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Everything Sucks! is a 2018 Netflix original series. Set in 1996 in Boring, Oregon, it follows two groups of high school students who attend the cleverly named Boring High. The main group, the A/V club, is led by Luke O'Neil, who has a crush on Kate Messner and is best friends with McQuaid and Tyler. The second group is the Drama Club, older students who pick on the younger crew, in between presenting video announcements and enacting melodramatic theatre sketches in the cafeteria. After an incident involving the AV Club causes the Drama Club’s annual play to shut down, the two groups try to unite to make a sci-fi film in its place.

Complications arise, from technical difficulties to relationship problems...

On April 7, 2018, the show was cancelled after its first season. You can sign a petition to save it here.

Some of the many tropes included in the first season of the series include:

  • The '90s: Includes many oh-so-Nineties cultural items, including Tamagotchi, butterfly hair clips, Tori Amos concerts, and a sea of flannel.
    • Surge and OK Soda seen in the school cafeteria. Sodas in the school cafeteria at all, for that matter; there was maybe around a 10-year window where that was even a thing (1996 would've been fairly early on in).
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Kate towards the end of episode 1.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Luke likes and despite knowing she's a lesbian, falls in love with Kate, who has a soon to be requited crush on Emaline, who is a Love Martyr for her boyfriend Oliver, who... probably doesn't feel as strongly for Emaline. McQuaid also develops a crush on Emaline; too bad for him Emaline has already started to fall for Kate by then.
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  • Almost Kiss: Kate and Emaline in episode 8.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Emaline dates and seems to love Oliver and eventually crushes on and kisses Kate and the two start a relationship. So she is probably bisexual. As of the end of season one, it hasn't been officially confirmed.
    • She might be gay, though, as her relationship with Oliver had a lot more to do with appearances/theatricality and her lack of a firm self-identity and confidence outside of her relationship. While being attracted to Oliver and being dependent on him for validation are not necessarily mutually exclusive, it's still a possibility.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Between Kate and Emaline.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Kate by her dad in episode 1.
  • Creator Cameo: Ben York Jones, who stars as Mr. Stargrove, is co-creator of Everything Sucks! and wrote and directed episodes of the series.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: For most of the characters, particularly Kate and Luke.
  • Coming-Out Story: Kate discovering she's a lesbian is a large part of the plot, and creates much Heartwarming.
  • Confession Cam: Luke's dad left a series of videotapes behind, which Luke and Kate discover amongst some of his old things.
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  • Cut Short: Since the show was canceled we'll never get to find out what happened after Luke's father showed up at his door, barring a successful campaign to get it Un-Cancelled.
  • Did Not Die That Way: It was told that Kate's mom passed away from cancer when Kate was little, her mom's actual cause of death was suicide.
  • Disappeared Dad: Luke's father left the family when Luke was just seven years old.
  • Drama Club: Emaline and Oliver belong to the Drama Club. A big part of the show is the A.V. Club working with the Drama Club to replace the school play with a movie after the auditorium gets accidentally drenched by sprinklers.
  • Drama Queen: Unsurprisingly, a lot of the drama club, especially Emaline and Oliver.
  • Driven to Suicide: Kate's mother, we find out episode 9.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Easily Forgiven: Kate never seems at all angry at Emaline for lying and saying that she (Kate) groped her chest and helping to spread that rumor around the school, almost accidentally outing Kate in the process.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Luke catches his mom and Principal Messner in the middle of....something...while they're both in their underwear.
  • Loving Bully: It's implied that this is why Emaline antagonized Kate in the second episode.
  • Masochism Tango: Emaline and Oliver, throughout much of the first season.
  • Missing Mom: Kate's mom died ten years before the start of the series.
  • Morality Chain: Oliver isn't a bad guy, but he certainly has his selfish and jerk-ish impulses. He takes a quick liking to Tyler, and is notably more open, supportive and caring towards Tyler than he is towards any other character, including his sometimes-girlfriend Emaline. Notably, Tyler is the only person that Oliver takes the time to write a letter explaining that he ran away. He even gives Tyler his jacket!
  • Ms. Fanservice: Emaline often wears revealing outfits. Her explicit goal, as stated by her, is to cause the boys around her to have erections, which she believes gives her power.
  • Pet the Dog: Tyler has had it rough. His stepdad's an alcoholic who doesn't really care, he tries out for the movie by memorizing a commercial because he is in remedial English and can't read well (he is shown reading a 5th grade English book, in 9th grade), when we finally see his house, there's a pick-up truck with its bed full of beer cans. But despite him being some of the comic relief, after a pivotal episode, both Oliver and Emaline hug him after Luke's unjustified outburst towards him, the more popular kids who tormented him in the entry episodes comfort him after his friend tears him down, showing their true natures.
  • Present-Day Past: In one episode, Surge soda can be shown even though Surge was released in 1997.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Kate exchanges her normal jeans and flannel wardrobe for a slinky dress.
  • Spin the Bottle: The A/V and Drama kids play this on one occasion.
  • The Beard : Luke, to Kate.
  • Tomboy: Kate isn't super butch, but she definitely doesn't dress in a traditionally feminine style.

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