Euphoria: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1

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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.



Critic Ratings: 96


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Air date: Jun 16, 2019

Rue is a teenage girl who experiences, along with her high school classmates, the ups and downs of love and friendship in a world of drugs, sex, violence and social networks.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2019

On the first day of school, Rue's excited about her new friend, Jules, but struggles to put the past behind her and gets into trouble at Fezco's. Nate becomes obsessed with Maddy's (Alexa Demie) hookup, Tyler, while trying to get back together with Maddy. Kat finds out that a video of her has surfaced online. McKay takes the stress of college out on Cassie.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2019

High school students discover their identities while dealing with love, trauma, and social media.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2019

Rue tries to get clean for Jules and chaperones Gia at the carnival. Jules encounters Cal with his family. Cassie and Maddy, annoyed at their boyfriends, decide to do molly together. Kat hangs out with Ethan until she misreads a situation. Nate reveals who he really is.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2019

In the aftermath of the carnival, Maddy and Nate are forced to deal with a police investigation. Jules begins to feel pressured by her role in Rue's sobriety. Kat ignores a confused Ethan and embraces her new lifestyle. Cassie tries to distance herself from Daniel and focus on her relationship with McKay. Cal worries about how his actions have affected his sons.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2019

On Halloween, Rue worries about her reliance on Jules, while Jules starts exhibiting concerning behavior. McKay questions his future in football. After a weird night with McKay, Cassie spends some time with Daniel. Business is booming for Kat as she continues to push Ethan away. Nate comes up with a plan to get his life back on track.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2019

Rue gets depressed and watches 22 straight episodes of a British reality show; Jules goes to visit an old friend; Cassie looks for advice in the aftermath of Halloween night.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2019

In the Season 1 finale, it's the winter formal at East Highland.

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Tv Season Info

The drama series follows the life of a group of teenagers dealing with sex, parties and drug abuse. Rue (Zendaya) has come out of rehab but has no plans to remain clean, Jules (Hunter Schafer) is a transgender girl who has hard time trying to fit in, Nate (Jacob Elordi) struggles with sexual insecurities, Chris (Algee Smith) is having trouble adjusting to college life, Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) can't seem to escape her past, and Kat (Barbie Ferreira) is trying to explore her sexuality. In Season 1, the kids go through many challenging events, but despite the difficulties they learn to deal with what life throws at them.

Cast & Crew

Nika King
Lukas Gage
Sam Levinson
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Future the Prince
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Ravi Nandan
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Daphna Levin
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Ron Leshem
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Yoram Mokadi
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Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein
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Tmira Yardeni
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Mirit Toovi
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Kevin Turen
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Gary Lennon
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Jennifer Morrison
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Critic Reviews for Euphoria Season 1

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (41)

But getting "real" doesn't have to mean diving head first into a cesspool of drugs, profanity, promiscuity and a borderline indifference to it all. That's where Euphoria so far fails not only itself, but the many impressionable youth.

Dec 12, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

Aug 5, 2019 | 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…

The series is certainly aesthetically pleasing and well-directed, with smooth camera work that boosts the characters' interior lives. But the writing is shaky, filled with clunky lines and not-so-twisty plot twists.

Jun 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Parents will be horrified, teens will likely find some recognisable elements, and the rest of us will be mesmerised by its energetic storytelling. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 16, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Euphoria season 1 finale was full of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

An uncomfortable and visceral drama. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Euphoria is not just a teen drama riding its own shockwaves. It's a kaleidoscopic study of the Juul generation...

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an almost entirely character-driven series but that makes it no less thrilling, and it's only graphic because it needs to be.

Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

It's whip smart, often funny, sometimes sad and, hands down, the best new show of 2019.

Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Euphoria: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    Beyond amazingly impressive. Heartfelt and unfiltered experiences shown. Can not wait to see more. Zendaya has proven to be an INCREDIBLE actress.
  • Apr 22, 2021
    Saw a few scenes, and that was enough. One word - No.
  • Apr 11, 2021
    Euphoria is an extremely well-made show. The cinematography is astonishing and just beautiful to look at, as well as the aesthetic of the show. The characters are pretty good, and we get to see not only their good traits but each characters flaws, which makes the plot all the more interesting. I feel like everyone could probably find a character on this show and relate to them somehow, whether its Rue's struggle with a drug addiction and depression or Cassie getting constantly taken advantage of and misunderstood. This show tackles pretty big issues and shows a lot of real-life struggles and realities. Also the soundtrack is phenomenal. The only thing that bothered me throughout the show was the use of the f word in like every other line, I honestly don't care about curses at all, but the f word in front of every single line does get annoying (not even cause its a curse, its just an overused word in the show). Anyways, I'd recommend this show but with caution since it has some heavier topics and doesn't hide anything.
  • Apr 08, 2021
    Such a great waste of talents on a rather mediocre unfinished story (which is better than the other way around, though).
  • Mar 23, 2021
    Euphoria; one of the most upcoming and most talked about teen-drama shows on TV. But does it live up to its potential? Though, this show is more than your typical teen drama. Euphoria displays struggles that most of us can relate to such as anxiety and depression. Specifically, in this show, teenagers struggle with all of these issues meanwhile being consumed by anxiety and trying to manage their young lives. It is not easy being a teenager today and Euphoria does a sensational job at portraying that. Even though this show deserves a praise for their performance and exceptional writing, I will not fail to mention that this series includes content such as drugs, sex, and abuse which can trigger certain audiences. Therefore, it is unsuitable for children and created for mature audiences only. Euphoria is inspired by an Israeli drama television show that premiered in 2011, also called Euphoria. However, writer Sam Levinson wanted to create his own plot to this preexisting show. He wanted to write about his own experiences as a drug addict, and because this storyline is based on personal experience it makes the show feel more realistic. In addition, the writers Levinson, Levin, and Leshem do an outstanding job of bringing the story to life. The message that the writers want to portray is to create empathy and sympathy for teenagers today. Considering that we live in a world with social media and where people see teenagers as narcissists. This show is a clear representation of what happens behind the scenes of people's lives that we don't see on TV. Euphoria is about teenagers figuring out the difficulties of life and struggling to navigate it. This show gives us a glimpse of several characters and how they struggle with their own lives and the ways they deal with their issues. One main character is Rue Bennett, a seventeen-year-old girl who struggles with drug addiction. But when she meets Jules Vaughn, it finally seems as if there is something worth living for. Their friendship is something I admire and live for. In the film, we can see their relationship develop and escalate. Most importantly, we realize how much power Jules holds over Rue, considering that Rue's life is in her hands. But will it be enough for her to stay sober or will she finally break? This is what makes the show so interesting; we grow an attachment to the characters, and we get invested in their lives. It keeps us wondering what they will do next or if they will make a wrong decision and cause more trouble. Just as well, the unpredictability of the story line keeps us on our toes and is a surprise every step of the way. What I admire about this film is how the viewers can see each and every one of the character's perspectives. This is important because then we understand why the characters behave the way they do. This is where the sympathy for these characters/teens represents itself. For instance, Rue who is a drug addict, you might think that she is trashy or a bad person because of her wrong doings. Only by catching a glimpse of her, but as the film goes on and we get to know her and we see why she acts a certain way. We start to feel sympathy for her character. Which represents the misconception of teenagers, what people think of teenagers versus the reality behind their persona. What makes this film different from others is the way that each episode is carefully written which assists in bringing the film to life. Euphoria displays the reality of mental health and the toll it has on teenagers. Not only is this story relatable to teens but to people who struggle with the same issues. Even if it does not relate to everyone, it brings awareness and realization of how serious the issue of mental health is. Especially in today's society where social media is a big contributor to mental health and other serious issues. To summarize, Euphoria talks about important issues such as depression, anxiety, and mental health which play a big role in our lives. These are topics that you cannot find in many films, which makes this series unique. Hence, the answer to my long waited question; Does it live up to its potential? My answer is yes, it lives up to its potential and more.
  • Mar 17, 2021
    Great cast and amazing performance by Zendaya. But i think there is too many sex scenes and nudity.
  • Mar 11, 2021
    I love this show. I've watched season 1, 3 times and every time my emotions get the best of me. The things shown in this show are so realistic, I get so triggered. Every single time, I just sit and cry because I feel this show so much it feels like it's my life. The emotional discontent and lack of enthusiasm for joy is what I most connect with. Rue is such a self sabotager , but tries so hard in the ways she knows. I just feel for her character, If I had the physical confidence to be on tv I would play so well in this, it's like each character is living part of my life and mental state. I love it so much, but it's so out there it shows how messed up our life really is
  • Mar 08, 2021
    If you enjoy unrealistic scenarios & C List acting then sure watch Euphoria. The show is a bit sketchy... why are we watching high school students have sexual intercourse and drugs for entertainment?
  • Mar 05, 2021
    absolutely beauty😍nothing can compare😩
  • Feb 15, 2021
    It is a good series because despite having many nudes and sex, the story becomes very interesting and the way each character is presented is not forced or anything

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