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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: I Choose Me

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With graduation from Grant High School came a lot of decisions. And I can only imagine that longtime fans of The Secret Life of the American Teenager are going to have really strong opinions on "Thank You and Goodbye."

For weeks, months, seasons and years it was always about who Amy would choose.

It's Graduation Day

In the end, I guess she chose herself. She didn't stay with Ricky, but she didn't definitely end up with Ben either. She choose to see where the next chapter of her life would take her... without her son. I can also imagine there will be a lot of strong reactions to that part of her decision.

Elsewhere, Grace and Jack finally broke up. Henry and Alice got back together. Omar came back for Adrian. Honestly, there's not much to say about a finale that was 80% filled with flashbacks. The one major scene was the break-up between Amy and Ricky. It showcased how well Shailene Woodley and Daren Kagasoff have it in the future with their careers. They have both grown so much since the premiere in 2008 and have become great actors. Fox should not have passed on Delirium with Kagasoff at the helm. 

That scene was heartbreaking for so many reasons, including the fact that it was finally the honest truth from both of them. They weren't in love and while they loved each other, it wasn't ultimately enough. I only hope that John grows up to have a good life.

After everything we’ve been through, we both just deserve to be madly in love when we get married. | permalink

I guess Amy did have a point with what she said and hopefully all three of them will end up happy. That scene was probably the only positive thing I have to say about this finale.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager was the first show I have ever reviewed for TV Fanatic and seeing it through to the end was important to me, despite the many unrealistic, cheesy and sometimes downright awful storylines. A finale that basically phoned it in was a disservice to all of the people who did stick with the show through the years.

So that's it on my end. What about all of you viewers? Were you happy with the finale? Were you satisfied with the way it ended? I'm interested in hearing all of your thoughts so hit the comments! 

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I strongly think they should make a season 6. they left a lot out. it cant just end like that. we should be able to know what is going to happen. it just cant end like this it needs to end differently. that was one horrible ending. if you remember ricky says" and she lives happily ever after," soo it cant just end like that it needs to keep going for a season or two. there are lots of people who would like to know more about what happens after amy left for college. does she see john again do her and ricky work everything out. does she live in newyork all by herself after she is done with college?? there are soo many things everyone would like to know. its needs to keep going on.

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@ daniela

I know it need like two or three more seasons mostly everyone who seen this Hates the it ended it only been a year it wouldn't hurt to make more seasons. At first thought I thought the writters had really good taste but the ending waz sucky I change my mind but I would change my mind if u writters make more plzz plzz😑

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(You should probably read my other comment too) For the people who think Amy is a selfish brat and left without saying goodbye, she did say goodbye. Watch the finale again and when she's at the butcher shop with her parents she says: "maybe i should go say goodbye again. But John might get upset and cry." They just never showed her saying goodbye to him. A lot of stuff could've happened during Collage but because the show ended we won't know. But I honestly think she tried to get together with Ricky again. She just said she wasn't ready, and did want to have a wedding. Honestly, I think they SHOULD redo the finale or do a special episode showing everyones life after Amy went to college. And maybe the time in between like weekends and summer.

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@ Rebecca

Me too I would think if they make more than Amy would go back to Ricky but no one will found out cuz the show ended i wish there were more 👪

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I decided to watch Secret Life after finding out that Shailene Woodley, Divergent star, was in it. I thought "if she's in it it's probably good." So I watched it. I watched a couple of eps of s 1 and different eps then watched the finale. I WAS SO ANNOYED O.M.G. But I decided to watch all the eps after Ricky started dating Amy. Once I got up to season 5 I started to understand the whole breaking up. And near the last episodes and the LAST episode I realized something, Amy didn't abandon Ricky & John 4EVER. She went to summer school to try out the School. What I think the writers did was, they made a viewers ending. The writers wanted people to make THEIR OWN ending. Everyone went to the conclusion, AMY LEFT RICKY RUINING EVERYTHING. This is pretty true, but thinking about it, Amy might have went to summer school, coming back now and then and might have started to see Ricky again. She might have finished College and come back to start a life. A family. She probably came back ready to be a family, with Ricky AND John.

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@ Rebecca

You, my friend, are a genius.

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WTF was wrong with the writers when they were writing this? Were they on crack?! This is the worst ever possible ending... who in their right mind would leave their son? And most importantly... RICKY UNDERWOOD??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tha last episode showed laziness and just very crappy writters. Ricky and Amy after like 5 years deserved to be together, but even if they don"t why is everyone alone. I stopped watching this show this season. Because i forgot to watch it, but then remembered it ended so i came back to watch the series finale and im left with this. There are soo many questions i have.

