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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. Full summary »
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Cast

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Ashley Rickards ... Jenna Hamilton (64 episodes, 2011-2014)

Beau Mirchoff ... Matty McKibben / ... (64 episodes, 2011-2014)

Jillian Rose Reed ... Tamara / ... (64 episodes, 2011-2014)

Brett Davern ... Jake Rosati (64 episodes, 2011-2014)

Molly Tarlov ... Sadie Saxton (63 episodes, 2011-2014)

Nikki Deloach ... Lacey Hamilton (61 episodes, 2011-2014)

Desi Lydic ... Valerie Marks (59 episodes, 2011-2014)

Greer Grammer ... Lissa (41 episodes, 2011-2014)

Mike Faiola ... Kevin Hamilton (40 episodes, 2011-2014)

Jessica Lu ... Ming Huang (36 episodes, 2011-2014)
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Series Directed by
Lauren Iungerich (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Ryan Shiraki (10 episodes, 2011-2014)
David Katzenberg (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Joe Nussbaum (7 episodes, 2012-2013)
Peter Lauer (6 episodes, 2014)
Erin Ehrlich (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
Patrick R. Norris (2 episodes, 2011)
Michael Blieden (2 episodes, 2012)
Jay Karas (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Writing credits
Lauren Iungerich (55 episodes, 2011-2014)
Guy Branum (20 episodes, 2013)
Erin Ehrlich (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Chris Alberghini (5 episodes, 2014)
Mike Chessler (5 episodes, 2014)
Kelly Fullerton (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
Michael J. Cinquemani (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
Christy Stratton (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Cassie Pappas (2 episodes, 2011)
Meredith Philpott (2 episodes, 2011)
Vera Herbert (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Todd Waldman (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Jen Braeden (2 episodes, 2013)
Jamie Dooner (2 episodes, 2013)
Allison M. Gibson (2 episodes, 2014)
Jenna Lamia (2 episodes, 2014)
Liz Sczudlo (2 episodes, 2014)

Series Produced by
Robert West .... producer / co-executive producer (55 episodes, 2011-2014)
Lauren Iungerich .... executive producer (44 episodes, 2011-2013)
Erin Ehrlich .... executive producer / co-executive producer (43 episodes, 2011-2013)
Steve Edwards .... co-producer (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
Dave Neglia .... post producer (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Andrew Veeder .... associate producer (23 episodes, 2011-2012)
Christy Stratton .... consulting producer (20 episodes, 2013)
Donald E. Wygal .... associate producer (17 episodes, 2013)
Chris Alberghini .... executive producer (16 episodes, 2014)
Mike Chessler .... executive producer (16 episodes, 2014)
Michael J. Cinquemani .... co-producer (12 episodes, 2012)
Jenna Lamia .... co-producer (11 episodes, 2014)

Meredith Philpott .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Brad Joseph Breeck (41 episodes, 2011-2013)
 
Series Cinematography by
Steve Gainer (42 episodes, 2011-2014)
 
Series Film Editing by
Adam Burr (18 episodes, 2012-2014)
Steve Edwards (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jamie Pedroza (6 episodes, 2014)
Grady Cooper (5 episodes, 2011)
Kenneth LaMere (5 episodes, 2012)
Luis Colina (3 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Casting by
Danielle Aufiero (31 episodes, 2011-2013)
Barbara Fiorentino (31 episodes, 2011-2013)
Amber Horn (23 episodes, 2011-2013)

Rebecca Mangieri (unknown episodes)
Wendy Weidman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Stefan Gesek (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
 
Series Art Direction by
Allen Rudolf (19 episodes, 2013)
Colin De Rouin (12 episodes, 2012)
Sean Falkner (10 episodes, 2014)
Stefan Gesek (9 episodes, 2011)

Nancy Gilmore (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Lou A. Trabbie III (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
 
Series Costume Design by
Lindy McMichael (17 episodes, 2013)
Nancy Ceo (12 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Makeup Department
Kathleen Freeman .... makeup department head (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
Shelia Cyphers Leake .... hair department head (19 episodes, 2012-2013)
Nancy Martinez-Morrison .... hair department head / key hair (17 episodes, 2013)
Katherine Rees .... hair department head (17 episodes, 2014)
Carme Tenuta .... key makeup artist (8 episodes, 2013)
Beth O'Rourke .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 2011)
Awkward .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 2013)
Isabella Wiley .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2011)

