13 Reasons Why is an intense, dark Netflix drama based on the popular young adult novel of the same name.
The first season explores the motivations that led Hannah Baker, a troubled teen, to die by suicide. We hear about the bullying, sexual assault, and other traumatic events in her life. Messages about compassion, empathy, and not taking others for granted are clear, but the fact that Hannah blames others for her suicide may send the wrong idea to sensitive teens. Hannah’s suicide is shown in great detail in the original series (but was edited out by Netflix in 2019 on the advice of suicide prevention experts and doctors), as is more than one graphic rape scene, including one that’s extremely brutal and involves a mop. There’s also teen drinking and lots of swearing.
In the show’s second season, the students of Liberty High continue to process Hannah’s death while dealing with their own issues, including self-harm, more bullying, gun violence, and the pressure of testifying in a court case about Hannah.
The third season is framed as a murder mystery with some main characters implicated, and also has an abortion storyline, steroid use, and immigration issues.
The fourth and final season sees the main character die of AIDS, after being homeless and a sex worker, while another deals with serious mental health issues like PTSD and anxiety.
The series was emotionally draining. Even though it’s a high school set up as I watched the series I could feel the hurt and pain at the hands of the people with whom I share my DNA. The show makes you think about how you treat other people cause you do not understand what’s going on in someone else’s life even if their life seems perfect.
The song list is awesome :
- Can’t Take My Eyes Of You – Frankie Valli
2. Love Me Like The World Is Ending – Ben Lee
3. Your Not Good Enough – Blood Orange
4. Over Here – Mk Gee
5. The Good Side – Troye Sivan
6. Would You – Richard Swift
7. Best Part – Daniel Ceasar
8. Give Yourself A Try – The 1975
9. True Feeling – Galantis
10. Washing Of the Water – Peter Gabriel
11. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend
12. Half Light II – Arcade Fire
13. Trouble – Lindsey Buckingham
14. Heatwave (2020) – Lean
15. For A While – Fene Lily
16. Bottom of the deep Blue Sea – Missio
17. Harm – IO Echo
18. The Night We Met – Lord Huron
19. Back to you – Selena Gomez
20. A 1000 times – Hamilton Leithauser
21. Kill Em with Kindness – Selena Gomez
22. Only you – Selena Gomez