This new Netflix show is basically the '90s version of Stranger Things

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Stranger Things was, without a doubt, the most-talked about TV show of 2016 – and Elle and the gang are all set to return later this year when the hugely-anticipated second series of the eighties sci-fi show drops on Netflix this autumn.

But, while we’ve all been keeping our eyes peeled for trailers and the like, we somehow missed another big Netflix announcement.

That’s right: inspired by the success of Stranger Things, they’re dropping another big nostalgia show – and, this time, it will be set in the nineties.

Everything Sucks is set in an AV and drama club in Oregon and features a cast of talented child actors, and it seems a guaranteed way to help millennials relive their childhoods. 

Think cliques, misfits, proms, and all the American high school tropes we’ve come to expect from the teen genre.

Creators Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan both clearly subscribe to the “20 year nostalgia cycle”, which suggests that eras are most ripe for nostalgia twenty years on from when they occur. 

In a statement, they said: “We think this is a great time to take a look back at high school and relive the fashion, music, and attitudes of the mid-’90’s the way we remember it.

“Not sensationalized, not watered down; but desperate, heartfelt, awkward, and exciting."

The duo also cite similar retro high school shows such as Freaks and Geeks, That 70s show, and The Wonder Years as both influences and examples of when the 20-year nostalgia cycle has hit the perfect note with the viewing public. 

The cast includes young actors Peyton Kennedy (American Fable), Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story), Sydney Sweeney (Sharp Objects), Elijah Stevenson (Captain Fantastic), Rio Mangini (Teen Wolf) and newcomer Quinn Liebling. 

And, of course, no teen show is complete without the pivotal role of the parents: this time around, the archetypal mum and dad will be brought to life by Patch Darragh (Sully) and Claudine Nako (Grimm).

While some Gen X commentators expressed confusion at millennials penchant for Stranger Things when it wasn’t really their era, we have a feeling that they’ll finally ‘get it’ when this series drops: we, for one, will have our fine toothcombs out when it comes to examining the precise period details in Everything Sucks.

However, as the nineties fest isn’t expected to begin streaming until 2018, we have a little while to wait (and get ridiculously excited about it, too).

Images: Rex Features/ Netflix


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Elle Griffiths

Elle Griffiths is a freelance writer living in Brighton. She divides her time pretty evenly between despairing about American Politics, watching Mad Men re-runs and complaining about Southern Rail delays.