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The Secret Life of the American Teenager 

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

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Brenda Hampton
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2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008  
3 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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

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Expect the unexpected.


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 September 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Brenda Hampton Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Brendavision See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Jennifer Coolidge (Betty) was the stepmother in A Cinderella story and Megan Park played the step sister in A Cinderella story: once upon a song. See more »

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Referenced in Teen Wolf: Frenemy (2012) See more »

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Without a doubt the worst thing on TV
15 February 2009 | by theaternerdSee all my reviews

I'm sorry, but how much money did ABC Family have to pay the New York Post to call the show "beautifully written" when it truly is anything but. Brenda Hampton has no sense of what a teenager really acts like, all she seems to go on is stereotypes from other shows/movies. Grace is the overachiever who wants to go to med school: of course she's pretty and blonde. Adrian is Hispanic/Latina, of course she's the school hussy, and of course she has a mother who is never around. Jack is on the football team, so of course he'd be dating Grace. Amy is such a waste of a character. No teen is that naive, unless they have some sort of metal disability, and no: I am not dogging on the mentally disabled. Ricky is actually the only character that I could possibly see as a real teen. Ashley's personality doesn't fit the girl playing her, at all. Is she monotone, or is that her voice for the character? She's a very pretty girl and I do hope she can shed this image of Ashley.

The only reason why ABC Family picked up this show is because all the ten year old girls are watching it. And can we be serious for a second? Why do you think this airs on ABC Family and not ABC or the CW? Everyone tries to pinpoint "Oh this is a family show, this is great for ABC Family!" Not really, if Secret Life had good writing, then maybe another network would have picked it up. Brenda Hampton sold the show to ABC Family because they're so desperate for ratings they'll pick up anything that they hope will make them money. Oh and another thing, the Network acts as if Secret Life is some record breaking hit for TV. It really isn't. The pilot averaged 1.2 million viewers. That's hardly anything to the big Networks like Fox or NBC. Hell, even The CW has better ratings! The reruns of Gilmore Girls get just as good ratings from my last comparison, and that is a show that's syndicated. As a future screenwriter for TV, it pains me to know this trash is airing...

Brenda Hampton really needs to just... stop.


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