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94% Tomatometer 48 Reviews 87% Audience Score 250+ Ratings This comedy series depicts middle school as it really happened. Comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play versions of themselves as teenage outcasts in the year 2000, during a time when the best day of your life can turn into the worst with the stroke of a gel pen. Adult Maya and Anna -- as their younger selves -- are surrounded by actual teenagers as they re-experience some of the ups and downs of middle school life. They get a lot of unexpected attention on the first day of school and later face the temptation to do drugs. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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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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PEN15: Season 1 | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Megan McCluskey TIME Magazine A poignant coming-of-age comedy that hits all the right nostalgia notes for those who endured the trials of adolescence in the early 2000s. Jun 2, 2023 Full Review PEN15: Season 1 | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Suzi Feay Financial Times Konkle and Erskine maintain a deliciously kooky chemistry even when - especially when - the handling of the subject matter induces cringing. Rated: 4/5 Mar 30, 2020 Full Review PEN15: Season 1 | Rotten Tomatoes (3) John Doyle Globe and Mail Rarely has the maddening insecurities of being a teenager been so ably mocked but utterly understood with sympathy. Jul 22, 2019 Full Review PEN15: Season 1 | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Samit Sarkar Polygon PEN15 is a pitch-perfect nostalgia trip for Old Millennials like us, with its dial-up modems, bubblegum pop, and frosted lip gloss. Oct 8, 2020 Full Review PEN15: Season 1 | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Adam Sweeting The Arts Desk This ingenious show views innocence thorough the prism of experience, and does it with real soul. Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2020 Full Review PEN15: Season 1 | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Emma Specter Vogue A near-perfect first season... Sep 24, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Chi C Unique concept for a coming of age story, but perhaps the best of its kind. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/24 Full Review Rachel Hilarious! They were so awkward and you just felt for them :D Rated 4.5/5 Stars • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/24 Full Review Ally Moore J My season 1 rating: 4/5, for mostly the hilarity of it. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/12/23 Full Review Matthew F Hilarious and heartfelt show about two outcast teenage girls that depend on each other to stay sane in the crazy world that is adolescence. It's so much silly fun. The disinformation they have about sex education and life in general is put at the center of the comedy. You can laugh hard at you are because we've all been there. Hound, insecure, and uniformed…. But just wanting to be accepted and loved. So much fun with a heartfelt chewy center. A must show. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/08/23 Full Review Gareth v Original, honest, disturbing, touching, hilarious but it's ability to be relatable is it's greatest strength. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/24/23 Full Review hector g Idk babe, but it makes you laugh. Lol Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Maya Erskine Maya Anna Konkle Anna Maya Erskine Writer Jessica Watson Writer Jeff Chan Writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour Writer
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Episode 1 Aired Feb 8, 2019 First Day It's the first day of seventh grade in the year 2000; school rejects Anna and Maya get a lot of unexpected attention. Details Episode 2 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Miranda 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. Details Episode 3 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Ojichan Maya feels a tickle down there, which becomes kind of an addiction, distracting her from her best friend who really needs her. Details Episode 4 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Solo 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. Details Episode 5 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Community Service 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. Details Episode 6 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Posh Maya gets a questionable nickname during a school project; Anna goes along with it, resulting in a test of their friendship and identities. Details Episode 7 Aired Feb 8, 2019 AIM Maya and Anna get their very first AIM screen names, and their social world opens up -- maybe too much. Details Episode 8 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Wild Things It's a viewing party to watch the newly released VHS of "Wild Things"; the night gets sexy and Anna and Maya try to keep up. Details Episode 9 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Anna Ishii-Peters 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. Details Episode 10 Aired Feb 8, 2019 Dance Anna and Maya are on bad terms on the night of their first school dance; they have to navigate this unfamiliar terrain set to hit songs by themselves. Details

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Sam Zvibleman, Andrew DeYoung, Daniel Longino

Maya Erskine, Jessica Watson, Jeff Chan, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Gabe Liedman, Anna Konkle, Andrew Rhymer, Sam Zvibleman




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