Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Tanner Stransky
    Jul 18, 2011
    She navigates the sharky waters of high school, friends, mean cheerleaders, and cute boys with a snarky voice-over that makes her--and Awkward.--easy to fall in love with.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jul 26, 2011
    A series about a high-school girl that's neither maudlin nor alarming nor conceived with intent to preach or to shock. It's further distinguished by its focus on entirely recognizable teenage pains, as endured by an entirely recognizable teenager, Jenna. Its other distinction: strong echoes of an older kind of storytelling, the sort whose characters grow and acquire depth.
  3. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 19, 2011
    Gosh, that's a lot of derivative teen-movie influences for a half-hour show. Yet the swift pacing and simplicity of Awkward remind us that awkwardness can still be freshly painful and funny material, so long as there are still teenagers and high schools.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 19, 2011
    If the dramas are exaggerated, Jenna makes the trauma feel legitimate, and her narration gives everything a knowing undertone of humor and self-awareness that keeps the most uncomfortable moments from being painful.
  5. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Jul 18, 2011
    Awkward is a wry show about longing--for love, certainly, but also for consistency, that great intangible in the ever-morphing world of high school life.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jul 19, 2011
    Not only are high school horrors pretty universal, even if the specifics change, but I can find a way to fit "Awkward" into a tradition of hyper-literal high school comedies like "Pretty in Pink" or "Heathers" or "Mean Girls" or "Juno" or "The In-Betweeners" (if your taste runs to British TV). It's not as good as any of those, but it's not as bad as "Jawbreaker," which is in the same tradition.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 19, 2011
    The life of an everyday American high school girl has rarely been rendered with such sly and funny precision as it is in MTV's aptly named Awkward.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 19, 2011
    Aside from the gratuitous sexual stuff, Awkward is a really good, funny, fun show.
  9. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 19, 2011
    Jenna being actually pretty adorable. And so is Awkward, which, like "Glee," deals gently and semicomically with issues of sexuality and bullying but never really draws blood.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 19, 2011
    The humor isn't exactly subtle, but much of it rings true.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 18, 2011
    Thanks to clever dialogue, Awkward manages to rise above its been-there, watched-that premise.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 19, 2011
    Awkward is adept in some quick cutaways, as in a classroom scene that echoes "Ferris Bueller." Rickards works so hard to emulate "Easy A" star Emma Stone, she just might end up in a full body cast by the end of the season. But with the tide going out on such reality drivel as "Jersey Shore," Awkward is a cagey move for MTV.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 19, 2011
    While the premise is refreshingly gimmick-free compared with "RJ Berger" or "Teen Wolf," the situations aren't compelling enough to make this much more than a latter-day "Doogie Howser, M.D." with a gender switch.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Dec 3, 2011
    When i seen the first episode i didn't think much of it but as the series continued i loved it more and more and found my self looking forward every week for the next episode.

    Love love love this show! It's in the top 5 favorite shows!! Hope there is a season 2 :)
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  2. Nov 25, 2011
    What kind of show is this its a piece of crap i swear, its just so stupid and not understandable i wish there were still good class of shows these days!!!! Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    The audience for this show is way to specific. The characters and the plot are flat, unoriginal and boring. And it is getting worse every episode. Starting with a promising pilot it turned into classical "MTV" very quickly. Full Review »