Best Acting Award for The Secret Life of The American Teenager

Out of all the young adults on the show, who do you believe does the best acting job? Shailene Woodley as Amy Juergens Allen Evangelista as Henry Miller Kenny Baumann as Ben Boykewich Amy Rider as Alice Valko Megan Park as Grace Bowman Francia Raisa as Adrian Lee India Eisley as Ashley Juergens Daren Kagasoff as Ricky Underwood Greg Finley as Jack Pappas Camille Winbush as Lauren Treacy Renee Olstead as Madison Cooperstein Luke Zimmerman as Tom Bowman

Valid Links

As usual whenever I try to add a valid link to an episode with no good links, it's locked and I can't figure out how to contact whoever can unlock it to add good links. So I'm posting a link to season 1, episode 11 here: And since this is a discussion...have any of you had these same problems (not being able to submit a good link because somebody locked it and there's no visible way to get around it) with the different shows you watch here on sidereel?


How would you convince Grace that sex didn't kill her father? How would you handle the situation as her brother/mom/close friend?

when does it air again?

*spoilers* since the season finale, im glad amy kept the baby, JOHN! :] but when does it continue to air? :S

Gossip Girl VS The Secret Life

The glamorous and scandalous trappings of the Upper East Side or the sometimes ridiculous, sometimes down-to-earth, 'real life' drama of teenage pregnancy? We'd all agree that GG is full of hot actors, hot clothes, a fast paced script and great hype. Then WHY oh why do i come across this statement " ABC Family can't resist taking regular swipes at Gossip Girl, the CW series about teenagers that proclaims its hipness in elaborate marketing campaigns. For all the publicity, Secret Life regularly harvests more viewers than Gossip Girl despite reaching millions fewer homes. " So why is secret life the underdog? Is it due to its realism? (let's forgive the wooden acting and lack of cute guys.) What do you say? Gossip girl or secret life?

This show is getting out there.

Okay, so I think that we can all agree that this show isn't particularly realistic. Sure, it's got it's moments-- teen sex, pregnancy, divorce, hook ups... but more and more, this show going from relatable and real-ish to just a teen soap opera. Amy is getting more and more annoying and vapid (this last episode, where she went into labor, I just wanted to smack her, pregnant or no), Anne is getting more and more enabling, and Ricky is getting more sympathetic... which kind of annoys me even more, because the tween cries of "Ricky is so hot, I want Amy to dump Ben for him" are getting more shrill and deafening. If you visit the ABC family message board for this show, you'll see mad support for this idea, as well as for the idea of 15 yr old Amy keeping her baby. I started off being guiltily addicted to this show, and now... now, I don't know. I still am watching it, but it's getting more and more annoying. I don't know if it's going to be able to sustain past the first season. Anyone else feeling this way? Or vehemently disagreeing? Or have any comments whatsoever? Please tell me that I wasn't the only one wanting to smack Amy (as I have almost every episode of the show)!

Who's Your Favorite ABC Family Character? - Featured

With so many great original ABC Family shows and movies, there are plenty of characters to love from the relatable college kids on Greek and high school kids on The Secret Life of The American Teenager , to the fantasy-tastic Kyle on Kyle XY , and the wonderful families like the Caldwells of the Au Pair movies. Here are some of our ABC Family favorites, so comment with your favs from this list or any other favorite characters from ABC Family shows and movies! Katie Caldwell - Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise , Au Pair 1 & 2 Jenny Morgan - Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise , Au Pair 1 & 2 Alex Caldwell - Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise , Au Pair 1 & 2 Oliver Caldwell - Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise , Au Pair 1 & 2 Casey Cartwright - Greek Cappie - Greek Amy Juergens - The Secret Life of The American Teenager Ben Boykewich - The Secret Life of The American Teenager Kyle - Kyle XY Jessi - Kyle XY Charles Antoni - Lincoln Heights Cassie Sutton - Lincoln Heights Alex Delgado - The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing The Dream Kylie Shines - The Circuit Heaven - Samurai Girl Photos courtesy of ABC Family

