HBO has renewed its teen drama series Euphoria for a second season. The show, which stars Zendaya and is based on Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin’s Israeli program of the same name, was met with buzz and acclaim when it premiered in mid-June. The Hollywood Reporter applauded the show as “boundary-pushing, real and exceptionally realized,” and Variety likewise praised the teen drama as possessing an “undeniable pull that makes it too intriguing to ignore.”
Executive VP HBO Programming Francesca Orsi shared her respect for the drama in a statement on Thursday. “Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,” she said. “We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series. We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”
Sam Levinson created and wrote Euphoria, and also happens to serve as an executive producer alongside Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady, Gary Lennon and Jim Kleverweis. Scott Turner Schofield works as the show’s transgender consultant. Euphoria is produced by A24.
All in all, Euphoria‘s world is imbued with Levinson’s personal history of anxiety and drug addiction, and follows a 17-year-old addict, Rue (Zendaya), who has only recently left rehab. Shortly after leaving, Rue encounters a trans girl at her high school, Jules (Hunter Schafer), with whom she developed a deep and powerful bond. The show also features Angus Cloud (Frezco), Eric Dane (Cal Jacobs), Alexa Demie (Maddy Perez), Jacob Elordi (Nate Jacobs), Barbie Ferreira (Katherine Hernandez), Nika King (Leslie Bennett), Storm Reid (Gia Bennet), Hunter Schafer (Jules Vaughn), Algee Smith (Chris McKay), and Sydney Sweeney (Cassie Howard).
Levinson discussed his inspiration for the series in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I just feel like there is such a disconnect between what young people are going through and what everyone else thinks they’re going through,” he said. “We didn’t want to pull any punches. We didn’t want to make it feel like we were holding anything back or that we are hiding anything.”
Since it first aired, Euphoria has stricken a chord with younger audiences. According to HBO, it averages 5.5 million viewers per episode when audiences from linear replays and online streaming are factored in, and the series continues to perform remarkably well across digital platforms. All in all, Euphoria is HBO’s youngest-skewing drama.
The second season will secure Euphoria’s place among HBO’s list of successful scripted drama, which include Westworld, Lovecraft Country, Mrs. Fletcher, The Nevers, Contraband and Watchmen. These will all debut this fall.