The Secret Life of the American Teenager Analysis
The Secret Life of the American Teenager is a show that portrays a group of stereotypical teenagers, and demonstrates how the act of having sex affects their everyday life. The show, which airs on ABC Family, implies that the only thing teenagers are concerned with is sex. The Secret Life of the American Teenager claims to teach valuable life lessons about relationships and sexual responsibility, but blatantly uses this claim to fool parents into letting their teens watch.
The target audience for The Secret Life of the American Teenager is teenage girls. ABC Family has a reputation for showing mostly family friendly content and is trusted by parents. This particular reason is why many young teens are allowed to watch content that would usually not be allowed by many parents. It appeals to parents by having a public service announcement at the end of the show about why teens should not be engaging in sex or whatever problem that the characters are dealing with that particular week. This is obviously just a clever way that the network came up with so they could sell sex to teens. The show is all about what teenagers shouldn’t be doing or thinking about doing. But it seems as though the show is doing a better job at encouraging this type of behavior rather than discouraging it.
The first season of the show starts out with Amy Juergens, an awkward band geek, who ends up getting pregnant at band camp by Ricky Underwood, the popular and promiscuous boy who attends the same high school as Amy. Mainly the show centers on Amy and how her pregnancy affects the people and relationships around her. The writers continue to use this same plot line throughout the later seasons by putting other characters in similar situations. The show generates tension between the characters by having them frequently fight over each other’s boyfriends and also by speaking out towards each other in a hypocritical way for stealing boyfriends or...