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So What's All the Controversy About? "Euphoria" is Not Your Ordinary Teen Drama. We Have Your "Euphoria" Review and Complete Series Summary.

This shocking new series from HBO is a look at teen life in 2019. But it's so not for teens!

Everything you want to know is here. We have detailed series information and the 88-second binge-brief and review. And, be sure to check out our images gallery and read the episode scripts.

Euphoria (2019)

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Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media.

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Euphoria

HBO Original Series
by Nick Runyeard
July 13, 2019

 

...in general

"Euphoria" is an HBO remake of an Israeli TV show of the same name. Euphoria Israel aired from 2012 - 2013. Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, creators of the Israeli version, are showrunners for HBO's redo.

 

The HBO series features a single season with 8-episodes. There is a second season in production and set for an early 2020 release.

 

The series follows a group of high school students in California as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media.

 

...and what else

The spoken language is English, with alternate audio-dubbing and subtitle languages available. It may be a good idea to check local listings for more available language options.

 

This series is rated TV-MA. Despite it's teen-tv-show-vibe, this series is not for the under eighteens.

 

The total combines running time is about 8 hours.

 

"Euphoria" stars Maude Apatow (Lexi Howard); Angus Cloud (Fezco); Eric Dane (Cal Jacobs); Alexa Demie (Maddy Perez); Jacob Elordi (Nate Jacobs); Barbie Ferreira (Kat Hernandez); Nika King (Leslie Bennett); Storm Reid (Gia Bennett); Hunter Schafer (Jules Vaughn); Algee Smith (Chris McKay); Sydney Sweeney (Cassie Howard); Zendaya (Rue Bennett); John Ales (David Vaughn); Javon 'Wanna' Walton (Ashtray); Alanna Ubach (Suze Howard); Austin Abrams (Ethan); Keean Johnson (Daniel)

 

For more information on who's in it, click on the "cast" tab!

 

...the teen show not for teens

Don't let the one-line synopsis fool you into thinking this is just another high school drama. "Beverly Hills 90120" this is not. "The Fosters", oh hell no.

 

Parents even complained about the excessive amount of sex, violence and drugs in "Euphoria."

 

And although Drake (yes, that Drake) is one of the showrunners, this is no "Degrassi." For those unfamiliar with Drake's acting days, he was a series regular. From 2001 to 2009 Drake played 'Jimmy Brooks', appearing in 145 episodes.

 

The "Degrassi" franchise was a forward-thinking Canadian teen drama that was known for pushing the envelope and setting the bar. But that was nearly 20 years ago, and a lot has changed in high school and how TV portrays it.

 

...hello, HBO?

HBO could have done more to promote the fact that this is not a show for high school-aged teenagers. The official synopsis eludes to high school students, so I can understand why parents are upset.

 

Also, and I'm totally guessing here, Zendaya's involvement may have tricked a few people. She's popular with high schoolers; both boys and girls.

 

Tim Winters, president of the Parents Television Council, even went so far as to issue a statement.

 

HBO... appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic adult content – sex, violence, profanity and drug use – to teens and preteens. - Tim Winters, Parents Television Council

 

...let's be realistic

Parents, I get all that. I do. But, let's step outside of the frame and look at the big picture.

 

First, HBO has never been in the business of making wholesome family entertainment. And certainly the cable channel has not been 'overtly, intentionally' marketing this series to children.

 

Second, any rational person would know within 5 minutes of episode one that "Euphoria" is not for kids. In fact, I go so far as to say within the first 60 seconds of episode one.

 

...making choices

Parents can take measures to ensure their young teenager cannot access HBO easily. Free technology exists to block shows and even entire networks from being accessed by your spawn. HBO is a premium service. Meaning, one has to pay money to access the channel and its content. To be extra safe, though, one can choose not to subscribe to the service.

 

However, in saying that, I cation. In today's world, children have access to everything. Online, and IRL. If your child wants something bad enough, they'll find a way to get it. Realistically, all you can do is talk to your children about making good choices. And weigh the risk vs. reward outcomes of making adult decisions.

 

When I was a kid, and my mum said, "Absolutely do NOT go snooping around for your Christmas gifts," you know what I did? I went snooping around for my Christmas gifts. The initial reward was awesome (video games!). But come Christmas day both me and mum were disappointed. I made a horrible choice that had serious consequences. Nothing is worth losing someone's trust.

 

...the truth is

Yes there is a scene with 30 or more penises. Yes, there's full frontal, of both sexes, and full-on masturbation scenes. Yes there's a 12-year-old drug dealer with face tattoos. And yes there's a 16-year-old trans girl who'll sleep with anyone.

 

...but also

"Euphoria" is a brilliantly filmed piece of art. Lensed primarily by Hungarian cinematographer Marcell Rév.

 

The soundtrack is as moving as it is haunting. Labrinth is responsible for that.

 

The performances are gritty; realistic.

 

The above three points are primarily why you need to watch "Euphoria."

 

...but why tho

You either like the show or you don't. Reviews and opinions matter not. And that's the truth.

 

You're welcome.

 

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"Euphoria" stars: Zendaya; Maude Apatow; Angus Cloud; Alexa Demie; Jacob Elordi; Barbie Ferreria; Nika King; Storm Reid; Hunter Schafer; Algee Smith; Sydney Sweeney, and more!