Awkward. Gets a Second Season; Here Are Five Reasons to Watch

While I'm never one to advocate 15-year-olds having sex all over the school, I will give MTV a round of applause for renewing its new original series Awkward. The high-school comedy will return next year for a twelve-episode second season, the network announced late yesterday. Awkward. has been performing well for MTV, with its most recent episode netting nearly two million viewers and placing fourth among basic cable programs on Tuesday night.

If you haven't checked it out, I'd advise it. Awkward. airs at 11 pm, so it isn't a show about high school where cardigan-clad kids spontaneously start singing about prom and dancing in the cafeteria. Here are five more reasons to tune in to Awkward., currently halfway through its first season.

1. It will grow your penis-and-vagina-euphemism portfolio
These teens aren't satisfied with just locking lips, they swing for the fences. As such, they can't just repeat"wiener" and "vaj" all the time. Keep your ears open for such terms as "meat thermometer" and "v-hole." Life is always better when you know 527 ways to say "penis."

2. Ashley Rickards is great as Jenna Hamilton
This is a breakout role for Rickards, who you may know from her role as Sam on One Tree Hill. There's clearly a bit of Juno influence here, but instead of bringing all the sass and cynicism of Ellen Page, Jenna backs off a bit and is actually likable.

3. Meet the worst guidance counselor ever
Jenna's guidance counselor Valerie, played by Desi Lydic, is a clueless weirdo with self-esteem issues. Not exactly the type of woman you want helping your children navigate the treacherous waters of high school, but exactly the type of woman you want to see on a comedy about the treacherous waters of high school.

4. Yes, the enemy is a cheerleader, but she's of a different sort
Evil cheerleaders are almost always portrayed dainty hotties who routinely kick those beneath them on the social ladder. In Awkward., Jenna's nemesis Sadie is a cheerleader, but she's also been plucked from the planet of the Amazons.

5. The show is dirty, yet charming
ABC Family's Greek used to be the king of raunchy school comedies, but Awkward. leapfrogged its memory, no problem. However, it still features a charming, not-too-mushy sensitive side.

So there you go. Give Awkward. a chance if you haven't already. All the cool kids at school will be talking about it.


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Apr 25, 2012
this has been one of the best shows aired on tv since forever!!!!

I can't wait until it premeirs again!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nov 24, 2011
I'm hooked. Ashley Rickards is a gem
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Aug 19, 2011
Well, I finally got around to watching it, and thanks for this review. Liked it. Quote of the day: "He parked his pink Cadillac in your side street" BWAHA. Thanks.
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Aug 19, 2011
I never watch anything on MTV.... but now I may have to!
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Aug 17, 2011
happy its returning, it has promise
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Aug 17, 2011
Love love love this show HILARIOUS!!
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Aug 17, 2011
this show is terrible
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Aug 17, 2011
Well, you've got me convinced. Will acquire first few episodes and see how that goes...
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Aug 17, 2011
i made the same comparison to RJ Berger, but honestly Awkward is more enjoyable. let's just hope nobody gets knocked up, that was a stupid storyline for the RJ Berger finale and makes me almost ok with that show being cancelled.
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Aug 17, 2011
RJ Berger, but with girls.. lol



What I find cliche about the show, is that like most of all other tv shows or movies, the girl who everyone doesn't even notice at first is the cutest girl of all.. And it would be so easy to be mean to that fat cheerleader.. You're fat and ugly.. That's it.. + it's the truth...
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Aug 17, 2011
It kinda reminds me of the movie Easy A, at least the first episode. I find it entertaining :)
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Aug 17, 2011
I caught it last night and was surprised that it was actually watchable. I like the lead, but can't stand the cheerleader and friend since they talk like grown-ups pretending to be teenagers. But I will likely keep watching though.
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Aug 17, 2011
I've been watching it since it started - it's a good show
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Aug 17, 2011
I want to get into this show it looks interesting.
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Aug 17, 2011
I'll check it out thanks Tim!
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Aug 17, 2011
I really like this show a lot. Much better than RJ Berger; like mac94102 said, it sucked in season 2
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Aug 17, 2011
The Hard Times of RJ Berger started out great too, and the second season blew hard. Let's hope the same doesn't happen to this awesome new show!
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