The Secret Life of the American Teenager (often shortened to Secret Life) is a television series created by Brenda Hampton. It first premiered on ABC Family on July 1, 2008. The show was renewed for a second season consisting of 24 episodes on February 9, 2009, which began airing on June 22, 2009. The first season focuses on the relationships between families and friends and how they deal with the unexpected teenage pregnancy of character Amy Juergens, who is portrayed by Shailene Woodley. In the second season, Amy Juergens must deal with juggling motherhood and high school, while her family and friends experience relationship challenges of their own. 
The series received generally negative reviews from most mainstream critics when it began broadcasting, but was extremely well received among viewers. The pilot episode broke the record for highest rated debut for ABC Family, which has been broken by the second series premiere, beating Kyle XY, with 2.82 million viewers, and the season one finale brought in 4.50 million viewers, beating the night's Gossip Girl which had almost half its usual number of viewers. The second season premiere earned mostly positive reviews from critics and was praised and extremely well received among viewers. Secret Life opened its second season with the largest audience so far, posting a series high in Total Viewers with 4.68 million viewers and currently is the No. 1 scripted original premiere of Summer 2009 so far in Adults 18-34. The show has also earned the Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Show during its premiere season. It currently airs on Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC Family in the U.S. and on Citytv in Canada.