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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Wall-to-wall sexual violence, drugs, language in dark drama.

TV HBO Drama 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 91 parent reviews

age 18+

There is a disclaimer at the top of the show for good reason

My review is based on content only. I’m normally pretty liberal about what my teens watch, but this show should absolutely not be viewed by anyone under 18, and would probably not appeal to many adults. Spoiler: The questionable content in the first episode alone includes full nudity and graphic sex portrayed by just barely adult actors playing high schoolers, actual porn footage, a close up of an older man putting a condom on his erect penis and having anal sex with a trans teen, drug usage of every kind imaginable, and a child drug dealer. If your teen has already watched, you might want to consider if a discussion is appropriate.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
17 people found this helpful.
age 18+
It’s absolutely inappropriate for kids and even some emotionally unstable adults. This is material to chip away and corrupt youth and society in a grotesque and sneaky Way. We have to draw lines in television. This is flat out porn in disguise.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
9 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (91 ):
Kids say (335 ):

People say youth is wasted on the young, and it certainly seems that way in this compelling but ugly series in which teens exist in hells often of their own making. Damaged by her father's early death, the casual cruelty she sees around her, and her own (labeled by an expert) faulty brain chemistry, Rue snorts, smokes, and drinks everything she can get her hands on. Her terrified mom tries sending her to rehab, and she tries giving Rue over-the-counter drug tests, which her daughter foils by racing across town to procure her former best friend's fresh, clean urine. And yet Rue's one of the characters who's (mostly) just abusing herself; the treatment from others handed to Jules, Kat, and Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) is far worse.

Both the camera and these girls' peers leer at them endlessly, evaluating them from a distance. How do they look? Are they hot? More importantly, what will they do sexually? Sex becomes something the boys try to trick or shame the girls into, and when Cassie genuinely responds to Chris at a party, his response is to pin her down and choke her, as he's seen in porn. He thought she would like it. Kat definitely does not like the boys who surreptitiously filmed her losing her virginity at a party and posted it on a "slut page" for the whole school to laugh at. And as we soon learn, the boys who treat their classmates and neighbors so terribly are themselves abused, by parents who don't care, by parents who aren't there, by parents who themselves do terrible things. Some characters get more of a redemptive arc than others, but most just struggle, fail, and struggle again. It's a miserable cycle, and though Euphoria is hard to watch, it's equally hard to stop.

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