Created By: Brad Peyton and Aron Eli Coleite
Starring: Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Austin Crute, Matthew Broderick, Sophie Simnett, Gregory Kasyan, Krysta Rodriguez, Jeanté Godlock, Cody Kearsley
Release Date: Thursday, Oct. 24
For a minute there, it seemed as though teen angst could no longer keep a television series afloat. After the conclusions of Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars (all of which aged its characters out of high school), teen dramas struggled to make a comeback. That is, until Riverdale and a handful of others brought new life to a genre that wasn’t as simple as documenting the daily malaise and milieu of teens. But Netflix continues to push the limits of teen shows with its latest offering, Daybreak, which is one of October’s best new bets.
Based on the comic series of the same name by Brian Ralph, Daybreak takes place in a post-apocalyptic Glendale, California, officially making high school the end of the world it’s always felt like. After a nuclear blast on homecoming night, the city becomes overrun by high school cliques turned Mad Max-esque gangs, which Josh (Colin Ford) and his unlikely ragtag group must battle in order to find his missing girlfriend, Sam (Sophie Simnett). And they though the jocks, cheerleaders, gamers and other groups were tough adversaries at school.
Daybreak comes from creators Brad Peyton, who directed such films as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas, and Aron Eli Coleite, who worked on the cult NBC series Heroes as a writer and co-executive producer. The series follows a recent trend toward genre-style teen shows and teen-skewing programming in general on the platform. It’s one of the most highly anticipated new series of fall and has garnered some positive buzz. Give the show a shot when it makes its big premiere on Netflix at the end of the month.