So you may not know about a little show called Awkward. But you should. It’s on MTV, and unlike shows like Skins, or Teen Wolf, Awkward. gets it right. The dialogue is fantastic, the characters are fun and different, and the story is irreverent and fresh. While it’s not as funny as Easy A, if you liked that movie you’ll probably enjoy Awkward.
Another reason why you should check it out? Lisa Roecker and I agree that it’s hysterical. And if the two of us agree on something? You know you want to check it out. This is a historic event that only happens once a…ever!
What it’s about: An unpopular 15 year old gains immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt.
Jenna (played by Ashley Rickards) is world weary and acerbically fantastic. The dialogue on Awkward is FANTASTIC. Seriously, if you’re writing YA, you should be watching this show. The way the characters interact (even some of the cliche characters – of which there are several) are snicker-inducing funny.
The build up surrounding the “suicide attempt” is, as the title suggests, awkward and uncomfortable, but it’s the perfect catalyst to Jenna’s changing outlook on life. There’s at least two to three lines from each episode that stick in my head for DAYS.
Want some examples?:
Jenna: Mo to the fo, I was in Sadie Saxton’s house.
Kevin: What do you think? Should we send her to bed without dessert?
Lacey: So that she wakes up skinnier? No, that’s not a punishment, that’s a reward.
Tamara: Agreed, the ellipses are the sluts of punctuation.
Awkward airs on Tuesday nights on MTV.