Netflix’s newest dark comedy is not your typical teenage romance story. The End of the F***ing World (TEOTFW) tells the story of two 17-year-old outcasts: James and Alyssa. James is extremely attached to the idea that he is a psychopath. Growing up, he stuck his hand in a deep-fat fryer just to “feel something,” killed animals for fun and now wants to move on to bigger things.
Then there is Alyssa, the feisty epitome of teen angst, who feels alone in her broken family. The two find that they are each exactly what they were missing in their lives. Alyssa immediately choses James as the ideal boyfriend; James, on the other hand, decides that she is the perfect target for his first murder.
In a moment of pure rebellion, the pair decide to run away from home and embark on a road trip with no destination in sight. The journey results in a series of gruesome events that sends them on a countrywide adventure. James and Alyssa are placed into several situations that challenge their emotionless, carefree personalities and force them to discover their true identities.
In the beginning, James and Alyssa are somewhat indifferent to each other but discover the only way they will make it out of their tricky situation is if they put their strengths together. Despite their differences, the two have to stick together and reveal things about one another that they did not know about themselves.
The End of the F***ing World perfectly balances very dark material with light-heartedness and strays away from the cheesiness of most teen dramas. For any Shameless, Heathers, or Black Mirror fans, TEOTFW is meant to be your next show to obsess over. The series is perfectly suited for a quick binge; with just eight, 20 minute episodes that you most likely will get through in one sitting.