What do you do when you’re in high school and you’re living in post-apocalyptic Southern California?
Join it, obviously.
In Netflix’s new series, Daybreak, students live their lives and do all the normal high-school things, like cheerlead and go to football games and dances, but they also go out marauding as they fight to survive in the new world.
Daybreak, based on Brian Ralph’s graphic novel of the same name, is a mash-up of lots of genres, including high-school drama, zombie fearfest, Mad Max-inspired gang battles and more.
And it has a little fun with another high-school favorite—John Hughes’ 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But in Daybreak, Matthew Broderick, who iconically played Bueller, is now the principal at Glendale High School, encouraging kids to get out there and embrace their futures.
Since it’s pretty clear their futures are very unclear, the kids don’t really take this advice to heart.
Daybreak stars Colin Ford as Josh Wheeler, along with Broderick and Principal Michael Burr and Krysta Rodriguez, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Cody Kearsley, Jeanté Godlock and Gregory Kasyan. Executive producers are Aron Eli Coleite, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson.
The series premieres on Netflix on Thursday, Oct. 24.