I'm not even joking when I say that when I was watching an Awkward marathon the other day (in honor of the new season eep), I literally had a moment when I was like "Oh em gee, Awkward is such a comedy." And I mean comedy as in Dante comedy, not like ha-ha comedy. This happened. I'm still a bit freaked out that it did.
How does this modern, witty, sometimes ridiculous teen television show reflect the characteristics of a "comedy"(as seen in The Divine Comedy) might you ask? Let's take this step by step.
According to the Norton Anthology, a comedy encompasses four main characteristics.
1) Narrative Structure: A comedy begins in misery and ends in happiness. For those of you who aren't familiar with this glorious television masterpiece, Jenna Hamiton, the protagonist, starts out as her high school's outcast. She has two friends, is falsely accused of attempting suicide (hence the broken arm), and is madly in love with the school's most popular guy Matty, though he doesn't know she exists. Epitome of misery. Now, flash-forward two seasons. Jenna is now in a relationship with Matty, by most accounts has climbed the social ladder, and her arm is healed. BAM- misery to happiness.
2) Style: Comedies contain a range of style, which is also true for Awkward. Much of the insight we receive from Jenna comes from her constant blogging. Not to mention, her best friend Tamara presents an entirely unique style of talking. Style-covered.
3) Character: A comedy deals with a wide range of characters. If you've seen a single episode of this show, you know this is true. Awkward characters range from members of an "Asian Mafia" to a non-traditional evil cheerleader ("You're Welcome").
4) Subject Matter: Comedy deals with people's private lives, as opposed to events of grand historical importance. The entire show is centered around Jenna Hamilton's journey through high school.
Moral of the post is, traditional comedies still exist today, but they're just a bit modernized. Other moral of the post is, Humanities has inhabited most parts of my brain. I'm not complaining.
I don't think this show will be winning any Emmys anytime soon, though it should in my opinion. However, it's refreshingly witty and often hysterical.