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"The Secret Life of the American Teenager", a teen drama on ABC, was created, written and produced by Brenda Hampton who also created 7th Heaven. Secret Life, as the show is also known, began in 2009. Its eye-opening storyline centers on high school Freshman (Amy Juergens) who becomes pregnant during a one-night-stand on a band trip. The show follows the challenges to her family and life as she continues through high school as a single mother.

The story primarily follows the Juergens family, consisting of parents, George and Anne, their children Amy, Ashley, and (eventually) Robert, and their grandson (Amy's son) John. During the course of the series, Amy must wrestle with the intricacies of high school social politics and her own personal dramas dealing with her boyfriend, Ben, and Ricky, the father of her son.

It's not only Amy who has relationship challenges, but Amy's own parents divorce and reconcile, and have another child during the course of the series. Additionally, Anne makes a startling realization about herself which ultimately casts strong doubt on the possibility of remarriage to George despite their renewed affection for one another.

A large cast of characters rounds out this series. Amy's younger sister, takes a non-traditional approach to finishing high school and wrestles with her own approach to living a meaningful life. The cast of high schoolers with whom Amy frequently interacts experience all of the relationship fluctuations that television drama writers can possibly drum up.

Secret Life has received several Teen Choice Award nominations and recorded one win. The show was picked up for a fifth season in the spring of 2012, and no doubt millions of eager fans will be fixed to the television in the fall, anxious to see how their favorite characters deal with the blows of teen drama.

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Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC Family
5 Seasons, 121 Episodes - Currently Airing
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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Full Episode Guide

  • It's graduation and the group feels nostalgic about the last few years. Amy feels divided, while Grace contemplates Jack's place in her life. Meanwhile, Adrian is ecstatic when an unexpected visitor knocks on her door.

  • Ricky is suspicious of Amy and confronts her. Ethan receives much-needed advice about his love life. Amy is furious with Ben. Jack's commitment to Grace is tested, and Henry makes an important decision about his future.

  • Adrian is devastated by Omar's decision and lashes out on Ricky and Jack. Ben is determined to reunite with Amy and makes an unexpected confession to Alice. Meanwhile, Clementine returns to town and pays Ricky a visit.

  • Ricky discovers Amy's reasoning for her choice of wedding day. Amy, Adrian and Grace struggle to restore their relationships while pursuing their individual dreams. Anne begins to feel like an outsider in her own family but soon finds an unlikely ally.

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