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The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1 (2011)

Molly Ringwald , Shailene Woodley  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Molly Ringwald, Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Megan Park, Daren Kagasoff
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ABC Family
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 473 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ILFUAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1" on IMDb

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The secret in The Secret Life of the American Teenager becomes all too clear early on. After having sex for the first time, 15-year-old Amy (Shailene Woodley) becomes pregnant. Scared and unsure of what to do, Amy keeps it a secret from her parents, hoping she'll be able to figure things out. Created by Brenda Hampton, the series is slightly edgier than Hampton's breakthrough series 7th Heaven. Though controversial in topic, The Secret Life of the American Teenager still is a family drama with a twist of Juno thrown into it. In an adroit bit of casting, 1980s teen queen Molly Ringwald plays Amy's mom, Anne. Loving and supportive (but at times clueless), Anne is preoccupied by her philandering husband. The show tackles a myriad of subjects not often seen in family-oriented programming: broken chastity vows and child abuse. It also touches on the what differentiates a good girl from the class “slut.” The script offers both preachy and snappy dialogue. When Anne tries to rush Amy's younger sister to school, the girl snaps back, “At least I won't be late for my period.” One of the defining elements of the series is that while it clearly does not condone unwed pregnancy, it also doesn't condemn it. By having the stereotypical good girl make a bad choice and wind up pregnant, the series offers the premise that this could happen to anyone, even your Straight-A child wearing a purity ring. The Secret Life of the American Teenager depicts the shame of the pregnant girl, but also offers her hope and options. There's a sweet romance between Amy and Ben (Ken Baumann), who knows she's pregnant by a different boy but loves her anyway. Their verbal exchanges are reminiscent of the dialogue between Angela and Brian from My So-Called Life, except Amy appreciates Ben's adoration. The season finale is designed to leave viewers wondering whether Amy will keep her baby, give it up for adoption or have an abortion. Given that the series originally aired in 2008 on the ABC Family channel, it's a good guess that the latter isn't a viable option. But it leaves viewers curious as to how Amy will navigate pregnancy and childbirth with finishing school and living out her own so-called life.--Jae-Ha Kim

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All secrets come to the surface in the fantastic first season of the hit ABC Family original series that has fans and critics buzzing all across America. Good-girl band geek Amy is smart, talented, and pregnant. That is just one of the many surprises facing Amy's friends and family in this poignant portrait of modern-day high school life. Experience an award-winning series overflowing with humor, heart, and compassion. THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER is hours of engaging entertainment. From the creator of 7th Heaven, Brenda Hampton
Winner 2008 Teen Choice Award, Choice Summer TV Show. Number One cable series among teen and adult demos, Number One series on all television among teens. Source:
NTI Coverage Area on 9/4/08, research data provided by ABC Family
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show on TV July 19, 2011
Format:DVD
With all the stupid crap that comes on television these days, Im proud to have a great, positive show to look forward to every week. This show is realistic. Sure, it has annoying exaggeration on many occasions of events that occur. But, it's only because they want to make everything really clear to a young audience. They tend to be repetitive...very repetitive. Other than that, it's great. It shows you how and why teens may sometimes do the things they do. (Such as get pregnant, practice promiscuous behaviour, have no friends, drop out of school.) I love it. So real and also very funny. And not to mention, it teaches some great values and lessons. highly recommend!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID! September 17, 2012
By D.J.L
Format:DVD
I thought this was the COMPLETE first season...its not. Its not even stated, but its the first HALF of season 1. The second half of season 1 is titled "season two". Its so stupid! One would think if I buy a DVD that says "season 1" I'd be buying the full season. And one would think that if a DVD says "season 2" it would be the second season, but no, its the second half of the first season. DUMBEST. SYSTEM. EVER. They finally start calling them volumes at volume 3, which is the first half of season two. I'm so aggravated. I almost want to sue ABC for false advertisement. Seriously!!! What were they thinking!!! NO WHERE on this DVD does it say its only the first half of the season!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHY CALL IT SEASON 1! March 2, 2013
Format:DVD
Why call it Season 1 when its only half a season...Season 2 is the second half of Season 1!!! So misleading and when I wrote in about it they told me I should have read the reviews first!!! Why would I read a review if I know what I want to buy??? How about marking the DVD correctly and call it what it is!!! False advertising.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season One of "Secret Life:" July 20, 2011
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This is a great series. It is very realistic, for one thing. But one thing which it includes that I am really impressed with is the importance of family values, and family itself. During this young teen's pregnancy, she bands together with her friends and family to get through it. There are a lot of tuff decisions which have to be made, and her friends and family help her with this. There are certain people in her life that are very supportive, and some that aren't (but that's the way it always goes in real life).
It is a riveting first season, since there is always some kind of drama or cliffhanger going on between the characters. The main family gets close to falling apart, but tries to stay together, and it's really hard to determine which way it will go. This keeps you interested and eager to find out what happens.
I recommend this to anyone. It's also good for this day and age, since it sharply illustrates the consequences of young teen pregnancy on a young woman's life. Good morals are in here as well, which is also another refreshing thing to find in a modern show today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great January 23, 2013
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geat shipping method and the show is amazing so excited to start watching it gonna start tonight when my daughter gets out of school
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift January 16, 2013
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I got the whole series for my daughter on a whim and she absolutely loves them all. Very happy with this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied January 2, 2013
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I am very happy with everything has been great! It was all shipped right away and packaged with no problems. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars :) December 13, 2012
By Hannah
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Bought this since i am a HUGE secret life fan. The disks were all there, they all work. I am happy with my purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!
Thank you for the great deal on this! Fast shipping! Love the show and I am happy to start collecting this series!
Published 24 days ago by amanda hawley
3.0 out of 5 stars liked the show
i liked this show and could totally relate being a teen mom myself but they just dragged it on a bit to long.
Published 1 month ago by shanelle lucchese
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
love it. i have yet to get the other seasons but it's a good show. i"m sad it's over now and how they left everyone hanging at the end but overall it's good
Published 3 months ago by s
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies
It was my favorite show and I like the opportunity to watch them whenever I have time since it is no longer on TV
Published 3 months ago by Denise Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop watching
For the record, I normally would never even consider watching a show like this- but I gave it 5 effing stars so that says something right there! Read more
Published 4 months ago by SL
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous !!!!
If your looking for a show about teenagers here is a good one,with action , drama and anything that makes the teenage years so long, perfect, also discusses major issues with the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by emzygrl93
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a little awkward because the cast didn't know each other that well, but it was still an awesome season and I was dying to watch more by the end.
Published 8 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome show
This show is awesome. It is a teen soap opera. It shows the teen challenges that teenagers face daily. This dvd is worth having.
Published 10 months ago by khatreyis
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Show
I started watching this show and thought it was pretty good. The storyline seems a bit repetitive and it can be boring but I did always want to see what happened next. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alexa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 1
I love it very much. The story is good and so true. I can watch this over and over again.
Published 11 months ago by Teddybear
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The second volume contains 12 episodes averaging 43 min each, so the shows are "hour" shows. However, IMDB.com lists 23 episodes for the first "season" (and you can watch them there). At Amazon the DVDs are grouped by "Volume." All sets have 3 DVDs. So maybe the... Read more
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