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The Secret Life of An American Teenager

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Does anyone watch this? I kinda like it. I am just so tired of all the "reality" stuff and was looking for something light, but entertaining.
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Does anyone watch this? I kinda like it. I am just so tired of all the "reality" stuff and was looking for something light, but entertaining.
I've been watching this show and I do like it as well. Some of the teenage drama gets a little silly at times, but I think they've done a pretty good job of portraying a teenager who suddenly finds herself accidentally pregnant. I also like that they none of the characters are all bad or all good, even the "bad boy" character.
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It's my current guilty pleasure. : I don't think the acting is great and I get a bit tired sometimes of the seemingly hypocritical "preaching", but it IS by the creators of 7th Heaven, and that's something I got used to with that show.

I have to admit, though, I like it.
post #4 of 263
I was was actually offended on the one last week. Grace (cheerleader) almost got attacked and defended herself with a broken beer bottle; the next day the video of it (caught by a security camera) was on the news and everyone was making fun of her. Hello!!!!??? She almost got raped, not something to make fun of.
post #5 of 263
I watch this too, and while I find alot of it unrealistic I like it. Though the acting is BAD, even Molly Ringwald whom I was looking forward to seeing.
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The acting is terrible. I just want to grab the girl by the shoulders and say, "JUST TELL THEM ALREADY!" Which I know she is but sheesh. And before I am blasted, I was a pregnant teen (at 15 years old!).
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I was was actually offended on the one last week. Grace (cheerleader) almost got attacked and defended herself with a broken beer bottle; the next day the video of it (caught by a security camera) was on the news and everyone was making fun of her. Hello!!!!??? She almost got raped, not something to make fun of.
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The acting is terrible. I just want to grab the girl by the shoulders and say, "JUST TELL THEM ALREADY!" Which I know she is but sheesh. And before I am blasted, I was a pregnant teen (at 15 years old!).
Oh yea that really bothered me!

I am into the show, because my sister (14) is really into it and wanted me to watch. My thoughts are that it is a good show but they do a bad job of character building. Hearing Amy go on and on about "you don't know my parents, I cant tell them" bugs me because they haven't shown us any real reasons why her parents wouldn't be understanding. I don't mean the regular old "I cant tell my parents, they will be so mad" I mean that Amy makes it sound like these are the kind of parents who will kick her to the street and they have never built the parents to make me think that she couldn't tell them.

Jack bothers me. Period.


One thing though is that the show really does make me want to encourage my sister and make sure she understands that if she ever does end up in that situation that she does have someone she can talk to about it.
post #8 of 263
DSD (15) and I watch it faithfully, it's "our thing" now heh...
We laugh out loud at bad acting, cheer on the silliness, ooo, and aaah, in all the cheesy places. The show is not very believable, so many things make zero sense, yet, I like being able to share it with dsd.

When we can't watch it, we record.
post #9 of 263
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I didn't get airing the broken beer bottle thing over and over and didn't like that part either.

I remember my sister got pregnant in high school and didn't tell until she was 6 mons. along. We even shared a bedroom and I had no clue.

Either I was so spacey in the 80's and thought Molly Ringwald was it, but she isn't doing a very good job acting in this show. However, it won't stop me from watching it though.
post #10 of 263
I like this show, too.
post #11 of 263
i think it's super cheesy and badly scripted, badly acted, and the background music (twangy guitars of doom) remind me too much of 7th Heaven...

...but i still watch it every week.
post #12 of 263
I am hooked on this show, seriously. We had a girl's night out last Tuesday night and dispite my pregnancy fatigue you KNOW I stayed up to watch the later showing of it at 11pm.

I too was a pregnant teen, and not only did I not tell my dad, I myself didn't know for a LONG time as I had frequent bouts with no periods due to being really skinny and really active in sports... it is a miracle I got pregnant with my DD at all with the whole female triad and all that.

