The Secret Life of the American Teenager

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Heartfelt drama tackles teen sex, pregnancy, parenthood.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 88 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 187 reviews

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age 12+

The Unrealistic and Overly Sexual Life of the American Teenager

I first watched this show in 2008 when I was 13 and I found it very entertaining and was addicted to it. Now, rewatching as an adult, I realize how bad the acting and the story line is. It portrays very unrealistic relationships between teens and their parents- the parents and teens talk about sex WAY to much together and in way too much detail. As a teenager, and even as an adult, I would NEVER discuss sex with my parents in the way these teens do with their families. There are good messages surrounding teen pregnancy, sexual assault and teen dating/relationships but there are other shows that discuss these topics in better ways than this show. I will give the casting director credit for creating a very diverse cast group, which includes characters with disabilities, different races and sexual orientations- especially for it being produced in 2008 when diversity was not as common on television. Overall, your 12 or 13 year old would probably find this show very entertaining and it is overall appropriate in terms of very little swearing, no drugs or alcohol use, but it talks about sex way too much- literally in every episode you will hear the word "sex" a minimum of 20 times. If your child has not learned about sex yet, this show would not be okay for them.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
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age 17+

All about sex.

This show is disgusting. Who ever came up with the story line has a sick mind. The fact that everyone sleeps with each other including the adults and the fact that these “kids” are only 15-16 years old is disturbing. I will not ever let my kids watch this. I don’t know why everyone keeps saying that there’s good to this show when there isn’t the adults are very immature and stupid for letting their underage kids get into those types of consequences. The only one who I had respect was with Ben’s dad. The only one who had common sense. Everyone else was stupid. Especially Amy’s parents. Dumbest of them all. Waste of time. The fact they portray this show as a way to talk to your parents about sex is easy and you should trust your parents when no kids in their minds would talk to their parents about who they are having sex with and when they are going to have sex as if their adults and not 16 years old.

This title has:

Too much sex

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