PEN15: Season 1

PEN15: Season 1

PEN15: Season 1

Actual adults Maya Erskine (Insecure) and Anna Konkle (Rosewood) play early teen versions of themselves surrounded by proper 13-year-olds in this Emmy-nominated absurdist high-school comedy set in the year 2000.

2019USAHulu
Comedy

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1

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.

EPISODE 1.2

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?

EPISODE 1.3

Ojichan

Maya feels a tickle down there which becomes kind of an addiction, distracting her from her best friend who really needs her.

EPISODE 1.4

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.

EPISODE 1.5

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.

EPISODE 1.6

Posh

Maya gets a questionable nickname during a school project. Anna goes along with it, resulting in a test of their friendship and identities.

EPISODE 1.7

AIM

Maya and Anna get their very first AIM screennames and their social world opens up. Maybe too much.

EPISODE 1.8

Wild Things

It’s a viewing party to watch the newly released VHS movie, Wild Things. The night gets sexy and Anna and Maya try to keep up.

EPISODE 1.9

Anna Lishi-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.

EPISODE 1.10

Dance

It’s the night of their first school dance but Anna and Maya are on bad terms. They’ll have to navigate this unfamiliar terrain set to billboard hits, by themselves.

PEN15: Season 1 / Reviews

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The more physically convincing they become, the more emotionally rich and fascinating Pen15 turns out to be. It’s primarily a balls-out, Broad City-ish comedy throughout, but it also evolves to become keenly observant, wise and empathetic regarding the fraught nature of being a friend, a daughter or just a girl of that age.

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Vox

Vox

PEN15 works because it doesn’t shy away from letting its kids be brats.

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Collider

Collider

It’s not a show that you’ll immediately take to social media to discuss with countless other people. But in its own, completely different way, it will make you feel less alone.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It’s an insight into lockstep friendship, one of many joys over of the course of the series.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Combining the pathos of "Eighth Grade" with the outrageousness of "Big Mouth," "PEN15" is a ridiculous comedy that still rings true.

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Vulture

Vulture

The most joyful thing in PEN15 is the relationship between Anna and Maya, which is a refreshing testament to the role girls play in propping each other up during a period of life when every rug they’ve ever known is pulled out from under them with little warning.

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Variety

Variety

Pen15 flips the adolescent script like this so many times with such clever insight that it can genuinely become disorienting after a lifetime of never seeing anything quite like it onscreen.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

An impossible masterpiece of teen TV that is authentically raw but also dreamily weird, a goof-off LOL comedy full of traumatic middle-school melancholy.

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