We discuss TV Shows like Euphoria you must watch. Add these well-recommended TV Series to your watch list.
Euphoria has been a real hit for HBO Max and has managed to attain a loyal audience of fans all across the globe. The story of a group of high school friends struggling with day-to-day modern life is both endearing and shocking at the same time.
We see the world mainly through the eyes of two friends, recovering addict Rue and the newcomer on the scene Jules and their recurring cast of friends, including Maddy, Nate, and Cassie. The show has often shocked viewers and gone to places other shows usually avoid, but it has made for must-see television for fans.
Hence, we began to wonder what else is out there that might also entertain viewers between seasons, so here’s a list of ten shows that are similar to Euphoria.
10 TV Shows like Euphoria you must watch
Pre-dating Euphoria, but with many tonal similarities, Skins was a hugely successful UK-based drama that followed groups of friends as they traverse the rocky landscape of sex, drugs, partying, drama, drinking, and generally misbehaving.
However, the show was also not afraid to tackle issues such as mental illness and grief, making it a must-view for fans of Euphoria.
The End of the F***ing World (2017)
Another UK offering here, this one based on a graphic novel of the same name, but finding similar elements to Euphoria in its presentation. Story-wise, this is a different model entirely, following James, who is convinced he is a psychopath, meeting the cool and moody Alyssa.
The pair find some common ground and embark on a quest to find Alyssa’s father. Cool, sophisticated, hip, and with characters that connect with each other, the show was nominated for two Emmys, running for two seasons, and like Euphoria, has a great fan base.
My So-Called Life (1994)
Remember the nineties? Probably not, but the classic show My So-Called Life may have had some bearing on the showrunners at Euphoria. Winnie Holzman’s classic show introduces us to 15-year-old Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes, an angst-ridden teen exploring life with some new friends, Rayanne and Rickie.
Angela has a crush on Jordan Catalano, played by a young Jared Leto, and also has to survive the obstacles of high school, family life, and being a teen in the ’90s.
Although only one season was made, the show has been a huge influence over everything that followed.
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Just like Euphoria, the somewhat controversial show 13 Reasons Why caused some consternation among viewers due to its delicate subject matter. Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, the show follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who returns home from school and finds a strange box with his name on it lying on his porch.
Inside is a collection of old tape cassettes recorded by Hannah Baker and played by Katherine Langford. Hannah was a classmate who tragically took her own life two weeks earlier. The tapes reveal an emotional audio diary detailing the thirteen reasons she decided to end her life.
Through the characters, the complex narrative unfolds, and although the show seemed to lose its focus in subsequent seasons, season one is captivating.
This HBO show is a mix of Euphoria and Skins and looks at the real lives of modern-day teenagers living in Orange County, California. The show was created by 19-year-old Zelda Barnz and her father, Daniel Barnz, and attempts to look candidly at the problems faced by modern teenagers who rely on social media and their phones to survive.
The show follows a group of friends like Chester (Justice Smith), who rallies against his school’s gendered dress code. Arianna (Nathanya Alexander), a rebel without a cause, and Greta (Haley Sanchez), who is struggling to deal with her mother’s deportation.
With an up-to-date, relevant look at the struggles of today, this is a must-view series if you love Euphoria.
The financial crisis and the fallout from 2008 are the backdrops for this intriguing and gripping drama from HBO Max. We are given an insight into the high-octane world of finance, and the style and energy are only matched by the tremendously messy characters that thrive in the seedy subculture that they embrace after hours.
The story follows a group of young graduates trying to work their way into what they think will be their dream jobs at a prestigious London investment bank. Industry has much in common with Euphoria, plenty of great characters in situations that you shake your head at; it’s just the setting that has changed. Please give it a go.
Grand Army (2020)
Another Netflix show and another high school setting. This time our group of friends is struggling against sexual, racial, and economic politics.
Acclaimed for its often unflinching portrayal of some subject matter and a realistic approach to high school drama, this series also unfolds against the backdrop of a terrorist attack in New York.
There’s a lot here for fans of Euphoria to enjoy, and it does feel similar in tone to our featured show, so if you are looking for something to binge, it could be this.
We Are Who We Are (2020)
Wow, it was only when compiling this list that I realized just how much HBO enjoys producing these teen dramas. Here is another one that at least has a slightly different premise.
We Are Who We Are is set on an American army base in Italy and centers around two high schoolers trying to navigate through the strange environment they find themselves in.
Although the similarities to Euphoria are not immediately apparent, there are some situations and behavior patterns that will remind you of the show.
With a smaller, more introverted approach, this show tends not to shout its messages from the rooftops, but it still manages to provide what viewers of the genre want.
My Mad Fat Diary (2013)
Another UK entry here and a story that is perhaps more emotional than the title suggests. The main protagonist Rae actually has a lot in common with Euphoria’s Rue, so fans may be able to see the common ground between the two roles, even though they are on different sides of the world.
In this often touching series, Rae is coming home after a four-month stay in a psychiatric hospital. We see the ramifications of this through her relationships, and despite her treatment, Rae still struggles with her body image.
Best friend, and popular girl in town, Chloe, is played to perfection by a young Jodie Comer and still thinks that her friend has spent the last four months on a European holiday.
The mix of comedy and drama is presented well here, and although a UK offering, this has a lot in common with Euphoria.
Euphoria Israeli version (2012)
It would seem only appropriate to mention this series just in case fans of the show were not aware of the legacy. This version of the show only had one season, and it should be noted that although there are some plot lines that seem similar, the two shows do have some big differences.
The Israeli version feels a bit rougher around the edges, and the style and editing are very different. Naturally, the changes will come from cultural differences too, but it feels only fair to give this show a shout-out in case fans want to check it out.
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