ⓘ Daybreak, 2019 TV series. Daybreak is an American post-apocalyptic comedy-drama web television series created by Brad Peyton and Aron Eli Coleite, based on the ..


ⓘ Daybreak (2019 TV series)

Daybreak is an American post-apocalyptic comedy-drama web television series created by Brad Peyton and Aron Eli Coleite, based on the eponymous comic series by Brian Ralph. It premiered on October 24, 2019, on Netflix and stars Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Cody Kearsley, Jeante Godlock, Gregory Kasyan, Krysta Rodriguez and Matthew Broderick.

On December 17, 2019, Netflix cancelled the series after one season.


1. Synopsis

The series follows the story of 17-year-old Canadian high school outcast Josh Wheeler, who is searching for his missing British girlfriend Sam Dean in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. He is joined by a ragtag group of misfits, including 10-year-old pyromaniac Angelica and Joshs former high school bully Wesley, who is now a pacifist would-be samurai. Josh tries to survive amongst the hordes of Mad Max-style gangs evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazonian warriors, zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.


2.1. Cast Main

  • Gregory Kasyan as Eli Cardashyan: a resilient and self-serving survivor who occupies the Glendale Mall. He is extremely selfish and is willing to let others die so he can keep the mall to himself. He wore a fake Baron Triumph costume and motorcycle to keep people away till Josh found his secret. He’s locked up by Josh and the others because of his scheming ways to get rid of him and later is thrown out when he tries to assassinate Josh to reclaim the mall and appease Turbo for survival. He later dies after reconciling with Josh after learning more about his past when Hoyles kill him believing him to be Baron Triumph.
  • Colin Ford as Josh Wheeler: a Canadian lone survivor seeking his girlfriend Sam Dean in the post-apocalyptic landscape. Prior to the apocalypse he was a transfer student from Toronto in Glendale High. During the apocalypse Josh has enjoyed his new life claiming the event was the best thing to happen to him. He rescues Angelica believing it to be Sam from the golf team and later is joined by Wesley. The trio begin a rocky friendship but look after each other once they take the mall from Eli. Josh later saves the kids kidnapped by Baron Triumph who become part of his group later naming themselves Daybreakers’. After defeating Principle Burr again and stopping his plans with the help from his friends, Turbo, the cliques, and Sam, his fate and the others are left on a cliffhanger when Sam takes over as leader of the cliques.
  • Austin Crute as Wesley Fists: a gay self-styled rōnin seeking redemption for his past mistakes. Prior to the apocalypse he was quite antagonistic to Wheeler and was part of a jock group led by Hoyles and also was part of the football team. He had a relationship with Turbo and love for classic kung fu movies. Wesley was part of Turbo’s group in the beginning of the apocalypse but left when his brutality was going to far. Wesley joins with Josh and Angelica and later becomes Josh’s best friend. He feels guilty about lying to him about Sam’s fake death and his secret meetings with Turbo. Wesley is found out after he hid that Turbo planned a surprise attack on Josh and the Daybreakers and forced to leave the mall were he reunites with an injured Turbo. He joins Josh and the others to stop Burr and is left shocked in the end when Sam takes over.
  • Jeante Godlock as Mona Lisa: a Jock and Turbos second in command, short tempered and merciless she later betrays Turbo when he loses his grip as leader and sets Gary up. She helps with the coup using Baron Triumph for help but later swears loyalty to Sam when she takes over as leader.
  • Matthew Broderick as Michael Burr / Baron Triumph: Glendale Highs former principal and later series antagonist. Before the bombs he tried to do what was best for the students despite them being not liking him or his good nature. He later becomes Baron Triumph wearing armor similar to the NCR Ranger combat armor from Fallout: New Vegas, armed with various weapons; his signature a butcher knife and began kidnapping any of the survivors in town were it’s revealed he has become an intelligent ghoulie and the years of students abuse and defiance had taxed his sanity making him unhinged and now eats them making him stronger. Josh defeats him the first time believing him to be Jaden Hoyles but finds the truth and frees the others and is locked up but is released by Sam and Mona Lisa to defeat Turbo. Josh and Sam defeat him again when he tries to detonate a bomb to kill the survivors to create a new race under his image after which Sam calls him out that nothing he did at school was ever for their benefits; revealing he was actually accepting bribes from parents willingly, psychologically and emotionally manipulating Ms.Crumble for sexual favors, and enforcing rules for his own personal safety.
  • Sophie Simnett as Samaira "Sam" Dean: A British student widely popular before the Apocalypse, she becomes the focus of Joshs search after the bombs fall and his girlfriend. Josh meet her his first day and becomes friends, they grew close after uploading a viral video. Before the apocalypse they spent the day together and eventually had sex but at the cost of Josh ignoring his mom’s phone calls about his dad dying. Josh broke up with her hearing the news and were separated as a result. After he finds her in Turbo’s captivity her goes to rescue her but is later lectured about being a coward and having a relationship with KJ after he called her a slut’. She helps Josh defeat Principal Burr but coldly rejects Josh saying he never knew her really and becomes the new cold leader of the Cliques after proclaiming the apocalypse was best for her leaving her’s and Joshs fate on an ambiguous ending.
  • Alyvia Alyn Lind as Angelica Green: a 10 year old genius with mild pyromania who was babysat by Wheeler prior to the apocalypse. She had dreams of being a mafia styled boss with many schemes and ambitions she performed at the school. Josh reunited with her when he saved her from the golf team, although he hated it afterwards due to past relationship. Despite her attitude she cares about Josh and sees him as family even go so far to lie to him that Sam was found dead to stop his suicidal attempt of searching for her. After Josh found out she lied he kicked her, Wesley, Eli out with Angelica joining the cheermazons later to find another family’ to join. She has a deep mother and daughter relationship with Ms.Crumble which she studies to find out what exactly happened to her. She is rescued by Josh after Principal Burr kidnapped her to detonate a bomb.
  • Krysta Rodriguez as Ms. Crumble / The Witch: Glendale Highs biology teacher who exhibits different behaviors compared to other ghoulies. She was locked up by Eli to use as a means of scaring people out of his mall but later helps protect the kids from Baron Triumph. She has a mother relationship with Angelica who tries to help her regain her sanity as she speaks incoherently and figure out why she’s different. Her original name is not Crumble but changed it when everyone at school called her that after breaking down in class. After going to find Angelica when she is exiled from the mall Crumble begins to piece together her old life and remembers that Burr had emotionally manipulated her for sexual favors including taking bribes from parents and threw her down the stairs when she was going to expose him leading her to suffering a concussion and injury to her brain which saved her from fully becoming a ghoulie and Keeping her mind. She helps Josh save Angelica from Burr and disables the missile he was going to use to kill the survivors.
  • Cody Kearsley as Turbo "Bro Jock" Pokaski: former quarterback and the unhinged leader of the Jocks during the Apocalypse. Prior to the apocalypse he was a member of the football team and Fists boyfriend. Turbo was burned after the bombs hit, his right side of his face has terrible burn scars and his vocal chords damaged where he bleeds from his mouth when he tries to talk now can only speak through grunts. Josh defeats him multiples times and after making a setup leading to Gary of the golf team taking the fall so he can have a win his people turn on him and have Baron Triumph beat him to death. Wesley saves him and heals him at Josh’s old apartment, he later joins Josh to defeat Burr and is one of the ones left standing at Sam when she takes over his group as it’s leader.

