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End of the F****** World Review

by Kaylee Golden
Posted on Mar 02, 2018

This British comedy series based on a graphic novel by Charles Forsman was released on United Kingdom television networks in October of 2017. Netflix popularized the series when they released it in the beginning of 2018. Since then, the series has garnered tons of great reviews. Including a 97% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.5/10 from IMDB. Led by two young British actors, Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden, playing James and Alyssa, the series is a paradise for those who love dry humor.

The storyline follows James, a 17-year-old who has convinced himself that he is psychotic, as he decides to kill his first human being. After years of killing small animals like cats, squirrels, and rodents, James realizes that his cravings aren’t being quenched. One day at school, he decides that Alyssa, his classmate, is the person he is going to murder. Alyssa, a popular but unconventional girl, finds James’ distant, strange personality to be intriguing.

The two develop a strange friendship based on their mutual dislike of their current lives. James is tired of being coddled by his father, while Alyssa craves the attention of her newly-married mother. Together, they decide to run away and find Alyssa’s father—a man who left her and her mother when she was just a child. While on the trip, James conceals a knife and makes plans for when Alyssa’s murder would be most convenient. However, on the trip, James begins to realize that he has feelings for Alyssa and questions everything he had thought about himself.

Through their journey we are shown young adults learning who they are, grappling with their personal struggles, and growing into adulthood every day. This show was a classic British comedy with cheeky comebacks, dry humor and thick accents. Personally, I found the show to be just okay. Sometimes it had me glued to the edge of the seat, but other times I was more tempted to look at my phone than the TV screen. Thankfully, the episodes were only 20 minutes and with only 9 episodes in the series, the entire thing was a quick watch that was relatively painless and not completely cringeworthy. Overall, I think that it is worth the watch, but definitely not something that I would watch more than once.