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.