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@ jazzyfizzle

Why do Amy and Ricky deserve to be together? Because they have a son. John was an accident, Ricky never loved Amy, both are selfish people, and both did nothing but bring chaos, and misery to people who loved them. So does that give them the right to live happily ever after? Ricky deserved to end up alone with how he treated Amy from the beginning of the show, and from how he treated every other girl like Adrian, Grace, Ashley, Karlee, and every other woman he slept with. Amy will get hers one day too, she was a selfish little girl through out the show. She was arrogant, irresponsible, and way to conceited to get a happy ending with how she treated Ashley, Ben, Adrian, Ricky, her friends, her parents, and even John. One day she will learn getting what she wants is not getting what she needs, and hopefully it will lead to Amy getting what she deserves.

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@ Wimafaye

Well I'm happy they broke up too. I'm also glad that everyone on the show is moving on with their lives, I was quite happy that most of them were single at the end. But unlike I wish everyone on the show a happy ending and I personally think they will get that because they all finally realised the truth after years of bullshit drama. Also you should't bash other people's opinions for liking a couple. I've read some of your other posts on here and you're rude whenever anyone says they wish Ricky and Amy or even Ben and Amy end up together, it's their opinion you don't have a right to bash them. I don't have any ill feelings towards Ben or Adrian, Ashley but if I did I wouldn't go bash another person who writes about they wish Ben and Adrian ended up together and like them as a couple. People ship whatever couple they like, I don't ship Ricky and Amy but I don't bash people who like them as a couple.

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i cried when Adrian lost the baby the song they played was sooooooooo sad :(

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@ josie

Right

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Yea I know right but your wrong on one thing Ricky and Amy are not ment for each other in my opinion. Ricky doesn't really live her and Ben is the one who really lives her so ya.

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@ Erindrago

But can Ben be happy with Amy? Ben may love her, but he knows he can't trust her, and he wasn't happy with her. Loving someone is easy for Ben to do, but he and Amy can never be happy together. He will always wonder if she loves him, or settling for him. He will always be stuck with Ricky in his life because of John. He knows that Amy will never be really care about what he needs, or wants in their relationship. So even if they did get together because they would never last. Ben needs to grow up, and spend time away from everyone in his past. That is why I'm glad he is going to Italy, hopefully he will mature around people who aren't as dumb, selfish, immature, or materialistic as those he was around. I really hope his other relatives can give him wise advice and not ignorant advice like his dad. That way he can find love, real love that will heal the wounds, his friends, his dad, Amy, Adrian, Rick, and the loss of his mother and daughter put in him.

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I wonder if instead of getting pregnant Ricky gave Amy HIV. That would have made a much more informative and educational show. This series never lived up to its hype with how they made teenage pregnancy look okay. The fans adored Ricky who in my opinion was the worst for how he treated both people and the situation. Ben was totally naive, but his heart was usually always in the right place. So many give credit to Ricky for stepping up, but honestly everything good that happened for Ricky was earned through manipulation. I think the only reason Amy, John, Adrian, and Ricky were able to survive was because of Ben. I honestly think his character should have did as Ashley and left. He really didn't need anyone on the show for anything. His friends were very non-supportive and in the end did more harm than good. Leo was totally ignorant in almost every situation until the end. It was his influence that caused most harm to Ben. He never really needed Amy, Adrian, and Ricky at all they all did nothing but hurt, him, use him, and then ask him for help. Yet so many wish to demonize him. If there is a movie or a new season I hope it teaches that life is not easy, and Ben finally grows up and leaves these people behind.

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@ Wimafaye

you should marry Ben, you seem to be in love with him.

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@ Wimafaye

I agree with you Ben does need any of those people. I know that Ashley left because the actress India Eisley was going to be in a different series. I like you think Ben's heart was in the right place too but he is naive and impulsive. And unfortunately his character remains stuck in the 4th and 5th season he does not grow up. He is stuck in this weird trance, it would've been better for him if he left.
He jumps into things too quickly like his relationships with Amy and Adrian. If Leo had any sense he would've told Ben to walk away from Amy when she got pregnant. Ben should've just dumped Amy he was always confused about his feelings for her anyway. Adrian was a user she only got interested in having a relationship with him when he started giving her nice things. She also used him for sex to make Ricky jealous.
As soon she felt "better" she dumps him to go after Ricky and then poof finds Omar. Then she gets a free condo. I know Adrian went through a lot losing Mercy, but seriously she had no consideration for Ben. I know he kept saying he wanted out of the marriage and yelled at her which was wrong, but I don't anyone realised how hurt he was. He was too distraught himself to look after Adrian. In end she got happy and Ben didn't get anything.
He stood by Amy through out the pregnancy , treated her so well yet fans still ridicule him for being clingy and want her to be with Ricky. I believe Amy loved Ben but for some reason everyone hated Ben and that's when the writers screwed up his character. This show was never that great to begin with but it just got worse and worse after the first season.

