When I first started watching Awkward, I blew through the first 3.5 seasons in probably a week tops. It was addicting. I waited rather desperately for the rest of season 3 to premiere, and when it did, I watched the first few episodes, and I got to a point where I just couldn't watch anymore. Reality set in and I really how horrible of a show this ended up being.
The show's plot line, characterization and character development, and everything in between are just awful. Yes, I realize that this is an American teen comedy/drama on MTV of all places, but that isn't an excuse for having just a bad show.
First off, the show is way too unrealistic. TV is supposed to be a place where you can "escape reality" and such. Even reality shows aren't one bit realistic. But some shows get to a point where the unrealistically is just untasteful. These characters are supposed to be 15 and eventually 17 or so. All the actors playing them are over 20 and couldn't pass as 15 year olds (with the exception of a couple) even if they tried. MAYBE they could've passed as seniors, but never 15 year olds.
Another part of how unrealistic this show is is just their lives in general. It feels like ALL these characters think about or focus on it relationships and sex. Honestly. What about school? I know that no one goes to watch TV to see a bunch of teenagers worrying about school, but if you're going to have a TV show where a large part of the scenes are set in a school and the characters are high school students, you can't just completely disregard any thoughts about homework or studying or projects or any of that. From experience, homework practically takes over your life in high school. I barely have time to do anything else when I'm done with my homework.
The two main guys are supposed to be on sports teams. As a high school athlete, I can tell you that high school sports are another thing that literally take over your life. By the time I get home from practice, it's almost time for dinner and the rest of my time is spent on homework. On the contrary, Matty and Jake, who are supposed to be the popular "jocks", hardly ever mention anything to do with playing sports. This is something I'm probably going to mention again that I see a LOT on Awkward: The inconsistency and inability to follow through with something. Matty and Jack are "jocks" that never seem to have any practice or game to go to. Way to follow through.
Second off is characterization/character development. The characterization/character development of Jenna, the main character, is ATROCIOUS. Honestly. She starts off the show as an "unpopular" awkward girl who is working as a camp counselor at a summer camp, when suddenly, fellow counselor Matty, the hot, popular guy from her school, gives her ONE look and they go to a closet and he takes her virginity. Suddenly, just a couple episodes later, is popular and has two boys vying for her and her attention. Not to mention that suddenly Jenna is extremely sex driven. What happened to being unpopular? What happened to the old Jenna? Aside from the few (and far between) moments where she has seemingly "awkward" moments, the Jenna that used to be unpopular and awkward is gone like she never existed. This is another example of the inconsistency of this show.
I found Jenna to be an extremely unlikeable character. At the very, very beginning, I found her to be somewhat relatable in that she was unpopular and awkward. After the whole Colin drama, I was honestly disgusted with her and thought the show would be much better off if we just got rid of the character, despite the fact that Jenna IS the main character of the show. As the seasons went on, I saw Jenna slowly throwing away any morals that she may have had. By the time Colin rolled around and that whole drama started happening, all the morals were completely gone.
The rest of the characters lacked real character development, consistency in whatever characterization they may have had, and being realistic. I could go on about it for much longer. The show got to a point where it was unenjoyable to watch, so I stopped watching. NOTHING against the actors/actresses at all though!