“Euphoria” has made its return.

The second season of the drama-filled show will hit HBO and HBO Max at 9 p.m. tonight, January 9, 2022. 

The majority of the characters on the show are in high school.

Despite the setting, the show is not for the faint of heart, as the show tackles many serious issues including drugs, sex and trauma. It is very graphic and it disclaimed in the beginning of every episode.

To describe “Euphoria,” think of hit Canadian TV series “Degrassi,” the U.K. version of “Skins,” and “13 Reasons Why” — just a lot more graphic. All of these television series have similar themes and their main characters are in high school.

Star actress Zendaya won her first Emmy on “Euphoria,” which may be her greatest acting achievement yet.

“Euphoria” features main characters including Rue, Jules, Maddy, Nate, Kat, Cassie, McKay and more. (Photo by marcell rév h.c.a.)

Despite playing a high schooler once again, Zendaya’s character  “Rue” is vastly different from her other characters “Rocky” from “Shake It Up!”, “K.C.” from “K.C. Undercover,” and “MJ” in the MCU’s “Spider-Man” movies.

Zendaya’s previous characters were all family friendly, whereas in “Euphoria” she deals with very mature themes. In the first episode, viewers see Rue come out of rehab and return home after overdosing, but she has no intentions of staying clean.

Rue is not the only character that gets the spotlight on the show.

Despite Rue being the main character, a majority of the others on the show have an episode that explains their backstory. This gives the audience an idea on why a character acts or behaves a certain way.

The cast of the show all do really well in their performances. Each character is not all good, and not all bad.  They are presented as not being perfect, and that’s ok because that’s what humans are — not perfect.

Some of the issues covered on the show include depression, bipolar disorder, parental neglect, drug dealing, drug abuse, drug relapse, panic attacks, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, domestic abuse, body image, sex, love, heartbreak and sexuality. 

It first premiered in June 2019, and was loosely based on an Israeli mini series of the same name. The show had nine Emmy nominations in 2020, winning in three categories.

The wins were for “Outstanding Contemporary Makeup,” “Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics” and “Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series,” which was awarded to Zendaya for her portrayal of Rue Bennett.

The show’s story is very compelling, designed to either be watched episodically, or binged.

Season 2 was delayed because of the ongoing global pandemic. Social media has been hyping up the show in recent days, so a season 3 is probably not out of the question.

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