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Awkward Review: A Great Series Premiere

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Whatever is in the scripted water over at MTV, the folks there need to keep drinking. Between Teen Wolf and Awkward, I’m in love with this network for all the right reasons.

Awkward is perhaps the most aptly-titled show on television. Everything Jenna Hamilton goes through fits that word and I can’t help laughing and feeling second hand embarrassment right along with her.

Jenna Hamilton Photo

Yes, Jenna dreams of being noticed in her high school and having a reputation. Of course, no one fantasizes about being known as the girl who tried to off herself (accidentally, of course). But with that unfortunate predicament comes a lot of heart and charm.


Much like How I Met Your Mother, most of the story is hilariously told through Jenna’s narration. Like most teenagers, Jenna doesn’t voice most of her concerns socially; it’s best left to the anonymity of the Internet and the privacy of her own room.

As a result, we’re treated to Jenna’s innermost sarcasm and insecurities. She gives a voice to what viewers are thinking, bonding us even more so to her character as we catch glimpses of a girl navigating through adolescence and into adulthood.

Then there's Jenna’s crush, Matty, the boy to whom she also loses her virginity. I really wasn’t feeling Matty in the beginning of the episode. He reminded me of Stifler from American Pie - having a sensitive side, but sometimes being a little too insensitive. Having seen the second installment, though, without giving anything away, I will say I like the path Matty by this time next week.

Then there’s Tamara, Jenna’s best friend, the girl we can rely on for awkward human. She sometimes feels like a living tabloid, making wildly inappropriate remarks and telling Jenna to do things like flashing certain body parts to the world. In other words, I basically love every sentence that comes out her mouth.

I don’t have very many concerns about the show and where it’s heading. The most pressing issue in the "pilot" was Jenna’s “bucket list” for standing out. It’s only one page, and granted, we don’t know what’s on it, but there can’t be very much. How long will it last and where do we go when it runs dry?

I could also nitpick Sadie and Valerie, the mean overweight cheerleader and Jenna’s school counselor, respectively. I found no redeeming qualities in Sadie whatsoever, she’s just a bully. I understand the need for a villain, but she’s manipulative and every bad thing that happens to her seems well deserved.

As for Valerie, she’s just wildly inappropriate for a school counselor. It’s funny and I love it, but I wish the adults on the show had a bit more of a grip on a reality.

Even so, Awkward is hilarious. I'm glad I didn't attend this high school, but I'm gonna enjoy watching the escapades of those who do.

Review

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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I loved Daria and never thought that MTV could top that series in terms of sharp, witty writing. But they did with Awkward. It's just what MTV needs right now in the midst of all this mainstream dullness we see on tv. Awkward is smart yet raw, and resonates with everyone.

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I hated the way it ended :( What about Matty? :(

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I think its GREAT that the bully is an OVERWEIGHT cheerleader! Lmao. The irony is just one quality that takes the show out of the status quo. Its hilarious.

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I think its GREAT that the bully is an OVERWEIGHT cheerleader! Lmao. The irony is just one quality that takes the show out of the status quo. Its hilarious.

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Between this show, The Hard Times of RJ Berger and Teen Wolf MTV is turning out some great scripted TV.

Amy-jackey

that matt guy is an ass

Saad-khan

It was hilarious and sooo Witty... I was amazed that how MTV manage to present such cleaver and intelligent witty show. Superb, I hope the coming episodes continue to amaze us. BRAVO!

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Fresh & Funny...LOVED it! I'm hooked!

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i haven't watched it but sure will

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I watch Teen Wolf like a heroin addict, shirking off summer homework and household responsibilities. So, when the commercial appeared for Awkward., I knew this was going to be my new form of kryptonite. Great review! ;)

Awkward Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Jenna: This year would be my year. For once I wouldn't be overlooked not with Matty at my... backdoor!
Matty: Oh sorry, I slipped.

For 15 years I fantasized about everyone noticing me as I walked down the hall. What would I be wearing? Would every guy worship me? Would I be five inches taller and have porn tits? No, that was not my reality. My moment in the spotlight sucked some serious ass.

Jenna
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