Netflix’s New ’90s Show Is A ‘Pop-Up Video’ Fantasy

S’all that

Hey, remember when music wasn’t stored on your phone? Or, that time you couldn’t log onto the internet if your parents were expecting a phone call? Remember actually calling people? 

I for sure do, but for many of Netflix’s leads in its new ‘90s-inspired show, Everything Sucks!, those things are just words on a script, meaningless bits of nostalgia for an era they weren’t even alive for. Yep! We have now officially graduated to watching ‘00s kids act out the lives we lived as ‘90s kids. Feel old yet?

Everything Sucks! is the brainchild of Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan. It follows the various trials and tribulations of being a high schooler during the mid-‘90s in the Oregon town called Boring. (It’s a real place.) 

The first look delivers bits of “remember when” trivia in the style of VH1’s Pop-Up Video, cheeky symbols, blips and all. It’s crazy to think how much has changed—and yet, how very little. Like, we still broadcast our band fandom to the world, only it’s through social media and not backpack patches. 

Jones and Mohan tell Digital Trends, “This is a great time to take a look back at high school and relive the fashion, music, and attitudes of the mid-’90s the way we remember it.” Expect things to be free of sensationalism and more “desperate, heartfelt, awkward, and exciting.” Sounds like it’s going to be, uh, all that.