Based on the acclaimed novel by Megan Abbott, who serves as writer and executive producer along with Gina Fattore, “Dare Me” is an unflinching exploration of teen angst, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town.
Peering behind the all-American facade, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading. It follows the fraught relationship between two best friends (Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly) after a new coach (Willa Fitzgerald) arrives to bring their team to prominence. While the girls’ friendship is put to the test, their young lives are changed forever when a shocking crime rocks their quiet rust belt town. Part coming-of-age story, part sport drama, part murder mystery, “Dare Me” exposes the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure in order to get ahead.
“Dare Me” is produced by UCP in association with Film 44. Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) and Michael Lombardo of Film 44, Sarah Condon and Karen Rosenfelt executive produce alongside Abbott and Fattore. Netflix will co-produce and have first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S.
“Dare Me” premieres Sunday, December 29 at 10/9c on USA.