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First Look: The Secret Life of the American Teenager


ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager has a clunky title and a premise disconcertingly close to that of Juno. But it also has Molly Ringwald, and for that alone, I want to check the show out when it premieres July 1.

The show is, at face value, the story of Amy (Shailene Woodley, aka the first Kaitlin Cooper of The OC), a band geek who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Of course, like any show about high school and/or suburbia, her life isn't the only one full of secrets below the surface — there's also a Christian cheerleader whose decision to wait till marriage is tough on her boyfriend, the bad girl who might just be a covert nerd, and more.

The show comes from the mind and pen of Brenda Hampton, best known for creating 7th Heaven, and Secret Life seems to have a few things in common with that show — notably some over-the-top soapy dialogue and questionable child acting. And yet, it looks sweet and almost comforting, not unlike the Heav at its best.

Do you think you'll give this show a chance? To watch a preview, just read more.

Photo and video courtesy of ABC Family

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