MTV is really getting into this whole scripted show thing. I honestly haven’t seen this many scripted shows on MTV since the 90s when we were given Undressed and Beavis and Butthead. Their new show, Awkward, is so awkward that I couldn’t turn away.
Unlike My Life As Liz, in which we’re supposed to totally dig Liz’s quirkiness — which always works in her favor– Awkward presents a girl who has in no way “owned” her quirkiness. Mostly because she’s not all that quirky. Jenna is just a normal girl. She doesn’t have crazy red hair, she doesn’t have an anonymous mean girl stalking her via text and she’s never had sex with Chuck Bass.
Jenna has been ignored for years by her mother, teachers and popular kids. She did awkwardly lose her virginity in a broom closet with the school’s most popular guy who promptly told her that “no one can know” he liked her.
And later, Jenna accidentally slips on the bathroom floor, breaking some bones, spilling a bottle of pain killers and causing her parents, guidance counselor (who was hilariously annoying) and the student body to think she tried to kill herself.
Talk about awkward.
Awkward is essentially the R.J. Berger for ladies. Not as much toilet humor, but lots of inappropriate behavior and, well, awkwardness (sorry for using this word like a thousand times in this post). The reason it worked for me was because it reminded me of a lesser version of Pretty in Pink meets Mean Girls meets 10 Things I Hate About You, all films that we can relate to because of the universal discomfort of being a teenager.
Yes, it was only the pilot, so it may change over time. But thus far, I’m down. Maybe you should check it out…
Awkward airs Tuesday nights at 11 p.m. on MTV.
Did you watch Awkward? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!