13 Reasons Why Reviews & Ratings

Fridays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

60 minutes

The story will follow a boy named Clay through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah, after she recently committed suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to twelve peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons explaining why she took her life.
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Apr 5, 2017 5:03AM EDT
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Hard to watch but incredible to experience, 13 Reasons Why is powerfully moving. An instant favorite I'd reccomend to anyone. The story of Hannah Baker is not an easy one but it is incredibly worthwhile.

Hard to watch but incredible to experience, 13 Reasons Why is powerfully moving. An instant favorite I'd reccomend to anyone. The story of Hannah Baker is not an easy one but it is incredibly worthwhile.

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Apr 21, 2017 4:14PM EDT
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As much as I believe this story rings true to a lot of American teenagers going through this type of bullying and emotional destruction, I thought the execution was tragically slow and frustrating. A 50 minute long episode cliffhanger with the same dialogue:

'Explain it to me, please!'
'Just listen to the tapes.'
'But I don't understa..'
'LISTEN TO THE TAPES, CLAY.'

I'll give the show credit for interesting character development, creating an accessable and personal way to an important issue and making you feel something (I felt incredibly sick watching the last three episodes).

As much as I believe this story rings true to a lot of American teenagers going through this type of bullying and emotional destruction, I thought the execution was tragically slow and frustrating. A 50 minute long episode cliffhanger with the same dialogue:

'Explain it to me, please!'
'Just listen to the tapes.'
'But I don't understa..'
'LISTEN TO THE TAPES, CLAY.'

I'll give the show credit for interesting character development, creating an accessable and personal way to an important issue and making you feel something (I felt incredibly sick watching the last three episodes).

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Apr 20, 2017 6:31PM EDT
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This is a tough show to get through, but it's a worthy addition to this current crap of "important" TV shows. It's grim and uncomfortable, but not totally without hope. And the young (and not-so-young) cast is stellar, notably Dylan Minnette and newcomer Katherine Langford. Now let me echo the critics and smart fans out there saying a single season is enough. This was great. Let it be.

This is a tough show to get through, but it's a worthy addition to this current crap of "important" TV shows. It's grim and uncomfortable, but not totally without hope. And the young (and not-so-young) cast is stellar, notably Dylan Minnette and newcomer Katherine Langford. Now let me echo the critics and smart fans out there saying a single season is enough. This was great. Let it be.

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Apr 1, 2017 8:57PM EDT
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I never read the book but the show was pretty good. Intense, emotional and hard to watch at times 13 Reasons Why is a real traumatic tale of a teenager who loses herself and her soul and another teenager finally finding a little courage and bravery along their journey of discovery dealing with bullying, sexual assault and suicide. All topics everybody should be talking about today and showing a little kindness can make a difference.

I never read the book but the show was pretty good. Intense, emotional and hard to watch at times 13 Reasons Why is a real traumatic tale of a teenager who loses herself and her soul and another teenager finally finding a little courage and bravery along their journey of discovery dealing with bullying, sexual assault and suicide. All topics everybody should be talking about today and showing a little kindness can make a difference.

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Apr 15, 2017 10:36PM EDT
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It's after 3 a.m. and I am up listening to The Night We Met by Lord Hurton on replay (This is the song that Hannah and Clay danced to at the Winter Formal). I just finished the last episode of the show, and I really don't know how I feel; it's almost like I am numb from all the emotions. This is probably the first show that has moved me this much to the point where I am an emotional wreck with tears streaming down my face every time I think about Hannah's final moments.

This is such a beautifully-portrayed show with a unique point of view outlining the events which influenced Hannah's ultimate decision. There are so many themes covered in this show that hit home to so many people around the world. The points that hit me the hardest are some of the shocking revelations dotted throughout the series, and these are utterly heartbreaking. The actors who portrayed Hannah and Clay did an outstanding job demonstrating the gritty, raw emotion that drove the show to success.

This show is definitely one to watch; granted that you will probably be bawling your eyes out and feel broken at the end like I am, but it is truly worth it!

It's after 3 a.m. and I am up listening to The Night We Met by Lord Hurton on replay (This is the song that Hannah and Clay danced to at the Winter Formal). I just finished the last episode of the show, and I really don't know how I feel; it's almost like I am numb from all the emotions. This is probably the first show that has moved me this much to the point where I am an emotional wreck with tears streaming down my face every time I think about Hannah's final moments.

This is such a beautifully-portrayed show with a unique point of view outlining the events which influenced Hannah's ultimate decision. There are so many themes covered in this show that hit home to so many people around the world. The points that hit me the hardest are some of the shocking revelations dotted throughout the series, and these are utterly heartbreaking. The actors who portrayed Hannah and Clay did an outstanding job demonstrating the gritty, raw emotion that drove the show to success.

This show is definitely one to watch; granted that you will probably be bawling your eyes out and feel broken at the end like I am, but it is truly worth it!

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May 1, 2017 10:23PM EDT
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13 Reasons Why is a drama that unravels the story behind a girls suicide. Following a series of tapes she leaves behind after her suicide, the show follow one young man seeking the truth and revealing that everything has meaning.... the butterfly effect is real. The story is fresh, the cast is well versed and the truth well... the truth reveals the intricacies of life itself. Pay attention to whats around you... you may find that you have more impact that you think. A very good series from Netflix... a recommend watch.

