The Secret Life of the American Teenager : Season 1

Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

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

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
    67
    Woodley's performance lifts a well-meaning, rather brave, but ramshackle show a notch. [8 Aug 2008, p.53]
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 74
  2. Negative: 34 out of 74
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    2
    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
    1
    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. Apr 11, 2016
    7
    Teen drama is difficult to judge as many people expect far more from it that they get; they also criticise it for the very things that make itTeen drama is difficult to judge as many people expect far more from it that they get; they also criticise it for the very things that make it teen drama, such as the main characters making stupid decisions.

    This first season (at least according to the DVDs) is 11 episodes and focuses on the character of Amy getting pregnant and how it effects her friendships, home life and relationships. The high school dynamics are very focused on sex, which is more realistic than some people want to admit but there's still a strong feeling of "Americana" about the way they act. Some characters feel extremely naive and act in extremely foolish ways, get upset over stupid things etc. but at the same point they're supposed to be 15, so it makes sense.

    The character of Ben is overly romantic, but in many ways I can relate as I remember being that kind of hopeless romantic myself at 16. Other characters like Adrian are extremely sexualised and comes across as somewhat unrealistic. Finally there's the religious characters, which may resonate with American culture, but in Europe come across almost comical as we just don't have that kind of all-consuming faith here.

    Still, for a simple teen drama, it all comes together well and kept my interest long that I wanted to keep watching. Characters have endearing qualities, even the ones who you should in theory dislike. If you enjoy soaps or teen dramas, this is certainly a decent one. It won't change your world, but then it's not meant to.
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