If there is one thing that teen dramas love, it is making girls with a bright future ahead of them get knocked up. I thought that every kind of teen girl ended up pregnant in TV shows until I started to do a little research. Uh, I was definitely wrong. Audiences, I guess, only want to see teen girls get pregnant if we don’t expect them to be “that kind of girl.” Pfft, whatever that means. Honestly, anyone can go through some serious missteps in their sexual activity and end up becoming pregnant. And as much as I’m side eyeing the prevalence of plots that love to give successful, smart young women some tragic downfall, it is true that you can be the smartest girl in your class and still be totally clueless about sexual health.
So yeah, acknowledging teen pregnancy is important…too bad almost all of the teen pregnancy plots on TV really suck. Here are 7 in particular that stand out for us.
Liberty from 'Degrassi'Of course, who would have expected that Liberty would get knocked up? Not me, and definitely not JT. Apparently those "king sized" condoms they used didn't do the trick, leaving Liberty pregnant. Their lives are turned upside-down, but Liberty decides to go through with the pregnancy and give her baby up for adoption. Source: Degrassi/Teen Nick
Adrianna from 'Beverly Hills 90210'You know what's great? When you are tested negative for HIV but positive for pregnancy. And by great I mean awful, but Adrianna did what she could to terminate the pregnancy, only to find out that she was too far along to get an abortion. She ends up giving the baby up for adoption, but not before her pregnancy becomes a big ol' scandal. Source: Beverly Hills 90210/CW
Jal from 'Skins'So, Jal is an amazing clarinet player with a lot of privilege and a bright future ahead of her...which is exactly why something had to go wrong. Of course, making her pregnant wasn't bad enough. The show also had to kiss off her boyfriend/baby daddy as well! Unlike most TV shows with this common trope, however, Jal gets an abortion in lieu of jeopardizing her future. Source: Skins/E4
Mini from 'Skins'Mini is one of the few girls on this list who isn't known for her brainy reputation. In fact, her mom was a single mother who gave birth to her pretty early in life as well. I guess this is one way of the show trying to show that these kind of cycles can repeat themselves, but it honestly came so far out of left field that I'm still angry about it. Source: Skins/E4
Quinn from 'Glee'So, I never watched Glee consistently but our friend Kaitlin from Teen.com told me that Quinn claimed she got pregnant from Finn's semen floating around in a hot tub...but in actuality she was just sleeping with his BFF Puck. Hot tub semen though... Source: Glee/Fox
Some Girl Named Katie In Some Episode Of 'Clueless' The TV ShowFor some reason this incident really sticks out for me, probably because I was in my early teens when I watched it. The Ivy-bound school brain, Katie, finds out that she is pregnant with her equally brainy BF's kid...the night before the SAT. Well, overnight she decides that she is going to keep her baby and go to college in the future. The best part about all of this: Katie thought she couldn't get pregnant if it was her first time having sex. Just goes to show that even folks who are book smart lack some basic sex-ed info. Source: Clueless/Teen Nick
Amy from 'The Secret Life Of The American Teeanger'So, teen pregnancy is pretty much the only reason this show exists. I could go into more detail but I'm too busy looking at this promo photo and marveling at how gigantic her fake pregnant tummy is. Source: The Secret Life Of The American Teenager/ABC Family
What other shows had ridiculous teen pregnancy plots? Which were your favorite? Tell us in the comments!