I Started Watching "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager" Again, And These Are My Thoughts

I Started Watching "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager" Again, And These Are My Thoughts


A few months ago, I found myself perusing Netflix in search of a new series to watch. It was then that I stumbled upon The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Once on ABC Family, (now Freeform- but that's a whole separate issue-) the show portrayed the life of 15 year old Amy Juergens, who finds herself pregnant after hooking up with Ricky Underwood at band camp. Naturally, when the show aired, my mom forbid me from watching it. While I get that the show aimed to educate about unprotected sex, teenage pregnancy, high school relationships, etc., I do get where she was coming from. It was 2008 when it first aired, and I can understand why my mom wanted her 12 year old to hold off from learning about sex and all of that for at least a little longer. So, now that I'm 20, I decided I'm probably old enough to give a show about high schoolers a shot. I'm currently almost on season 3, so don't spoil it for me, but here are some of my thoughts thus far. PSA- I'm not proud of my recently found obsession for this show, just to put it out there.

1. Amy's layer game is on point.

Tank top over a long sleeve? Yes please.

2. Amy's dad is kind of over the top.

Playing a TV dad is never the easiest, but sometimes George needs to tone it down a bit.

3. Molly Ringwald is...well still Molly Ringwald.

So maybe they get better in the later seasons, but as of season 2, these girls kinda suck. Especially Madison. You'll have to watch to figure this out for yourself...

4. This show is a total soap opera.

Everyone sleeps with everyone, and people's parents are way too involved, and everyone is interconnected in some way, shape, or beautifully dramatic form.

5. Jennifer Coolidge, aka Paulette from "Legally Blonde" is in the show, which is awesome.

She's freaking incredible.

6. Sex is always discussed, and it seems like almost everyone in the show is doing it...

Call me crazy, but I wasn't really concerned with sex as much as these kids back in high school. Alas, I guess sex is kind of the foundation of the show...

7. I can't figure out why I care so much about this damn show.

It's nothing special, it's by no means remarkable, but I can't bring myself to stop watching it.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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