Faking It (2014) – Season One Review

MTV has created one of the most deep and quirky sexual-identity exploring teen comedies yet…

Faking It is currently probably one of the best shows on MTV right now, as the show goes all out and deals with the complexities of sexuality. In that it is indeed, neither black or white.

But in typical teeny fashion.. while it’s very real and current, it is sometimes extremely over-the-top. I mean a whole school that accepts you if your different, but not if your just plain ordinary. I mean that’ll be awesome and all, but where is equality for the deemed-ordinary? 
In a desperate attempt to fit-in and be unique, two (supposedly) ordinary BFF’s Amy (Rita Volk) & Karma (Katie Stevens) pretend to be lesbian lovers… 
Everything although goes awry as Amy actually discovers that she really does have feelings for Karma… but straight-Karma is although head over heels for playboy of the school, Liam Booker (Disney channel alumn, Gregg Sulkin) .. yes how typical of a high-school drama. Other major characters who get caught up in the ridiculously kind-of believable facade is Amy’s soon to be evil step-sister Lauren (Bailey De Young), and Liam’s flamboyant best-friend Shane (played by GBF‘s Michael J. Willett) who truly brings the humour and along the way sway the drama.
Yes, it’s completely unrealistic… but what makes it work so well is the show’s aim to tackle the evolution of modern society. The struggle to stand-out and be special and how we often tend to   focus on labelling individuals, rather than looking beyond silly stereotypes. 
Sexuality is a pretty confusing concept, that can surprise and push us in ways like no other which make Amy one of the most intriguing elements of the show. From touching and testing religion (yes, Amy’s mother and stepfather are devoted Christians), to the difficulties of falling in love with your same-sex best friend.  There’s also tons of same-sex lip-locks, which highlights Faking It stepping up the game when it comes to MTV teen comedies/dramas. Although I must say, the strong censorship on coarse language, and fuzzed out nudity sometimes gets kind of annoying… But I guess it’s necessary when catering to the channel’s younger fan-base.
Season one only contains eight episodes, while season 2 is currently in the midst of airing on MTV.. So start getting hooked peeps! 
VERDICT: A refreshing new take on difference and sexuality that challenges existing societal label conceptions, while also maintaining a distinct sense of adolescent cheesiness and fluff.
8/10
– Shahbaz Malik

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