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The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Volume Five

Wow, talk about being in the wrong target audience. I put this volume of TSLOTAT on to watch for the first time…and I was bored within minutes. From what I gather, this show was created, in part, to help teens and their parents to have a healthy discussion about sex and relationships. I’m assuming that’s the “secret life” part of the show’s title.

While those intentions are all well and good, it doesn’t help that the actual execution is pretty terrible. The acting is not that terrific, the dialogue is almost laughable and the storylines are almost non-existent. They all seem to revolve around questions of who’s sleeping with who, who “loves” who, and who’s scheming to get into which guy’s (or girl’s) pants. And all this is happening, mind you, while these kids are in high school. Now don’t get me wrong: I’m not naïve enough to think that this sort of stuff doesn’t go on in school these days, but to base an entire show around the sex lives of teens seems incredibly boring and narrow-minded. Plus there are other shows of similar ilk that do a much better job of exploring the high school mindset.

In the end, perhaps this is a tremendous aid to parents struggling with broaching the “sex talk” with their kids. But this approach is pretty boring…and I would hazard that’s also not very accurate. I’ll pass.

Jeremy Hunt
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