Lisa Layman .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Adruitha Lee .... department head hair (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Hal Olofsson .... unit production manager (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
Donald E. Wygal .... production supervisor (10 episodes, 2012)
R. Blaine Currier .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 2013)
David Berke .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Berke .... second assistant director / first assistant director (49 episodes, 2011-2014)
Jason C. Brown .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (42 episodes, 2012-2014)
Greg Guzik .... first assistant director (21 episodes, 2012-2014)
John Mattingly .... first assistant director (20 episodes, 2012-2014)
Todd Corman .... second second assistant director (12 episodes, 2011)
Luke Maxcy .... dga trainee (12 episodes, 2011)
Timothy Muir .... dga trainee (11 episodes, 2014)
Christina Thompson .... dga trainee (8 episodes, 2013)
Kirisa Gavrin .... dga trainee (7 episodes, 2013)
Valerie Finkel .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2011)
Joseph Paul Moore .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2011)
Thom Buckley .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Art Department
Werner Hoetzinger .... leadman (51 episodes, 2011-2014)
Max E. Brehme .... property master (41 episodes, 2011-2013)
Don Bracken .... assistant property master (36 episodes, 2012-2014)
Sandy Adams .... on-set dresser (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Katie Childs .... set decoration assistant / set decoration production assistant (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Melissa Hinken .... art department coordinator (23 episodes, 2011-2013)
Meara McDonald .... art department assistant / graphic designer (19 episodes, 2014)
Patrick Russo .... assistant property master (13 episodes, 2013)
Lindsay Tomlinson .... assistant property master (12 episodes, 2012)
William Gideon .... construction coordinator (8 episodes, 2013)
Roy Lopez .... construction foreman (8 episodes, 2013)
Jason Moore .... on-set dresser (8 episodes, 2013)
Jefry Shebroe .... set dresser (8 episodes, 2013)
Jesse Valdez .... paint foreman (8 episodes, 2013)
Michael Vines .... assistant property master (8 episodes, 2013)
Jim Tholen .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 2012)
James R. Lord .... propmaker (4 episodes, 2013-2014)

Michael Keith Aleshire-Rezendez .... buyer (unknown episodes)
Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Coleman Metts .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (62 episodes, 2011-2014)
James Eric .... utility sound (39 episodes, 2013-2014)
John Evans .... boom operator (39 episodes, 2013-2014)
Bryan Parker .... supervising sound editor / sound editor (33 episodes, 2012-2014)
James Ledner .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (24 episodes, 2013-2014)
Barry S. Weir Jr. .... voiceover recordist / sound effects editor / ... (23 episodes, 2012-2014)
Brian Riordan .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (23 episodes, 2012-2013)
Pete Nichols .... foley artist / foley mixer (22 episodes, 2013-2014)
Steve Zaslavsky .... sound re-recording assistant (14 episodes, 2013-2014)
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Graham Barclay .... sound editor (10 episodes, 2014)
Lorita de la Cerna .... foley mixer & editor (9 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jean-Christophe Sabatier .... french dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 2011)
Aran Tanchum .... foley mixer (4 episodes, 2011)
Marcus Ricaud .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2014)
Bill Kaplan .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 2011)
Adrian Ordonez .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Phil DeTolve .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
William Munroe .... boom operator (2 episodes, 2013)

Daniel K. Hunter .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Paul Vitolins .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Jake Valdez .... special effects (1 episode, 2014)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Russell C. Clarke .... visual effects (6 episodes, 2013)
Jordan Steele .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2014)

