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TV SHOW TO WATCH TONIGHT: Teen Wolf!

By   |   June 25, 2012   |   Entertainment, Gals On The Town

Entertainment Gal keeps her summer groove going with summer TV favorite, Teen Wolf!

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I have watched Teen Wolf since its premiere last summer.  I didn’t admit to it because who over 15 admits to watching MTV these days? It’s more like guilty pleasure TV than share with your friends TV.  But Teen Wolf, which has back for its second season, deserves to be in the latter category because it is great TV!

Short character synopsis: nice, cute but socially inept boy gets bitten by a werewolf and then becomes a werewolf; his super smart ADD best friend who tries to help him deal with the consequences; the popular vain girl who also happens to be super smart; the popular egotistical jock who has major insecurities; an older, more experienced werewolf willing to mentor our young hero — for a price; and the only daughter in a werewolf hunting family who happens to be the love of our young heroΓÇÖs life.

Of course this does no justice to the depths of these characters and the intricacies of their relationships with each other.  If last season could be described in one word it would be: identity.  Each character was trying to figure out who they were and where they wanted to fit in.  Four episodes in, and this season’s word is: loyalty, who do you trust?

Every reviewer of this show seems to name Stiles (the ADD best friend) as their favorite character and this reviewer is no different. Stiles is often the voice of the audience, saying the things we viewers are thinking.  His comments often reflect the strangeness of the normalcy of the strangeness.  Unlike other reviewers of this show, my second favorite character is Jackson, the egotistical jock whose quote opens this piece.  I love Jackson because he’s an ass and wears it proudly.  He knows he’s privileged, both physically and materially, but rather than humbling him, it makes him more judgmental towards others and less forgiving.  The kicker is that all that attitude doesn’t hide his insecurities from anyone, especially himself.  He doesn’t actually feel better when he puts other down; it just serves to magnify how high his expectations are and how much he fears failure in himself.

A true strength of Teen Wolf are the parents.  Usually in shows that revolve around teenagers and their worlds, parents are an afterthought and never really relevant to the story.  In Teen Wolf, parents are vital participants in the story and many times actually act like parents should.

While it didn’t start out strong, Teen Wolf found itself during the course of last season.  This season has started strong and I have no doubts it will continue to get better.  Take some time and check out the best show on television you’re not currently watching.

Teen Wolf airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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