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Euphoria (HBO)

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Adam Lenhardt, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Director

    Feb 16, 2001
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    Watched the pilot for this today. I liked it, but it didn't hook me enough to renew my HBO subscription to watch the rest of the episodes.

    This is apparently a heavily autobiographical story from showrunner Sam Levinson, son of director Barry Levinson. HBO is presenting it as the definitive account of what it's like to be a teenager in 2019. I'm not so sure that's true. Growing up, Sam Levinson would have had access to significant wealth. Most teenagers in 2019 couldn't afford his drug habit. It's also remarkable how little space the kids' parents take up on the show; I read a comment somewhere that they could almost sub in the wah wah trombone noise when the adults speak like the Peanuts cartoons do, and that rang really true. The only adult in the pilot with any significant role is a man who picks up a teenage girl online and then bangs her from behind in a cheap pay-by-the-hour motel.

    The acting is really good from beginning to end. Zendaya is a star, and makes you root for Rue even when you probably shouldn't.
  2. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Lead Actor

    Dec 28, 1998
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    I thought the premiere episode was visually arresting, and I did enjoy the overall storytelling technique employed, but I admit to somewhat mixed feelings about the whole thing. I am at that 'old man yells at clouds' phase of my life :) so I'm not certain that I am the demographic for this show.

    I don't mind dark material and I don't consider myself very prudish but the reality presented is so far from my life and my experiences at that age that I admit that I am having some difficulty relating to the show in the context of 'this is how life is now for today's high school students'. Perhaps, but it leaves me feeling adrift with no frame of reference.

    I'll probably keep watching as the acting is strong and I am curious (in spite of what I just posted above) to see where it goes.

    - Walter.
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  3. John Lee_275604

    John Lee_275604 Stunt Coordinator

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