PEN15 is easily one of the funniest comedies on right now, and it's made so much better by the fact that the conceit of having two adults play middle schoolers surrounded by actual children is never the source of that comedy.
This will presumably always be Erskine and Konkle's showcase - both should be awards contenders - but the second season accentuates casting director Melissa DeLizia's smart work selecting the younger actors.
It's incredibly hard to capture the mindset of that age without coloring experiences with regret or fantasy fulfillment, or filtering them through adulthood's learned lessons. It captures the feelings as they emerged raw.
PEN15 understands this better than any other shows; how easier our lives would be if we can find the Anna to our Maya. And for that very reason, it's safe to say that our lives will be better with Pen15 in it.
While I appreciate all of the work Konkle is turning in here in Season 2, especially as she plays a young teen caught in the middle of her parents' messy separation, it's clear that Maya's emotional journey is the anchor of PEN15 this season.