Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show’s central character is Jenna Hamilton, a Palos Verdes, California, teenager who struggles with her identity, especially after an accident is misconstrued as a suicide attempt.
The series premiered on July 19, 2011. MTV renewed the series for a second season on August 24, 2011. The second season premiered on June 28, 2012 at 10:30pm. Awkward was officially renewed for a third season with an order of 20 episodes on July 25, 2012, which began airing on April 16, 2013 at 10:00pm. On June 26, 2013 it was announced that the show’s creator Lauren Iungerich would be exiting the show after production of Season 3 concludes on June 27, 2013. The rest of the show’s third season will pick up on October 22, 2013.
MTV renewed the series for a fourth season on August 5, 2013 with new showrunners, Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler, to replace creator and former showrunner, Lauren Iungerich.
Awkward’s first season was generally well-received with television critics praising the show’s realism and writing as well as its central character, and was included in various critics’ top ten lists. The show also earned several award nominations, winning one Teen Choice Award and one People’s Choice Award.