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Awkward: Season One
Awkward: Season One
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Actors: Ashley Rickards; Beau Mirchoff; Brett Davern; Molly Tarlov; Jill Rose Reed; Nikki Deloach; Desi Lydic
Run Time: Final Format: DVD- NTSC Year: 2011
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Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna's blog posts, AWKWARD. captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don't get it-Jenna's misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it's not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.
Includes all 12 episodes, plus special features.
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|Actors:||Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Nikki DeLoach, Jillian Rose Reed, Brett Davern|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Run Time:||298 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||November 15, 2011|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 732 reviews|
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32 of 34 found the following review helpful:
A Comic Valentine Courtesy Of MTV: A Smart And Funny Tale Of High School Awkwardness Sep 30, 2011
By K. Harris
One of the most pleasant surprises of the television season came courtesy of MTV with the clever comedy "Awkward." In truth, I didn't expect much more than a retread of typical high school cliches served up by super stylized and self-aware characters. Yes, "Awkward" does adhere to many classic elements that we've seen in countless other productions, but here they seem fresh, updated, and quite smart. "Sixteen Candles" and "Heathers" are two high school films with strong female protagonists that I really connected with many years ago. I'd be proud to say that "Awkward" sticks closely to the successful formula of the past and modernizes it for contemporary audiences. Combining the sweet awkwardness (for lack of a better word) of "Sixteen Candles" with the brutal ruthlessness of "Heathers," this show is an expert blend of black comedy, romance, and outright slapstick. And it's terrifically entertaining with savvy and quotable dialogue.
Ashley Rickards plays the central character of Jenna, a normal teen experiencing the expected angst of growing up today. Jenna is sort of an every girl character--grounded and relatable, smart without being overly precious. She's not particular popular, but has had a clandestine affair with the boy of her dreams over the summer. She receives a biting and critical letter anonymously that savages her very existence. Before she has time to process it, though, she has a mishap that everyone believes is a suicide attempt. Suddenly, Jenna is thrust into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Season One consists of twelve episodes that show Jenna gaining in confidence as she adapts to her newfound fame, attempts to unlock the mystery of the letter, and tries to woo her secret lover into a public relationship when his best friend is also smitten with her. Rickards is backed by an able and enthusiastic cast, but this is largely her show. And you really do care about what will happen to her.
While the comedy of "Awkward" is heightened, the show does a great job highlighting real situations kids go through. The episodic scripts are tight, focused, and funny and all build upon one another. Aside from the writing and Rickards, I'll highlight a few standouts. Molly Tarlov as the resident mean girl and Desi Lydic as a well meaning guidance counselor are played to the hilt (over-the-top even, but hysterical) and get many of the best lines. Nikki Deloach scores as an over-involved mother that wants to relive her youth and Jillian Rose Reed is reliably saucy as a best friend. Then there's Beau Mirchoff (better used here than he was on Desperate Housewives) and Brett Davern as the other two sides of Rickard's romantic triangle. This triangle had the most potential for disaster--yet it plays alternately sweet, sad, and blisteringly funny. Just as you know it will figure prominently in the season's final episode (and it does), the last scene serves up an even bigger surprise setting the stage for Season Two. The show was officially picked up, so now is the chance to catch up. I may not be the intended target audience for "Awkward, but nevertheless--I was thoroughly charmed. KGHarris, 9/11.
32 of 36 found the following review helpful:
Are you BLEEPING kidding me? Feb 05, 2012
While I enjoy the show, I found it highly annoying that, even on the DVD, they BLEEPED OUT even the minor cuss words. The least they could do was give viewers the OPTION of whether or not the version they watched was censored.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
R.J. Berger 1.5-"0 "(as opposed to 2.0) Feb 27, 2012
By Joseph Kohout Jr.
"The Art of War"
I watched the entire series in one seating. Where R.J. Berger was more laugh out loud in your face funny, Awkward was more subtle in its approach, choosing to build over time. I was also annoyed by the bleeping out of words, though not enough to impact my review.
Jenna (played by Ashley Richards) is faced with numerous "teen challenges" subsequent to kicking the season off with her first sexual encounter and then having everyone think she attempted suicide, as a result of a comedy of errors, including having found a mysterious note with hard core life advice. Without totally recapping the plot, starting her sophomore year with her right arm inverted upwards in a cast and the rumors of her attempted suicide attempt, sets the tone for the year while also getting her "deflowerer" to DTR (AKA define their relationship). She has a hot (albeit enhanced) mom who had her while in her teens, 2-solid friends, an overweight cheerleader as a protagonist and another guy that really likes her (though is dating a hot blonde who made a chastity pledge).
IMHO, what makes this work is that Ashley Richards is/was only 19-20 herself (and apparently graduated HS @ 15 and is a member of Mensa).
On a personal note, having a pre-teen daughter myself, I can only hope (and prepare) that this will not be a precursor to endless worry!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Surprising Nov 03, 2013
By R. Wark
I had heard good things about Awkward, and tried it on Prime. I can see it skewing to a (younger) MTV crowd, but found it very enjoyable. A bit soapy (but a lot of shows are), Ashley Rickards as Jenna is immensely appealing and relate able. Her problems are universal (how can I be popular/cool, which boy should I be with, why does she hate me, why is my Mom such a spazz?) and have changed little over the years. The show is also realistic about sex, treating it as natural, messy, and fraught with emotion (even if you're not "serious" yet). I've started on season two, which develops personalities nicely, sophomore year is different, after all. Some unoriginal stereotypes, the ditzy boy crazy BFF, the Asian pal with the overbearing parents, but the characters aren't to blame for that and still manage to be fun. A big thumbs up......
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
My So Called Life updated Sep 21, 2013
This show is MTV revisiting the success of My So Called Life, but with a new generation. Don't remember that show? Then Awkward is perfect for you. The characters are well rounded and the dialog is great, it really made me remember how wonderful and horrible high school was. The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is because there is a bunch of stuff that all together is unrealistic and I have difficulty suspending my disbelief that much.
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