Right before Fall semester 2018 began, I was in desperate need of a new show to watch while sitting and doing nothing in my living room. Everything Sucks on Netflix had been sitting on my watch list for about six months. I love a good show set in a school where students are dealing with real teenage problems (Degrassi, anyone?).
I turned it on, determined to just finish the first episode of the show. Each episode is only twenty minutes, which really makes the time fly. Right off the bat I was intrigued. It was set in 90’s Oregon. More specifically, it was set in Boring, Oregon, which is a fantastic tourist destination. Or, at least the sign is.
I have found that the millennial generation is utterly obsessed with nostalgia, more so than generations before us. Us 90’s babies seem to latch on even more (I was born at the end of the 90’s, but I still identify pretty heavily with the sentiments expressed by the older babies). We pay extraordinary (unnecessary) amounts of money on poorly marketed products simply because they remind us of a snippet of our childhood.
Everything Sucks capitalizes on this nostalgia in the best ways. At the same time, though, the experiences these kids are going through are universal and so wholly human that a person any age, with any amount of nostalgia from the 90’s, can relate to their feelings and reactions to all these new experiences.
Wanting to be a teacher makes me want to learn all I can about the experiences of teenagers. Obviously, I was one at one point in time, recently. However, I had a pretty standard, uneventful high school experience. I coasted through the upper academic track. I was a cheerleader. I was in choir. I hung out with my friends on the weekends, and I stayed out of trouble. Shows like this help give me more insight into what kids unlike me are getting into every once in a while.
I particularly liked in the show, and this is a Spoiler if you have not seen it, that there is a highly present LGBT story. Most shows targeted at teenagers shy away from their teenage characters having romantic relationships with people of the same sex. Many believe that a teenager cannot possibly be developed socially enough to understand their feelings for a person of the same sex. They cannot have romantic feelings for someone of the same sex in the same way as they should for someone of the opposite sex.
The long and the short of it is that Everything Sucks is a fantastic show. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a great day of humor and romance among teens trying to navigate middle school in a small town in Oregon.