"Euphoria" (2019-) | Sam Gall TV Review Issue #4 Gem Mint 10.0

“Euphoria“ (2019-)

Creator: Sam Levinson

Director: Sam Levinson, Pippa Bianco, Augustine Frizzell, Jennifer Morrison

Writer: Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Sam Levinson, Hunter Schafer

Starring: Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Maude Apatow, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, Sydney Sweeney, Storm Reid, Angus Cloud, Nika King, Eric Dane, Colman Domingo

Rated: TV-MA

Runtime: 55min

Genre: Drama

Country: United States

Language: English

Available on: HBO Max

"A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex, and violence."

You might like this if you like: Sam Levinson, Zendaya, Dramas, Music, Music Videos, Hip Hop, High School Stories, Barry Levinson, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Maude Apatow, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, Sydney Sweeney, Storm Reid, Angus Cloud, Nika King, Eric Dane, Colman Domingo

Hunter Schafer (left) & Zendaya (right) in "Euphoria" (2019-)

Being a fan of the previous generation’s work, Judd Apatow, I was well aware of a new show that his daughter, Maude Apatow, was going to have a small role in a show called “Euphoria”. Zendaya was also fresh in my mind from having seen her in Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), but had most recently been following new actress Alexa Demie from her amazing work in two films I’ve already added to the Gem Mint 10.0 series; “Mid90s” (2018) and “Brigsby Bear” (2017) and was very excited to see the new show she was promoting.

From the god d*** first frame it blew me away! It was the first slice of work I’d seen by the great Barry Levinson’s son, Sam Levinson, whose created his own visual aesthetic in cinema that has yet to be matched. He truly is a visionary and making the most dramatic the most cinematic in ways that not only look incredible but help tell the story and get inside the minds of characters in ways maybe cinema wasn’t doing as much before.

Jacob Elordi (left) & Alexa Demie (right) in "Euphoria" (2019-)

Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Angus Cloud, Algee Smith and Storm Reid were all massive favorites, but were all new faces for me! Sydney Sweeney has gone on to star in a few things I saw after discovering “Euphoria” like Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood” (2019).

I love how unafraid of being honest this show is. I’ve never felt something so raw before, especially on a mainstream level like HBO is and the way this show has blown up. It’s the hard truth about what some people are actually or have gone through, I think as difficult as a pill as it may be to swallow at times, it could be the most important show of our time.

Sydney Sweeney (left) & Maude Apatow (right) in "Euphoria" (2019-)

This is the world we live in now and I don’t think anything’s been more up front and honest about it than “Euphoria” (2019) has.

After obsessing over the entire first season, I devoured the rest of the cast and crews work as best I could before we had our, 2 episode long, 1.5 season that teases the lead up to the upcoming Season 2, which I cannot wait for. Since the last episode of Season 1 premiered, seeing more of Sam Levinson’s work was an absolute must! From “Assassination Nation” (2018) to “Malcolm & Marie” (2021), he’s grown to be one of my most favorite filmmakers of all time!

Zendaya in "Euphoria" (2019-)

This whole cast, Sam Levinson and the team behind the camera, have come up with something so beautiful, poetic, honest and real that will stick in my head and heart for years to come! Massive props to original artist Labrinth for creating some of the most outstanding music I’ve ever heard! One of the most memorable aspects of this already groundbreaking show! Cannot wait for Season 2!

Written by Sam Gall on 08/03/21

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

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