Pen15 premiered in February but I thought I’d go back a few months and review this one, because WOW, it was exceptional. This comedic, yet emotional, show follows Maya Erksine and Anna Konkle playing their younger selves in middle school. It all hits a little too close to home for my own personal middle school experiences, as I’m sure it does for many. While the show is absolutely hilarious, it also is honest, heart-warming and portrays such a relatable, endearing friendship. We all have that one person we owe our life to for helping us through middle school, and Anna and Maya perfectly encapsulate that.
The show has such perfectly humorous moments, from Anna’s first kiss to Maya discovering ~masturbation~, the show will have you in tears crying. It also uses comedy to portray more thought-provoking issues such as Anna becoming more aware of racism in a cringey, but honest, moment with Maya. In an interview with “Vulture”, Erksine stated that “the experience of performing such personal material “opened up a well of emotion I was not prepared for,” she says. “I started bawling.” You can really feel that in the episodes with how raw and natural it feels, even though it’s ironically being played by two 30-year old women. I highly recommend this show and I’m counting down the days until Season 2.
How to watch: Hulu