Sat, 02/12/2011 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Seventeen-year-old Valerie (pictured), a junior in high school, fell in love for the first time, but wonders if can she handle a serious, long-term relationship.

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What is teenage dating really like today?

From James Dean’s portrayal of a troubled teen looking for love in Rebel Without a Cause to Ellen Paige’s sweet depiction of a pregnant teen in Juno, teen love has long been examined on the silver screen. But what is teenage dating really like today? Boyfriends takes viewers inside the world of five teenage girls from North Texas as they navigate the joys and sorrows of their romantic relationships over the course of one year. Boyfriends encores Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m on WXXI-TV (cable 524/DT21.2).

The young women featured in the documentary openly discuss their hopes and fears, choices of sex or abstinence, dependence and independence and their dreams for the future. The girls are from different economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and are featured with their boyfriends, parents, children and friends.

"Spending so much time with the girls, I found them to be very honest and surprisingly candid," says Sujata Dand, director/producer of Boyfriends. "There is so much that happens in their young lives. I hope their stories highlight the complexities of being a teenager and resonate with a teen audience."

 “Young people today face alarming pressure to form and maintain romantic relationships at a time when they are just beginning to develop confidence in their social and intellectual skills,” says Dr. Sugerman, president and co-founder of Girls to Women Health and Wellness, “When these relationships run their course, the repercussions can be devastating.”