Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 3:56:11 PM
Awkward. A word that is used so often in today’s culture, in topics ranging from someone accidentally calling their teacher mom in class, to a girl being forced to be lab partner’s with her ex-boyfriend. So when I saw that there was a new MTV show called Awkward, I was intrigued: what could this show be about? And what I found was a show so realistic and incredibly mind opening. The premise of the show is about a girl, Jenna, who in a freak accident is somehow labeled by her peers as a suicidal loser. Although the background story is a bit extreme, the hilarity that ensues is full of realistic high school scenarios. A mean girl that’s overweight and therefore uses cruelty to hide her insecurities. A best friend that has super-overprotective parents, and another that’s hung up on a guy who’s interested in any female that moves. A popular guy who’s kind of interested in the protagonist, but is scared of what his friends will think if they know that they’re hooking up. Jenna’s parents were teenagers when they conceived Jenna, leaving them confused as to how to properly raise her. What results is, well, awkward. What I love so much about the show is unlike other high school dramas, it really captures all the complications, and well, awkwardness, of high school. Most people don’t have a trust fund and complicated storyline of their lives involving a hidden murder, escort service, and showbiz job like shows such as 90210 will have you believe. So while of course, elements of Awkward are oftentimes overdramatized, the show still manages a realness to it that makes me want to tune in every time. I cry with Jenna when Matty disappoints her again, laugh when her bestie is inducted into the “Asian mafia”, and smile when she finally connects with her mom. So why do I love Awkward? Maybe I’m a little awkward myself, and it’s nice to find a kindred spirit in the TV.