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Everything Now

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Nuanced teen series covers mental health, eating disorders.

TV Netflix Drama 2023
Poster image for Netflix series Everything Now. A group of five teenagers are pictured nestled together in a close-up shot of their faces, with the show title in yellow block letters at the bottom of the image.

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A welcome change from typical movie-of-the-week-style exploitative anorexia stories, this series may center on Mia's recovery, but not at the expense of character development and realism. Everything Now shows the reality: that these issues affect people from all walks of life. Eating disorders are a sensitive topic that requires a thoughtful, deliberate hand to portray correctly, and far too often they border on glamorizing the plight of waif-like (but still pretty!), well-to-do, heterosexual white women.

Make no mistake, Mia's family (and most of her friends) are privileged -- but the show smartly touches on the strain that funding a half-year stay in a hospital can have on a family beyond just financial matters. The series is wise too in not centering itself strictly on Mia, but also illustrating the way that the hyper-focus required for recovery can sometimes read as selfishness to the people she loves. Teenagers are bound to mess up under the best of circumstances, and attempting to rebuild one's mental health and identity while surrounded by people whose concern sometimes feels like suffocation can't be easy. This well-acted, clever series does a lovely job exploring the warts-and-all nuances of that journey and showing that imperfect growth is still growth.

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