A person on stage at a mic holding a diary


Title: The Mortified Guide
Released: 2018

Fix: Realizing You Were Not The Weirdest Teenager By A Long Shot
Platforms: IMDBtv or Amazon (Buy)

Official Summary:

The Mortified Guide is a 6-episode comedic docu-series where adults share their actual teenage diaries, love letters, music and art in front of total strangers. Based on the Mortified storytelling project which creates stage shows, books, podcast, TV and film.

FYA Summary:

In all the time you spent as an angsty minor, writing threatening messages in your diary about the terrible fate you swore would befall anyone who was spying on you, did you ever think, “I had better preserve this stuff, because Adult Me is going to need it to go on stage?” Probably not, and I doubt most of the guests did, either—which makes the delightfully angsty, passionately sincere, and totally humiliating contents of their diaries even funnier. Let’s go back to a time where our parents paid for our housing and our hormones were raging. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll watch through your fingers as your body shrinks in on itself trying to escape the secondhand humiliation.

Familiar Faces:

Black background with rainbow colored unicorns, moons, and stars in a varying pattern

Would this be an accurate depiction of adolescent life without a cameo from the most majestic of mythical creatures? Of course not—and episode 4 will not disappoint.

Couch-Sharing Capability: High

The whole point of this series is to underline the fact that all of us had some sort of humiliation in our younger years, so it’s practically required that you watch this with friends. There are some truly touching moments that will make you hug your significant other, family, or friends while fervently thanking the unstoppable march of time that you will never be sixteen again.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Drink To Remember, Drink To Forget

Here’s the official FYA Mortified Guide Drinking Game:

  • Take a sip when you’re embarrassed for the performer.
  • Take a sip when you laugh.
  • Chug your drink when you’ve done something similar.

Please do not send us your hospital bills. Also, none of us are available to donate parts of our livers; we apologize in advance. We also suggest hiding your adolescent diaries so that you don’t get the drunken urge to stage your own Mortified Guide livestream on social media. (But if you do, share it with us!)

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Come On, Look At The Website You’re Reading

This series reminds me of the YA/MG that I read in the 90s: the hyper realistic kind that focused on younger readers going through the awkward tribulations of changing bodies, schools, and friend groups. (I must, I must, I must increase my bust!) It was the most basic “you are not alone” message there was. Fast forward over twenty years later, and we’re all a bit more woke, our YA pop culture consumption comes with slickly dressed 20-somethings drinking martinis as if real 16-year-olds aren’t lucky to get Boone’s Farm, and our reading selection has expanded beyond our wildest teenage dreams. The message, though, whether you’re a WWII resistance fighter or a transgender teen in the South, remains the same. And isn’t that why we’re all here?