Yikes! This show is equally good as it is bad. As a 45 year old woman there are things about sexuality in this show that I only learned about within the last decade and suffice it to say that it is disheartening to know that teenagers today are exposed to most of the things presented in this show from the time they hit puberty. I just don't think they are emotionally and psychologically equipped to deal with the stuff presented in the show.
Yes, I know it is a TV show, but if you only turn on the news you see that teenagers in the real world do the same things. When I was a teenager, not so long ago, life wasn't like that. This is a result of technology, from Facebook and constantly texting to access to Pornhub, the access to tech at a young age without any knowledge of the face to face alternative, human connection among the younger generations is dwindling while anxiety, depression and suicide among them is increasing.
The show is not trying to be edgy or controversial, I think the intention is to shed some light on what is already happening to the younger generations and how the access to tech helps to make it so easy for them t stray further down that wrong path. For us older generations who grew up without tech, we can do both, but these kids would die without their phones and their whole self image is wrapped up in what others think of them on social media. Ugh...
And I should add that this show is filled with triggers for anyone who has or knows someone who: uses/abuses drugs; has suicidal thoughts; survived a suicide attempt; lost a loved one to suicide; was a victim of sexual assault or rape; was a victim of physical abuse; was a victim of psychological or emotional abuse by parents or a romantic partner. Suffice it to say, this is not your average show about teenagers.
I absolutely love this show and after finishing each episode I can't wait for the next one. That being said, it's shocking and very raw. I get that people wouldn't want their kids being exposed to many of the scenes shown in this show but newsflash! They already are. This is a somewhat heightened and exaggerated version of what it's like to be a teen in the 21st century and arguably it's never been harder to be a teen than it is right now. I was a teen in the early 2010's and it has changed SO MUCH just in the past 10 years! My generation grew up watching skins as our raunchy teen drama and in my opinion this show is way better, it's more informative and doesn't glamorize drugs half as much as skins did.