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PEN15 is like nothing else on TV and its cast is ‘shocked’ by its success and critical acclaim

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Shuji (Dallas Liu), Anna (Anna Konkle), and Maya (Maya Erskine) in a scene from PEN15. (Photo: Alex Lombardi/Hulu)
Shuji (Dallas Liu), Anna (Anna Konkle), and Maya (Maya Erskine) in a scene from PEN15. (Photo: Alex Lombardi/Hulu)

Set in middle school as it really happened in the year 2000, PEN15 sees thirty-something creator-writer-producers Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine playing versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts... surrounded by actual 13-year-olds playing their peers. 

Season 2 is an even bigger hit than its Emmy-nominated first season, with a 93% rating on Metacritic, where it’s the best reviewed fictional TV show of 2020. Season 2 also has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where it’s #2 on their list of the best TV shows of 2020. 

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