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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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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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  • Actors: Molly Ringwald, Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Megan Park, Daren Kagasoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ILFUAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,682 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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D.J.L on September 17, 2012
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashanti Surratt on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By brandon90 on 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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Kaufman on January 29, 2009
Format: DVD
I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this program. On the one hand, it is a fairly well-written drama, with a plot that's hard to stop watching. On the other hand, the fact that this soap opera is being targeted at teenagers (or worse, pre-teens), is troubling.

This is troubling because the show sends the wrong message to teens and pre-teens: namely, that ALL teenagers are having sex, and that teenagers think of nothing else. Parents should be aware that sex is a CONSTANT topic of conversation on this show, and that there are several scenes of teenagers shown in bed together. The show's message (to the extent there is one) seems to be that it is normal for high-schoolers to be engaging in sex, and that this is ok as long as they are using condoms.

Another aspect of concern is that almost every character on the show routinely lies to the other characters: teens lie to each other and to their parents; parents lie to their children; and husbands lie to wives and vice versa. Nor is the constant lying ever addressed as a problem--rather, dishonesty is just a normal part of life for the characters on this show.

There are a few bright spots on the show. Shailene Woodley, as the lead character (15-year-old Amy) is very believable as the sweet, vulnerable, normally-good girl who suddenly finds herself pregnant by a manipulative jerk with a troubled past and problems of his own. Kenny Baumann is wonderful as Ben, Amy's kind-hearted boyfriend who loves her and sticks by her, even after finding out that she is carrying someone else's child. Ben at first asks Amy out because he wants to have sex with someone (surprise) and figures that Amy might be willing.
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Seen much of this show being watched by an 11 year old (girl of course). The show sucks! Although it's slightly humorous in places, it's overly obsessive with the word sex to the point where the dialog doesn't even sound natural. All characters (males, females, counselor, parents, boys, girls, Down syndrome kid, overly religious Christian girl, all of them!!) are totally obsessed with SEX. The show isn't about any secret life of anyone. It seems to be a teen show supposively for the purpose of warning kids about pregnency, but is really about promoting teen SEX SEX SEX. That's what being a teen is all about. Having SEX as much as possible. Nothing seems to be said much about condoms (you'd think a teen show this obsessed with SEX would). And hardly anything to nothing's said of the other parts of these people's lives. Just their SEX lives and SEXual relationships. If you want your young son or daughter to focus their entire teen hood on getting laid, and for them to think that life is primarily if not exclusively about doing this and talking about it all the time, this is a great program for them. But be prepared to raise a teen with a one track mind!
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Is this a half-hour or hour long show?
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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