Most people would agree that middle school is an awkward time, but the worse things are for Martha, Jas, and Lily, the more viewers will enjoy watching. The problems these British middle-graders face are so relatable: clueless parents, capricious school administrators, teasing classmates. There are comet-watching parties, and PE classes, and fake curses that make a team lose a hockey game. It's all so gentle, innocent, and charming that parents will be delighted to put this show on for their kids -- and elementary-schoolers will eagerly watch, hoping that So Awkward gives them a preview of what tweenhood will be like.
It sure helps that the actors playing students are actually young and playing their age; they're not teens, or worse, 20-somethings pretending to be teens. Like real kids, these actors are unpolished and green: They clump down school hallways, they say the wrong thing at the wrong time, they roll their eyes when their embarrassing mother shows up and tells childhood stories. And like real kids, they're terribly sweet and easy to root for. They wear the dumb sweaters Mom knitted, they give every challenge their all, they fail and struggle and get up and try again. Middle school may not have been a great stage to live through, but viewed through the lens of this delightful series, it's lots of fun to watch.