The first season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, an American television series created by Brenda Hampton, debuted on the ABC Family television network on July 1, 2008. The first season comprises 23 episodes, the first eleven of which ended on September 9, 2008. Despite marketing issues, the remaining twelve ended up as part of the first season, which concluded its initial airing on March 23, 2009. Season one regular cast members include Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, Daren Kagasoff, Kenny Baumann, Francia Raisa, Megan Park, India Eisley, Greg Finley II, Jorge Pallo, Mark Derwin, and Luke Zimmerman.
Kyle XY was ABC Family channel’s highest rated original series from June 2006 - July 2008, but lost its reign when the series premiere of The Secret Life of the American Teenager brought in 2.8 million viewers. The season finale brought in 4.50 million viewers, 2.4 million of whom were females. The show was the number one scripted telecast on March 23, 2009 in viewers 12-34 and the number one telecast that night in viewers.
The season focuses on the relationships between families and friends dealing with the unexpected pregnancy of character Amy Juergens, portrayed by Shailene Woodley. Probably the last girl anyone would expect to suffer such a scandalous event, Amy's world begins to expand as she discovers that virtually every student at her high school deals with some secret or unexpected problems, from the religious good-girl Grace to the tough-kid Ricky and to clingy loving Ben.
After losing her virginity to Ricky Underwood at band camp, Amy Juergens discovers that she is pregnant. As Amy contends with her family life, and struggles to come to terms with her pregnancy, she seeks solace from her friends, Lauren and Madison. Meanwhile, Grace Bowman, the most popular girl at school, promises abstinence to her parents.
Lauren and Madison accidentally reveal Ricky's involvement with Amy to the school. Meanwhile, Grace is torn between forgiving Jack and moving on with her life, and Amy experiences her first bouts of morning sickness.
Ben continues to pine after Amy, which results in them sharing their first kiss. Also, Amy shares the news of her pregnancy with Ashley - leaving their parents in the dark. Elsewhere, Adrian believes that Ricky is just using her for sex.
Grace hands in her pompoms after she's caught on tape defending herself against two drunken men. Meanwhile, Amy finds Ben's clingy behaviour very irksome.
Amy makes a decision about her pregnancy.
Amy shares the news of her pregnancy with her mother. Later, Amy's absence from school sparks a rumour that she's having an abortion.
Ricky wrestles with the repercussions of sleeping with Amy. Meanwhile, Amy considers moving in with her grandmother, Mimsy.
Amy and Ashley's grandmother visits. Elsewhere, Adrian flaunts her budding friendship with Grace.
George bonds with Amy and Ashley. Elsewhere, Tom hires a "friend" for the night, and Lauren is caught kissing Ricky.
Amy faces her first day back at school, while Cindy Lee encourages Adrian to foster a relationship with her father.
Adrian's father calls the police after she disappears from school. Elsewhere, the school learns of Ricky's visits to Dr. Fields, Grace is pressured into wearing her purity ring, and Ben and Amy consider having sex.
Assisted by their friends, Ben and Amy marry in secret. Meanwhile, Tom asserts his independence after meeting a new girl.
Anne and George are reunited after Amy and Ben's parents find out they got married, and Adrian's dad tries to get to the bottom of where the fake IDs came from.
Ricky's father comes to town with some advice for him on how to be a parent.
Amy has the opportunity to find out the sex of her unborn child. Meanwhile, Jack does community service and believes that he sees Bob violate his parole.
Amy and Ricky consider adoption as a possible option. Meanwhile, George's co-worker shows interest in adopting Amy's baby.
Amy and Ben struggle to get along when Ben tells her he wants some time to himself. Anne and George start looking for suitable adoption parents.
Ashley tries her best to get Amy and Ben back together again, while Ricky tries to sabotage the adoption process.
Adrian wants to mix things up a bit and tries to change her look, Jack is still bringing out his thoughtful side by raising money, and Anne might soon be off the unemployment list.
Amy gets help from her friends on what to do about the baby.
Adrian and Grace have trouble getting everything together for Amy's baby shower. Adrian is distracted waiting for her brother to call, resulting in her forgetting to invite anyone to the shower. Meanwhile on her way to the shower Amy goes into labor.
While waiting for her baby to be born, Amy flashes back to when she met Ricky at band camp.
Both friends and family come for the birth of Amy's baby, and Amy has some difficulties with becoming a mother. Ashley and George move out of the house.