitude." [12]. The show began casting as the "Untitled Brenda Hampton Project".[13] The Secret Life was originally planned to be titled The Sex Life of the American Teenager, but Hampton explained that the biggest problem with the name was that "when you Googled it, you'd call up a bunch of porno sites." ABC Family's parent company Walt Disney would not have approved of that.[12]

Kate Juergens, executive vice president of original-series programming and development for ABC Family, says of the series, "We're not sugar-coating teenage pregnancy, but dealing with the very real consequences of it."[12] However, Hampton doesn't see the series becoming too dark. Comparing Secret Life of the American Teenager to 7th Heaven, she said, "It's the same show in that hopefully it's kind of a serious topic with people teen pregnancy but at the same time there's funny things running underneath it and although a lot people never saw the humor in 7th Heaven I thought there were some pretty funny things about it. It certainly wasn't Fat Actress but still I come out of a background in comedy so I hope there's always something fun about the show but there is the serious and dark side with the teen pregnancy."[14] Larry Novenstern, Executive Vice President of National Electronic Media for Optimedia Intl., calls Secret Life a cross between 7th Heaven and Juno.

Hampton claims she "just never grew up" and finds her own teen voice and inspiration from "somewhere back there in the '60s." [14] She therefore takes great pains to try to capture how young people talk. "I like all of our actors, and the younger ones, in particular, have opinions," she says. "They'll come to me and tell me if some of their dialogue doesn't sound right to them." Hampton listens, and will sometimes let them tinker with their lines; however, if Hampton disagrees, the dialogue stays as written. Bob Thompson, founder of the Bleier Center for TV and popular culture at Syracuse U., says, "She has the ability to write a show that appears old-fashioned and earnest, without a lick of irony. But if you listen carefully, the show is filled with dialogue that's hip and crisp, as if you're listening to a real cell-phone conversation between two teenagers." [12]

To the culture mavens who bring up Juno and Knocked Up, two hit movies about single women grappling with being pregnant, as forerunners of Secret Life, Thompson says the similarities are only superficial. The two movies, she continues, "wrapped themselves in the vestments of irony and comedy to sidestep the difficult issue of an unwanted pregnancy."

ABC Family ends every episode with a public-service announcement delivered by Shailene Woodley, generally from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy urging parents and teens to communicate with one another about sex. The January 19th and 26th episodes, which featured a theme of sexual abuse, ended with a PSA delivered by Daren Kagasoff urging abuse victims to call the Boys Town National Hotline. The June 22nd episode ended with each one of the main cast each taking a turn saying the public-service announcement.[15] The NCOPTUP also published a discussion guide for parents and teens for every episode up to the mid season break of Season 1 and currently writes an advice column on the series' website. The additions make it look as though Hampton is collaborating with the groups on the scripts, which she says is false. "I don't rely on any outside organization," she says. "I make this stuff up myself." Hampton states that she dislikes the messages primarily because "The PSA sounds like an apology for the fact that we're dealing with teenage sex. I don't think we should apologize for that."

But, otherwise, Hampton says ABC Family leaves her alone, giving her more freedom than most of the network's other shows by putting a TV-14 advisory on the episodes. As she puts it: "I can have a character say the words oral sex, but you won't hear her say 'Jesus Christ.' "

Broadcasting

Secret Life first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008.[1] Season 1 began with 11 episodes broadcast from July 1, 2008 to September 9, 2008. After a hiatus, 12 first season episodes aired January 5, 2009 through March 23, 2009, despite being marketed as season 2, for a total of 23 episodes.[16] The first season was aired on Canadian broadcaster CityTV startng on September 3, 2008.[17] In early 2009, CityTV removed Secret Life from its schedule.[18] Therefore, MuchMusic started to air the first season in Canada on November 30, 2009, followed by the second season on December 7, 2009.[19]

Following the success of its first season, ABC Family announced on January 31, 2009, plans to renew Secret Life.[20] The official press release was released on February 9 and was added to ABC Family's line up on April 7, 2009.[21] The show was renewed for a 24 episode second season which began airing on June 22, 2009.[2][22][23][24] Season 2 began with 12 episodes broadcast starting June 22, 2009 through September 7, 2009. After a four-month hiatus, the second half of the season returned on January 4, 2010,[25] and is expected to conclude on March 22, 2010.[26]

