Even if you haven’t watched HBO’s latest hit show Euphoria, chances are you’ve already heard about Zendaya’s stellar performance, the show’s excellent soundtrack, and of course, the characters’ over-the-top makeup looks. Based on a popular Israeli television series of the same name, Euphoria focuses on the lives of highschool teens navigating substance abuse, mental illness, and sexual insecurities. The HBO show follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya) as she returns from a summer spent in rehab. Those moving within the orbit of Rue are more complex than the next, facing scenarios more dangerous than that of the average teen; Jules (Hunter Schafer), is a transgender girl looking for some semblance of community, Fezco (Angus Cloud) is a drug dealer and close friend of Rue and Kat (Barbie Ferreira) is a cam girl discovering her sexuality, just to name a few.
Although the haunting realism of the episodes may horrify you (taking a break between episodes is necessary for your sanity), the HBO series depicts the dark reality of teens facing substance abuse issues. Zendaya said it best. “Please only watch if you feel you can handle it,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Do what’s best for you. I will still love and feel your support.’