Awkwardly Entertaining

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Are you one of those people who cringe at the sight of socially awkward situations whether in person or on tv? Are you also someone who tries desperately to avoid these moments but always find yourself wrapped up in them? Well you’re not alone. For whatever reason, my life is filled with these instances and there is nothing I can do about them. You see to me, there are certain situations that should be reserved for shows like Curb your Enthusiasm or Modern Family. For instance the term “moon landing” should not happen in real life. Now if you are unfamiliar with the term, it was defined in Modern Family a few seasons ago as accidentally bumping bare butts with someone at the gym. You see this really should not happen – especially at the gym at 7am with a 6 foot 3 man who just minutes before covered himself in a fine layer of baby oil. Why was he covered in baby oil you might ask? I have no idea. All I know is that’s how my Saturday morning started.

I have decided that for the next few weeks, before I go into something new in television or film, I will write another uncomfortable moment that happened to me the week before. Though I cannot guarantee that they will be as awkward, scratch that, I pray they won’t be as awkward, I hope they will entertain you. In the spirit of this new theme, the following is a few of my favorite awkward moments from the past few weeks in television.

On last week’s episode of Modern Family, Phil and Claire had to break the news to Luke that their neighbor Walt had passed away. Watching Julie Bowen smile each time she mentioned death was uncomfortable but incredibly funny. As she dealt with consoling Luke, Phil tried by to do something memorable with his daughter. What ensued was Phil trying to induce labor from a waitress at a diner, and let’s just say it was awkwardly brilliant.

There is no way I can write a blog about uncomfortable situations and not mention Girls. Honestly this is one of the hardest shows for me to watch. In its third episode, the show is filled with uncomfortable sexual situations and awkward encounters. Watching Lena Dunham’s character navigate her everyday life is incredibly uncomfortable and I cannot count the times I literally wanted to reach out and stop her from saying something. That being said, the writing is brilliant and well worth a watch.

If you have not seen them yet, I cannot recommend enough checking out the series of shorts done by comedian Toby Harris that have aired on Yahoo this past week. Each episode depicts a horribly awkward situation that can arise on a first date; ranging from seeing your ex at a restaurant to taking a girl to a movie with a repeated rape sequence. With a supporting cast of Angela Kinsey and Lake Bell, it’s hard to pass up

There are plenty of other uncomfortable moments that I could discuss but after what happened to me this past weekend I think it would be best if I stayed away from any slippery slopes or surfaces.

Of the following list of television shows, which are you most likely to awkwardly cringe during?

Curb your Enthusiasm


Modern Family

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