PEN15 (2019– )
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The series is brilliant! I graduated in '03, so I def remember middle school like this. Nostalgic, funny, cringe-worthy, with plenty of ups and downs that keep you at the edge of your seat.
Well written and funny. I can't wait for Season 2.
Amongst all the humor, I like how there are moments of real adolescent pain, like Anna's disappointing first kiss and Maya looking in the mirror and feeling insecure during the Posh episode.
I don't understand the negative reactions people are having to the actresses playing along side real middle schoolers. The juxtaposition is hilarious and they're able to bring some next level comedy to the roles as opposed to having younger people playing their characters. I think it also highlights that feeling when you're 13 and when you have a crush on a boy you think he's so mature and adult like, but when you get older you really come to realize how 13 year olds are practically babies and so incredibly awkward that no 13 year old can actually be cool, haha.
I still gave it a chance because the guys from The Lonely Island were heavily involved. It's up to you to make the decision if it crosses your line. I do believe those who think this resembles harmful nature may have deeper set issues, though. Everybody seemed like they had fun making it from the interviews and it's also a solid credential for the kids careers.
Secondly, I'm glad I did give this a chance. Maya and Anna are hilarious and awkward in it. It's pretty funny when Maya yells and throws fits. Anna seems like a genuine person to me. For the role she put herself into, she did extremely well. They both reminded me of people I knew growing up at random points. It's just a show about life in middle school, amped up for humor, but still not too far off.
It's a pretty funny show with a heartfelt touch. Reminiscent of the old days and some issues we went through in our early teens--male and female wise. They did really well casting the two main characters. Without them, the show seems like it may have fell flat or possibly just been too weird or creepy. I would watch a season 2 because of those two. They need to make more together.
Solid 8/10. Not the funniest or greatest show, but it definitely is a hilariously written, awkward ride. I binged it all in a day and was just expecting to try an episode out.
Each episode had me cackling outloud by their dry sense of humor and the shows overall editing style. The soundtrack is also on point and adds to the atmosphere perfectly as well.
Cannot day enough good things about this show! I'm excited to see what's in store for season 2