Euphoria: Why all a bitch over HBO teen drama?

Zendaya in EuphoriaImage copyright

Image caption

Zendaya started out on such Disney Channel shows as Shake It Up and KC Undercover

A hard-hitting new play has done a UK entrance carrying churned adult a charge in a US with a striking depictions of sex, self-harm and drug abuse.

Euphoria, that had a UK premiere on Sky Atlantic this week, stars former child star Zendaya as Rue, a 17-year-old drug addict uninformed out of rehab.

The universe she earnings to is one where passionate violence, bullying and amicable media injustice are rife.

According to one critic, it has “all a mixture of a cult teen drama”.

These are, wrote Katie Strick in a London Evening Standard, “a starry line-up”, a “cool” soundtrack and “controversy aplenty”.

Some of that debate has already reached these shores interjection to an charcterised method in a third part that imagines a passionate confront between One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles.

Last month Tomlinson suggested he was not contacted about a stage in allege and “categorically” did not approve it.

Image copyright

Image caption

Trans indication and romantic Hunter Schafer (left) plays Jules in a show

The initial episode, that aired on Sky on Tuesday, sets a tinge with scenes display a immature lady being throttled during retort and another impression embarking on a BDSM relationship.

The latter purpose is played by Hunter Schafer, a trans indication and LGBT romantic who creates her behaving entrance in a show.

The uncover is a noted change of gait for Zendaya, best famous for her roles in The Greatest Showman and a new Spider-Man films.

The Guardian’s Rebecca Nicholson says a 22-year-old, innate Zendaya Coleman in 1996, gives “a truly astonishing, mesmerising performance”.

Euphoria “makes prior shows in a genre, such as Skins and Sex Education, demeanour like rational Disney larks”, according to Metro’s Jane Mulkerrins.

The drama’s central website contains links to organisations that yield recommendation and counselling on self-murder prevention, addiction, mental illness and domestic violence.

Zendaya posted her possess advisory on Twitter in June, warning fans it contained “scenes that are graphic, tough to watch and can be triggering”.

Content is not available

The Telegraph’s Adam White believes there is “a lot to like” in a series, praising a “strong” behaving and “pop-video, heroin-chic sheen”.

Yet he questions a sincerity as “as a grand, costly matter on Gen-Z apathy”, anticipating “little joy” in a “constant fusillade of anxiety, self-loathing and hopelessness”.

Writing in The Times, Adam White also expresses indebtedness for a “sleek, stylish elan” while anticipating a “affectless” tinge “dated”.

“Perhaps it will startle a assembly into thinking,” he writes in his two-star review. “But about what?”

Based in an Israeli array initial aired in 2012, Euphoria draws heavily on lead author Sam Levinson’s possess practice of teenage drug addiction.

A second array has been commissioned, to a pleasure of a many fans who have been vehemence about it on amicable media.

Image copyright
Getty Images

Image caption

Sam Levinson (right) is a son of Oscar-winning executive Barry

“#euphoria is overtly one of a best shows I’ve ever seen,” wrote one spectator on Twitter. “The casting, writing, storylines, acting, makeup, lighting, cinematography… it’s literally perfect.”

The uncover has captivated a share of famous fans too, among them Oscar-winning heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I only saw Euphoria,” he told reporters during a US premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in July. “That uncover is amazing.”

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. If we have a story idea email