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HBO’s Highly-Anticipated ‘Euphoria’ Shocks Audiences

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Euphoria, HBO’s new television show, premiered its first episode last Sunday, leaving fans shocked from graphics images of sex and nudity. Staring Zendaya, Storm Reid, and Eric Dane, this hit series explores drug addiction, relationships, and high school insecurities.

HBO’s summary of the pilot is: “seventeen-year-old Rue returns home from rehab with no plans to stay clean. She meets Jules, who’s new in town, at a party at McKay’s house. Nate gets in McKay’s head when McKay takes an interest in Cassie. Nate and Maddy, who have broken up once again, attempt to make each other jealous. Meanwhile, Kat is pressured to lose something.”

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After the show premiered, fans took their opinions to Twitter labeling the show as “upsetting” and “disturbing.” One fan tweeted “euphoria is out here trying to put game of thrones to shame in terms of nudity lmao.” Despite negative responses, many fans also praised how the show depicted the struggles of modern high school.

One fan commented “#EuphoriaHBO Not for the faint of heart, or the easily disturbed. But it’s a really f—–g good story so far.” Some critics did not feel the same with Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone writing “there’s a risk of a show like this trying so hard to be cool that it’s anything but. And there are moments where Euphoria seems to cynically lean into fearmongering about teen recklessness.”

Whether you loved or hated it, stay tuned to watch Euphoria dive into the intricacies of high school this summer.

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