On the brink of adolescence a girlGÇÖs got a lot to deal with; a changing body, a flood of hormones, relentless judgement by her peers, even perhaps the stirrings of a first, unrequited crushGÇª In Mortified Taylor Fry is confronted by the lot. SheGÇÖs a lively, smart-lipped kid with plenty of courage and attitude, but the truth is she feels as if she doesnGÇÖt belong. SheGÇÖs an outsider in her own, wacky, familyGÇª(and with a father known locally as GÇ£The Underpant KingGÇ¥ who could blame her?). SheGÇÖs a black sheep at school and a misfit amongst her seemingly perfect neighbours. WhatGÇÖs different about Taylor is her flamboyant imagination. Under pressure she retreats into a rich inner world which is played out on the screen in front of us. Animals suddenly talk, Egyptian mummies come to life, her nose grows like PinocchioGÇÖs and she takes career advice from St Francis of Assisi. In spite of these wild flights of fantasy, each episode is firmly anchored in reality. Its core is truthful. The disparate characters that make up the Fry family are chaotic and challenging, but the bond between them is never in doubt. The episode storylines are surprising and occasionally subversive. TheyGÇÖre also very funny. Taylor believes her life is a shambles. We see itGÇÖs fun. The tone of the show is irreverent, but always affectionate. Mortified taps into the awkward 12 year old within us all. ------ MORTIFED EPISODE SYNOPSES Episode 1 GÇ£TaylorGÇÖs DNA.GÇ¥ Taylor is sure she will die of shame when Don and Glenda enter a parentGÇÖs talent quest at her school. Not one to back away from a challenge, Taylor drags Hector along on a crusade to prove via DNA analysis that Don and Glenda are in fact not her parents, and therefore canGÇÖt enter the talent quest. But as the time of the performance draws ever closer, Taylor is forced to prepare herself for humiliation, until she is granted an extraordinary last-minute reprieveGÇª Episode 2 GÇ£Bigger than Vegas.GÇ¥ Hector secretly nominates Taylor for school captain, unwittingly igniting her passion for politics. It seems to be a two-horse race as Taylor goes up against the perfect and beautiful, and seemingly unbeatable, Brittany Flune to take out the captaincy. Taylor pours herself into her campaign, determined to win, all the while trying to ignore her fatherGÇÖs petty annual GÇ£Christmas LightsGÇ¥ rivalry with BrittanyGÇÖs father, Michael Flune. Episode 3 GÇ£Learning to Surf.GÇ¥ Taylor is embarrassed when sheGÇÖs sprung fantasizing about becoming a pro surfer, and covers by claiming she can surf. But heart-throb Leon invites her to enter a surfing competition, and Taylor feels she has no choice but to agree. The situation snowballs as Taylor is forced to learn how to surf within a few short days, on her dadGÇÖs massive Malibu surfboard. Episode 4 GÇ£Mother in the Nude.GÇ¥ Taylor is dumbstruck when she arrives home from school to find her mother creating a nude sculpture of herself, for a very public art competition. Worse still, her entire school class is attending the competition! She is ultimately forced to create a diversion by dressing as a mermaid and trying to distract the onlookers. But things take a turn for the worse when she falls into the water and is rescued by Don, in his characteristic Underpant King boxer shorts. Episode 5 GÇ£The Chosen One.GÇ¥ Taylor is inspired by the teachings of a Buddhist monk, who shares the concept of a simple life without possessions. She decides to live a serene and noble life, and starts by sacrificing all her material possessions in pursuit of true happiness. However, she quickly finds out that this is not as easy as it sounds, as her earthly desires get in the wayGÇª Episode 6 GÇ£The Talk.GÇ¥ Taylor gets a crush on a teenaged martial arts instructor, and signs up for some classes. But her shift from childhood to adolescence is noticed by her parents, who decide itGÇÖs high time they give her the dreaded GÇ£Talk.GÇ¥ Taylor is mortified at the concept and desperately tries to avoid them. But everywhere she goes, it seems, babies and pregnant women are stalking her! Episode 7 GÇ£Flag Fall.GÇ¥ Taylor becomes image-conscious, and starts to worry about her appearance and dress code. This unfortunately coincides with Hector volunteering for flag duty at school, which registers quite high on the GÇÿdorkGÇÖ scale. Taylor tries to subtly suggest that he rethink his position as flag monitor, but when Hector doesnGÇÖt take the hint, she gives it to him straight. Flag duty is a direct route to social death GÇô strictly for dorks. Hector is insulted, and with their life-long friendship hanging in the balance, Taylor is forced to reassess her values and put her own social image on the line to win Hector back. Episode 8 GÇ£The Big Game.GÇ¥ After witnessing LeonGÇÖs soccer skill, Taylor is inspired to join the team. She is enthusiastic until Don signs up as coach and sponsors the team, calling them the GÇ£Underpant 11GÇ¥ but vows to makes the best of a bad situation and score a winning goal. Meanwhile, Layla frightens the life out of pedestrians and motorists alike as she attempts to learn how to drive. Episode 9 GÇ£Return of the Mothership.GÇ¥ Taylor and Hector spend time with an eccentric elderly couple who believe they will be reclaimed by an alien mothership any day. Taylor ponders this, and Hector is dubious. But when Don launches an embarrassing Underpant King advertising campaign, Taylor suddenly becomes a believer, and decides that her salvation lies with aliens. Episode 10 GÇ£The Cross Country.GÇ¥ Taylor wins her school cross-country race. But as she basks in her newfound fame and glory, she fails to confess that Mystic Marj drove her to the finish line. Hector makes her pay for her omission with an unrelenting training regime. At the same time, quite out of the blue, the Fry family inherits a Scottish estate, and Taylor has visions of herself living in luxuryGÇª until her dream falls apart. Episode 11 GÇ£Taylor Turns Bad.GÇ¥ Taylor notices people whispering behind her back, and soon learns that rumours are circulating about her. Despite the rumours being more fiction than fact, Taylor canGÇÖt help but notice that sheGÇÖs suddenly receiving all kinds of attention. Suddenly, it clicks. ItGÇÖs better to be bad! She decides to rebel in order to get the attention she deserves. Episode 12 GÇ£Being Me.GÇ¥ With a school dance coming up, Taylor starts to query her image and identity. Her mum, dad and sister all try to tell her what to wear, but Taylor is uncomfortable with their suggestions. However, at the same time, she fears that her refusal to conform to fashion rules will ruin her social life. As the dance draws closer, she turns to St. Joan of Arc for answers. Episode 13 GÇ£Leaving Primary.GÇ¥ The last day of primary school arrives and it seems that TaylorGÇÖs circle of friends is being ripped apart, as they all head off to different high schools. Taylor is torn as she is forced to make some serious decisions about her future. ----
Mortified taps into the awkward twelve year old in all of us!