An unpopular 15 year old gains immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt.


“Awkward” continues into its third season with as Jenna tries to figure out who she wants to be. While this should play naturally into the inconsistent nature of the show, it’s just one more dead tangent that goes nowhere. Three years into a run with a fourth season just starting, you’d figure that MTV would be asking the production team for a modicum of clarity. The show hits the marks required for a new generation of kids that are obsessed with their junk and nothing else in the world. It’s just in a post Steubenville world, the central premise of the show feels so questionable.

If you’re looking for a show about consequences, then look elsewhere. “Awkward” is a comedic fantasy about the most vapid time in a youth’s life. While I get that pretty young people only focus on relationships and sex, it seems to ignore the central premise of the show. If Jenna is hooking up all the time, I find it very hard to still view her as being awkward. I’m not going to slut shame the main character, but sexual attention tends to elevate someone’s high school social status out of the awkward arena. It’s not the best way for it to happen, but the social ladder climbing presented in the show is vague to start. Sometimes, I think that I obsess too much over these details.

The DVD comes with featurettes, webisodes, campaign videos, interviews and a bit with Tegan and Sara as the special features. The standard definition transfer is crisp enough. The Dolby track is a supportive surround mix. It’s typical for most modern teen shows. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: 09/16/2014

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