I don’t ever watch MTV, as it is not in the FiOS HD cable channel zone with Bravo and HGTV, but I read this cute interview with Molly Tarlov on Hello Giggles and was smitten. She’s funny on Twitter too and to my surprise, she plays the bitch cheerleader Sadie Saxton and not Jenna Hamilton the weirdly funny and yes, awkward, lead character.
Jenna (the lovely Ashley Rickards) mysteriously receives a nasty letter listing of all her problems (sample advice: Stop being such a pussy), and it sets off a bizarre string of events that leads her to break her arm (seriously the whole sequence is something my clumsy ass would totally do) and have everyone around her, even her mother, think she attempted suicide.
In a particularly memorable episode, Lacey redecorates her daughter’s room for her 16th birthday and it looks like what a 16 year old thinks a bordello looks like, complete with odd wall lights, damask bedding and a mirror above the bed. Jenna hates damask, how could you do that to her, Lacey??!!
Look, this show isn’t perfect: it has some issues with race (Jenna’s other BFF Ming has stereotypically strict parents, though she herself is pretty interesting), the character motivations are a little cloudy (Jenna and Matty especially), I’m confused why everyone thinks pretty and normal Jenna is an undateable freak, and Sadie is mean all the time. But it’s such a fun show, and all the actors on it are fantastic. Watch it even if you’re the same age as hot dad.