One of Britain’s most popular networks, Channel 4, has released a new 8-part miniseries called The End of the F***ing World, about a teenage psychopath who embarks on a road trip with a girl he’s found interesting enough to kill. The show aired in the UK last October, but Netflix is releasing it in the states on January 5, and it’s worth looking out for. Based on an acclaimed graphic novel by Charles S. Forsman, the new series is yet another addition to the growing list of new shows and movies about serial killers after a recent resurgence of interest in the subject.
According to an official synopsis:
An 8-part darkly comic road trip tale, The End of the F***ing World invites viewers into the confused lives of teen outsiders James (Alex Lawther – Black Mirror, The Imitation Game) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden – The Lobster, Ellen, Penny Dreadful) as they decide to escape from their families and embark on a road trip to find Alyssa’s estranged father. As the pair get caught up in a series of violent events, they find themselves on a journey of discovery that becomes progressively ominous, trailed by two uniquely mismatched police detectives – played by BAFTA-winning Wunmi Mosaku (Damilola Our Loved Boy) and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Moorside).
Serial killer comedies are always a mixed bag, with some (The Voices) turning out better than others (Club Dread), but The End of the F***ing World looks like a well-made, funny, and scary new comedy series worth watching. Framing itself as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer meets Lady Bird, The End of the F***ing World looks like a great way to kick off the new year. It’s got violence, romance, comedy, and everything you’d want in a new Netflix original series.
The End of the F***ing World debuts on Netflix, January 5th.