5.1/10
18,364
178 user 20 critic

The Secret Life of the American Teenager 

Trailer
0:46 | Trailer

Watch Now

on Prime Video

ON DISC
After an unplanned pregnancy, teenager Amy Juergens's life will never be the same, as she deals with other teenagers around her.

Creator:

Brenda Hampton
Reviews
Popularity
777 ( 145)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1  
2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008  
3 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Shailene Woodley ...  Amy Juergens 121 episodes, 2008-2013
Ken Baumann ...  Ben Boykewich 121 episodes, 2008-2013
Daren Kagasoff ...  Ricky Underwood 121 episodes, 2008-2013
Megan Park ...  Grace Bowman 121 episodes, 2008-2013
Francia Raisa ...  Adrian Lee 121 episodes, 2008-2013
Greg Finley ...  Jack Pappas 120 episodes, 2008-2013
Mark Derwin ...  George Juergens / ... 114 episodes, 2008-2013
Steve Schirripa ...  Leo Boykewich 110 episodes, 2008-2013
Molly Ringwald ...  Anne Juergens 96 episodes, 2008-2013
India Eisley ...  Ashley Juergens 91 episodes, 2008-2013
Camille Winbush ...  Lauren Treacy 90 episodes, 2008-2013
Josie Bissett ...  Kathleen Bowman / ... 90 episodes, 2008-2013
Luke Zimmerman ...  Tom Bowman 90 episodes, 2008-2013
Renee Olstead ...  Madison Cooperstein 89 episodes, 2008-2013
Allen Evangelista ...  Henry Miller 81 episodes, 2008-2013
Amy Rider Amy Rider ...  Alice Valko / ... 81 episodes, 2008-2013
Matthew Levinson Matthew Levinson ...  John 64 episodes, 2009-2013
Joseph Levinson Joseph Levinson ...  John 64 episodes, 2009-2013
Philip Anthony-Rodriguez ...  Ruben Enriquez 51 episodes, 2008-2012
Edit

Storyline

The series documents the evermore complicated yet heart warming life of Amy Juergens; a typical high-school student who is characterized by her ambition and musical talent. However, it is after one hormonal-driven night at Band Camp, that she is faced with a responsibility no 15-year-old wants to take; being a teen mom. The audience is taken on a journey with Amy as she confronts her problem and the father of her baby. Written by B.Oliveria

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Expect the unexpected.


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Brenda Hampton Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Brendavision See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Molly Ringwald sings the show's theme song "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love" written by Cole Porter. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Central Intelligence (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Worst Teen Show
21 February 2010 | by Kamran-15See all my reviews

This is, without a doubt, the worst teen-drama I have ever watched. I've seen every episode thus far (Season 2, Episode 19), so I'm not jumping the gun; I have a keen understanding of the characters and the story.

The writing is demented. Brenda Hampton has a deluded sense of reality- this is the only explanation for the superficial, melodramatic, and overly dramatized "secret life of the American teenager".

The characters are one-dimensional, and, every single one of them, including the boys, girls, mothers, fathers, mentally challenged individuals, teachers, and counselors are the exact same, they ALL only ever think and speak about sex. I think the writers have some sort of game going on to see who can write the script with the highest number of times "sex" appears in the dialogue. That is certainly not all that people think about, it's not even all that teens think about. There are other aspects to people's lives which are not considered in this thoughtless program.

"Secret Life Of the American Teenager" - This doesn't make any sense. The only secret is Amy's pregnancy. This secret doesn't even last long. Apart from that, the show does not focus on any secret aspects of teenage hood. In reality, teenagers have many secrets and troubles; drinking, drugs, gf/bf problems, abusive parents, social problems, academic problems, issues about popularity, bullies, colleges, etc...yet the ONLY focus of this show is sex. And the teens in this show don't really even have any secrets...they're constantly talking to their parents. Their parents talk to each other. Their parents talk to their friends etc...it doesn't make any sense. Parents are not that involved in their child's life, let alone their sex life. You'd think a show with the title "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager" would recognize that. Not only that, the parents are just as bad as the children. Just as shallow, just as thoughtless, and gossip just as much.

Moreover, the writing is extremely repetitive. In the dialogues, the characters constantly repeat words or phrases. They try to express themselves and reveal some kind of realized truth about themselves or their friends but it's just some whacked out pseudo-philosophy from a sex-deprived zealot named Brenda Hampton...it's pretentious and downright insulting.

I sure hope 16 year old's today (I'm 21 now) do not emulate the characters of this show, and I hope the show doesn't fill their impressionable minds with superficial, unrealistic bullshit. It's shows like this that could, if not properly moderated, brainwash the younger generations by making them more self-conscious and more concerned about sex. If you're going to let television raise your teens for you, be careful. One dimensional shows will rear one dimensional teens.

I highly recommend the Degrassi series to anyone who would like to watch a worthy teen-drama (The original series in particular)

The ONLY redeeming quality of this television show are the beautiful actresses (Francia Raisa and the woman who plays her mother in particular). They are the reason I decided to watch the show, and are the only reason I continue. They are also the reason I'm giving this show a "2" and not a "1"


41 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 178 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed