This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School
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The Emmy-winning TV show Euphoria is a hit with audiences and critics because it doesn’t care what you’ve seen before. It has its own rules.
I’ve said it a thousand times but I will say it again here, there are no rules in screenwriting except planting and paying off details. Still, when you watch coming of age stories enough, you’ll see certain tropes that pop up over and over again.
These, in a way, become the “rules” of the genre, and they can become tired or worn out.
That’s when it’s time for a new show or movie to enter the realm. One that breaks all the rules and maybe creates some new ones for others to try to emulate.
In our time, that show is Euphoria, the graphic and gritty look at what it’s like to grow up as a kid in today’s world. It covers drug abuse, sexuality, gender, and social media. It’s creator, Sam Levinson, wanted to bring a new vision to TV. And he’s definitely achieved it.
Let’s take a closer look.