Socially Uncomfortable Shows Like Awkward

Saturday, February 23 by Gregory Wakeman

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MTV’s “Awkward” has developed a cult audience after its first season was well received by critics and audiences alike. The plot of the show revolves around Ashley Rickards’ Jenna Hamilton, a 15 year-old schoolgirl who is involved in a genuine accident that her peers misinterpret as a suicide attempt. After this debacle Jenna becomes well known to her classmates because of her blog but she continues to go from one awkward and unfortunate incident to the next. “Awkward” is the kind of show you need to watch through your fingertips, but it isn’t the first program of this kind. Here are five more socially uncomfortable shows like “Awkward.” 

 

“The Office”

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You can’t watch one minute of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s comedic behemoth without looking away in anguish. Some of the worst moments have included David Brent’s attempt to make the Swindon branch laugh with a humorous speech in episode one of season two, and Tim asking Dawn out just moments after handing in his resignation.

 

“Extras”

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Gervais and Merchant carried on this tradition of humiliating their viewers with their next show, “Extras.” Most famously when Gervais’ Andy Millman and Ashley Jensen’s Maggie get into an argument with Ben Stiller, who takes this as an opportunity to list his sexual conquests from the world of cinema. 

 

“I’m Alan Partridge”

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Steve Coogan and Armando Ianucci’s late 90’s creation, shows us the hollow and horrible life of Alan Partridge, a DJ who has fallen on hard times. He’s narcissistic, with very poor social skills and doesn’t possess an ounce of self-respect, making him one of the funniest men to ever grace the small screen.

 

“Eastbound And Down”

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Kenny Powers was once a major league ballplayer, but he has now burnt out and looking to work his way back up to the top of the sport he loves. This leads to Kenny endangering the lives of anyone who just happens to be close to him, with Steve Little’s Stevie Janowski being the main scapegoat, in many awkward and hilarious guises.

 

“The Inbetweeners”

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The latest, tremendous comedy to come out of England revolves around four school lads who aren’t quite cool, but aren’t losers either. However they find themselves in highly awkward predicaments that includes the character of Simon walking down a runway with half of his testicle hanging out.