Netflix just announced it’s not renewing gay comedy series ‘Everything Sucks!’ for a second season.
Created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan, the show premiered 18 February this year and is set in the real life town of Boring, Oregon.
It stars Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Luke O’Neil and Peyton Kennedy as Kate Messner, both members of the A/V club at school.
Luke develops a crush on Kate, but Kate develops feelings for Emaline Addario (Sydney Sweeney).
But as the daughter of the school’s principal, Kate struggles to come to terms with her sexuality. The series was particularly praised for its lesbian representation.
Set in the 90s, critics compared the show to Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, as well as Degrassi. They gave the show an approval rating of 69% on rating site Rotten Tomatoes. The show also scored an 89% approval rating from its audience score.
But Netflix announced yesterday (6 April) it will not be renewing the show for a second season.
Executive producer Jeff Pinker said on the decision: ‘We’re super proud of the show we made.[We’re] very proud that it found an audience of very passionate fans, for many of whom it became an important personal touchstone – either reflecting their current life, or an echo of their own teenage years.
‘We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity, but are very disheartened we won’t be continuing to tell these stories,’ he said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fans respond to canceling Everything Sucks!
The show received a loyal following of fans, who took to social media to express their disappointment at its cancellation.
One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘You have broken hundreds of hearts today, Netflix. We asked for one simple thing, to renew Everything Sucks and yet you’re the only one that sucks. #NetflixSucks’
Then the hash tag Renew Everything Sucks started trending locally on Twitter.
— #reneweverythingsucks (@riomangihi) 6 April 2018
Then one fan tweeted: ‘If I had had Everything Sucks! when I was a kid it might not have taken me so damn long to come to grips with my sexuality. I really feel for the young viewers who saw their own struggles in Kate and felt less alone. #RenewEverythingSucks’
Another wrote: ‘Can we talk about how “Everything Sucks!” on Netflix is one of the most charming shows I’ve seen? Freshman in the mid-90’s, unrequited love, gay girl just figuring things out, friendship, angst, everything.’