ABC Family announced on January 12, 2010 Secret Life would return for its third season which is expected to premiere in the summer of 2010.[27]

Reception

Secret Life has received a score of 47 out of 100 from review aggregator Metacritic.[28] The New York Post praised the series for having a set of characters that are "...real and come from families of all stripes — from intact to single-parent households to one boy in foster care..."[29] However, most mainstream critics haven't embraced the show, indicting it as a TV-series version of an after school special, "filled with didactic messages and a lotta wooden acting," in the words of Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly.[12] The New York Times claimed that "The Secret Life of the American Teenager” must surely be the collective effort of an anti-pregnancy cabal. [...] 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" and calls the show a "Prime-Time Cautionary Tale".[30] Variety Magazine reports that "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 [...] based on first impressions, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" should probably stay a secret."[31] ReporterMag's Andrew Rees says, "The show...might be the worst scripted drama on television. Suffering from gag-worthy dialog, horrific plot twists, terrible acting, and characters who not even the best of 3-D glasses could give depth to, it’s a wonder how this show stays on the air."[32]

Brenda Hampton doesn't mind the poor reviews, saying, "I'd rather get good ratings and bad reviews than bad ratings and good reviews".[12] Despite its lackluster critical reviews,[33] The Secret Life received the highest premiere viewership ratings ever for an ABC Family original program. The pilot episode brought in 2.82 million viewers and a 0.9/3 share in the 18-49 year old demographic. The Secret Life also scored high in the female demographic, registering a 6.5/24 among female teenagers and a 3.1/11 among 12-34 year old females.[34]

The Secret Life mid-season finale episode of season one defeated the first hour of the much-publicized series premiere of 90210 on The CW in viewers 12-34 and females 12-34, beating 90210 in total viewers and all their key demographics, and bringing in some of the best ratings of the season for the The Secret Life.[35][36] The season one finale brought in 4.50 million viewers and was the highest rated telecast on March 23, 2009 in viewers aged 12–34 and the number one scripted telecast that night. The episode also beat 90210, which had 2.20 million viewers, more than half the usual number.[9]

Melissa Camacho of Common Sense Media voiced her opinion of the show saying, "The fact that this family drama introduces its various (and often controversial) storylines from an upper-middle class perspective means that viewers don't get much of the real-world grittiness you might expect when dealing with these issues. While that's not exactly realistic, it does mean that the show's themes are presented in a relatively wholesome, heartfelt context that's both entertaining and non-threatening." She recomends the show to older teens, saying the words "laid" and "sex" are used and urges families to talk to their children about sex.[37] Larry Dobrow, from Advertising Age, also voiced his opinion, "...Secret Life feels real to me. The young characters come across as naïve, defensive, warm, optimistic and glum, often within the same scene. The dialogue sounds true, even during the too-frequent romantic tussles. Whoever's writing this stuff has obviously spent a lot of time soaking up prattle and lingo at the mall (or at Chez Facebook, or wherever the hell teenagers congregate nowadays)."[38]

On Monday, June 22, 2009, Secret Life opened its second season with the largest audience so far, posting a series high in total viewers with 4.68 million viewers, and second-best numbers ever in adults 18-34 with 1.4 million viewers, behind season one's mid-season finale, adults 18-49 with 2.1 million viewers and viewers 12-34 with 2.9 million viewers. In June 2009, Secret Life ranked as cable’s No. 1 scripted telecast in females 12-34, and the No. 1 scripted series telecast in viewers 12-34 and female teens. Additionally, Secret Life stood as ad-supported cable’s No. 1 telecast this month in female teens. Impressively, the season debut became cable’s No. 1 scripted series premiere of the 2008/2009 season to date in women 18-34, women 18-49 and viewers 12-34, and the No. 1 scripted original premiere of summer 2009 in Adults 18-34.[6]

