Lonely Planet Writer

Here’s why Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland are back on the map thanks to Netflix

Fans of Netflix will undoubtedly have come across trailers for their new nostalgic-fuelled 90s-inspired offering “Everything Sucks!”. Set in 1996, the Netflix show follows a group of high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs as they brave teenage life back in the VHS and cassette era.

With scrunchies, denim and plenty of slang, the show is drawing a lot of followers but unknown to many, Boring in Oregon where the show is set, is, in fact, a real place and it’s teamed with none other than Dull in Scotland.

The town of Boring is a quiet farming community that sits at the foot of the Cascade mountain range in Oregon. Named after the pioneer and union soldier William H Boring, the town was paired with Dull village back in 2012.

The pioneer made his name back in the 1870s and his great-grandson Bob Boring has previously said that the town is far livelier than its name suggests. “Dad used to say it was a name, not a condition and it pretty much is,” he told the BBC. “There’s always something going on around here.”

The name is embraced by locals and found on many road signs and local businesses much to the amusement of outsiders.

Dull twinning hopes
Dull has only 84 residents. Image by David Cheskin/PA Images/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Dull in Perthshire, Scotland decided to pair with Boring in an effort to promote tourism in both places with the play on their names. The village consists of a single street of houses on the north side of the valley of the River Tay.

There are around 8000 people in Boring but just 84 in Dull. August 9th is known to locals as Boring and Dull Day.

Season one of Everything Sucks! can be found on Netflix and stars Peyton Kennedy (American Fable, The Captive) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil, with Patch Darragh (Sully, Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Grimm) as their respective parents. There are 10 episodes out now.