Saturday, March 03, 2018

TV Review: 'Everything Sucks!' Season 1

Title:  Everything Sucks! Season 1 (Netflix, FacebookTwitter, IMDB, Wikipedia)

Netflix's Everything Sucks! is a teen comedy-drama that follows the exploits of three incredibly awkward high school freshman, one shy sophomore, an A/V club, and a drama club as they try to find their ways, identities, and places in the world.  Set in Boring, OR (an actual place) in 1996, Everything Sucks! perfectly captures the essence of early high school while nailing the atmosphere and environment of the mid 1990s.

The story follows freshman misfits Luke, Tyler, and McQuaid as they join the A/V club.  Luke falls for fellow A/V club member, and principal's daughter, Kate who herself is going through a period of discovery about her own sexuality.  There's also the drama club's power couple Oliver and Emaline, a doomed stage production turned student film, budding single parent romance, lots of uncomfortable character situations, and ultimately some truly tender moments and growth. 

Let's just get this out of the way, I absolutely LOVE the first season of Everything Sucks!.  The show is quirky and fun while tackling a variety of heavy subjects with characters that are honest and true to life.  Then there's the setting.  As someone who graduated high school in the '90s, watching a show that so perfectly captures the closes, style, speech, and utter silliness of said decade is probably way more fun and entertaining than it should be.  Maybe it's nostalgia talking but this show took me back to walking those hallowed halls and gave the show an authenticity that I wasn't expecting.  Then there's the excellent use of music in the show. 

While far from perfect, Everything Sucks! is a show that beautifully portrays the bumpy, embarrassing, and awkward time that is early high school with characters that are relatable and sad and bold and incredibly human.  If you're a kid (or an adult for that matter) that feels out of place, this show is for you with characters that you will identify with and look up to (thanks to tremendous performances by the entire cast especially Peyton Kennedy).

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