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@ Liss

That would only be you criticizing Adrian when Amy never loved him either. She didn't consider Ben when she first started dating him, knowing she was pregnant. She never even told him she was pregnant. In the episode after he slept with Adrian she admitted she didn't think she was right for Ben because he was a nice guy. Adrian at least was honest with Ben about everything, and didn't try to keep him holding on. Amy on the other hand continued to manipulate Ben at every turn. She only fake married Ben so she wouldn't have to work. She also was asked by Ben on several occasions on if she had feelings for Ricky, each time she said no, but then moves in with him. She tells him she wants nothing to do with him in Season 5 when Jack goes to the hospital then texts him a picture of her in that wedding dress. She tells him to stay away from her on the plane, then goes to his father for a loan. If Amy loved him why was she using him the entire time to provide for her. In all that time did she even once consider his feelings. She never considered Ashley's feelings. She never considered Ricky's feelings, or John's. Yet now she is in New York with the ability to go back to Ben or Ricky. Amy is by far worse for Ben than even Dylan. Even Leo with all of his ignorance recognized that. Dylan at least wanted Ben, Amy was only interested in using Ben.

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@ wimafaye

The writers set this whole show up as a Ben and Amy love story! Brenda Hampton said so herself when she created the show. She said that it was meant to be their love story with John being a bump along the way. But Ramy got too big for their britches so they had to shoe horn the Ramy pairing in and Ben and Adrian were never meant to be either. So Ben's misfortunes are because of negative and Ramy fans that hated Ben and Amy's relationship. So yes after all the stuff that's happened Amy does come off as a user. She also did apologise after they had that fake marriage, it's another thing about show they are continually over emphasising how dumb and clueless teens can be. Also this is a teen drama show where relationships are constantly changing, there is always going to be secrets, lies and cheating. They spent a whole season on the same story lines just to create drama, yeah it's stupid but it is what is. The writers in my opinion spent to much time catering one fan base aka Ramy so that's why the show became crap. Also how was Adrian always honest? She did try and keep holding him to try and trap to have another while sending seductive messages to her ex-boyfriend- like I said before all the writers care about is creating drama to keep things entertaining instead in depth into issues. Take the show for what it is; it is light hearted, unrealistic, silly drama that is entertaining.

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WTF? WHATS U WITH THAT / OMG U JUST LOST VIEWERS FOR YOUR CHANNEL MAKE A 6TH SEASON YOU OLD OAKS! YOU JUST GOT TEENS SPIRITS FOR LOVE AND DROPPED THEM SKY HIGH
!!!!!!!!!!! WOW ....... AND BTW RIKKY AND AMY ARE FOR EACHOTHER THERE LIKE DESTINY ,,, THAT SEASON FINALE SUCKED SO BAD ... LIKE FORREAL WHAT WERE YOU TRYING TO DO ? DID YOU EXPECT EVERYBODY WOULD BE ALL DANDY AND CHCOLATE LOLLIOPS AND COTTON CANDY ? WELL GUESS WHAT U SURPRISED US AND MADE ALL OF US PISSED OFF THANKS ALOT , ABC SUCKS , NO KIDDING , IM NEVER WATCHING ANOTHER THING OF ABC AGAIN ... MTV IS TOTALLY WAY BETTER NOW
!!!! ESPECIALLY SINCE THAT PIECE OF CRAP SEASON FINALE YOU POLED OFF .. URRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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@ MAD

You are so right they need to make a six season. That season was so stupid !!

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I stayed up until 7 am watching this freaking show for hours and hours and hours! Thinking at the end it will ALL be worth it. Ricky and Amy would be together and be madly in love. But no you leave me with a crappy ending!!!! You guys need better writing tips. Here is a site: http:/writingfordummies.com Then create a 6th season you dweebs!

The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 6 Episode 12 Quotes

High school has not been kind to you either.

Amy [to Ben]

It took a long long time for me to grow up, so I'm sorry if you got hurt along the way.

George [to Amy]
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