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TV Critic’s Corner

‘Everything Sucks!’ deserves to be rescued

Rio Mangini, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, and Quinn Liebling in Netflix’s “Everything Sucks!”
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.


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.