Stephen Hens .... conform artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Marc Scizak .... stunt coordinator / stunts (8 episodes, 2012-2014)
Natalie Padilla .... stunts / stunt double: Ashley Richards (3 episodes, 2012-2014)
Kara Petersen .... stunts (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Picot .... digital imaging technician / digital loader (55 episodes, 2011-2014)
Shereen Saleh .... first assistant camera / assistant camera (33 episodes, 2012-2014)
Jason Rez .... key grip (26 episodes, 2011-2013)
Josh Harrison .... camera operator / steadicam operator (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Scott Reese .... film loader / digital loader (21 episodes, 2013-2014)
Rob Muthamia .... first assistant camera / first assistant camera: "a" camera (20 episodes, 2011-2013)
Todd Barron .... camera operator (18 episodes, 2013-2014)
Chis Rountree .... grip (18 episodes, 2014)
Michael Francisco .... lighting console programmer / lighting technician (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jerry D. Knight .... gaffer (12 episodes, 2011)
Stephan Dalyai .... chief lighting technician (12 episodes, 2012)
Neil Chartier .... first assistant camera (10 episodes, 2011)
Traci Chartier .... second assistant camera (10 episodes, 2011)
Cory Hart .... assistant chief lighting technician (10 episodes, 2013)
David Babin .... best boy rigging grip (8 episodes, 2013)
Jonathan Goldfisher .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (8 episodes, 2013)
Mike Jenkins .... rigging gaffer (8 episodes, 2013)
Steve Kovalesky .... rigging best boy electric (8 episodes, 2013)
Todd Mccall .... best boy grip (8 episodes, 2013)
Neal Morell .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (8 episodes, 2013)
Eric Roizman .... a camera operator (8 episodes, 2013)
Jonathon E. Salzman .... chief lighting technician (8 episodes, 2013)
Shereen Shleah .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (8 episodes, 2013)
Kevin Stewart .... key rigging grip (8 episodes, 2013)
Sam Urdank .... still photographer (8 episodes, 2013)
Adam Ward .... b camera / steadicam operator (8 episodes, 2013)
Nick Liampetchakul .... best boy grip (6 episodes, 2012)
Steve Kagan .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 2012)

Luis Flores Jr. .... digital imaging technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Danny Zaccagnino .... executive in charge of casting / executive in charge of talent and casting / ... (39 episodes, 2012-2014)
Barbara Fiorentino .... original casting (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
Rebecca Mangieri .... original casting (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
Wendy Weidman .... original casting (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
Brandi S. Hawkins .... extras casting (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
Adam Goodell .... casting assistant (10 episodes, 2013)
Rashé Johnson .... extras casting (8 episodes, 2013)
Brittani Smith .... casting associate (5 episodes, 2013)

Karina Walters .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Dover .... costume supervisor (23 episodes, 2013-2014)
Sarah Tosto .... costume pa (20 episodes, 2014)
Joshua Coleman .... set costumer / principal set costumer / ... (14 episodes, 2012-2013)
Bridget Colella .... wardrobe assistant (12 episodes, 2011)
Jerry Jaeger .... costume supervisor (12 episodes, 2011)
'Downtown' Jamie Brown .... costume assistant (12 episodes, 2012)
Jo Rosen .... costume supervisor (11 episodes, 2013)
Glinda Suarez .... set costumer (8 episodes, 2013)
Danny Vick .... set costumer (8 episodes, 2013)
Kate Abraham .... wardrobe assistant (5 episodes, 2013)
Brittany Pask .... costumer (5 episodes, 2014)
Erica D. Schwartz .... wardrobe production assistant / costume pa (5 episodes, 2014)
Linda Lindsay Edwards .... costumer (4 episodes, 2012)
Kenya Ware .... costumer (3 episodes, 2014)
Jennifer Ireland .... shopper (2 episodes, 2012)
Hilary Parkin .... set costumer (2 episodes, 2013)
Adam M. West .... costumer (2 episodes, 2013)

Keely Crum .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Margaret Rogers .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jeff Morose .... associate editor / co-editor (25 episodes, 2011-2013)
Adam Burr .... associate editor (23 episodes, 2011-2012)
Anthony Smedile .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 2014)
Shaley Brooks .... colorist (19 episodes, 2012-2013)
Russell Lynch .... colorist (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
MacKenzie Hill .... post-production assistant (12 episodes, 2012)
Lisa Pugliese .... post-production assistant (10 episodes, 2011)
Barry Goch .... on-line editor (9 episodes, 2011)
Steve Edwards .... supervising editor (8 episodes, 2013)
Kyle Gordon .... post-production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Randy Loveridge .... post-production coordinator (8 episodes, 2013)
Lynne Warr .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2013)
Derek Herr .... on-line editor (3 episodes, 2012)
Grady Cooper .... picture editor (2 episodes, 2011)
Sally Anne Fuscoe .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2012)