Highly addictive show, but I hope young viewers are watching with parents (SPOILERS inside)

I really enjoy this show, and have actually gotten pretty addicted to it. I initially watched it out of curiosity-- I wondered how a show on ABC Family about a 15 yr old pregnant girl would play out. Seemed to be a rather sordid tale for a network that seems to run towards the G-rating (hence the "family" part of the name). I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was a show that wasn't nearly as squeaky clean as I'd expected. I must admit, I was also curious to see how the 80's icon who once played a struggling pregnant teenager herself would play the mom in the same scenario. Molly Ringwald is lovable and adorable as ever, but man I just don't buy her as a mom. That said, I do love her character here, and since the show is so highly unrealistic and unbelievable anyway, I really can't complain. My main concern about this show is that it is giving some very unhealthy ideas to any young impressionables that might be watching about what teenage pregnancy is. As an adult, I can take the storyline with a big grain of salt and see it as the fantasy it is, but I sincerely hope that the young viewers have someone who is teaching them that Amy's situation is NOT AT ALL REALISTIC. A 15 yr old who gets knocked up, yet whose parents seem only mildly disappointed by the news? A girl who finds a sweet boyfriend that not only isn't bothered by the fact that she's carrying the school man-slut's child, but comes from a wealthy family, wants to marry her, provide for and raise the baby as if it's his own-- AND his father is on board with this scenario, too? Sorry kids, but this just does not happen in real life. My other issue with the show is that it focuses the drama in all of the wrong places. The Juergens' divorce is not nearly as drama filled as it should be. The only person that seems even mildly distressed by this news is Ashley (whom I LOVE, though she's written way too mature for a 13 year old). Everyone else seems to have an awfully "ho hum" attitude about the family's collapse, including the wife who just found out that her husband is not only a cheating scoundrel, but finds out from her children, because he is, of course, cheating with a classmate's mother... a mother-daughter who prove that the ho doesn't fall far from the ho tree. And then, of course, there's the small matter of the teen pregnancy (main plot device that it is, and all)... no one seems all that upset/incensed/disturbed about it. The main issue that Amy struggles with for so many episodes is how to tell her parents... which is done with the smallest amount of drama or dialogue possible. No yelling, very little tears... and then it's all over, and life is dandy-- no talk about abortion, no serious discussions about adoption, not to mention ZERO discussion about STDs-- shouldn't Amy be tested? That Ricky dude is a walking advertisement for Trojan, Planned Parenthood, and locking your daughters in their rooms, all rolled into one. He's cute and all, but *shudder* he has GOT to be incubating some nastiness in his hot little bod. And once parentals are notified, Amy only cares about the stigma of being the school slut-idiot who only said no to protection. Does this girl even go to the doctor after having her pregnancy confirmed? Where are the prenatal classes? The baby is an afterthought. As season 2 dawns, we are 3 months away from birth, and yet there are no plans made for the time after birth. Happily, Ann is pushing Amy in the "you made your bed, now you must lay your own damn baby in it" direction, which is great, but... where's the baby stuff? Shouldn't they be buying a crib, and reading What to Expect? Anyway, I guess my point is-- great show, highly addictive, but if you are a teenager (or younger), please know that life does NOT happen this way. Teen pregnancy is NOT this clean. Please have your parents (or someone you trust) watch with you, so that they can point out how unlikely and patently ridiculous this show is. Enjoy it, but don't for

Demographics Question

So...I've watched all the episodes and I have a question for all you 'The Secret Life' fans. I'm wondering what the target audience is for this show. The scenarios they present (boyfriends/girlfriends, coming of age issues) seem to be geared towards teen aged viewers but the main storyline itself and a lot of the problems the characters face are adult issues. I assume most fans are female as, in my opinion, it's a girly show.

Watching the new season

hey all i am so excited its getting ready to air so right back when it is over