|Created by||Sam Levinson|
|Written by||Sam Levinson[a]|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||18 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||48–65 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution|
|Original release||June 16, 2019 –|
Euphoria is an American teen drama television series created and principally written by Sam Levinson for HBO and based on the Israeli miniseries of the same name created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin. The series' main character is Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a recovering teenage drug addict who struggles to find her place in the world.
Euphoria's executive producers include Levinson, Zendaya, Ron Leshem, and Gary Lennon. The series is filmed at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Los Angeles, California, Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, and will be filmed in Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Outside California, it will be filmed in New York City, Singapore, and Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. The series has received generally positive reviews, with praise for its cinematography, score, performances of the cast (particularly Zendaya, Schafer, Sweeney and Domingo), and approach to its mature subject matter. It has also been a subject of controversy for its nudity and sexual content, which critics found excessive due to the teenage setting. It is the third most-watched series in HBO history, behind Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon.
Euphoria premiered on June 16, 2019. The series was renewed for a second season in July 2019. Two one-hour specials were broadcast in December 2020 and January 2021. The second season premiered on January 9, 2022, and in February 2022 the series was renewed for a third season. The series has received numerous accolades, including a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. For her performance, Zendaya has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Critics' Choice Television Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Sydney Sweeney, Colman Domingo, and Martha Kelly have also received Emmy nominations for their acting, with Domingo winning Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
Euphoria follows teenagers in the fictional town of East Highland, California, who seek hope while balancing the strains of love, loss, and addiction. Topics such as child abuse, drug abuse, toxic relationships, toxic positivity, hookup culture, social media, mental illness, codependency, infidelity, relapsing, repressed homosexuality, sobriety, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, toxic masculinity, drug dealing, dating violence and grief are explored.
Main article: List of Euphoria characters
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||June 16, 2019||August 4, 2019|
|Specials||2||December 6, 2020||January 24, 2021|
|2||8||January 9, 2022||February 27, 2022|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Featured character(s)||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Augustine Frizzell||Teleplay by : Sam Levinson||Rue Bennett||June 16, 2019||0.577|
As a child, Rue Bennett struggled with mental disorders and her father's death from cancer, which led to a drug addiction. Now 16, Rue returns home from rehab and immediately buys drugs from her friend and drug dealer Fezco ("Fez"). Jules Vaughn, a transgender girl who is new in town, is invited by Kat Hernandez, a classmate, to a party hosted by popular college freshman Christopher McKay. Jules decides to first meet up at a motel with an older man from a hookup app. She lies about her age and they have sex. At the party, Kat loses her virginity. McKay and his girlfriend Cassie Howard have an uncomfortable sexual encounter, but discuss it tenderly. Maddy Perez, who recently broke up with star quarterback Nate Jacobs, has public revenge sex with a partygoer known as Tyler. Angered by this, Nate drunkenly harasses Jules, who threatens Nate with a knife before cutting herself. Jules leaves the party, accompanied by Rue, who introduces herself and goes home with her. As Nate returns home, he encounters his father, Cal, who was Jules's hookup.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 2014 50 Cent song "Pilot".
|2||2||"Stuntin' Like My Daddy"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Nate Jacobs||June 23, 2019||0.574|
An 11-year-old Nate discovers his father's collection of homemade videos featuring him having sex with young gay men and transgender women. Nate becomes a successful quarterback who struggles with anger issues and sexual insecurities. In the present, Nate breaks into Tyler's house and severely beats him, accusing him of raping Maddy at McKay's party after Maddy falsely tells him she blacked out. On the first day of school, Rue breaks down after being asked to talk about her summer. Cassie's sister Lexi attempts to comfort her, but Rue lashes out at her. Rue reminisces about trying oxycodone for the first time at 13, stealing from her father's prescription. Kat discovers that a video of her having sex at McKay's party is circulating online and realizes she can make money as a camgirl. Jules starts messaging with Nate, who impersonates Tyler, while McKay spends time with Cassie and accuses her of being too sexually forward. Mouse, Fezco's intimidating supplier, coerces Rue into trying fentanyl.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 2006 Birdman and Lil Wayne song "Stuntin' Like My Daddy".
