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'Awkward.' Star Ashley Rickards Talks Finale Secrets, Jake and Matty Love Triangle and the Carefrontation Letter

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 27th 2011 11:00AM
Awkward Jenna HamiltonOnce in a rare while, a new teen comedy will come along that transcends clichés, ignores the urge to talk down to its audience, and leaves lazy dialogue for the laugh-track crowd. On the big screen, we were recently treated to 'Mean Girls' and 'Easy A,' but we've been long-overdue for a comedy the caliber of 'Awkward.' on TV.

The writing is razor sharp, the emotions are relatable, and every character is so delightfully weird (in a believably teenage way), that it's impossible not to fall in love with them. But it's not a broadcast network that can boast of discovering this diamond in the rough -- it's MTV. Say what you will about 'Jersey Shore' and the failed translation of 'Skins,' I'm here to tell you that 'Awkward.' could go toe to toe with 'Modern Family' (or any other Emmy-winning comedy) and elicit more laughs in a half hour than anything the big four networks could offer, and not just in the teen demo.

Ahead of tonight's season finale, AOL TV caught up with Ashley Rickards, star of the underrated comedy, to get her thoughts on the show's important message, the trials of a love triangle, and what fans can look forward to in season two. Mild spoilers ahead.

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Catching Up With the Best New Comedy of the Year: MTV's 'Awkward.'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 1st 2011 12:00PM
Surely this wasn't MTV's goal, but the network's excellent new(ish) comedy 'Awkward.' puts me in a nostalgic frame of mind.

Just as today's twentysomethings yearned to bask once again in the glow of the Nickelodeon shows they watched in their tween years (and that prompted TeenNick to unleash its successful "The '90s Are All That" rerun block two months ago), I've been missing the glory days of the WB and the early CW for a while now.

Back in the '90s and early aughts, those networks gave us plucky, verbally dextrous, sarcastic heroines in slightly dorky clothes who studied hard or solved crimes or fought vampires, young women who wanted the guy but didn't want to lose their self-respect and whose neuroses only made them more appealing.

And that's pretty much what 'Awkward' is, but in brisk, sitcom form and with more hilarious euphemisms for sex. It may not sound professional, but somehow it feels appropriate to say that I totally have a crush on 'Awkward.'

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