Six episodes in… I can now honestly say that Awkward is my new favorite show.
The show is about social outcast Jenna Hamilton and her trials and tribulations being a teenage girl.
Jenna starts off her story with how she lost her virginity to her long-time crush Matty. After doing the deed, he tells her nobody can know he likes her. To make things worse, she receives a letter that basically highlights how no one would even notice if she fell off the face of the earth. Contemplating on the contents of the letter, she then falls into an accident that was misconstrued as a suicide attempt by her parents. Word spread on what happened; and after being invisible most of her high school life, she starts being noticed by all the students at her school. Letter in hand, she turns it into a guide to living her life. She starts to break out of her shell… the invisible girl is now in everyone’s radar: guidance counselors, peers, popular boys and rich queen bees.
The script is smartly written; and the lead is brilliantly played by Ashley Rickards. There’s teen angst; but it’s not over the top. There are colorful characters, such as her friend Tamara and guidance counselor Valerie; but they’re very likable. There’s a lot of laughs; but it’s grounded with heart and charm.
It’s one of the rare times when MTV successfully churns out a product that is simple and clever. The series gets better and more interesting with each episode. I know the show already got picked up for a second season; so I can’t wait to see what else happens.