Netflix has ordered ten episodes of a new period dramedy series titled “Everything Sucks!” which is described as 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.
The series stars Jahi Winston (he played a young Ralph Tresvant in BET’s “The New Edition Story” and will co-star with Taraji P. Henson in “Proud Mary”) and Peyton Kennedy (“American Fable,” “The Captive”) as students Luke O’Neil and Kate Messner.
Joining them are actors who will play their respective parents: Claudine Nako (“Grimm”) and Patch Darragh (“Boardwalk Empire”).
The series also features Sydney Sweeney (“Emaline”), Elijah Stevenson (“Oliver”), Quinn Liebling (“Tyler”) and Rio Mangini (“McQuaid”).
The 10-episode, half-hour dramedy is created by Ben York Jones (“Like Crazy,” “Newness”) and Michael Mohan (“Save the Date,” “Pink Grapefruit”), who will both serve as executive producers. Mohan will also serve as director for the bulk of the series, with Ry Russo-Young directing episodes as well.
Jeff Pinkner (“Lost,” “Fringe”), Scott Rosenberg (“October Road,” “Life on Mars”), Josh Appelbaum (“Alias,” “October Road”) and André Nemec (“Alias,” ‘October Road”) from Midnight Radio will also serve as executive producers.
Said Jones and Mohan, “Some of our favorite shows of all time — ‘The Wonder Years,’ ‘Happy Days,’ ‘That 70s Show,’ ‘Freaks and Geeks’ — looked back at bygone eras with 20 years of hindsight. We think this is a great time to take a look back at high school and relive the fashion, music, and attitudes of the mid-’90’s the way we remember it. Not sensationalized, not watered down; but desperate, heartfelt, awkward, and exciting.”
“We’re looking forward to spending some time back in the ’90s,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “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.”
“Everything Sucks!” is a Netflix production and will premiere in 2018.