Just when we thought Netflix had a monopoly on shows based on beloved graphic novels and shows with cunning teens on bikes in the 80sPrime Video has decided to throw in its hat with Paper Girls–a show based on a much-loved graphic novel AND featuring cunning teenagers on bicycles in the 1980s. And they have Ali Wong† Take that, Netflix.
The Paper Girls teaser gives us a first look at the show’s four heroes — Tiffany (Camryn Jones), Erin (Riley Lai Nelet), Mac (Sofia Rosinsky), and KJ (Fina Strazza) — as they process the fact that they are, in fact, no more teenagers on bikes in the 80s. The sky has turned purple, they have time traveled to 2019 and things have turned foreign.
There are sci-fi bugs! The girls run into an older version of Erin (Wong) who apparently still lives in her childhood home! 21st century capitalism is now much more visible in the form of (shudder) a Capital One Cafe! No wonder our heroes are so eager to return to their original life in 1988.
We don’t get much more information in the teaser, but the synopsis tells us the girls are on their delivery route the morning after Halloween “when they get caught up in the crossfire between warring time travelers, changing the course of their lives forever.”
The rest of the series is summarized:
As they reconcile that their future is very different from what their 12-year-old selves imagined, they are hunted by a militant faction of time travelers known as the Old Watch, who have banned time travel so they can stay in power. To survive, the girls will have to overcome their differences and learn to trust each other and themselves.
Paper Girls is based on the best-selling series of the same name, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang. Vaughan and Chiang are executive producers in the adaptation, along with Christopher C. Rogers, Stephany Folsom, Christopher Cantwell, Steven Prinz and Plan B. The show will also feature Nate Corddry (For all humanity† as Larry and Adina Porter (American horror story† the 100) as a prioress.
You are probably ready to watch Paper Girls Today. But since you can’t actually time travel, you’ll have to settle for waiting until July 29, when the series hits Prime Video.