13 Reasons Why: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
13 Reasons Why

Critics Consensus

13 Reasons Why complements its bestselling source material with a gripping look at adolescent grief whose narrative maturity belies its YA milieu.



Critic Ratings: 62


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User Ratings: 4554
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Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
Air date: Mar 31, 2017
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The late Hannah Baker explains why she committed suicide to her high school peers through a collection of cassette tapes she left behind.


Dylan Minnette
as Clay Jensen
Katherine Langford
as Hannah Baker
Kate Walsh
as Mrs. Baker, Hannah's mother
Brian d'Arcy James
as Mr. Baker, Hannah's father
Derek Luke
as Mr. Porter, Hannah's guidance counselor
Brandon Flynn
as Justin Foley
Justin Prentice
as Bryce Walker
Alisha Boe
as Jessica Davis
Christian Navarro
as Tony Padilla
Devin Druid
as Tyler Down
Ross Butler
as Zach Dempsey
Amy Hargreaves
as Lainie Jensen
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Critic Reviews for 13 Reasons Why Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (20)

The drama is sensitive, surprising, consistently engaging, and, most important, unblinking.

Mar 29, 2017 | Full Review…

13 Reasons Why, which follows the fallout after a student's suicide and then unravels the web that led her there, is an ambitious and uniquely sympathetic deep dive into the challenges of being in high school.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Here, the process is well thought out with the original material masterfully intact while the addition of new exploratory elements serve only to enhance the narrative.

Apr 2, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In its examination of the ways we hurt each other, deliberately or casually, knowingly or otherwise, the adult edges to this story ring with honesty and truth. Because sometimes, the only way to feel something is for it to hurt.

Mar 31, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

13 Reasons Why is a show that wants to make a positive difference. But that strong earnestness seems to have been at the expense of actually investigating how certain themes could aggravate the problems the show seeks to remedy.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

13 Reasons Why is more than standard entertainment. This is the rare TV series that can not only alter perceptions, it could change someone's life.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

At times harrowing, other times laughably like an after-school special, "13 Reasons Why" ends up dulling its important topics.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

13 Reasons Why succeeds on the strength of its cast.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The series is so enamored with this idea of Hannah as someone who does things to others that it neglects to tell us who she is herself. That's not only a failure to tell a story to its best and fullest extent; it's a missed opportunity on a broader scale.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Its dual portrayals of the more subtle, insidious side of violence against women ends up being more visceral than HBO's goriest spectacles.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 13 Reasons Why: Season 1

  • Sep 16, 2019
    Brilliant. Must watch!
  • 2d ago
    rarely, while seeing a tv series, I have the recurring thought to end it promptly as is happened with this. they've chosen a delicate but interesting topic and then, due to their huge emptiness of ideas, stretched to the death. even from the very first season is horrendously boring and the absolute total lack of material and ideas from the ‘writers', to me, is actually horrifically unbelievable. how the network had paid for a second and a third and now a fourth season, is beyond any human comprehension. the series goes almost slower than the forehead wound remained an interminable scar in the poor guy head. then there's the casting. so unprofessional that I suggest to a mandatory sterilisation of the entire bunch of executives that broad us characters as toni, marcus, justin and so on. even the main characters aren't so good. very, very below the average. and finally, there's the netflix alert for sex scene, drugs, violence. where the fork they've seen those kinda of scenes? meibe in the same sick minds that doesn't have aborted this waist of time, money and space in the first place.
  • 2d ago
    It is victimistic garbage that romanticizes suicide.
  • 3d ago
    Horrible and pretentious. It takes a premise perfect for a movie (the book takes place in one night) and stretches it into one of the most repetitive narratives I've ever seen. Aside from that, there is not a single well-written character. And the two characters we are intended to root for—Clay and Hannah—are even more dislikable than all the others.
  • 3d ago
    Although the subject matter is very intriguing the storyline is completely comical in how teenagers are portrayed. Teenagers are portrayed with little or no moral substance, the only substance these teenagers have is emotional. Way too much alcohol use, way too much sex, boundaries are rarely discussed and the few times they are portrayed as unimportant or minimalized because emotions are trump moral or logical reasoning. Season 1 was tough to watch and Season 2, so far, is worse.
  • 5d ago
    This season is great, so much going on, how the directors involved the audience and how the details were being presented. Great!
  • 6d ago
    I really liked this show. At first I thought it to be a little slow, but it takes pace and is beautifully executed.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    All I see is a bunch of whiny kids who are perpetually caught up in their own drama. Though I understand there were serious incidents, Clay is the type who is annoyingly serious all the time.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    By itself, this series is overdramatic and over-long with an unlikeable protagonist. But the big problem is that it claims to be "important" and "starting a conversation about suicide"....while essentially justifying suicide by blaming everyone except the protagonist (even people who did literally nothing to her) for her decision to kill herself. It's disgusting and exploitative while pretending to be lofty and important.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    I loved the first two seasons. They addressed suicide awareness, sexual assault and bullying. I even thought the show addressed what leads up to school shootings. I have suggested to my friends that have children that it was really well done. However, I was disappointed in season three. I think instead of teaching teens how to own up to their own mistakes and take responsibility (which Bryce was trying to do), it advocates for vigilante justice and blaming others/lying to law enforcement. I was disappointed in the third season in that I believe that it encourages teens to take the law into their own hands to include murder. I do still think the first two seasons were well done. I don't think there should be any future seasons. I did rate this before at 5 stars, but after watching the 3rd season, I can't do that.

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