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  • Although the show is directed toward teens and is bit to after school special in some aspects, I enjoy it fairly well
  • It's not the best written, nor the most original show, but the characters are likable and there is enough mixture of comic element, drama and suspense in the show that it definitely is not boring

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      The Secret Life of the American Teenager is a new television drama series that airs on ABC Family channel. The show has completed one season and season 2 started Monday, January 12th 2009.

      The Secret Life of the American Teenager centers around Amy Juergens, a 15 year old girl who became pregnant after her first time having intercourse. The intent of the show is discourage teens from being irresponsible and to encourage them that they should wait to have sex.

      Much of the show revolves around how Amy faces being a pregnant teenager and the struggles she endures while going through this very hard time in her life. The show goes over the options that a pregnant teen has, from abortion, to raising the baby themselves, to adoption. The show quickly dismisses the abortion option from the beginning. At this point in the show Amy is teetering between raising the baby herself and putting the child up for adoption.

      Although Amy and her family are the primary characters of


      the show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager does not focus just on Amy and her problems. It seems that a number of Amy’s peers are facing serious problems of their own. This show follows these teens, their families and the stories of each as their lives, problems and secrets gradually unravel before us.

      The boy whom Amy had the one promiscuous adventure with and who is the father of her baby is quite troubled himself. In the beginning of the series he was portrayed as the cad type who went after every girl in school and tried to score with each. As the series progresses we learn that a big part of the reason this boy acts in this manner is because he was sexually abused by his dad as a small child.

      Another girl in the show is very promiscuous. She seems to think that the only way to get a boy to care about her is to sleep with him. In the beginning ...


      • of the series it seems that she is just a nasty girl with no morels who just likes to sleep around. As the series develops though, we start to understand that this girl is lonely and maybe even a bit insecure herself, which is what often leads to her promiscuous behavior.

        Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is just the teens on this show that have secrets and/or are struggling with problems that they are not quite sure how to deal with though. Most of the parents of each of these teens seem to have quite a few troubles and secrets of their own. Each of these problems and secrets are gradually revealed, one by one, as the series develops. Some of the secrets or problems do not seem to be that big a deal, while others are shocking.

        As the series continues and we gradually learn more and more about each character, their struggles and their secrets, we slowly start to understand each and every

        character a little better and learn what drives them to be the people they currently are.

        Each episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager continues from where the previous episode left off. Also, each episode is like a continuing saga of all the previous episodes, sort of the way a soap opera plays out. Therefore, it is necessary to see all, or at least most all episodes, in correct order, to keep track of what’s is going on and fully know and understand what is happening on the show.

        Although the show is directed toward teens and is bit to “after school special” in some aspects, I enjoy it fairly well. I find it to be entertaining and a bit suspenseful as well. I look forward to watching each new episode each week. It’s not the best written, nor the most original show, but the characters are likable and there is enough mixture of comic element, drama and suspense in the show that it definitely is not boring.




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