Zendaya heads the cast of this compelling, troubling portrait of teenage life blighted by addiction and trauma. Euphoria takes an unflinching look at complex topics most TV shows might regard as off-limits.
The young actors are brilliant, especially newcomer Hunter Schafer, a transgender actress and activist who plays Jules, best friend to Zendaya’s troubled Rue. Maud Apatow, daughter of director Judd Apatow, plays Rue’s sensible friend, while Aussie actor Jacob Elordi plays Nate, a jock with a vendetta against Jules.
Cincinnati CityBeat said: “Vivid and vicious but genuine, with standout performances all around, the series stands out from the pack of dark teen fare. With a dash of soapy twists and final-scene revelations, Euphoria will keep you coming back for another dose.”
Euphoria is First on Showmax in South Africa. It is recommended for adults only.