© 2019 by Casey J. Hempel

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Why You Should Be Watching PEN15

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

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"You are my actual rainbow gel pen in a sea of blue and black writing utensils."



I think this quote from the pilot episode of #PEN15 is enough of a reason to start binge-watching the 10-episode coming of age comedy that is NOW #streaming on #Hulu.


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If you're like me and fall in love with the first episode, you will want to watch an episode each night, spacing each episode out because you do not want the first season to end!


What is PEN15?


PEN15 was created by and stars #AnnaKonkle and #MayaErskine both playing seventh grade versions of themselves (they're in their thirties!) while the rest of their cast are actual thirteen-year-olds navigating the 7th grade in the year 2000. Intrigued? Check out the trailer below!


TRAILER

(SKIP if you do not want any spoilers at all!)


Genius, I know!

But even if you had thought of this idea for a series, you would need Anna and Maya! If it weren't for them, this show would not work, literally, since they are the creators. At the end of each episode there is this statement: Adult body doubles were used in some scenes (you'll see why).


It's pretty much an R-Rated version of 7th grade however, PEN15 is a breath of fresh air. It brings you back to your youth and shows that you weren’t alone in the way you felt about your body, friends, family, etc. And seeing posters of Jonathan Taylor Thomas amongst the character’s bedroom is the cherry on top of a perfect nostalgia ice cream cone.






If you can answer YES to these next few questions, this show is for you:

  1. Have you ever attended 7th grade?

  2. Did you have a 13th birthday?

  3. Are you 18? Or over the age of 18 years-old now?

  4. Do you know who Jonathan Taylor Thomas is?

  5. Did you answer YES to all of these questions?


Then what are you waiting for?! Go watch #PEN15 NOW!



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If you have a best friend or are still searching for one, make sure they're the #BFF who believes that UGIS really means beautiful unicorn.



Music listened to while writing:

B*Witched - C'est la vie



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