Euphoria: Season 1 (2019)

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Season 1
Euphoria

Critics Consensus

Though at times hard to watch, Euphoria balances its brutal honesty with an empathetic -- and visually gorgeous -- eye to create a uniquely challenging and illuminating series, held together by a powerfully understated performance from Zendaya.

82%

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Critic Ratings: 85

83%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 721
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 16, 2019
2
Air date: Jun 23, 2019
3
Air date: Jun 30, 2019
4
Air date: Jul 7, 2019
5
Air date: Jul 14, 2019
6
Air date: Jul 21, 2019
7
Air date: Jul 28, 2019
8
Air date: Aug 4, 2019

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Cast

Zendaya
as Rue Bennett
Maude Apatow
as Lexi Howard
Angus Cloud
as Fezco
Eric Dane
as Cal Jacobs
Alexa Demie
as Maddy Perez
Jacob Elordi
as Nate Jacobs
Barbie Ferreira
as Kat Hernandez
Nika King
as Leslie Bennett
Storm Reid
as Gia Bennett
Hunter Schafer
as Jules Vaughn
Sydney Sweeney
as Cassie Howard
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Critic Reviews for Euphoria Season 1

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (29)

A coming-of-age show caked in glittery hedonism...

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A lot to like here. There is strong acting and a pop-video, heroin-chic sheen to the show's visuals that are as pretty as they are appealingly deviant... But [it] also feels somewhat suffocating as a series, by refusing to be anything but nihilistic.

Aug 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The promise of the show glints brightest when it feels most originally itself.

Aug 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's heated up, it's blunt, it's lurid - but artfully so.

Aug 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Trolling the Family Research Council with graphic scenes of underage sex, violence, and drug use is easy to do. What's harder is using the same kind of imagery and action to make a point, or a change.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

That it's easy to buy into Euphoria's nihilistic vision of adolescence as distilled misery says more about us than it does about teenagers: Some people just love a good scare.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Euphoria takes the cliché high school characters and gives them a multitude of levels. No matter your background and own experience you'll find a character to identify with, some so accurate to real life it's eerie.

Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This bleak, grimy vision of teenage life is another reflection of a long-established maxim - it ain't easy being young.

