|Created by||Ben York Jones, Michael Mohan|
|Starring||Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patch Darragh, Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako, Rio Mangini, Quinn Liebling, Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson|
|Released on||February 16, 2018|
|No. of Seasons||1|
|No. of Episodes||10|
Did you love the 90s? Then Everything Sucks! is definitely for you! Well, maybe.
When Everything Sucks! pops up in your recommended on Netflix you are likely to just scroll past it because it’s advertising and title feel self explanatory. Why watch something that self-proclaims itself to be a shitty show? But, for those optimistic nerds (aka me) who click it, it’s not a total waste of time. That is, if you have patience. Just try not to take it at it’s face value.
The one season show is basically about this incredibly unique coming out story. But you only get to that point and realize it after a while. It’s like one of those Russian dolls that you have to keep on uncovering layers of. Underneath all the wrappings of 90s nostalgia, with all the baggy clothes and Pulp Fiction references it’s a really good story.
Here’s the rundown. Main freshmen characters (Luke O’Neil. McQuaid and Tyler Bowen) walk into the school. They are very clearly misfits and join the A.V. club. This is where Luke develops a crush on and consequently friendship with Kate. While he contemplates the best way to ask her out, she contemplates how to come to terms with her homosexuality. It’s terrifying to her. But for us, it makes for quite a funny and heart-touching story. Also, there’s some sort of animosity between the theater kids and the A.V. kids, but that factors in later. Sure, it’s a coming-of-age story, like we get it puberty sucks, that stuff is hard. But, it’s so much more.
The most endearing part of the series is Peyton Kennedy who plays Kate. She’s dynamic and ever-present. She outshines almost everyone else and it’s hard to take your eyes off of her. She almost single-handedly carries the show and it’s fascinating to watch how she falls into her role almost flawlessly on-screen.
Dialogue-wise the show clearly missed the mark. The characters sound nothing like teens today or even teens in the 90s. It’s disjointed and feels more like a rough sketch than the final product. That could have been drastically improved.
The whole thing reminded me of Stranger Things a lot, even though the shows have little in common. The stories are on completely different ends of the spectrum. But, the clothing, familiar nostalgia, riding around suburbs on bikes, the parallels were too prominent to ignore. But while Stranger Things utilizes it’s poignant nostalgia to the best of its ability and feels very realistic, Everything Sucks! just misses the goal.
Need a new show to binge watch that won’t make you regret all that time you just wasted? Give Everything Sucks! a watch. It’s fun and won’t make you instantly regret it, maybe a while later though.
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