The Secret Life of the American Teenager first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008. Season 1 began with 11 episodes broadcast from July 1, 2008, to September 9, 2008. After a hiatus, 12 first-season episodes aired January 5, 2009, through March 23, 2009, despite being marketed as season 2, for a total of 23 episodes.
We would never begrudge you your favorite teen drama because hey, we all have are guilty pleasures. But there are definitely some programs out there that transcend their target demographic and manage to be not just good teen shows, but good television, period.