Aug 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As with genuine adolescence, if you can stick it out until the end, it gets kinda interesting.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The pilot episode is brilliantly filmed and edited, and brilliantly played, too, by its young cast, especially by former Disney star Zendaya as Rue and by Hunter Schafer as Jules.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Euphoria: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    So refreshing to find a show aimed to a 18-25 demographic and have it be as realistic and gritty as it is. Zendaya is killing it
  • Sep 14, 2019
    Not a show for a straight guy. If your gay you will love it. Seems like every episode the producers are pushing male genitals in your face. Not edgy, just a gay producer wanting to come out but is afraid too.
  • Sep 14, 2019
    Today, I decided to see if I was the only one who thought that HBO's "Euphoria" was the most utterly pointless TV show to ever be conceived. To my amazement, the show was given about 80% by audiences and critics alike. My jaw hit the floor... is this what qualifies as quality television these days? Or has it simply used its subject matter as the entire basis for its existence, storyline and character development be damned? Is the fact that this is "woke television" enough to carry a show without a plot? That's the question I'll be exploring in this review, because in my humble opinion there is no point to this show. Not to say that this show doesn't have its high points, because it absolutely does. There are bits of brilliant narration, it's gorgeous to look at, it expands the envelope of what's permissible on TV, and even has some intriguing storytelling. There are bits of sweetness in here. But that's far from giving this show credit, like saying jellybeans are delicious and therefore should also taste good on pizza. The overall formula just doesn't land. The best comparison I can offer for this show's style is like a "Spring Breakers" meets "13 Reasons Why." Like Spring Breakers, it's colorful and flashy, a hyperreal look at the youth of today. It offers a lot of visually colorful drug-fueled sequences, honestly the high point of the show (no pun intended). The style is truly beautiful. And the tone is just as good, for a while. It's clearly not afraid to depict its world in as vibrant and messy a detail as it can. In fact, watching episode one, you'd get the impression that this show is going to be a really interesting ride. Euphoria starts off with a solid narrator, Rue, who depicts drug use with uncomfortable precision. The secrets, the consequences, the reasoning behind the use... this stuff is so solid I was sold on the show by episode one. She's very believable as a damaged person trying to find happiness in a nihilistic world around her, even if that feeling is only chemically induced. Zendaya (Rue) does an amazing job in this show, truly the high point of it. She's real, relatable, and her sadness and desperation are subtle yet powerful. Can you tell how much I WANTED to like this show yet? I hope so. It also pushes the envelope for what's permissible in sex scenes on premium cable. They're allowed to depict oral sex, full-on erections, dick pics (there's a whole scene dedicated to this), and online cam-ing. There are a LOT of penises in this show, something I personally wasn't thrilled about, but will not be docking points for since the graphic sexuality is all relevant to the plot. So from episode one, we're pushing boundaries in drug and sex depictions. I'm all on board with this, truly. I'm no prude. Now here comes the turn: the fact that this show has no direction whatsoever. Let me compare it to 13 Reasons Why for a second, it's closest comparison. I didn't like 13 Reasons Why either, but it does one crucial thing far better than Euphoria: it builds a premise that it sticks with throughout the season. Season 1, for example, sticks with the premise of discovering why Hannah Baker killed herself. You are invested in the show because you want to know this answer. The latest season of 13RW, the mystery is far less intruiging… who killed Bryce Walker? Regardless, it still has a premise and it runs with it. You want to finish the season simply to find the answer to this question. So what mystery or premise keeps you watching Euphoria? Seriously, if anyone has an answer, I'd like to hear it. I can't answer this even when trying to critically examine it. There is nothing that drives this show from episode to episode. also didn't take me long at all to realize that I didn't like ANYONE on this show. All of the characters are selfish, self-absorbed, shallow, narcissistic freaks who are only able to relay their points to the audience in idiotic teenaged colloquialisms ("oh em gee, I love you b*tch!") This is a common symptom of shows written by adults trying to understand teens: as shallow as the youth of today may be, they always write them to sound even worse. So most of the character end up completely unlikable. I only found myself invested in three storylines, all of which I lost interest in by episode 4. Anything there was to like was all abandoned that point, instead opting to claw around in the dark for somewhere to go. And that's the show's biggest problem: it goes absolutely nowhere, even with solid opening material. Let's use Jules as an example. Jule's story is very intriguing, as she is a trans girl trying to cope with her sexual urges. Does the fact that she's transitioned to female mean that she has to have sexual relationships with men? Interesting question. But it's completely undone in the blink of an eye by a brand new, undeveloped woke warrior who simply asks "why do men have to be a part of it?" Boom, all of her character development is now completely gone, all internal struggles resolved, because a brand new character with no development asked her a really unremarkable question. It was an extremely anti-climactic conclusion to a very interesting character. And this happens time and again: Maddie, a