Everything Amazing About "Everything Sucks!"

*This article contains spoilers about a Netflix Series, read at your own risk!!!!*

*Image courtesy of Everything Suck’s Facebook page.

 

Netflix recently released their latest original series titled Everything Sucks!Everything Sucks! takes place in Boring, Oregon and follows a group of students entering their freshman year of high school. In an effort to make friends, Luke, Tyler and McQuaid join the A/V club; what they aren’t expecting though is romance.  However, one tiny crush on the principal’s daughter seems to throw everything else out of whack. Does high school really suck? It looks like Luke and his friends are going to find out.

Despite its name, Everything Sucks! is an amazing show, and here’s why:

  • The protagonist is a person of color: While the show does a great job on focusing on all of the characters, the main character Luke O’Neil is biracial with a black mom and a white dad. TV has done a great job at become more diverse lately, but compared to all the primarily white TV shows we still have a ways to go.

  • The show oozes 90s nostalgia: Taking place in 1996, Everything Sucks! allows millennials to go back to a simpler time. From boxy computers, to Blockbuster, and even Fruitopia being served in the cafeteria. It’s as if the producers teleported back to the 90s to film the show.

    • Including 90s music: While this goes under the 90s nostalgia umbrella, all the 90s music references deserve a category of their own. Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Oasis, oh my! Luke even goes through the effort to recreate popular 90s music videos to woo Kate.

  • Everyone has their moment: Like I mentioned earlier, each character has their own moments and storylines. It doesn’t follow the typical format of the main character with dopey parents and quirky friend, but the parents and friends do have their own storylines, and struggles. It makes everything feel much more real.

  • It talks about mental health:  Early in the show it mentions that Kate’s mother died after a long battle with illness. What’s revealed later is that her mother struggled with mental illness. It also shows how the family copes after said trauma.

  • LESBIANS: My favorite part of the show is their openness to talk about touchy subjects. Throughout the series Kate questions her sexuality when popular junior Emaline catches her eye. She comes to the revelation in such a candid and honest way that many people are bound to find a connection to it. It also adds another layer to the inclusivity element. Kate is 15 and a sophomore in high school so she isn’t over-sexualized or fetishized like most lesbians are portrayed on TV.

 

Don’t let the name fool you. Everything Sucks! is an amazing show. Stream it on Netflix today!