3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Everything Sucks' Canceled at Netflix (Exclusive)
Netflix continues to refine its scripted roster.
The streaming giant has canceled Everything Sucks after one season.
Created by Ben York Jones (Like Crazy) and Michael Mohan (Save the Date), the 1990s-set coming-out comedy, starring Peyton Kennedy (American Fable) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story), bowed Feb. 16 to promising reviews.
"We're super proud of the show we made — and 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," said executive producer Jeff Pinker. "We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity, but are very disheartened we won't be continuing to tell these stories."
The show, following two groups of high school misfits, an AV club and a drama club, that collide in 1996 Oregon, made waves within the LGBT community but struggled to cut through to mass appeal despite a small group of loyal and vocal supporters. The series was particularly praised for its lesbian representation as it followed young Kate Messner's (Kennedy) coming-out process.
Everything Sucks, which had drawn comparisons to Paul Feig and Judd Apatow's great one-and-done series Freaks and Geeks, has a 69 percent rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 89 percent metric among viewers. (Netflix, like fellow streamers Amazon and Hulu, does not release viewership information.)
Sadly, the series ended on a cliffhanger as creators Jones and Mohan were already plotting out a map for a potential second season.
Midnight Radio's Pinkner (Fringe), Scott Rosenberg (October Road), Josh Appelbaum (October Road) and Andre Nemec (Alias) exec produced the series alongside Jones and Mohan. (Jones had a key recurring role.) Mohan and Ry Russo-Young directed.
Everything Sucks becomes the latest series to get the ax at Netflix as the streaming giant, which this year will spend an additional $8 billion on originals, continues to be more selective when it comes to returning shows. It most recently stubbed out prolific producer Chuck Lorre's Kathy Bates pot comedy Disjointed after its initial two-season, 20-episode order was completed. Everything Sucks joins a list of one-and-done series at Netflix including Girlboss, Gypsy and The Get Down.