So I think they do portray Amy well. I mean, my dad would NEVER have kicked me out (and my mom passed away the day before my LMP of that pregnancy, just so yall know why I say dad instead of parents), but even when my swimming season ended and my period didn't return, and I started suspecting, I didn't say anything to him. A friend's mom noticed I was gaining weight "in all the right places" and she said something to my dad, and he brought it up with me. I don't know if I could have told him myself even if I had known though, I was so scared.

I don't think Grace is a very believable character. Ben is a bit weird as well. I just don't see there being many people out there like either of these two. You know which character I think is the MOST realistic? Ashley... haha! Typical 13 year old (being the mom of a 13 year old).
post #13 of 263
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Yeah, Ben kind of gets on my nerves.
I think Amy's dad used to play on As The World Turns or General Hospital.
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Yeah, Ben kind of gets on my nerves.
I think Amy's dad used to play on As The World Turns or General Hospital.
He used to play on One Life to Live as Ben I am happy to see him on another show.

Jack is so unbelievable to me. One minute he is all about getting sex, then he is oh so I want to be a Christian and then he is I only dated you because they asked me to and now he is .. I really do want YOU. ugh.
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I also love this show. I teach high school and do see many similarities in the characters. The one thing that drives me nuts is the constantly ringing cell phones at the high school.....I have never taught at one that would allow that! LOL. And when students were just leaving school on their own? Also doesn't happen- talk about huge safety liability. But for all the bad acting and reality type problems, I do love watching the show. I like the character of Amy and can see her as a typical teen ager. I see many girls like her.
post #16 of 263
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i think it's super cheesy and badly scripted, badly acted, and the background music (twangy guitars of doom) remind me too much of 7th Heaven...

...but i still watch it every week.
me too
post #17 of 263
My 14 yo ds got me hooked on this. WE watch together. I remember characters EXACTLY like all of these characters when I was in high school(and i am 33 now!) we live in deep south so religion is big..all the cool jocks would go to church on sundays but be screwing on friday nights, ugh ugh ugh. I remember alllllllll to well. And Grace was very typical for many girls I went to school with. Adrian is too. The only character that I cant believe is Ben. How many 15 year old boys would act the way he does? I want him for my son. He is awesome!
post #18 of 263
I have been watching this on Youtube every Thursday night. I knew she was going to keep the baby, because thats the whole premise of the show and all, but I cried tonight when she and her mom were sitting at the table talking.

I think a lot of these characters are believable on some level. Ben, kind of.. my little brother would have been that type at that age. And Jack... on my gosh, please write him off. He is a horrible character. Like somebody else said, very flip-floppy. But then again, that can be teenagers!
post #19 of 263
i'm addicted! i am not a very good critique so i don't notice any bad acting...or i pass it off i love the show!

i also didn't tell my mom i was pg until i was 5 months, wore the larger shirts/jackets as well (i could pass that off since it was cold out until i told my mom) and i was turned 19 just a few days before i told her and i hadn't even LIVED in her house for 2 years!

ah....Ben...just a good kid! wonderful portrayal of his relationship with his dad...if only it was all like that! i can see how my dh would be that way if it had happened earlier...heck add 3 yrs to bens age when it happened and thats EXACTLY what my dh did...down to the baby not even being his! so those characters do exist in life...just so happens i think i married the last one

adrian....although she's not portrayed as a very good person on this show i HOPE HOPE HOPE that if somehow i become some don't care deadbeat parent i have a kid like adrian. smart keeps up with school work, keeps a clean house, takes CARE of herself (cooking cleaning etc) and is at least responsible with sex. i mean really what 16 year old can boast being able to take care of herself like she does (supposedly). i hope more shows are on like this when my kids are teens!
post #20 of 263
I looove the show! The acting is horrible, the storyline kinda sucks, and the dialogue is pretty bad at times, so I'm not quite sure why I love it, but I do. I think the girl who plays Amy & the girl who plays Adrienne are intriguing somehow.

I do think it's really stupid how Ben didn't even know Amy on one episode, and on the next one, he suddenly "loves" her. Still, the romantic in me is hoping they get married and keep the baby and Ricky falls into a black hole somewhere.
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