2.2. Cast The Jocks

  • Luke Valen as #54: a dimwitted Jock used by everyone around him.
  • Mickey Dolan as Gary Stern: a member of the golf team.
  • Chester Rushing as Terrence "Terry" Markazian: captain of the golf team.
  • Micah McNeil as Jerry: a member of the golf team.
  • Jon Levert as Barry: a member of the golf team.
  • Alan Trong as Larry: a member of the golf team.

2.3. Cast The Daybreakers

  • Bao Winn as Rocco
  • Kevin Bransford as Other Gay Josh: frequently referred to throughout the series when Josh Wheeler is introduced.
  • Estrella Avila as Jessica Huntley: a survivor rescued from Baron Triumph.
  • Abigail Townsend as Vivienne: a survivor rescued from Baron Triumph.
  • Jack Justice as Jew-Fro Simon: a survivor rescued from Baron Triumph.
  • A.J. Voliton as Fred: a survivor rescued from Baron Triumph.
  • Chelsea Zhang as Karen Jane "KJ": polyglot, and Joshs ally.

2.4. Cast The Cheermazons

  • Emily Snell as Miryam: one of the three leaders of the Cheermazons.
  • Barbie Robertson as Veronica: Victorias closest friend and interpreter.
  • Jade Payton as Demi Anderson: one of the three leaders of the Cheermazons.
  • Sandra Mae Frank as Victoria: one of the three leaders of the Cheermazons who communicates by ASL.
  • Charlotte Benesch as Camilla: a Brazilian exchange student

2.5. Cast Other Survivors

  • Meg Smith as Isis Goodman, the minor who hooks up with Jaden Hoyles in the bathroom.
  • Natalie Alyn Lind as Mavis: Elis girlfriend in the Mall.
  • Andrew Fox as Owen Slowen Krieger
  • Rob H. Roy as Jayden Hoyles: a minor antagonist to Josh and Principal Burr.
  • Jordyn Aurora Aquino as a disciple of Kardashia who offers the jocks beer.
  • Zoe Biggers as Jaden Florentina
  • Gavin Warren Young Josh Wheeler
  • Sammi Hanratty as Aria Killigan: the reclusive leader of the Gamers, and ally of KJ.
  • Gabriel Armijo as Jaden Unger
  • Erik Christensen as Jaden Thompson Magee
  • Mitchell Hoog as Nimrod: one of the Gamers and Arias friend.
  • Austin Maas as Bro jock

3.1. Production Development

Peyton started creating a series based on the graphic novel in 2012. He realised that the book had influences from Ferris Bueller. On July 26, 2018, Netflix announced an order for the production of a ten-episode first season. Aron Eli Coleite was set to serve as showrunner for the series. The series is created by Brad Peyton and Coleite who are credited as executive producers alongside Jeff Fierson. ASAP Entertainment will be involved in the production of the series. In September 2019, it was reported that the series was set to premiere on October 24, 2019. On December 16, 2019, Netflix cancelled the series after one season.


3.2. Production Casting

In October 2018, it was announced that Matthew Broderick would star in the series. In the same month, it was reported that Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Gregory Kasyan, Krysta Rodriguez, Cody Kearsley and Jeante Godlock joined the cast.


4. Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 70% approval rating for the first season with an average rating of 6.98/10, based on 33 reviews. The websites critical consensus reads, Daybreak s blend of soapy teen drama and post apocalyptic horror has some truly inspired moments, even if it feels like youve seen a few of them before." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

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