13 Reasons Why is a drama that unravels the story behind a girls suicide. Following a series of tapes she leaves behind after her suicide, the show follow one young man seeking the truth and revealing that everything has meaning.... the butterfly effect is real. The story is fresh, the cast is well versed and the truth well... the truth reveals the intricacies of life itself. Pay attention to whats around you... you may find that you have more impact that you think. A very good series from Netflix... a recommend watch.

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by Lucy
Dec 9, 2017 8:22AM EST
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I’m tempted to give your 13 reasons why you shouldn’t watch this show. The whole thing was a hard watch but it can have 2 stars for the following 2 points: it is getting people to talk more about adolescent mental health (always a good thing) and Katherine Langford’s excellent acting, which I hope will land her any role of her choosing in the future.

The show starts with the usual high school drama, and incoporates the source material well to show the story unfolding. However, they add unnecessary ‘drama’ and ‘tension’ between the supporting characters which really doesn’t work and feels forced. Everyone telling Clay to “listen to the tapes” instead of actually telling him things is really annoying for the viewer and drastically unrealistic.

In terms of mental health the show is making a statement, but it ultimately gives an unclear message, wrapped up in high school politics and dramatises scenes that viewers should not see (scenes of assault and suicide), especially if they are in vulnerable or crisis themselves.

I appreaciate the show trying to promote more discussion about bullying, assault and mental health, but don’t agree with this show spreading mental health awareness or being a ‘must watch’ to explain mental health. It’s triggering and poorly executed at key moments, which will not help those who need it most.

Also Netflix, ONE SEASON IS ENOUGH, LET IT GO.

I’m tempted to give your 13 reasons why you shouldn’t watch this show. The whole thing was a hard watch but it can have 2 stars for the following 2 points: it is getting people to talk more about adolescent mental health (always a good thing) and Katherine Langford’s excellent acting, which I hope will land her any role of her choosing in the future.

The show starts with the usual high school drama, and incoporates the source material well to show the story unfolding. However, they add unnecessary ‘drama’ and ‘tension’ between the supporting characters which really doesn’t work and feels forced. Everyone telling Clay to “listen to the tapes” instead of actually telling him things is really annoying for the viewer and drastically unrealistic.

In terms of mental health the show is making a statement, but it ultimately gives an unclear message, wrapped up in high school politics and dramatises scenes that viewers should not see (scenes of assault and suicide), especially if they are in vulnerable or crisis themselves.

I appreaciate the show trying to promote more discussion about bullying, assault and mental health, but don’t agree with this show spreading mental health awareness or being a ‘must watch’ to explain mental health. It’s triggering and poorly executed at key moments, which will not help those who need it most.

Also Netflix, ONE SEASON IS ENOUGH, LET IT GO.

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Sep 16, 2017 9:32PM EDT
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After all the hype I was expecting more. Not as powerful as I was expecting, and the only thing this would encourage is helicopter parenting.

After all the hype I was expecting more. Not as powerful as I was expecting, and the only thing this would encourage is helicopter parenting.

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May 9, 2017 3:54PM EDT
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This show is hard to explain. Until you watch it you might not understand, and even some people still don't afterwards. If you have ever felt depression, or suicidal thoughts then this show will really strike a chord. I'm not even sure if it's in a good way or not either. Obviously it's good for society to shed light on these types of issues, instead of burying them like we've been taught to do our whole lives, but it's also very painful to watch, as it feels all too real. I have to give props to the actors and writers in this show. I really felt immersed in it, to the point where I went from fine - to uncontrollably sobbing at parts. If you have had suicidal thoughts and are thinking of watching this show, I would recommend that you don't binge it all in one day, and that you also have someone that you can talk to about it after some of the episodes, especially the final episode. It's not something that's easy to experience, and I think that's the point. I heard that it's coming back for a second season and am interested in where they will go with it, whether they will keep the same characters and focus on what happens to them afterwards, or maybe a new set of characters. Overall I would recommend the show, but with a warning of it's graphic nature as well as it's heavy subject matter that might be too much for some people, I'm still glad that I stuck through to watch it.

This show is hard to explain. Until you watch it you might not understand, and even some people still don't afterwards. If you have ever felt depression, or suicidal thoughts then this show will really strike a chord. I'm not even sure if it's in a good way or not either. Obviously it's good for society to shed light on these types of issues, instead of burying them like we've been taught to do our whole lives, but it's also very painful to watch, as it feels all too real. I have to give props to the actors and writers in this show. I really felt immersed in it, to the point where I went from fine - to uncontrollably sobbing at parts. If you have had suicidal thoughts and are thinking of watching this show, I would recommend that you don't binge it all in one day, and that you also have someone that you can talk to about it after some of the episodes, especially the final episode. It's not something that's easy to experience, and I think that's the point. I heard that it's coming back for a second season and am interested in where they will go with it, whether they will keep the same characters and focus on what happens to them afterwards, or maybe a new set of characters. Overall I would recommend the show, but with a warning of it's graphic nature as well as it's heavy subject matter that might be too much for some people, I'm still glad that I stuck through to watch it.

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Apr 28, 2017 11:40AM EDT
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I find it very interesting, well played by good actors. Also I think that there are serious subjects involved! My only fear is of the graphic scene at the end: so I'm prepared not to watch the finale because my heart will definatelly be broken..... I think we should all be concerned and touched about such important issues as bullying, assaulted, lying or just ashamed to talk about our problems.

I find it very interesting, well played by good actors. Also I think that there are serious subjects involved! My only fear is of the graphic scene at the end: so I'm prepared not to watch the finale because my heart will definatelly be broken..... I think we should all be concerned and touched about such important issues as bullying, assaulted, lying or just ashamed to talk about our problems.