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First Look: Netflix goes retro for Everything Sucks!

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Netflix’s Everything Sucks! could be very special.

In short, the Gen-X comedy could be the Freaks and Geeks of the 21st century.

The streaming service broke down the show in a bio released to Salute.

The 90s high school experience: Desperate, heartfelt, awkward, exciting, and free of smartphones. Set in the real life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, Everything Sucks! is a quirky, funny coming of age story that revolves around Boring High School’s A/V Club and Drama Club— two crews of nerdy-edgy outsiders, who join forces to make a movie and endure the purgatory known as high school.

The series stars Peyton Kennedy (American Fable, The Captive) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil, with Patch Darragh (Sully, Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Nako (Grimm) as their respective parents.

Written and created by indie filmmakers, Ben Jones York & Michael Mohan, Everything Sucks! is a story of a group of friends who navigate their freshman year using the sounds of 90’s alt-rock (The Cranberries , Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Alanis Morrisette) as their guide.

Like every great period piece, linguistics play a major role in the execution of the story. Phrases such as ‘all that and a bag of chips’ and ‘da bomb’ roll out with authenticity as parents question their arrival.

The 90’s were a time when it took all day to download a video of a poorly rendered dancing baby. And like teenagers of all generations, the kids in Everything Sucks! work through first crushes and earth-shattering heartbreaks.

This is that time in their life when they figure out who they are in spite of what others think they should be. Everything Sucks! appears to be far more than just a comedic look back at the 90’s.

Everything Sucks! was directed by director, Ry Russo-Young.  Her credits include 2012’s Nobody Walks, 2017’s Before I Fall, and the upcoming Freeform Marvel show Cloak and Dagger.

This is another prime piece for the production company Midnight Radio that is also responsible for  the CBS drama Zoo, the History Channel’s Knightfall, and ABC’s Salamander.

Everything Sucks! joins a stacked roster of half-hour comedies that includes Fuller House, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie, Master of None and One Day at a Time.

The series hits the program queue on February 16, 2018.

Watch: Everything Sucks! Trailer

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