The Secret Life of the American Teenager : Season 1

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Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    Secret Life feels a lot more authentic than many teen dramas.
  2. 75
    The show, like the old "90210" and "The O.C.," looks to be--from its premiere, at any rate--a top-flight series about a group of high school students, most of whom I liked immediately.
  3. 70
    As entertainment, the pilot is a most impressive work of economic and focused storytelling.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Woodley's performance lifts a well-meaning, rather brave, but ramshackle show a notch. [8 Aug 2008, p.53]
  5. It's far more realistic in scope and situations than "Gossip Girl," but there's such an earnestness and one-dimensionality to the characters that they seem a lot less believable.
  6. Shailene Woodley is terrific as the teen in question. Unfortunately, other parts of the show feel so contrived they border on soap opera parody.
  7. 50
    A good girl’s surprise pregnancy is a strong premise, but creator Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven) undercuts it by surrounding Amy with an uninspired ensemble of precociously cardboard classmates.
  8. It feels thin, mechanical and confused.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    From the tramp to the Christians, everyone but Amy feels more like a type than a genuine character. Although a degree of shorthand is to be forgiven, these characters are caricatures at best as the series careens all over the place.
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Campily depicting high school as a den of sluts and predators, Secret achieves the noble goal of making sex thoroughly unsexy.
  11. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    The pilot was so uneven that the whole affair nearly veers into "Reefer Madness" territory--the kind of over-the-top cautionary fable that subverts honorable intentions through hysteria or cliche. Despite its pedigree, Teenager doesn't appear to have ever stepped inside a high school, either.
  12. This new ABC Family effort from Brenda Hampton (“7th Heaven”) works feverishly to make an educational institution look like the equivalent of a Nevada brothel but succeeds mostly in transforming high school to high camp. Were these stereotypes any more simplistic, they’d need to come with their own parental warning label.
  13. ABC Family means well but could not have done worse. Secret Life doesn’t take the fun out of teenage pregnancy, it takes the fun out of television.
  14. It's a shallow portrait of youth, and I can't see how Hampton and her team of writers will be able to sustain things over the course of the series if this continues to be the focus.
  15. 20
    Nothing about it feels original or even especially timely, and it certainly doesn't reveal any great secrets about society.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 131 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 75
  2. Negative: 34 out of 75
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    I try not to watch this show because I turned it on and counted over 50 times that they said "sex" "abstinence" or made some other blatantI try not to watch this show because I turned it on and counted over 50 times that they said "sex" "abstinence" or made some other blatant sexual reference in one episode "Ashley, are you going to have sex?" "I'm not going to have sex. And if i was going to have sex i wouldn't tell you about sex" "Sex is something you should talk about. sex...." blah blah blah. Oh please, realistic this show isn't Full Review »
  2. JenniferN
    Jan 4, 2010
    OMG.... i just got out of high school about a year ago... this TV show is the most unrealistic TV show out there...... me and my boyfriend OMG.... i just got out of high school about a year ago... this TV show is the most unrealistic TV show out there...... me and my boyfriend lived together for three years now and we dont talk about sex THAT much... i swear.. in this TV show..... you hear sex in every single scene. =.= LAME! Full Review »
  3. Nov 25, 2016
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I have mix feelings about this show. For the beginning of her pregnancy Amy acted the way I expected a typical teen girl to act if pregnant. However as her pregnancy went on this went away besides the whole adoption thing. After the baby was born I hated Amy because of her territorial attitude over her son. He she needs to get over herself and realize its not only her baby. I hate that she makes most of the decision without Ricky's input. I also really hate what happened to Adrian and Ben's baby in season 3 or 4 and there was no reason for it, plus it was the only girl baby which I was looking forward too since I prefer girls. Also the name John is too old for a child in our time, even in 2008 not many children were named John anymore. Beside that I absolutely love the show, it makes me laugh constantly. I also love how ruined and messed up Amy's family is. Full Review »