When I saw the previews on ABC Family for The Secret Life of the American Teenager, I definitely knew it was something I wanted to try. I am not so old that I don't remember high school, and I was very curious to see what they thought the secret life of teenagers actually was. Of course, I knew it could be too crazy because it IS ABC Family!
So, I gave it a try, and after episode one I was hooked! The show centers around Amy, who has become pregnant by a kid name Ricky after one crazy time at... say it with me... band camp! (I'm pretty glad I never did band in high school.) Anyway, it was a one time thing and Ricky is a player. In season one, the focus was what Amy was going to do with the knowledge she was pregnant. Season two focuses on her decision on what to do with the baby after deciding she will have it. She is overwhelmed by the idea of the mega responsibility involved with raising a baby at fifteen. Amy also continues to be adored and loved by her boyfriend Ben.
My only complaint about this series is that there are too many storylines going on at at time and there are way too many characters. Several of the actors are not that great and their characters are boring, so I find myself wanting to skip their scenes. Also, Amy is a smidge too whiny and I can't relate to her character as well. My two favorite characters on the show are Adrian and Amy's sister Ashley. I also want to point out this fact about the actress that plays Ashley- India Eisley. Her mother is Olivia Hussey, who if you're up on your movie triva, you will remember played Juliet in the famous Franco Zeffirelli adaptation. Cool beans!
Family Time Factor: Once again, not something young children would be interested in and perhaps not so relevant with kids around 11 and under. But, considering that it is based around high school age students, I think that it would be appropriate to watch with your teen.
MOTR Grade: A-
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season Two will be available on DVD June 16!!!