In a nutshell, American Teenager is a show about what happens after vulnerable 15-year-old "good girl" Amy comes home from camp pregnant from her first and only sexual experience. In season two, Amy just gave birth to baby John and so a love triangle begins between Amy, Ricky (the father of Amy’s baby) and Ben (Amy’s virgin boyfriend). The plot thickens as we find out that Amy’s recently divorced mother finds out that she is pregnant (by her boyfriend/boss). As if this is not enough sex going on, cheerleader Grace, a self-proclaimed Christian who had taken a vow of abstinence last season, loses her virginity to Jack, her on again/off boyfriend -- star of the football team and then decides that she loves sex. This is after she has a huge fight with her father over her virginity; only to find out that after having sex, her father was killed in a plane accident.
If you ask me, the show still appears forced and is filled with stereotypes of today's teens. The teenagers and adults in this series seem too consumed by sex. If I got paid for each time the word sex was spoken during this episode, I’d be a rich woman! The one redeeming part of this episode is when promiscuous, sex-crazed Adrian adamantly tries to stop Grace from having sex. Though Grace tries to make the argument that she has been on the pill for a month and Jack will be using condoms, Adrian makes the insightful debate that just because Grace is prepared for sex, she is not emotionally ready to lose her virginity – that your first time should be special. Apparently though, Adrian’s argument falls on deaf ears.
This drama was created in collaboration with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy – the group notes that nearly 47% of all high school students have had sex. Also, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy points out that approximately 1 million teenagers in the US will become pregnant during the next 12 months, and 95% of those pregnancies will be unintended. About one-third of them will end in miscarriage, one-third ending in abortion, and one-third of the teenagers will continue their pregnancy and keep the baby.