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Going Back To Middle School (Ugh!) With 'PEN15'




Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as middle-school besties Maya and Anna in the unconventional Hulu series
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as middle-school besties Maya and Anna in the unconventional Hulu series "PEN15."
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On today's show:

The Hilarity Of Middle School

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The Hulu series, "PEN15," may be set in a '00s-era middle school, but it's very much an adult comedy. The series about two best friends as they head into 7th grade explores middle school as it really was — awkward, painful, and — maybe only looking back on it — very, very funny. Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, who co-created and wrote the series (with Sam Zvibleman), are both in their 30s, but play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the show. The actors who play their friends and classmates, though, are actual teenagers. Konkle and Erskine spoke with The Frame about their real-life friendship, how they pitched their unusual concept for the series, and what it was like to put themselves back into a middle school mindset.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLkEpO3k514

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(Starts at :45)

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