character who is in a relationship with a jock named Nate, is only defined by her relationship with Nate. The only interesting component to their relationship (that he's under investigation for abusing her) is dropped unceremoniously by episode 6. What could have been the driving force for the season is treated like an minor detour, and it's resolved in the most contrived ways possible. So he uses Jules to testify on hhis behalf… because he sent Jules dick pics, and will go to the cops about her having "child porn" on her computer. As soon as he uses that against her, this plot line between them is also completely dropped, as if simply looking for any excuse to cash in the leverage he had over her. It's like the writer learned a few things about the law, and desperately tried to squeeze them into a cautionary tale of sending nudes online. But he didn't know enough about the law to make it feel real, so he stuck with the idiotic teenage drama and steered the ship back on that course. There are even more examples of intriguing plots being dropped like a sack of waste: Kat, the girl who discovers her true calling as a webcam girl, gives it all up at the last episode because of the most unremarkable "I loved you all along" speech by some guy she's been rejecting all season. Rue and Jule's relationship to each other, and Jule's involvement with Nate's police coverup, are all dumped unceremoniously by the last episode simply so Jules can go live with her new woke friends. Rue quits doing drugs for two whole episodes, and then the show trots out a huge marching band sequence for her relapse at the finale. Why would that have any emotional impact on the viewer when she's only been of drugs for maybe a little over two hours of watch time?? This just keeps happening again and again. Any hope for a direction for this show to go in becomes dismay as you drive off one cliff after another. Now for the final complaint, one that I didn't open with because I don't want anyone thinking that this is the main reason for my distaste for the show: the wokeness of it all is extremely annoying. I don't believe this is what destroyed the show, however. It's far more about the lackluster direction of the plot than the tone of the show for me. But I have to point out how annoying the lessons shows like this try to preach are. Just like 13 Reasons Why, we can safely assume that if you're white and you play sports that you must be a monster. The only redeeming character on any sports team is the forlorn black dude, who always tries to stop the white kids from disrespecting women. It's just like that Gillette commercial, where the white guys just can't help themselves from harassing women and the chill brotha has to step up and stop it all. Then there's the implication that any man who has anger problems is secretly a homosexual, that sex is something men take from women, etc. There's one part that implies that even if a sex act is consensual between two drunken people, if the woman is drinking than what has occurred is rape. Oh, and they threw an out-of-nowhere abortion scene in here that had no bearing on the plot whatsoever. It's like the writer of the show had lessons, big lessons, that he wanted to teach. But he has no idea how to convey it to people who don't agree with him, so he just throws it all out there and hopes it sticks. To me, this is a huge problem in writing: you have to have a VOICE, and if that voice does nothing but babble then there's no resolution to your buildup. You were just yammerimg on about nothing, like that Simpsons "old man yells at cloud" joke. The woke tone isn't a problem necessarily. What is a problem is that the writer doesn't even try to sell you on his premise. He just assumes the world is in lockstep with him by 2019 and therefore he doesn't need to actually tell a story. All he needs to do is present woke material, and that he's done his duty in portraying the world as it is. All in all, this show starts off strong, fizzles out half way, and plays all of its hands long before the game has come to a close. By the time it's over, you're left sitting there with a burning question in your mind: "what the hell was the point of what I just watched?" The only takeaway I got was that teenagers are awful, self-absorbed, drug addicted monsters who need ideas like social justice to validate any concept of virtue in their hearts. HBO is doing the youth of America a disservice with this portrayal, even if it actually had a premise that held up. It's always a shame to see wasted potential, and this show epitomizes it.
  • Sep 11, 2019
    Must watch,relatable,realistic....uhm just great
  • Sep 10, 2019
    BEST SHOW I'VE EVER WATCHED
  • Sep 10, 2019
    I didn't think my jaw could drop every episode. It's that interesting or mortifying. I had to keep watching because I was invested in the characters. This is how you build characters!
  • Sep 08, 2019
    This show shows us in a spectacularly shocking way the reality of society nevertheless falls like every youth series, in stereotypes. Finally Zendaya's performance is simply incredible.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Interesting on the darker side... having a hard digesting that a community high schoolers have access to so much time to party and not much else ( but we can escape reality for this one I guess ) ... the acting is interesting in a good way. Teen IQ is tough to digest ( but again, I'll look past that ). The influence on tweens/teens is a scary thought, but then again LSD at 15 was an adventure for me.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Euphoria brings the high school experience to the 21st century with empathy and wit, expanding the teen drama genre to usually neglected characters in a subversive - and stylish - way, with Zendaya's powerful performance leading a talented ensemble.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    This show is a mixture of great story telling, the disturbing truth of high school, and amazing cinematography

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