The Secret Life and Why I’m Not Watching It Anymore   Leave a comment

So, I’ll admit that I’ve been watcing The Secret Life of an American Teen. I’ve DVRed it from the first episode and they just started the second season. But I’m not going to watch it anymore. The premise is okay, and I know they’re trying to open up lines of communication between teens and parents about sex and all that. But I just don’t think the show is very well written. Even in the first season, I felt like some of the dialogue was hokey and uncomfortable. And the way the “Christians” in the show seem to set themselves apart from everyone else as though they’re better just irks me. I understand that certain morals are generally only adhered to by Christians, but when I say things like “I don’t drink,” I don’t follow it with “I’m a Christian.” The fact is, I don’t drink. Christian or not. But it seemed like every time someone in the show said something about not having sex, it was closely linked to a statement about being Christian. As if Christians are the only ones that don’t have sex. My own personal decision to not have sex until I was married had absolutely nothing to do with religion. And everything to do with being intensely aware of the consequences of my actions. My own parents only got married because they got pregnant. And that marriage fell apart 6 years and 2 more kids later. I think I can do better than that for my own kids. So I kept my legs closed until I’d chosen the person I could spend forever with. Nowhere in there, did I ever think, I don’t want to have sex because I’m a Christian.

And the dialogue just got worse with the new season. I was annoyed by how overly dramatic some of the characters were, but I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because they’re 15 and my sister is 17, so I understand that Oh My God! Life is So Hard! It’s like, The World is Ending! But there’s a point where you have to draw the line. And I’m drawing it. When Grace’s mother and brother come home and ask where she is, Jack’s response is “She’s upstairs and she’s fine.” Now, this is the first point where I was like “wtf?” No one had any reason to think she wasn’t fine. Then her mother said, “He’s dead.” And once again, Jack’s reply makes me go “huh?” “No. No one’s dead. We just had sex.” Right. Because when someone tells me that someone’s dead, my response is “No, it’s all cool. We just had sex.” As if any guy in his right mind is going to tell their teenage girlfriend’s mom that they just had sex. And then the dialogue just gets worse from there as each set of characters hears the news in the most suspenseful way. None of which I thought was very suspenseful at all. The only real dialogue in the whole thing (in my opinion) was when the brother looked at his newly sexed sister and said “You killed him.” Which, to me, was the only realistic reaction to anything in the whole damn episode. I’ve really been trying my best to ignore the crappy overacting, the way too blunt dialogue, and the overall ridiculousness of the show. I figure anything that’s designed to actually have a point and spark discussion between parents and kids is a good thing. But at some point, you just have to demand that what you’re watching actually be good, too.

So I’ll be taking this one off my DVR list.

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