High school is a part of our lives that we either miss or dread the most. High school experiences shaped us for better or worse. “Class of ’07” is the story of a reunion of the class of 2007 at an all-girl convent school. The story is not just about the reunion but also about an apocalypse. The story is a well-knit plot of friendships, secrets, betrayal, traumas, and survival. The makers have used comic relief as the most poignant weapon that would perfectly set the tone of horror and tragedy. This series is interesting as they take care of minute details and provide a clear explanation of the behavior of all the important characters. If you like “Class of ’07,” here is a list of series from post-apocalyptic comedy to the reunion of high school friends to childhood trauma that will keep you engaged.
The Last Man On Earth (2015)
If we are talking about the post-apocalyptic comedy series, “The Last Man on Earth” has to be on the list. It is the story of a man, Phill Miller (Forte), who for a long time considered himself as the last survivor after a deadly virus unleashed its terror. A point to be noted is that the year was 2020 (and we saw COVID spreading its wings, killing millions). Phill was upset and lonely and thought it was better to die than to survive alone. When he decided that he would commit suicide, he met a woman, Carol (Kristen Schaal). The story gets interesting from this point on when the duo decides to procreate and to establish the human race once again. Their journey gets interesting as more survivors began showing up. The show hilariously portrays life after an apocalypse.
Netflix’s “Daybreak” is a series you will enjoy at any given point. It is based on Brain Ralph’s graphic novel, set in a post-apocalyptic world. The doomsday in this series has a unique charm. A bomb goes off that turns adults into zombie-like creatures, or “ghoulies,” but does not affect children or teenagers. The story is based on the life of a survivor, a seventeen-year-old boy named John Wheeler, who sets out to look for his British girlfriend, Sam Dean. On his way, John finds other survivors, and the pack lives mostly like Mad Max. The series is interesting, and the thought of an apocalypse as such is just the cherry on top.
Though not an apocalypse, the high school teens in Riverdale face the real monsters of the society, and all the while, they try to enjoy their high school experience. Based on the Archie comics, Netflix’s “Riverdale” is a high school drama focusing on a bunch of students who go through their fair share of mental, emotional, and social crises. Simultaneously, the group participates in almost every high school experience to make sure they create happy memories before they part. A little-too-dark series, “Riverdale,” will keep you hooked with the unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Additionally, they have an exceptional cast that did justice to their roles, and you might just have new crushes.
The Afterparty (2022)
Well, since “Class of ’07” is also about a reunion, we must ask you to watch “The Afterparty,” a classic reunion story if you haven’t already done so. No reunion in the history of mankind has been without a drama, especially when you reunite with high school batchmates. High school is a weird time, as estrogen and testosterone levels run wild among teenagers. So, bad decisions, impulsive behaviors, and every other thing that embarrasses you now must have happened then. “The Afterparty” is a similar story with an exceptional twist. After the high school reunion party, a person drops dead, making everyone a suspect. A detective digs into each suspect’s narrative one by one to find the real truth. The hilarious murder mystery is a must-watch, as it sure will bring back memories of high school.
The series “Class of ’09” presents us with Saskia (Caitlin Stasey), a high school bully who believes in winning. We see her combat her inner insecurities that were the result of her high school trauma. In school, a professor who was a pedophile and a womanizer had broken her so much that she secretly turned into a sadist. Sexual violence in any form deeply affects anyone’s life in ways others cannot fathom. “Rectify” is an American TV series that deals with a man’s horrifying experience of sexual abuse. The story revolves around Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a man who had been repeatedly raped while he was in prison. This series is one of the very few documents by a man chronicling the impact of sexual violence. The series will break your heart, and you may even weep secretly.
13 Reasons Why (2017)
This series needs to be mentioned each time we talk about high school and trauma. The series “13 Reasons Why” truly showcases how trauma overpowers someone’s will to live. High schools are scary for all the right reasons, but every teenager should have a safe platform to address what they are facing, or else it is just a matter of time before they will take their own life or kill thousands. The four-season series is a reality check about teen-school life experience, parenting, and guidance.
So, if you are currently watching “The Class of 2007” or are planning to, you must also watch these series to prepare yourself for what you are about to witness. Also, for every young viewer dealing with anything that is causing them pain, talk to people you can trust.