Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 28, 2012
    Jenna's buoyancy in a life of constant land mines keeps Awkward fun and refreshing.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 26, 2012
    The relationship plots are less interesting to me than the comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 28, 2012
    The spirit of John Hughes lives on in this rowdy ensemble of insecure spazzes and delightfully fresh mean girls (yes, we're talking about you, Sadie).
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 22, 2012
    If it doesn't have the ABC sitcom's [Suburgatory's] satiric sheen, it captures some of those glum patches that strike in adolescence. [2 Jul 2012, p.38]
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 26, 2012
    The performance quality of the show is matched only by the sharpness of the writing.
  6. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jun 27, 2012
    Awkward's writing is sharp enough to keep even those viewers who refuse to go to their reunions laughing.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 28, 2012
    Awkward has grown and matured, but I don't think I love the direction that MTV and, presumably, Iungerich have chosen to push the show.
  8. Reviewed by: Henry Goldblatt
    Jun 29, 2012
    It's the best show on MTV--and one of the best on any network this summer. [6 Jul 2012, p.71]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jul 23, 2012
    Every episode leaves me wanting for more! I've seen all the episodes of Season 1 and 2 non-stop, and I'm still not eagerly waiting for the next. Great acting+ great story = Happy audience Full Review »
  2. Jul 29, 2013
    This show became tripe as its first season wore on, and season two continues its abysmal journey. In season two it fully embraces a central concept of a popular girl and a ridiculous Twilight-style love triangle. How edgy. That Jenna "chooses" Matty, the reprehensible creature who had a relationship with her but kept it secret because she was beneath his social position, is a final nail in the coffin. Ignoring any notion of self-respect, Jenna chooses the hotter guy who so seriously abused her. Of course, Matty is now presented as a sterling guy, a worthy challenger to nice guy, Jake, even as he uses another girl while pining for Jenna. That this show is aimed at teenagers is a disgrace in and of itself. What is the message? Go with the hot guy who you crush on, no matter how disgusting his behaviors are. The first few episodes of season one showed a great deal of promise. I kept waiting for Jenna to come to the realization that she respected herself too much to bother with the likes of Matty. No. Matty's abs were too alluring. God, I came to hate this show so very much. Full Review »