Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens: Pilot
January 22, 2020 8:36 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

I wanted to like this - it's already been renewed for a second season, and I've liked Awkwafina in Crazy Rich Asians and in Oceans 8. But I agree with the 'bit if a mess' review, not sure if I'll continue to follow the season.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:44 PM on January 22, 2020

All I know about this show is that it's been driving my friends on the 7 train insane, because Awkwafina recorded a set of special station announcements as a promo. It's the first time the MTA has done such a thing and the backlash is such that it might be the last.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:33 AM on January 23, 2020

Hmm, is this the first show with this title structure since Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs?

(see also: Stockard Channing in Just Friends)
posted by Chrysostom at 10:52 AM on January 23, 2020

Watched this yesterday. I love Awkwafina in all her previous roles, as well as in interviews and such. She is definitely the best thing in this series, too bad that the rest of it is a total mess - worse than Norah's bedroom even. I'll probably watch a few more episodes, just to see more of her and in the hopes that it settles down a bit.
posted by gemmy at 11:44 AM on January 24, 2020

I was really apprehensive about this, but after watching (only the pilot), I'm feeling a bit of kinship with it.

I'm conflicted about Awkwafina, but Lori Tan Chinn (Chang in 'OitNB') as cool grandma and BD Wong (in all the best things) as the assimilated dad feel like a really good support for Awk to explore doing her thing.

Chinn is the best.

Lower economic class Asians have been a non-entity in Western media.
posted by porpoise at 10:04 PM on September 24, 2020 [2 favorites]

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