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REVIEW | 'Euphoria' shows today's kids are not alright

Expect lots of sex, lots of drugs and a standout performance from Zendaya in this sometimes uncomfortable-to-watch high school drama series

14 July 2019 - 00:00 By

HBO's new YA series, Euphoria, adapted from an Israeli original, certainly sends its main message very loudly and very clearly right from the start - the kids are not alright and everything is probably worse than you thought.

The euphoria here is anything that will allow middle-class American youngsters living in an age of over-medication to escape from global warming, anxiety about Donald Trump and the rise of conservatism. This search translates into a lot of drugs, a lot of sex and an uncomfortable-to-watch show smothered in plenty of ennui from characters who are supposed to be having the time of their lives...

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