Be the first to watch Life Sucks, a new show from sketch group Dinner for One. The first 2 episodes of the hilarious new sitcom are available to stream exclusively on Laughspin.com. All six episodes will be released one per week every Wednesday on their YouTube page and featured on the Funny or Die community page, with the final two episodes releasing on December 19.
Life Sucks follows a group of three tweens in 2001 as they deal with the hell that is middle school. Chock-full of dial-up internet and graphic tees, the show is pure millennial nostalgia. While ’80s and ’90s nostalgia have exploded over the last few years, early 2000s nostalgia feels very fresh. Life Sucks will have anyone in their mid-20s shouting at the TV, “OMG I remember that!” The show has a Wet Hot American Summer-feel older comedians play much younger characters. If the premise seems familiar, it’s probably because it’s similar to the Netflix series Everything Sucks! and the upcoming Hulu show Pen15. However, Life Sucks has been bouncing around since 2012.
Life Sucks is truly the little show that could. A spec pilot for the show originally started as a more “modern day” take on being in middle school and was a finalist in the Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition where it was pitched to Just for Laughs and MTV. When it wasn’t picked up, Dinner for One crowdfunded six episodes of the show in 2013. On the last day of the crowdfunding campaign, they needed $50,000 to reach their $85,000 goal and actually managed to raise it by creating a social media frenzy.
In 2015, the pilot won the Best Comedy award at the Independent Television Festival, but the show hit a snag. There are no famous actors in it. At different points, comedian Russell Peters and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito were both interested in a revamped pilot but ultimately passed. The pilot was considered by the now-defunct Seeso, TBS, TruTV, Dakota Films, and PopTV, but never found a home.
Not having any big names in the show might have worked against it in the mid-2010s, but it is one of the most charming things about the show. When we think of classics like Freaks and Geeks, we think of the huge stars that were in them and forget that it was Seth Rogen’s first acting role.
The show was created by Allyson Condrath, Max Fox, Jake Mann, Kyle Miller, and Ian Wexler.
Watch the first two episodes exclusively below and follow Dinner for One’s YouTube page to watch the rest!