PEN15: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 43


Audience Score

User Ratings: 162
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Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019
Air date: Feb 8, 2019

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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 (43) | Top Critics (20)

"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…
Top Critic

It'll sneak up on you, this gem.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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…

Millennial or not, viewers can come to PEN15 for the nostalgia of terrible haircuts, intricate note-passing and mix CDs and stay for the sweet story of two friends who - to paraphrase Britney Spears - are not girls, not yet women.

Mar 19, 2019 | 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…

For all its rip-roaring daffiness, Pen15 is at its best when it's most lacerating.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for PEN15: Season 1

  • Jul 30, 2019
    I graduated from middle school only 5 years ago, yet this show makes me feel as if I have been transported back in those brutal hallways or in my bedroom with my best friend. One of my favorite shows ever. No matter how much we refuse to acknowledge it, middle school itself is R-rated. This shines a light on that in a humorous yet understanding way. While fads, technology, and pop-culture are ever-changing, the cringe worthy experiences of middle schoolers are not.
  • May 19, 2019
    As someone who attended middle school from 97-2000 this is the most amazing and relatable show ever. I love it.
  • May 07, 2019
    For a Hulu original, it's pretty good. It really feels like some awkward middle school in the year 2000. My biggest complaint is that the two main characters.... look out of place. The actresses are both 32, and god does it show. That's not to discredit them, they are good actresses and lovely. But they are NOT 13. And they don't look 13. It feels creepy to see two very obviously 32 year old women, crush on actual 13 year old boys and talk about their binded breasts. Why couldn't they get actual kids to play these roles? They got actual kids for the rest of the school. I just don't get it. It really ruins some of the jokes and moments.
  • May 07, 2019
    Yup it's gooood
  • Apr 26, 2019
    Best show of ever. Seriously.
  • Apr 26, 2019
    Absolutely incredible show! The most accurate retelling of the female middle school experience I've ever seen. They manage to poke fun at the ridiculousness of being a teenage girl without tearing down what it means to be one. Their friendship is ridiculous and annoying and funny and overdramatic, but they manage to capture the absolute beauty of it all the same. Wonderful storytelling and acting from Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. It was an incredibly nostalgic show for me.
  • Apr 04, 2019
    The references down to the tiny little responses from the girls are SO SPOT ON. Me and my 7th grade bff haven���������t spoken in prob 10 years and we have been texting about the show!!
  • Apr 03, 2019
    Original and very funny. I think most girls can relate to those characters and guys to some of the male non leads too...
  • Apr 02, 2019
    This show brings me back to growing up in the 90s and all the crap you had to deal with. Super funny and well written show.
  • Mar 19, 2019
    How does it feel to relieve your most awkward days aka middle school? Well, you are about to find out! I went to the school that the show is filmed at, so I am LITERALLY reliving awkward hallway convos, meals at the cafeterias, choir days/music room, auditorium scenes etc. as I lived them in the 2000s. So smart, so funny. Many moments that make you feel you were not alone in your thoughts and actions as you felt at the time. This show is so accurate you will cringe.

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