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First Look: The Secret Life of the American Teenager

ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager has a clunky title and a premise disconcertingly close to that of Juno. But it also has Molly Ringwald, and for that alone, I want to check the show out when it premieres July 1.

The show is, at face value, the story of Amy (Shailene Woodley, aka the first Kaitlin Cooper of The OC), a band geek who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Of course, like any show about high school and/or suburbia, her life isn't the only one full of secrets below the surface — there's also a Christian cheerleader whose decision to wait till marriage is tough on her boyfriend, the bad girl who might just be a covert nerd, and more.

The show comes from the mind and pen of Brenda Hampton, best known for creating 7th Heaven, and Secret Life seems to have a few things in common with that show — notably some over-the-top soapy dialogue and questionable child acting. And yet, it looks sweet and almost comforting, not unlike the Heav at its best.

Do you think you'll give this show a chance? To watch a preview, just


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ShannonSoCrazy ShannonSoCrazy 8 years
haha This show is hilarious in the worst way.
Trinifire1 Trinifire1 8 years
The script on this crap is horrible. It seems like there reading out of a book.
Trinifire1 Trinifire1 8 years
This show is like eating crap on a stick which is roasted in a fire.
coweyes62 coweyes62 8 years
I love this show. I especially like the younger sister. I can't remember her name at the moment, I think it is Ashley.
ladybones ladybones 8 years
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pinkluver77 pinkluver77 8 years
this show seems like it would suck, but it's actually tolerable.
vally1 vally1 8 years
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I will watch! I need a replacement until the new season of Greek starts.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
Maybe I'm the only one who liked 7th Heaven but oh well. Sure it was wholesome and preachy at times but it was about a minister and his kids. I don't know about htis new show but I'd be willing to give it a try.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I'm with HipMom. I need something light and cute once in awhile; I can't watch SVU EVERY NIGHT.
smileyface smileyface 9 years
I've seen the commercial for it a lot. So I might check out the premiere and then see what happens, lol.
raieven raieven 9 years
uhm, no.
Childofthe80s Childofthe80s 9 years
I actually think this is a great addition to the ABC Family lineup! It sounds like it's going to be a pretty realistic look at high school and the issues kids are facing, and I give the show enormous props for daring to confront those issues (especially the topic of teen pregnancy and when to have sex.) Plus, I also love Molly Ringwald and seeing her is going to be a serious time warp for me. I might even watch in my leg warmers just to relive my youth.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I will skip it.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
It looks kind of cute. I think I'll check it out - sometimes one needs some "lightweight" stuff.
em113 em113 9 years
Eek this looks terrible. I was looking forward to abc family's summer programming but needless to say I'm underwhelmed.
ShannonSoCrazy ShannonSoCrazy 9 years
aaaagh. I know I'll be watching this. Probably for the same reason I have seen almost every 7th heaven episode... I'm just curious to see how bad it can get.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
whoops, angelinemarie, I should have said the first Kaitlin Cooper!
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
I'm with you kaykayelle! I've been waiting for this to premiere. Yes, I like the corny shows. I'm curious to see how this plays out though as it looks as if she's a 'band-geek-good-girl' who had sex once and didn't even enjoy it.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
I saw this REALLY lame moving on tv that i assume was straight to video with Molly Ringwald and thats why i watched it for 20 mins.... i will never make THAT mistake again, it was terrible! And this.... well it looks like an even cornier version of degrassi jr.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
she only played Kaitlin in the first few episodes before the show recast her (Willa Holland) and started making her a regular character
kaykayelle kaykayelle 9 years
This show's been marked on my calendar since the premier date was announced. I'm very curious to see how Brenda will deal with teen pregnancy with the main character.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I know I'll least for awhile.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Yeah, I'm curious to see what Molly has been up to. :)
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