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The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1

4.1 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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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 (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ILFUAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,498 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 change the whole ending what a rip off
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I like this show but Kind of wish Now a days when you buy a TV Show Season it would come with the Free Season on VUDU or on any Amazon.com Account you want it on so I can Stream it anywhere I want they should start releasing a Digital Video Copy with any TV Season you buy if you buy Season 1 has Season 1 Code you can Redeem on your Account.
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I started watching this show and got hooked. Even though it gets a little soap opera-ish in Season 2 & 3, I still like to watch it. The first season just follows "Amy" as she tries to figure out how to tell her parents she is pregnant and she starts to hav feelings for "Ben" who is so sweet.
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