Everything Sucks! is a quirky, funny coming-of-age story that follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon.
Status: In Development
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Everything Sucks! is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan that parodies teen culture of the mid-1990s. Ten half-hour episodes were ordered by Netflix and the series was released on February 16, 2018. The series is set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, and focuses on a group of teenagers who attend the fictional Boring High School as they proceed to make a movie together while dealing with issues such as finding their sexualities, mental health, and growing up. On April 6, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had cancelled the show after one season.
Everything Sucks! - Reception - Netflix
Everything Sucks! received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season an approval rating of 70% based on 44 reviews, and a weighted average rating of 5.91/10. The site's critical consensus states, “A flawed series that ticks off all the nostalgia boxes, Everything Sucks! still manages to tug at the heartstrings.” Review aggregator Metacritic gave the first season a normalized score of 62 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. The show is frequently compared to Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, as well as Degrassi. Everything Sucks! was criticized for its over-the-top use of tropes, sometimes unrealistic situations, as well as not developing its supporting characters. However, the coming out storyline and the performances of the ensemble cast, particularly Winston and Kennedy, received much praise. Emine Saner from The Guardian wrote that the creators “took the idea of nostalgia and teenhood so far they just ended up repeating tropes”, however praised Kate's storyline as well as Winston and Kennedy's performances. On the other hand, Jen Chaney of Vulture gave Everything Sucks! a positive review, praising its “treatment of its young characters”, and once again, praised Kennedy and Winston's performances. However, she did criticize some dialogue choices, some of the music, and the under developed supporting characters. Caroline Framke of Vox said, that it “takes too long to figure out its twist on a typical coming-of-age romance. But once it gets there, it’s great” and gave particular praise to Kate's storyline.
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