Secret Life’s second season debut stands as cable’s No. 1 scripted original series/season premiere of summer 2009 in adults ages 18–34 and across core female 18-34, 18-49 and 12-34 demos, ahead of such high profile series as USA’s Royal Pains and Burn Notice and TNT’s The Closer.[39] Some critics praised the new developments of the show's second season, saying they could be "interesting material to build on." Jean Bently of EW Popwatch says that now that the whole "teen going through a pregnancy" plot has played out and the "frustrated young mother" thing is going on, we have room to explore some other topics. She remained hopeful that the writers won't just turn these new problems into issues of the week, instead allowing time for the characters to grieve Marshall's death, deal with Ann's accidental pregnancy, and explore the more emotionally complex aspects of teenage sex.[8]

With more than 4.55 million people watching the season two mid-season premiere, the episode became ABC Family’s most-watched telecast ever in key 12-34 and teen demos.[40] The episode stands as the series’ 2nd-most-watched episode in viewers and is TV’s No. 1 telecast of the season in female teens, cable’s No. 1 telecast in females 12-34 and cable’s No. 1 scripted telecast in viewers 12-34. The season two mid-season premiere remains cable’s No. 1 scripted premiere of the 2009/10 season. It improved nearly one million total viewers over its season two mid-season finale, and was No. 1 in all target demos for the hour.[41]

Regarding to The Secret Life's advertising, Laura Caraccioli-Davis, executive VP of the media buyer Starcom, says, "Nielsen numbers will do the talking in the advertising community, which has a deep respect for success."

U.S. Nielson ratings

The following is a table with the averge estimated amount of viewers per episode, each season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family.

Season Timeslot (ET/PT) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
Season 1
Tuesday 8:00PM (July 1 - September 9, 2008)
23
July 1, 2008
2.82[42]
March 23, 2009
4.50[9] 2008–2009 3.51
Monday 8:00PM (January 5 - March 23, 2009)
Season 2 Monday 8:00PM 24
June 22, 2009
4.68[43]
March 22, 2010[26]
TBA 2009–2010 3.13*

* as of 3/8/10

Awards and nominations

Throughout its two seasons, Secret Life has been nominated for numerous Teen Choice Awards, and won a Gracie Allen Award.[44] It won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Show during its premiere season.[45] In 2009, it was nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, including Choice TV Show Drama, Choice TV Breakout Show, and Choice Summer TV. Kenny Baumann was nominated for Choice TV Actor Drama and Choice Summer TV Star: Male, Shailene Woodley was nominated for Choice TV Actress Drama and Choice Summer TV Star: Female, Daren Kagasoff was nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star Male and won Choice Summer TV Star Male[46], and Molly Ringwald and Mark Derwin were nominated for Choice TV Parental Unit.[47][48] A Gracie Allen Award was awarded to the show for Outstanding Drama in 2009.[44] In 2010, the show was nominated as a Favorite TV Obsession at the 2010 People's Choice Awards; Shailene Woodley also won a 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Drama Series.[49][50]

Home releases

Each Secret Life season is released on DVD in separate volumes. Season one is sold as volume one and volume two.[51][52][53] Season two is sold as volume three.[54] Season one, volume one has been released in Regions 1 and 4, while season one, volume two, and season two, volume one have been released only in Region 1. The season one DVD was released in Australia on December 1, 2009,[55] and a future Blu-ray format is planned for release.[56] The DVD releases include commentary by cast and crew members on selected episodes, deleted scenes, interviews with the cast, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Accompaning the season two, volume one DVD is an exclusive look at the pilot episode of Make It or Break It.[54]

Season One
DVD Name Ep# Disc# Region 1 Special Features
Volume 1 11 3 December 30, 2008[51] Deleted Scenes, Cast Interviews, Gag Reel, Episode Commentaries, 7 Featurettes.
Volume 2 12 3 June 16, 2009[52][57] Behind-the-Scenes featurettes with the cast, exclusive music video from Strange Familiar
Season Two
DVD Name Ep# Disc# Region 1 Special Features
Volume 3 12 3 December 22, 2009[54] Pilot Episode Make It or Break It, Hot Chat, Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the cast

