Netflix has given Everything Sucks!, a 1990's nostalgia series, a full ten-episode order. The half-hour dramedy will premiere next year.
According to Deadline, the Netflix production is described as a “quirky, coming-of-age story,” following two groups of high school misfits, an A/V Club and a Drama Club, in 1996 Oregon. Produced by Midnight Radio, the series will star Peyton Kennedy (American Fable) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) as students, with Patch Darragh (Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Nako (Grimm) as their respective parents.
Ben York Jones (Like Crazy) and Michael Mohan (Save the Date) will serve as writers, as well as executive producers with Jeff Pinker, Scott Rosenberg, Josh Appelbaum, and André Nemec from Midnight Radio. Mohan will direct a bulk of the series, as well, with Ry Russo-Young also taking charge of some episodes.
In a statement regarding the new series, Jones and Mohan reference The Wonder Years, Happy Days, That 70s Show, and Freaks and Geeks as beloved shows that “looked back on bygone eras with 20 years of hindsight.” The time is right, therefore, to revisit high school and “relive the fashion, music, and attitudes of the mid-‘90s the way we remember it.” They insist that this nostalgia will be “desperate, heartfelt, awkward, and exciting,” rather than “sensationalized” or “water downed.”
Cindy Holland, VP, Original Content for Netflix, had this to say about the upcoming dramedy:
We’re looking forward to spending some time back in the ‘90s. Whether you were in A/V, drama, sports or band, we think everyone will find something to relate to in this coming of age story about the one thing that sucks above everything else — high school.
Nostalgia seems to be a recurring theme for the streaming service. Stranger Things, for example, described by many as a kind of love letter to the ‘80s, was an undeniable success. While season of two of that original series is set for Halloween of this year, the official airdate for Everything Sucks! remains a mystery, but we can expect to see it sometime in 2018.