Stranger Things may be the talk of the streaming town right now, but there’s another supernatural drama slowly rising to contend for the top spot on Netflix. First Kill, the teen vampire series, is currently at number four in the Philippines, just behind Our Blues, Stranger Things, and KathNiel’s 2 Good 2 Be True. In other territories though, the drama has already cracked top 2, including Brazil, the United States, and South Africa.
Additionally, despite being only a week old on the platform, First Kill has already accumulated an impressive 30 million watch hours. Suffice to say, it undoubtedly has the numbers to back its current popularity on social media. But enough data talk. If you’re curious about the monstrous (pun intended) series that’s amassed a loyal fanbase in just a few days, keep scrolling for more!
Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's Trending Series First Kill:
If an amalgamation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Romeo and Juliet, and Killing Eve interests you, then First Kill should definitely be on your watch list. Based on a short story by V.E. Schwab, the Netflix original chronicles the rivalry between the Fairmonts, a centuries-old, immortal Vampire family, and the Burns’, a clan of elite monster hunters. At the heart of their bitter war are Juliette Fairmont and Calliope Burns, two teens in love, caught in the crossfire of their conflicting upbringing.
Fun fact: Hollywood actress Emma Roberts is one of the show’s executive producers. Her company, Belletrist Productions, reportedly won the rights to the story after they outbid nearly two dozen other parties pursuing it for an adaptation.
First Kill features two newcomers at the helm: Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis. The former plays Juliette, an uncharacteristically introverted vampire who wants nothing to do with fulfilling her true nature. Right out of the gate, she develops an infatuation for the reticent and mysterious new girl in town, Calliope.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Purchase College. Prior to landing this main role, she’s appeared in other titles such as The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Meanwhile, Imani, who plays Cal, had a supporting role in the American crime drama Hightown. She also made a three-episode guest appearance in Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix musical drama The Get Down.
The rest of the main cast includes Elizabeth Mitchell, Aubin Wise, Gracie Dzienny, Dominic Goodman, Phillip Mullings, and Jason R. Moore.
What the Critics Are Saying
First Kill has received mixed reviews from online publications. Digital Spy praised the series for creating a lesbian romance that’s portrayed as “part of the fabric of the fictional society and not something other characters need to come to terms with to accept.” However, the same reviewer also faulted the rest of the show for its execution of the said romance, essentially calling it rushed and “disingenuous.”
The Wrap dismissed First Kill as a “disappointing” teen soap with “flat lighting, generic sets, and canned trendiness of the teenage dialogue…” On the other hand, Variety’s viral writeup on the series, which caused, an uproar just buy its title alone, called it a “Tired take on teens, lesbians, vampires, and teen lesbian vampires.” This, in spite of the glaring lack of said 'teen lesbian vampire' offerings in the last decade to be exhausted from, save perhaps, for the Canadian web series Carmilla in 2014.
What the Internet Is Saying
Fans of First Kill have come to the show’s defense in light of the slew of negative reviews it’s been getting from critics. “It's fun and campy, the theme song alone tells you that it's not trying to take itself too seriously,” wrote one user. "If you’re disappointed because you went into it expecting some intellectual masterpiece, that is 100% on you.”
At the face of its streaming triumph, fans are also loudly clamoring for a season 2 renewal from Netflix, likening its success to the gay teen romance drama Heartstopper, which has already been renewed for two more seasons.
Watch the First Kill trailer below:
You can stream all eight episodes of First Kill exclusively on Netflix.
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