There have been many portrayals of high school in media throughout the years, but none have been quite as raw or unapologetic as HBO’s "Euphoria."

It may be about teens, but it’s aimed at parents to truly see what growing up in THIS decade is like, a high contrast to the everything goes, no consequences lifestyle they may have lived through in the ’70s or ’80s.

The first five minutes of the show summarizes protagonist Rue’s whole 17 years of life and the conclusion is that the last time she was truly happy was probably in the womb.

She goes on and on about how she didn’t choose to be born or brought into a life that she must learn every little aspect about in order to function just to crumble to the hands of anxiety, depression and addiction.

Teens always seem like the ideal protagonist for stories because they often veer into destructive courses that seem like exactly what they need to be doing because their minds are clouded with confusion, physical maturity and racing emotions.

Although Rue has just gotten back from rehab after an opioid overdose, her life strangely seems better than the rest of her fellow high school “friends.”

Friends is in quotations because this show portrays how sometimes people only hangout with certain others because it’s beneficial for them. For instance, Rue only hangs out with Fezco because he sells her drugs and another character, Maddy, is only with her boyfriend because he is rich and popular despite his huge secret.

This isn’t a secret like how High School Musical’s Troy Bolton liked to sing. Remember this show is real, it’s messy, mind boggling and at times heart breaking.

“He has a lot of points to make about social media, sexual uncertainty and anxiety, the horror chamber of life in contemporary suburban America and the essential uselessness of parents,” the New York Times reports about Sam Levinson, creator of "Euphoria."

The character who just can’t seem to stop pulling at your heart strings from all directions is Jules.

Jules is a transgender girl who just moved to town after her parents’ divorce, with the show insinuating that the separation was, in part, because of her.

Jules and Rue hit it off immediately and become quite literal partners in crime through the ups and downs of their junior year.

As mentioned before, Maddy is an outspoken Latina cheerleader with confidence that radiates through her style and poor decision-making skills.

With eight total episodes in the season, each episode is centered around one main character’s traumatic journey.

All episodes from the first season can be streamed on HBO. Although this series was just released in June 2019, it has already been renewed for a second season.

KOURTNEY CUNNINGHAM is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at klcunn1@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @NewsKourtney


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