If the goal of HBO’s Euphoria is to get people talking, they’ve certainly succeeded.
The show tackles the issues and problems some teens face, including drug addiction, sexual insecurities, and anxiety over their futures. At the center of it all is the show’s star, Zendaya, who plays 17-year-old Rue Bennett.
Prior to the show’s premiere Sunday, the drug use and nudity shown throughout the series prompted Zendaya to even issue a warning to her fans.
“Just a reminder before tonight’s premiere, that Euphoria is for mature audiences. It’s a raw and honest portrait of addiction, anxiety and the difficulties of navigating life today,” wrote Zendaya on Instagram.
Last week, the Parents Television Council issued an “urgent warning” about Euphoria.
“Just as MTV did with ‘Skins’ and as Netflix is doing with ’13 Reasons Why,’ HBO, with its new high school centered show ‘Euphoria,’ appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic adult content – sex, violence, profanity and drug use – to teens and preteens,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
PTC said parents need to be aware of the “HBO’s grossly irresponsible programming decision.”
Zendaya even said the content might not be for everyone.
“There are scenes that are graphic, hard to watch and can be triggering. Please only watch if you feel you can handle it. Do what’s best for you,” wrote Zendaya.
While some are calling for the show to be cancelled, HBO hasn’t backed down from supporting the show.
Euphoria airs Sunday nights on HBO at 7pm ET/10pm PT.
Watch our Euphoria aftershow and let us know if you think the content is too graphic for teens.