The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this show- but shipping took forever and 1/2 of the discs were scratched.Published 29 days ago by Slurptastic
Great show, really enjoyed watching it in high school. Watching it with your kids really opens the floor for conversations about touchy subjects, you can learn from the characters... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sparkles
when some one explains to me why the ending of the series is totally different on dvd than on Netflix which is much better on Netflix than I will change my rating why would dvd... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David L. Gilmore
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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
Dec 28, 2009 by Bob Drake | See all 3 posts