Awkward TV: Sometimes it's Fun to Cringe

I’m definitely growing weirder as I age. Like a lot weirder. A few weeks ago a nurse asked, “how are you doing?”, to whit I responded, “I’m overbearing.” Yikes.

Luckily people seem to like weirdos (at least on television), which gives me a sliver of hope.

1. Mortified Nation. My childhood diary consisted of some snarky girl comments, the chronicling of a string of unrequited crushes and the story of that one time I got caught stealing my neighbors flowers.

Thankfully, there exist those who not only journaled their most cringe-worthy experiences, but opted to share them via one of my favorite documentaries.

I can’t even handle the trailer and I’ve watched the film through splayed fingers thrice! THRICE!

2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Need I say more? Really? Fine. “The gang”, comprised of verifiable sociopaths, successfully offend pretty much everyone they meet during the each 22-minute episode. No topic is off limit. Seriously, nothing. My shoulders start to hunch and by minute 12, I’m squinting my left eye while my right darts around the room searching for anyone else who might be listening in.

A little intro to our fave characters:

Sweet Dee – Terrible, hilarious human being. “I will eat your babies, Bi%ch.”

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Dennis – Possibly the worst of the crew. Fraternal brother to Dee. Conniving yet consistently unsuccessful at attempts to manipulate his friends.  Also, he’s a real D. “My nose was chiseled by the gods themselves, Frank. My body was sculpted to the proportions of Michelangelo’s David. You on the other hand, well, you’re a pit of despair. Frank, you disgust me. You disgust everyone, and you will never EVER be on that billboard.’

Frank – Dad to Sweet Dee and Dennis . Incredibly offensive manchild and also roommate to Charlie. “Animals should be food, rugs and trophies. Why do you think I’m wearing a leather suit? ” God messed up with this one.

Charlie – Dim-witted janitor, loveable buddy yet still a despicable specimen of our species. “[Ordering in a fancy restaurant:]  ‘Yes, my good man, I’ll have the milk steak, boiled over hard, and your finest jelly beans … raw.’”

Mac – Idiot, hair-brained schemer and co-owner of Paddy’s Pub (aka the gang’s regular hang-out). The guy somehow corrals at least one of his moronic buds into participating in especially harrowing (and questionable)  antics. “Throughout history, the ass kickers have always known carpentry — Jesus Christ, Harrison Ford. ”

heyfreak3. The League. Take a group of friends, introduce a long-standing competitive game, in this case, fantasy football, and watch the fireworks fly.  Or don’t if you identify as a PC-loving hippie dippy pinko. All I know is that the characters of this FX show are straight-up cruel to one another and it’s hilarious. Also, I’m obviously a total jerkhole.

If you are looking for more incredibly awkward, humorous shows, movies and/or stand-up routines, check out:

The Office (UK) – An amazingly awkward  faux-documentary stars Ricky Gervais as an inept manager of a dysfunctional paper company. Chaos (and hilarity ) ensue. As if you’ve never heard of this show…

The Mortified Sessions Celebrities share embarrassing childhood mementos and  secrets from their diaries (including  segments with Ed Helms, Nick Offerman and more!)

Arrested Development I’m really disappointed if you require a short summary of this show’s plot. COME ON!

Louie – a newly single stand-up comedian and father to girls in NYC fails at life episode after episode. It’s an endearing, yet highly uncomfortable comedy series.

Tig – Comedian Tig Notaro is diagnosed with cancer. Comedian Tig Notaro turns cancer diagnosis into comedy routine. Comedian Tig Notaro takes over the world (and beats cancer).

The Inbetweeners – A series about young lads coming of age; uncomfortable yet witty in that fancy British way.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret – A clueless American manager (David Cross) is sent to the UK to sell a non-existent energy drink called “Thunder Muscle”.

Mike Birbiglia- What I Should Have Said was Nothing – Hilarious comedian Mike Birbiglia shares embarrassing sections of his diary during his stand-up routine.

What shows put you over the edge? Do share…

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