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.