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Television Review

MTV’s refreshing take on high school geekery

I’ve got to hand it to MTV. And yes, I really did just say that.

The network has been making an honest effort to add scripted series to its lineup for a year or two now. For more than a decade, it looked as though MTV had not only given up music, but gone in solely for crumb-bum reality TV after the success in the early 2000s of “The Osbournes” and “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.” The height of MTV ambition appeared to be “Jersey Shore,” “Teen Mom,” “The Hills,” “A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila,” and a string of porny hot-tub scenes that inevitably trigger thoughts about the efficacy of chlorination.

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