The End of the F**king World is a dark, British comedy that’s been described as 10 Things I Hate About You meets Heathers.
It’s also been described as highly controversial.
Based on Charles Forsman’s award-winning graphic novels, the series follows James (Alex Lawther), a teenager who’s, well, a little bit sociopathic.
At the start of the first episode, James describes how he likes to torture and kill small animals. When he was younger he put his neighbour’s cat in a box, took it out to a field, and slit its throat.
He continued to kill small animals throughout his childhood, but soon became fascinated with the idea of killing a person. Then he meets his perfect prey.
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Her name is Alyssa (Jessica Barden), and she’s a bolshie, acid-tongued classmate who has a low tolerance for other humans. The teens meet in the school cafeteria and are immediately intrigued by each other.
Alyssa decides she could fall in love with James, and James decides he’d quite like to murder Alyssa.
So they start “dating”, with Alyssa falling for James and James falling for the idea of committing the perfect murder.
Desperate to escape their boring, suburban lives, James and Alyssa embark on a road trip of self discovery, romance and… murder.
This is where it all gets a bit iffy, well, iffier.
When things go awry on the road trip, the teens turn to crime and are soon on the run from the police.
Season one ends on a cliffhanger and a possible murder – we know someone dies but we’re not entirely sure who.
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The series deals with themes of homicide, suicide, sexual assault and mental health. It tells the story of two teenagers who are dealing with big issues, but it does it with humour because it’s a dark comedy.
It’s already being compared to 13 Reasons Why, the controversial teen series about a teenager who suicides, leaving behind a series of tape recordings for her classmates.
Like 13 Reasons Why, The End of the F**king World is a story about teenagers so it appeals to a teenage audience.
But is it appropriate for teenagers?
Does its adult themes and gory violence mean it’s suited for a more mature audience? Or does its dark humour mean it can more deftly deal with heavier themes?
At the moment it’s only receiving glowing reviews, but time will tell if there’s any fallout from teenagers consuming such a dark and gory tale.
Would you let your teenagers watch The End of the F**king World?
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