Euphoria review – dizzying high school drama is one of year’s best

Euphoria review – dizzying high school drama is one of year’s best

Zendaya plays a student battling addiction in a Drake-produced series that manages to bring both style and substance

Despite the 13-plus reasons why Netflix teen series 13 Reasons Why was unquestionably problematic, there remained a grimly persuasive force that kept many of us frantically clicking for the next episode. It was noxious and exploitative but also horribly compelling, a greedily consumed guilt watch that went down easily but left us feeling uneasy on reflection. The parent-baiting tale of a teen taking her own life stoked anger after its premiere due to both its bleak inevitability and its graphic, gothic romanticism. A debate grew over its potentially harmful impact on its young target audience, one that’s been recently reignited by two studies suggesting a possible correlation between its release and a significant spike in real-world suicides.

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