Luis Flores Jr. .... dailies colorist (unknown episodes)
Stephen Hens .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Simon Scott .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Ben Hochstein .... music supervisor (31 episodes, 2011-2013)
Jamie Dooner .... music coordinator (17 episodes, 2012-2013)
Jen Malone .... music coordinator (10 episodes, 2011)
Amie Cole .... creative music integration: MTV (4 episodes, 2013)
Rochelle Holguin .... creative music integration: MTV (4 episodes, 2013)
Elizabeth C. Axford .... musician: piano (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Transportation Department
Gary Jackson .... transportation (44 episodes, 2011-2014)
Kim Magruder .... driver generator operator / driver / ... (37 episodes, 2011-2014)
Charles Montgomery .... driver (23 episodes, 2011-2012)
R. Blaine Currier .... transportation coordinator (17 episodes, 2012-2013)
Kelly Murphy .... transportation captain (8 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Other crew
Adam Pineless .... production assistant (38 episodes, 2013-2014)
Levi Scott Hawkinson .... assistant to executive producers / production assistant (32 episodes, 2011-2013)
Stuart Neumann .... location manager (31 episodes, 2011-2013)
Sean R. Jackson .... assistant production coordinator / production secretary (28 episodes, 2011-2013)
Kimberly Rach .... senior vice president: production (25 episodes, 2011-2013)
J Baker .... accounting clerk (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Noel Galan .... production assistant (24 episodes, 2013-2014)
Johnny Lowe .... key set medic / set medic (22 episodes, 2011-2013)
Vera Herbert .... assistant to executive producers / writers' assistant/script coordinator (22 episodes, 2011-2012)
Matt Chase .... key craft service (20 episodes, 2012-2013)
Denise Karey .... script supervisor (19 episodes, 2012-2013)
Erika-Summer Walken .... production accountant (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
Bernie Zavala .... payroll accountant / first assistant accountant (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
Lesley Arfin .... story editor (17 episodes, 2013)
May Nejati .... production secretary / script coordinator (17 episodes, 2013)
Todd Waldman .... story editor (17 episodes, 2013)
Jamie Dooner .... consultant (15 episodes, 2013)
Julie Schwachenwald .... vice president of production (12 episodes, 2011)
Yana Shif .... office production assistant (12 episodes, 2012)
KB Pugliese .... assistant production coordinator (11 episodes, 2011)
Kelly Fullerton .... story editor (11 episodes, 2012)
Joe Nussbaum .... consultant (11 episodes, 2013)
Jeff Goodell .... production assistant (9 episodes, 2012-2013)
Joe B. Hall .... first assistant accountant (9 episodes, 2012)
Dana Graham .... key assistant location manager (9 episodes, 2013)
Jenna Wycoff .... assistant to executive producers (9 episodes, 2014)
Ryan Aceto .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Margaret Bortner .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Candace D. Brekka .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Lu Chekowsky .... promos: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Jeffrey Dubé .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Billy Harrell .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Jesse Hatter .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Alexandra James .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Conor Karrel .... payroll accountant (8 episodes, 2013)
Gary Kesell .... location manager (8 episodes, 2013)
Kelly Lundy .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Rayna McClendon .... assistant to writers (8 episodes, 2013)
Jennifer Mercer .... promos: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Sara Nishikawa .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Amy Pascale .... promos: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Brittany Pask .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Amanda Paules .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Dena Qashqai .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Edgar Robles .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Justin Russell .... promos: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Diane Salazar .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Brittani Smith .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Anthony Steinhart .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2013)
Pavel Sterba .... key assistant location manager (8 episodes, 2013)
Tamara Warren .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Michael Wolfe .... executive assistant: MTV (8 episodes, 2013)
Sean Whittaker .... set medic (7 episodes, 2011-2014)
Andrew C. Smith .... production secretary (7 episodes, 2012)
Thomas Chavez .... standards and practices: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Kelly Costello .... business & legal affairs: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Yvette Encarnacion .... business & legal affairs: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Anthony Fassino .... standards and practices: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Michael Gifford .... business & legal affairs: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Andrew Han .... business & legal affairs: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Brad Hazzard .... business & legal affairs: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Katie Magnotta .... communications: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Stuart Magruder .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2013)
Christopher Schmidt .... business & legal affairs: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Rayna Schwartz .... communications: MTV (7 episodes, 2013)
Matthew Shapiro .... executive assistant (7 episodes, 2014)
Yonas Michael .... development assistant (6 episodes, 2012)
Randy Dolnick .... music & media licensing: MTV (6 episodes, 2013)
Tyler Lynch .... integrated marketing: MTV (6 episodes, 2013)
Ashley Meade .... integrated marketing: MTV (6 episodes, 2013)
Nicholas S. Biron .... key assistant location manager (5 episodes, 2012)
Megan Simanca .... executive assistant: mtv: MTV / executive assistant: mtv (5 episodes, 2012)
Garrett Greer .... executive assistant: MTV (5 episodes, 2013)
Kyle McNally .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2014)
Sylvia Sether .... assistant to director (4 episodes, 2011)
John Klymshyn III .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2013)
Victoria Leskin .... key assistant location manager / asst. location manager (4 episodes, 2014)
Carla Nunes .... project management: MTV (2 episodes, 2013)

