by Alexa Duplisea
Secret Life of the American Teenager
How many people can be pregnant or have a kid in one show? Well, Secret Life of The American Teenager upstaged Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant for being the show with the most pregnancies. So far on the show there have been at least six pregnancies. This show’s main focus is teen pregnancies, and it is really not something I want to watch every week.
At the end of every show, they have their own Public Service Announcement educating teens about pregnancies. So, why does it feel like in the show they are promoting pregnancy? They make the lives of these teen moms seem less difficult than they are in real life, and it can give teenage girls the wrong impression about teen pregnancies.
In this episode, Amy, played by Shailene Woodly, is getting married to the father of her child, and she has recently picked out a wedding dress. Unfortunately, it is ugly, and none of her friends and family like it. So yes, this episode is not focused on pregnancy, but too bad because it’s still not interesting.
All the family and friends of Amy and Ricky do not feel that the two teens should be getting married just because they have a child together, but none of them speak up about it to the couple. Throughout the show Amy shows the dress to everyone she knows and gets the same reaction: they hate it. The only thing that got my attention in the show was wanting to find out what the dress would look like after she fixed it up, but it wasn’t shown in this episode and I don’t care enough to continue watching the series.
This show has been on ABC Family for five seasons, and they are currently on their last season. Most of the girls on this show are in high school and at some point have been pregnant, which really makes me mad! Are they trying to promote girls in high school getting pregnant? I sure hope not, but that is what it seems like. Amy and Ricky are planning on getting married, and they already have a kid. Although they have their differences, they are a happy couple, which might give teens the impression that it is okay to get pregnant and get married in high school.
I have one confession. I used to watch this show when it first started, and I was obsessed. There was always some drama going on, but in the last few seasons all that happens is someone new gets pregnant. Who cares?! Nobody wants to watch a show where all the girls in one high school get pregnant, and all they talk about is sex! Not appropriate for a channel named ABC “FAMILY.” Not at all a family show. My rating for this show is 1 out of 5 stars.