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‘Everything Sucks!’ deserves to be rescued

Rio Mangini, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, and Quinn Liebling in Netflix’s “Everything Sucks!”Scott Patrick Green/Netflix

“Everything Sucks!” was a little bit of sweetness on Netflix. But the coming-of-age series, which premiered on Feb. 16, has been canceled already.

The half-hour show, as I pointed out in my review, was a bit like “Freaks and Geeks,” as it affectionately looked at high-school factions in the 1990s. Both shows didn’t avoid the difficult aspects of adolescence — the social pressures, bullying, divorced parents — but they also made a point of celebrating the innocence and unadulterated wisdom of that age. With the cancellation news, “Everything Sucks” — created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan — has become more like “Freaks and Geeks” than ever, as it is now a member of the same one-and-done club.

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What “Everything Sucks” had that “Freaks and Geeks” didn’t were prominent interracial relationships and a central theme involving the lead character — Peyton Kennedy’s Kate — learning to accept that she is a lesbian. And a few of the young performers, most notably Kennedy, were charming.

Because “Everything Sucks” was such affecting comedy, it developed a devoted fan base that is not very happy about the fast axe. There is a rescue campaign afoot on social media, of course, with the hashtag #RenewEverythingSucks.


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.