The End of the F***ing World

The title of this review should be painfully obvious.

Others have already said it, but I still can’t not: The End of the F***ing World is f***ing brilliant.

I know, we’re only 9 days into 2018. But TeotFW is not only my favorite new show of the year (so far), but maybe the best show I’ve seen in the last 5 years. Or ever. I don’t know, but it’s as close to perfect as I can imagine a modern Netflix limited series could be.

What’s there not to love? Each episode is a perfectly trim 20-ish minutes. The season consists of eight perfectly paced episodes. And the plot, cast, and cinematography could not be more perfectly executed.

Perfect, perfect, perfect.

James (Alex Lawther) is a budding psychopath determined to get his first big kill—a person, this time. Alyssa (Jessica Barden) is an angsty, pissed off teen who hates her family. Naturally, they hit it off and run away together, only to fall into a Bonnie and Clyde style adventure full of crime and chaos. As they make their way across the English countryside they learn more about each other and themselves, in one of the most surprisingly relatable and emotional love stories I’ve witnessed—in any medium—in a long time.

And they aren’t the only complex characters. The directors, Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak, fit a truly remarkable amount of character development into just three hours. The parents aren’t evil, just flawed. The cops aren’t ruthless, just human. And the kids aren’t even quite the weirdos you expect—just scarred, lost, confused, and in love.

It’s hard to imagine a better series to start the year—in fact it may ruin just about every other new show I watch in 2018. It’s a beautifully bingeable, emotionally effective, cleverly complex little series, and should simply not be missed.

You can find The End of the F***ing World streaming now on Netflix.

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