Stories of female friendship abound in pop culture, but all too often, those friendships serve as a bridge to somewhere deemed more important: marriage, career success, motherhood, or any combination thereof. Enter Pen15, the Bottom Feeders Shirt Apart from…,I will love this Hulu series whose first season delved into the quiet joys and complexities of being a tween-age girl enmeshed in an all-consuming, life-defining BFF-ship.
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It’s darkly ironic that the Bottom Feeders Shirt Apart from…,I will love this second season of a show featuring two middle school girls in early-aughts suburbia is premiering during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many viewers are reverting to their own tween selves. In a way, though, it feels right on the nose; after all, when many young Americans are returning home to their childhood bedrooms, what could be more apropos than a show about being at the mercy of your parents?