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Posted byHomeland9 days ago
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PEN15 - Series Premiere Discussion


Premise: The comedy co-created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Sam Zvibleman is set in middle school with Erskine and Konkle playing 13-year-old versions of themselves.

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This show is like Big Mouth. Not for the faint of heart but I truly think the creators and writers are geniuses the way they were able to so accurately capture all the feelings, tribulations and familiar parts of going through puberty in such a way that can be so entertaining and bring so many laughs. I loved this show so much, it's honestly bold for paving a new path in teenage shows by using actual 13 year old actors play 13 year olds. It's just crazy. Watching this show really made me look back at the awkwardness of middle school with clearer understanding as an adult to see things as hilariously less dramatic as I thought they were. This show is certainly not going to be for everyone. I remember when Big Mouth came out, the majority of people I knew were repulsed and hated it. But I absolutely loved PEN15.

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Is that supposed to be read as PENIS?

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You were never part of the pen15 club?

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2 points · 6 days ago

It's getting some good reviews from media outlets but I'm not seeing a lot of social media discussion. But maybe that will change. There's also a subreddit on here at r/PEN15.

I thought it captured the era so well, the AIM episode gave me so much adrenaline. I also liked that the show resists what seemingly other shows of that nature would do...having characters use "the r word" or say "that's so gay" a lot. I just kept waiting for it to happen and to have to groan when it did, but it never happened---and that has to be intentional?

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I loved the show because it’s so spot on in the era and for the age group. The characters are unique and likeable. As an adult male it feels weird to watch middle schoolers go through this stuff, but I totally relate to a lot of this stuff. I found myself cringing a lot in this, but I appreciated how it was a feeling I don’t often feel watching a lot of shows. Very unique show and oddly satisfying. Definitely not for everyone and if you can’t get past the first episode you won’t like the rest. At the same time there are school tropes that are just kind of expected and the story isn’t particularly surprising in any way. If you appreciate good character work and super realistic nostalgia, you’ll enjoy this.

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24 points · 8 days ago

Why is there almost no discussion for this show? I'm loving the heck out of it regardless of the cringey parts and vulgarity. I was really caught off guard by it.

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2 points · 3 days ago

Hulu gets a lot of hate on reddit because it has ads (and pointing out they have an ad-free option doesn't seem to change anyone's opinion). Outside of The Handmaid's Tale, I really don't see much discussion at all about their original series.

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3 points · 3 days ago

I have the ad-free option and it absolutely changed my opinion of the service. I went a long time with my wife just doing it for free, then eventually pay for the ad version since she would watch the dancing shows or the weekly shows. Then once we made the switch to ad-free we've been very happy. Hulu has a lot more current content that we enjoy, I'd say even more so than Netflix. It's crazy for us because we really liked Netflix but as time goes on Hulu has only got a whole lot better.

I just hope people can give it a chance, especially with how many current shows are actually on the service for the price you pay.

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-5 points · 6 days ago(1 child)
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3 points · 4 days ago

Well, if you grew up in the 90s or early 2000s kids would be like, "Hey, wanna join the Pen 15 club? Let me write it on your hand." Then they would and you would see what it really spelled. It's not random.

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Because streaming shows don't catch on unless it's on netflix tbh.

Even though I'm liking this show better than Big Mouth which is a show that covers a similar topic, I doubt this'll ever reach a tenth of the popularity.

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5 points · 8 days ago

I know! I am about half way through and I love the awkwardness of this show.

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19 points · 9 days ago · edited 9 days ago

In the middle of the first episode. As someone who grew up around the same time it definitely has some feelings of nostalgia. Still a little weird seeing these women in their 30s play characters attracted to actual kids even if they’re meant to be the same age.

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It’s so awkwardly relatable to what my friends and I experienced in middle school and early high school. They nailed the clothing and general aesthetic. I remember girls at swim club getting their first thongs and acting the exact same way. The scenes at school are total nostalgia fest, especially that chorus episode.

Don’t get me started on the AIM nostalgia.

While it’s awkward that the main characters are in their 30s, I’ve found it easier and easier to look past as the episodes progress. It’s definitely a gem.

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