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Simple English

The Secret Life of
the American Teenager
Genre Drama
Format Teen Drama
Created by Brenda Hampton
Developed by Brenda Hampton
Written by Brenda Hampton
Jeffrey Rodgers
Caroline Kepnes
Jeff Olsen
Chris Olsen
Elaine Arata
Directed by Ron Underwood
Anson Williams
Jason Priestley
John Schneider
Gail Bradley
Lindsley Parsons III
Keith Truesdell
Starring Shailene Woodley
Daren Kagasoff
Kenny Baumann
Mark Derwin
India Eisley
Greg Finley II
Megan Park
Francia Raisa
Molly Ringwald
Jorge Pallo (Season 1)
Opening theme "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" by Molly Ringwald
Country of origin
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 33 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brenda Hampton
Running time Aprox. 44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Family
Citytv
Original run July 1, 2008 – present
Status Running
Chronology
Related shows 7th Heaven, Juno
External links
Official website

The Secret Life of the American Teenager is an ABC Family drama show. The show is about Amy (played by Shailene Woodley) becoming pregnant at 15 after being pressured into having sex with Ricky Underwood (played by Daren Kagasoff). Amy is also facing the difficulties of her family coming apart, and other problems with her friends and boyfriend Ben Boykevich (played by Kenny Baumann).

Plot

During the summer at band camp, Amy Juergens meets Richard "Ricky" Underwood, who persuades her into having sex. Amy learns that she has conceived a child at the beginning of the school year. Her best friends Lauren Treacy (played by Camille Winbush) and Madison Cooperstein (played by Renee Olstead) are the first ones to know about her being pregnant. Madison unknowingly spreads word that Amy is pregnant, and Amy considers abortion before telling her parents. Soon, Amy's younger sister Ashley finds out. After some time during an argument at the Juergens' home, Amy admits to being pregnant and her boyfriend Ben learns too. Ben remains faithful to her during and after her pregnancy. So that the child is not born out of wedlock, Ben and Amy secretly get married illegally.

Meanwhile, Ricky develops relationships with Adrianne Lee (played by Francia Raisa), "the school slut" and Grace Bowman, a spunky, innocent girl. Ricky gets Adrianne to have sex, but fails trying to have sex with Grace, who had wanted to save herself for marriage to her on-and-off boyfriend Jack Pappas who betrayed her by sleeping with Adrianne.

Amy's parents, George Juergens (played by Mark Derwin) and Anne Juergens (played by Molly Ringwald) start having tensions and get a divorce. After the divorce of Anne and George, Amy's child is born. The baby was named John by Ashley because it was a "clean simple name, his life would already be complicated enough". Ashley and her father (George) moved in together in a house next door, and Anne is expecting a baby boy of her own after she slept with her new boyfriend, David. The baby turns out not to be David's, but it's George's. George and Anne will move back in together, which Amy does not like. Amy's nemesis Adrianne is moving into George's old house, which Amy does not like either because Adrian only wants to spy on her boyfriend, Ricky, and Amy. Amy does not want Adrianne near her baby.

Grace has sex with her boyfriend Jack against her father's will. After that Marshall Bowman passes away in a jet crash and Grace lives in misery thinking she killed her father by sleeping with Jack. She thinks God is punishing her. She starts a teen abstinence group (TAG) and a dead parents club.

Meanwhile, Ben Boykevich wants to go to Bologna, Italy for the summer to work. Amy feels insecure, because she is worried Ben might fall in love with someone else. Amy wants to go, but can not because she has to care for John. Since she can not go, she wants Ben to stay where she can keep any eye on him, but Ben goes to Italy anyway. When he comes back, his personality is changed and Amy thinks that Ben slept or fell in love with someone else. When she asks Ben if he fell in love in Italy, he says no but Amy thinks he's lying, and she thinks Adrianne might know whether he is telling the truth or not. This sparks part of Amy's hatred for Adrianne.

Ben's dad falls in love with a former prostitute named Betty, but Ben does not trust her at first, because he thinks Betty is only in love with his dad for his money. Betty tries to relate to Ben, but Ben is uneasy because Amy does not like Betty either. Betty tries to reassure Ben that she loves his Dad for his heart and not his money, and Ben decides to give her a chance.








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