Loosely based on the Israeli miniseries with the same name created by Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Euphoria follows struggling teenager Rue Bennet as she fights to navigate high school life and manage her drug addiction post- rehab.
The show is a stark, contemporary portrayal of the teenage experience, a chaotic mix of hard-hitting real life problems and wild party culture. Euphoria excels in maturely representing young people’s problems that are often not seen on screen, like body image, sexual fantasies, and toxic relationships. The way the series tackles its subject matter makes it comparable to shows like Skins and Skam, as well as its focus on fleshing out its characters to go beyond common tropes. Euphoria is mainly a drama, but narrated through the deadpan humor of Rue it always holds on to a sense of ironic humor.
Above all else, Euphoria has had a widespread resonance primarily with its visuals. Glowing and sparkling in an LED palette of pinks, blues and glitter, and punctuated with trippy sequences which have Rue walking on walls Inception-style or inexplicably starring in a music video, it has a distinct style that makes it feel like a turbulent fever dream: a visceral portrayal of the teenage experience. It also includes an original soundtrack to complement the visuals, in a similar vein to a show like Riverdale.