I Rewatched The First Episode Of "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager" And It Didn't Age Well...At All
What was I watching???
In my youth, I was obSESSED with the show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. However, looking back as an adult, I am coming to terms with how problematic this show was.
Recently, Shailene Woodley herself revealed that filming the show was one of the hardest things she's ever had to do.
So what better time than now to rewatch the first episode of Secret Life and see how it holds up?
The greatest mystery in modern television history is how the creators of Secret Life were able to bag Molly Ringwald for this show.
OMG. Y'ALL. WE ARE ONLY 30 SECONDS INTO THIS EPISODE:
Amy finding out she was pregnant while Molly Ringwald was in the kitchen reheating her pot roast was a cultural reset.
"Let's fall in love." OMG, this theme song sent me back.
Ah, yes. We love the coercion of teenage girls.
WAIT A DAMN MINUTE! The only reason why Ben is interested in Amy is because he has a better chance at having sex with her than with Grace Bowman?! WOW
The only thing that would make this WORSE is if they bet on it — and I spoke too soon.
The fact that Amy doesn't realize she can go see a pediatrician to get a pregnancy test makes me very concerned for the teens in this high school.
What is with the teens of Poor Sex Ed High making bets at Amy's expense...
IDK, I find it wild that this boi is just drinking a carton of milk.
I'm not sure what the going salary was for guidance counselors back in 2008, but I know for a FACT that Mr. Molina was not getting paid enough to put up with this:
Is Ben...wearing...two sweaters???
WHAT ARE THEY TEACHING THE KIDS AT THIS SCHOOL?
This girl has too much sense for this show.
They are NOT playing "Daughters" by John Mayer while Amy's waiting in the waiting room to find out if she's pregnant...
I am only halfway through this pilot and I already wanna yeet this show out of my mind.
Amy's sister's ONLY crime was wearing a crop top and her dad basically called her a whore...
This dude is giving the parents on Gossip Girl a run for their money.
Hey, that's the dad from Smallville!
These girls really think that Amy's only option is to date Ben, make him fall in love with her, tell him that she's pregnant, and then get married.
I remember as a kid, thinking that this girl was the villain, when really, we should have been rooting for her the entire time!
OK, I'll be first to admit that maybe I was a bit to quick to hop on the #JusticeForAdrian train...
All I've taken away from the pilot was that the cautious best friend, the underpaid guidance counselor, and the crop top-wearing sister are the only ones worth rooting for on this damn show.
In conclusion, my mother once told me that if I didn't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything. So I'll leave you with this:
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