PEN15: Season 2 (2020 - 2021)

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Season 2
PEN15

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An excellent showcase for Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and their well-cast classmates, PEN15's sophomore season goes deeper into the nuances of middle school life without losing any of its cringey charm.

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Critic Ratings: 42

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User Ratings: 102

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

A reluctant Anna and Maya head to a classmate's pool party and complain the entire ride over. Once there, however, one of the girl's crushes makes an unexpected appearance.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Maya zeros in on her crush, while Anna deals with the fallout from her parents' divorce. Together they find outlets in an unexpected extracurricular activity.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Anna and Maya discover secret powers within, allowing them to control rocky aspects of their lives through magic.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Witnessing their daughters reach a new low, Kathy and Yuki rally around them. At school, Maya and Anna receive an opportunity at redemption but it will come with a range of influences.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Maura hosts a group sleepover at her house. The clock chimes late into the night as secrets and masks threaten the death of friendships.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

The school play has been cast. Maya has the opportunity to get her actual first kiss. Anna struggles to find herself.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

It's opening night. Hearts are exposed, forcing both Anna and Maya to grow up.

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Critic Reviews for PEN15 Season 2

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (21)

Pen15 is giving us a rare, truthful glimpse into our daughter's future, the tumultuous middle school years looming on the horizon, the reality of what she'll likely experience. It's some of the most perfect practice an aspiring woke dad can get.

Sep 30, 2020 | Full Review…

PEN15 is the weirder, funnier and completely un-sexy spiritual companion to Britney cradling that Teletubby, and the more soulful counterpart to "Not a Girl."

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…

"Pen15" will have you screaming at your fellow viewers over how hard it is to watch friends and families fight, and a half-hour later you'll be howling with laughter at their wild, endearing antics.

Sep 18, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Erskine and Konkle are still inexplicably wonderful at capturing the endlessly awkward physicality of adolescence.

Sep 18, 2020 | Full Review…

As hilarious this show can be, it is just as deeply emotional. It's what makes it feel relevant to bring up in therapy!

Dec 18, 2020 | Full Review…

The show gives serious gravity to the stakes for each character, where we're laughing at it because it's absurd and reminds us of middle school and how embarrassing it was, but also it reminds us of how visceral these feelings were.

Dec 18, 2020 | Full Review…

There are numerous hilarious episodes and moments, but PEN15's second season excels in its beauty to examine how it takes the absurdity of childhood seriously.

Dec 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Konkle and Erskine disappear even further into their characters; I found myself experiencing secondhand embarrassment (and empathy).

Dec 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For those of us who weren't cool kids, PEN15 will unearth some more than likely repressed memories. Better than the first season, the show's second act gets a little deeper as its characters start to grow up and understand the complexities of life.

Dec 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Maybe it's a product of just living within this world that the women have created, maybe its some actual sorcery they've employed, but at some point, you stop paying attention to the gag, and you start becoming genuinely invested in these girls' lives.

Dec 16, 2020 | Full Review…

PEN15 reinvents the coming-of-age story...

Oct 29, 2020 | Full Review…

For a show based around a surreal age-based miscasting, PEN15 has surprising heart.

Oct 22, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for PEN15: Season 2

  • 4d ago
    Hulu executives: "Hey guys, the first season was really good, but could we make every single aspect of the show more refined, engaging, and emotionally potent?" Maya and Anna: "Hold our gel pens fool" Iroh's grade: A-
  • Apr 21, 2021
    Season 2 delivers like the season 1 did just with even more heart.
  • Apr 13, 2021
    The best of its genre. Fun entertaining weird funny and it's all right outlandish. It's a must watch if you're a parent of a teenage girl you need to watch the show.
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Season 2 shines even brighter than the first. Pen15 captures the awkwardness, absurdity, and heartbreak of middle school.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    So real, so hilarious.
  • Dec 19, 2020
    Funny on every level possible. Sometimes, you can't even explain which ridiculous/genius aspect you are laughing at. May Anna and Maya never graduate.
  • Dec 14, 2020
    I love this show. Can't say enough good things about it.
  • Dec 03, 2020
    What an unexpected surprise! So happy to stumble upon this quirky and heart-filled show. I binged and cringed through both seasons. It reminds me of Strangers With Candy. Love!
  • Nov 22, 2020
    It's hilarious, sweet, expertly acted and written--in other words, this show has ALL the things. And as an added bonus, it's beautifully uplifting and perfect for any pandemic anxiety or blues you may be experiencing...I can honestly say it's been a rescue remedy for me. WATCH. THIS. SHOW. 💝
  • Oct 26, 2020
    Maya and Anna are amazing and hilarious. The show is hilarious and has a 90's nostalgia that is fulfilling without being pretentious or ingratiating.

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