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.

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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! 

Review

Editor Rating: 2.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 1.7 / 5.0 (402 Votes)

Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Now that The Secret Life of the American Teenager is cancelled you are going to loose so many viewers, because the other shows on ABC SUCK. No one cares for them. The Secret Life was the only good thing about ABC. Now I and so many others are done with ABC. Unless you make another season...

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First of all .. ALL OF ABC SUCKS NOW THAT THE SECRET LIFE OF THE THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, YOU GUYS GOT LESS VIEWERS NOW THAT YOU PULLED OFF A HELL OF A STINK BOMB IN THE 6TH SEASON ! FORREAL , MY GOD YOU GUYS HAD ME CRYING !!! TRUST ME YOUR LITTLE OTHER SHOWS LIKE ,,, SWITCHED AR BIRTH OR ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK OR STUFF LIKE THAT , THAT YOU REPLACED ! DUDE THOWS TV SHOWS ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER!!! WOW , MAKE ANOTHER SEASON .. AND IT BETTER BE GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wow this ending was such a FAIL.. They should have made a 6th season. I have NO idea why they didn't. Ricky and Amy are PERFECT for eachother and I believe no matter what they would have ended up with each other. This is what I think would have happened in the ending season. When Amy went to New York she probably would have seen Ben but it would have NEVER worked out and after a while Ricky and Amy would have gotten back together. And I think Grace and Grant were always meant for eachother. Jack would just go off with Madison. But anyways I DEFINITELY think they should have made the 6th season. They are so stupid for not making it when they have SO many viewers out there and they are just going to leave us hanging. I hate the writers / ABC / or whoever made this. Whatever reason why you cancelled it, to make a better show or whatever the reason was, you screwed up BAD. You will regret this, you probably ARE regretting it. It is not too late to make a 6th season(:

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I HATE THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER SEASON FINALE!!! IT WAS SO RETARTED , NO OFFENSE TO THE FREAKIN WRITERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO DUR AMY AND RICKY ARE MENT FOR EACHOTHER! EVERYONE GOT WHAT THEY WANTED EXEPT THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERS?! ALSO IT WAS STUPID HOW YOU GUYS JUST GAVE UP ON SEASON 6 , TAKE THE EXTRA TIME AND MAKE A SEASON 6 , EVERYBODY LOVES THIS TV SHOW , YOU GOT LOTS LOTS AND LOTS ARE VIEWERS OFF OF THIS SHOW! MY GAWD , THIS IS RIDICULOUS!! ABC FAMILY IS NINCOPOOP! QUOTED BY LEO BOYKEVICH ...... AND BY THE WAY BEN BOYKEVICH IS A SMART A** QUOTED BY AMY JERGENS (: GOOD DAY ..

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I didn't like it i think they were ment with eachother and i absolutely think they should make another season

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I don't find the words to describe the end of this show if they wanted to surprise fans so i this it was the best end to do that but what a the hell have they done? I mean i don't understand the point is after all they've been thrugh. Ricky finaly changed and it's his love for Amy and john that made him become a responsible man and father. So, i thiink tehy should continu season 6 or at least make special episodes to show what happens after they split up. Will Amy realise that she belong to ricky an john? or i don't know i'm just so desapointed!!!

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amy should go back to ricky and live happy ever after

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The problem with this show is the writing especially in this last season as there some many loose ends and just overall sub par effort with the writing and story lines .I mean they based a whole season around will they or won't they get married? boring and every episode Amy and Ricky would agree and make up same shit different episode. I loved Ricky and Amy together and I believe that if they had actually had a proper conversation about their fears and doubts but the stupid writers did not give us anything, it's like purposefully tried to sabotage a good relationship. I liked the relationship between Amy and Ricky because they brought out the best in each other and both grew up so much especially Ricky he had the biggest transformation. I just think they needed to communicate better, because I think they loved each and not just because of John the show just fucked up their relationship in the 5th season actually straight after they got engaged. Sorry I'm ranting but the story lines in this last season were so shit another pregnant girl really? that was boring, also I hated the whole gay story line people Amy believing she'd wake up gay lol was just ridiculous and even her mum being after kissing one girl was a bit to extreme. The finale was terrible there way too many flashbacks, lack of explanations and loose ends they should have done a forward into the future- showing us where Ricky and Amy ended up? Ben did he finally move on? Grace and Jack or Jack and Madison? It would've maybe reedemed the episode. I did like this show, it had so much potential but the writers and produced fucked it up over the 4th and 5th seasons.

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I'm so sad about this ending, I was so happy about Amy and Ricky being together. I wish they didn't cancel it and I wish they ended up marrying eachother. I loved Ricky as a character and most of the time I disliked Amy, especially with Ben. But when she was with Ricky I liked her a lot more. I just wish they kept the season going and that Ricky and Amy did get married and we could see what their marriage was like. I am very inretested in this show and I just wished it didn't end or it just ended a lot better. :( Great show though.

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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