Philip Banks .... key set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jasmin Cortez .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Rob Gibson .... location manager (unknown episodes)
April Novak .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Simon Scott .... accounting production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Also Known As:
"Awkward" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
21 min (approx.)
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The show's creator Lauren Iungerich researches the show by going back to her old high school. She says, "every year I go to my old high school and I talk to teenagers about their lives and the things are going through to stay engaged and to stay true to our show and ensuring that we are hitting the right notes".See more »
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63 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
"Awkward." - What someone says after an uncomfortable silence..., 7 August 2011
Author: dee.reid from United States

I'm 25, and a straight male, so I'm going to have to fake it here: "Awkward." is one of the best new shows on MTV right now, which unfortunately in this day and age, does not really count for much. After a myriad of repeats of everything from "Teen Mom" to "Jersey Shore," it's nice to see a decent teen comedy show on the air once again.

I really mean it when I say that "Awkward." is a decent show. No, correction: it's an above average show that manages to actually be very funny, in addition to being very raunchy. Think about MTV's other semi-good teen comedy series, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger." Like "Hard Times," "Awkward." has been easily influenced by the recent wave of popular teen comedies at the movies, most notably 2010's "Easy A" (this show's premise borrows a central plot element from that film).

"Awkward." is also heavily influenced by the films of the late John Hughes (1950-2009), that Brat Pack filmmaker behind such classics as "Sixteen Candles" (1984), "The Breakfast Club" (1985) (my personal favorite), and "Pretty in Pink" (1986). Using those movies as an influence for its plot basis, "Awkward." tells the story of Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards), a virtual 15-year-old nobody at a posh Southern California high school. She narrates the show through her online blog postings.

It's clearly established early on that Jenna is in fact, quite wise beyond her years, so obviously that has got to make her a target from the more popular students. Rickards is able to give her character a sense of humanity and vulnerability, and Social "Awkward"-ness, that makes her seem like a real person and not a Molly Ringwald stereotype (a moment extremely late in the third episode really makes this clear). In fact, Rickards's Jenna Hamilton and Ringwald's bright-and-beautiful-but-socially-rejected John Hughes-era characters - Samantha Baker in "Sixteen Candles" and Andie Walsh in "Pretty in Pink," namely - are so close in age (and emotional maturity) that it's entirely possible that Jenna *could* be Ringwald's offspring from those years.

During the summer, Jenna had a brief affair with Matty (Beau Mirchoff), the hottest hunk in school, and said affair ultimately resulted in her losing her virginity. The problem is that Jenna and every other girl in school is lusting after Matty, who does in fact appear to have genuine feelings for Jenna but does not want to take their relationship public, for obvious reasons. As the season begins, the new school year has just started and we're shown Jenna's daily life as a societal outcast at her school, her promiscuous best friend Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed), and her overweight cheer-leading nemesis - and resident mean girl/queen bee - Sadie (Molly Tarlov).

Before you know it, a freak accident one night in her bathroom results in a misconstrued rumor that Jenna had tried to commit suicide, and the rumor mill at her school goes ballistic with the news. A la Emma Stone's social-climbing Olive Pendergast in "Easy A," Jenna is thrust to the top of the high school social ladder - she's the new "it" girl that everyone is talking about, for better or for worse - and she also has to deal with the common trials & tribulations of being a socially Awkward teenager on the verge of adulthood.

"Awkward." is a genuinely funny and entertaining show, if you have a thing for teen shows. Sure it rehashes a lot of what we've seen in the past to the point that it's pretty much overkill. And Lord knows we've seen enough teen comedies over the years to know what to expect from shows like this. But where "Awkward." gets points is, I think, is its knowledge of its influences, namely the works of John Hughes. Hughes was known for complex, yet uniquely human portrayals of teenagers in his films and "Awkward." appears to display some of the humanist complexities that Hughes had made his trademark back in the '80s. You can see it with Jenna and how torn she is between Matty and another popular hunk named Jake (Brett Davern).

With this in mind, this series definitely shows promise, promise that I hope is not squandered on stupid sex jokes, humor, and raunchiness - although there is already plenty of that here.

Awkward.

8/10

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