We have reached the point in the summer television hiatus when I am just desperate for new TV. So desperate, I can't even admit what I'm queueing up on Netflix these days (it's an ABC Family show and not the good kind like Greek). There is one bright spot in my otherwise pathetic August DVR line-up, though, and that's MTV's Awkward.
Before you rush off in a fit of eye-rolling, this isn't some soaked-in-alcohol MTV reality show, it's what I have been calling MTV's television redemption. It's a scripted teen dramedy and it's full of actual, relatable teen lingo and characters. (I'm guessing, of course, since I have not been a teen in many many television seasons.)
The main character--Jenna Hamilton--is an average, kind of dorky teenage girl going through all sorts of average teenage things. She's into a popular guy who likes her but isn't sure he can like her in public and then he realizes he's an idiot but by then she's realized his best friend has no issue liking her any time of day. She's got a pair of really funny friends and parents who have their own set of issues, and it's just a sweet, cringe-inducing, sometimes sad, and, yeah, awkward tv show.
I look forward to it every week (it's on Thursdays) and get a little bummed when it ends.
If you're not into the teen drama/comedy kind of show, well then you're probably a normal 30 year old instead of someone like me and we can just go ahead and not reference that this is the kind of show I watch when I come to your next dinner party. I promise to talk politics or indie movies instead of the dating history of fictional 16 year olds.
Well, I promise to try.