PEN15: Season 1 (2019)

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Viewers willing to suspend their disbelief will find much to enjoy in Pen15, wherein Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle reprise their adolescent selves -- stirring up plenty of yucks and pathos amidst the farce.

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Critic Ratings: 47

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User Ratings: 226

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Air date: Feb 8, 2019

It's the first day of seventh grade in the year 2000. School rejects, Anna and Maya, get a lot of unexpected attention.

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Maya and Anna become fascinated with the mature girls in their class who smoke. They are faced with the age-old question: stay home and play pretend or go out and do drugs?

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Maya feels a tickle down there which becomes kind of an addiction, distracting her from her best friend who really needs her.

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Trailview's Night of Amazing Music is coming up. Anna hopes to win Alex's heart with a classical aria while Maya is consumed with a lie.

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There's an exclusive fashion show at the local nursing home. Somehow Anna and Maya make it in, but feelings of inadequacy lead them down a shady path.

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Maya gets a questionable nickname during a school project. Anna goes along with it, resulting in a test of their friendship and identities.

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Maya and Anna get their very first AIM screennames and their social world opens up. Maybe too much.

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It's a viewing party to watch the newly released VHS movie, Wild Things. The night gets sexy and Anna and Maya try to keep up.

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Anna gets to sleep over at Maya's house on a school night and can't wait to become part of the Ishii-Peter family. But things turn as Anna gets a little too comfortable.

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It's the night of their first school dance but Anna and Maya are on bad terms. They'll have to navigate this unfamiliar terrain set to billboard hits, by themselves.

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Tv Season Info

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen.

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Critic Reviews for PEN15 Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (21)

"Posh" gives teenagers-and former teenagers-a road map for a beautiful kind of reconciliation in the face of discrimination, and I think the world is truly better for its existence.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
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It'll sneak up on you, this gem.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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The show doesn't have the kind of narrative momentum that pushes you to find out what happens in the next episode.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

"PEN15" is incredibly smart about the way it explores the social dynamics shaping (and being shaped by) young adults - in this case, in the early 2000s.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Konkle and Erskine maintain a deliciously kooky chemistry even when - especially when - the handling of the subject matter induces cringing.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rarely has the maddening insecurities of being a teenager been so ably mocked but utterly understood with sympathy.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

PEN15 is a pitch-perfect nostalgia trip for Old Millennials like us, with its dial-up modems, bubblegum pop, and frosted lip gloss.

Oct 6, 2020 | Full Review…

This ingenious show views innocence thorough the prism of experience, and does it with real soul.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A near-perfect first season...

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

I was brought back to my first confrontations with racism, with having someone insist that I was somehow different or inferior.

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The staleness pervading PEN15 isn't because every situation and joke has been tapped before, better, elsewhere - this material has been strip-mined.

Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

No one looks back on middle school thinking that they made amazing choices, but PEN15 packs a lot of funny into the idea that being a teen and having feelings is fine and important.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for PEN15: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    I spent the first episode trying to work out how anyone could think these girls are 13. I mean wow. Insert "how do you do, fellow kids?" meme from 30 Rock.
  • Oct 06, 2020
    I am in my 70's. I just finished watching both seasons and sorry there is no more yet. I loved it. Soooo funny and the casting is great and all super actors. Kudos !!
  • Sep 22, 2020
    I understood their perspective & reason for casting kids but, this show still feels way weird. Yes, the older women are not actually kissing the kids (only edited to look that way) but it is still disturbing. It is especially disturbing that it is doing so well & got a second season. I could not see this show doing the same if it were older men kissing 13 year old girls (only edited to look that way) & the title of the show is female genitals.
  • Sep 22, 2020
    One of the best TV series I've seen out there. Plays out my middle school experience to absolute T.
  • Sep 21, 2020
    I have never written a fucking review in my gotttamn life. This show is THE MOST relatable, genius, revolutionary show I HAVE SEEN. I cannot DESCRIBE how this speaks to me, I CRIED a LOT. I couldn't figure out why I was in such shock, so emotional over it, so in awe- much like after I saw Flea Bag. I felt that women were represented for the FREAKS WE ARE....it was a narrative BY women FOR women and I felt so connected and spoken directly to, it meant so much. I love it. Thank you.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    Actual laugh-out-loud moments. Amazing.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    It's absurd that you see adult women playing middle-schoolers and being ridiculous, but it works!
  • Sep 19, 2020
    Best show ever, I've watched it like 4 times all the way through. Brilliant writing and acting.
  • Aug 21, 2020
    An interesting story with many laughs.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    I was in my mid 20's in 2000, but it doesn't matter because they capture the feeling of middle school perfectly regardless of when you had to suffer through it. It is cringe worthy at times, but middle school is cringey and the creators capture it perfectly. The firsts, the mean girls, the feeling of hopelessness and being hopeful, family dynamics, crushes, the strange situations, trying to understand the world around you, and the best friend that helped you through it all. Highly recommend. Feeling depressed by the pandemic? This will help lift your spirits.

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