From its breathtaking cinematography to its amazing cast to its unwavering story to its dependably superb soundtrack, HBO’sEuphoria has been lauded by fans and critics alike, which is deserved because it is such a unique show. In addition to an Emmy-winning Zendaya performance and a character who writes Harry Styles fanfiction, there isn’t much else on TV that can match this. It’s a good thing, however, that Euphoria isn’t the only TV show to explore the darker side of high school.
Following the special episodes (haven’t you seen the special episodes?). TV Guide offers a list of shows to watch while you wait for Euphoria’s second season to start, which hasn’t even been announced yet. If you’ve ever wondered what teenagers are up to today, you’ll be frightened or reminded of your own youth by these movies.
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1. Grand Army
On this list, Grand Army, Netflix’s high school series, is perhaps the closest to Euphoria, delving headlong into the life of kids at a Brooklyn, New York, high school. During the first scene, which takes place in a girls’ bathroom, Grand Army lets you know exactly what the program is about. In terms of tone and subject matter, Euphoria is one of the few coming-of-age shows that can equal. There are no boundaries when it comes to sexuality, violence, rape culture, bullying, and racism, and the entire series is set against the backdrop of a terrorist attack on New York City. If you’re searching for a tween show that doesn’t sugarcoat its content, this is the show for you. It’s available on Netflix
2. Freaks and Geeks
Those shows that were canceled in their heyday have the kind of devoted fan base that Freaks and Geeks does. Good news is that it’s also quite deserved of the attention it receives, telling the stories of a bunch of ’80s high schoolers in its one season of operation. Euphoria wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for this show, which is both hilarious and poignant and embarrassing in the best possible manner. Despite the fact that Freaks and Geeks doesn’t have the same bleakness as Rue, Linda Cardellini’s Linda Weir is influenced by her new companions, the “freaks,” played by Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, James Franco, and Jason Segel. If you’ve ever wondered how a show like this could still be relevant today, you’re not alone. On Hulu, you may watch it.
3. Skins (UK)
Skins is a must-see for any Euphoria lover because it’s often imitated but never replicated (thus the necessity of the UK distinction — I cannot endorse the American adaptation). “Doesn’t shy away from serious subject matter” was first popularized in the 2007 British teen drama, which dealt with a wide range of themes, including mental illness, sexuality and eating disorders. As each episode focuses on one character, you get to know the kids at the heart of the program, from Nicholas Hoult’s manipulating Tony to Dev Patel’s hilarious Anwar to Kaya Scodelario’s intriguing Effy. Like Rue and Jules (Hunter Schafer), the youngsters of Skins are easy to root for despite their many questionable decisions. On Hulu, you may watch it.
4. We Are Who We Are
HBO has a soft spot for teen shows. A film about two high school students attempting to figure out who they are in a harsh atmosphere, We Are Who We Are, surely came up in Euphoria’s mind as they were discussing the film. We Are Who We Are, on the other hand, is a quieter, more artistic look of what it’s like to be a youngster in a version of America that isn’t actually America at all. HBO Max subscribers can watch the show for free.
There is a perfect balance of absurdity and drama in Élite, the Spanish-language series about three working-class friends who attend a posh private school. Newcomers and their affluent classmates are the focus of the drama, but there’s also a murder mystery weaved throughout the show’s narrative. When it comes to Euphoria and the issues it addresses, the film takes itself and its subjects very seriously, while Élite focuses more on socially important matters like homophobia and religion. If you’re searching for a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, you might want to check out this. It’s available on Netflix
6. My Mad Fat Diary
My Mad Fat Diary was one of the few shows that ever brought out the whole range of my human emotions. Rae (Sharon Rooney) is back in the real world after a four-month spell in a psychiatric hospital at the beginning of the season. While trying to make amends with her pals, she even lies to her popular best friend (played by a pre-Killing Eve Jodie Comer) about where she’d been, stating that she’d gone to France. She struggles so much with the truth of her predicament. As a result of treatment, her mental health and body image continue to be a constant source of stress. Rae has a lot to say about being a young woman trying to find her place in a strange, terrifying world, just like Rue did. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience. On Hulu, you may watch it.
Genera+ion is one of the few contemporary teen shows that avoids the “gritty” moniker while still maintaining a strong sense of authenticity.. It’s set at a high school, like the rest of the films on this list, but it’s more about the atmosphere than the plot. There are recurring themes, although the majority of the episodes focus on the day-to-day activities of the protagonists. Queerness and the slight but significant distinctions between the millennial and Gen Z experiences are prominent themes. While watching it, you get the sensation that these characters, as self-confident as they appear, are really just kids who are trying to figure out the world around them. HBO Max subscribers can watch the show for free.
8. Sex Education
Sex Education is a must-see if you like Euphoria for its diverse cast and their enormous personalities. An uncomfortable youngster named Otis (played by Asa Butterfield) sets up an advise clinic at his high school based on his mother’s (Gillian Anderson’s) experience in the sex industry (and for much of the first season, literally firsthand). To avoid falling into “problem of the week” mentality, this show makes sure to spend time getting to know each of its characters. Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Otis’ best friend, who is openly gay but battles with his religious family’s opinion of him, and Maeve (Emma Mackey), the “bad girl” in school who becomes Otis’ business partner, are just two of the many characters that make this show so enjoyable. If you’re looking for something to shake things up and allow the characters to grow of age, Euphoria might be a good fit. It’s available on Netflix
9. The End of the F***ing World
Alex Lawther plays James, a troubled adolescent who has a sneaking suspicion that he’s a sociopath. He kills animals in his leisure time, but when that doesn’t satisfy him, he moves on to killing humans. As a result, he choose Jessica Barden (Alyssa) as his victim, a sassy, angry young woman. After fleeing their homes and embarking on a road journey together, they find themselves in a series of scenarios that spiral out of their control. They never quite make it there, though. James and Alyssa’s budding, hesitant relationship is what keeps this British dramedy comedy afloat time and time again. As in Euphoria, the most interesting aspect of The End of the F***ing World is Rue and Jules’ complex connection as two lonely outsiders who find themselves drawn to one another.