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Published on February 12th, 2018 | by Anastasia Shakhidzhanova

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How to become Bonnie and Clyde in 20 minutes

“The End of the F*cking World” is a short, eight episode TV series based on a 2013 graphic novel by Charles Forsman, and categorized as a dark comedy, which is exactly what it is. From the name to the trailer, it is absolutely impossible to not be intrigued by its originality. It originally aired on UK’s channel four, but is now a binge-worthy series running on Netflix.

 

I’m sure I was not the only one who was opening Netflix yet again to rewatch another episode of Friends, when I was hit with the words, “I’m James, I’m 17, and I’m pretty sure I’m a psychopath.” The show certainly lives up to the immediately shocking, unique and hilarious trailer.

 

Although the first few episodes take on a slow start, the entire show suddenly clicks and takes a grip on you until the very last moment when you realize it’s over and don’t know what to do with yourself. “The End of the F*cking World” is about James, a confused, self-presumed serial killer, and Alyssa a self-destructive girl from a dysfunctional, abusive family who just can’t stand her life anymore. Together, the two embark on a sunny getaway road trip that quickly turns into an accidental Bonnie and Clyde type crime spree, that they cannot get out of.

 

The show is extremely dark but simultaneously hilarious and is unlike anything else you have ever seen. “The End of the F*cking World” also does an excellent job of dealing with important issues such as mental health, loss, suicide, rape, consent, abuse, forgiveness, trust and so many more that can not have been more relevant. The actors stay very true to character and the all English cast, including Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden, is very unique.

 

Although I don’t think this will be on anyone’s list for greatest TV shows of all time, it is acutely important and meaningful and I think everyone needs to see it immediately. Additionally, considering that there are only eight, short 20 minute episodes, it is not a large time commitment. The show gives viewers a very different perspective on life, love and family, and is a very unique experience.

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