The End of the F***ing World: Reviewed

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Photo Courtesy Netflix

By Emily Norfolk

I started the TV series The End of the F***ing World with a surge—a whirlwind-fit where I randomly clicked the cover photo because it looked artsy.  Don’t be deterred by the rash title. And besides, spoiler alert: It is not actually about the world ending.

This show is definitely worth watching.

Each episode is about 20 minutes long, and it gives a snapshot into the twisted relationship of two non-traditional junior-high students, James and Alyssa. Together, they go on a crazy adventure involving murder, a police chase, and love. The two teens open-up to each other about their troubling family lives and find true security and safety in one another. Alyssa and James remind us that relationships can change you for the better, and that sometimes you must sacrifice yourself for love.

Photo Courtesy Netflix

Photo Courtesy Netflix

I went into the TV show knowing nothing about it,  and was immediately wrapped up in the drama and the fate of these two teens. I watched all eight episodes in one day, just to give you a sense of how obsessed I was with this show. Not only was the plot line extremely intriguing, but each episode offered a new insight into the story and the characters. As James and Alyssa’s relationship grew, so did my understanding of them as people. These bizarre and angsty teens seem merely peculiar at first, but it is largely their peculiarity, their quirks, that made me grow to love them. And so will you..

This TV show is great for anyone who loves independent films, specifically of the whimsical-with-a-heart breed. Think: Moonrise Kingdom, Captain Fantastic, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

After seeing this series, I am on a quest for more independent and fewer mainstream TV shows. The End of the F***ing World will make you think both about the inner workings of your mind, and what you would do for love.

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