|3||3||"Made You Look"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Kat Hernandez||June 30, 2019||0.493|
A young Kat abruptly gains weight on a family vacation. Her middle-school boyfriend, Daniel, breaks up with her. She retreats into the world of romance and becomes a popular online fan fiction writer. In the present, Kat starts to work as a camgirl, catering to a series of submissive men with financial domination fetishes. Jules tells Rue she will stop being friends with her if she keeps using drugs. At her Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Rue says she is 60 days sober; another attendee, Ali, tells her he knows she is lying. Rue helps Jules take nude photos of herself after Nate sends her a dick pic, and she steals pills from Jules's kitchen. Maddy is shocked to find dick pics on Nate's phone. Rue and Jules argue after Jules reveals her plans to meet "Tyler" alone at night. Shortly thereafter, Rue goes to Jules's house to apologize and ends up kissing her. Panicked at the thought of alienating Jules, Rue visits Fez to get drugs, but, afraid for her well-being, he refuses to sell her any and locks her out of his house. Upset, Rue blames Fez for her addiction. She calls Ali for help.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 2002 Nas song "Made You Look".
|4||4||"Shook Ones Pt. II"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Jules Vaughn||July 7, 2019||0.609|
An 11-year-old Jules is admitted to a psychiatric hospital by her mother because of her gender dysphoria and problems with self-harming. Later, her parents separate and she begins transitioning. In the present day, at a carnival, Nate and Maddy have an argument, and Nate grabs her by the throat after she insults his family. McKay upsets Cassie by refusing to acknowledge her as his girlfriend. Cassie and Maddy take MDMA, and Cassie flirts with a classmate, Kat's childhood sweetheart Daniel. Jules recognizes Cal as her hookup. Kat hangs out with a classmate, Ethan (who has a crush on her), but becomes jealous when she incorrectly assumes he is flirting with another girl and ends up having sex with an older boy. Rue looks for her sister, Gia, and finds her high on marijuana. Cal confronts Jules, begging her not to reveal their secret; she assures him that she will not tell anyone. After the carnival, Jules meets up with "Tyler" and discovers he is Nate. Nate then threatens to report the nudes Jules has sent him as child pornography unless she keeps quiet about her relationship with his father. Jules goes to Rue's house and they kiss.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 1995 Mobb Deep song "Shook Ones (Part II)".
|5||5||"'03 Bonnie and Clyde"||Jennifer Morrison||Sam Levinson||Maddy Perez||July 14, 2019||0.579|
As a child, Maddy lost interest in the idea of working after her mother stopped her from participating in beauty pageants. She eventually found herself in a toxic relationship with Nate, culminating in his attack on her at the carnival. In the present day, Rue tells her mother that she is dating Jules. Maddy tries to hide the injuries on her neck, but they are discovered after she passes out at school and a police investigation begins; Maddy's mother presses charges against Nate. Jules gets frustrated when Rue dismisses her situation with Cal. Ali does not believe that Rue's and Jules's relationship will last, scaring Rue. Cassie reconciles with McKay, who apologizes for his behavior at the carnival. Kat is cold toward Ethan, who does not understand why. Kat has a sexual encounter with a clothing store clerk about whom she had previously fantasized. Rue apologizes to Lexi for having been a bad friend and invites her to go roller skating with her and Jules. Cal questions the effects his secret sexuality has had on his children. Maddy meets Nate at a motel. After rollerskating, Jules takes Rue home with her, but cannot sleep.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 2002 Jay-Z and Beyoncé song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde".
|6||6||"The Next Episode"||Pippa Bianco||Sam Levinson||Chris McKay||July 21, 2019||0.569|
Growing up, McKay is coached by his father to become a successful football player. When he reaches college, he realizes he has little chance of being recruited by a professional team. In the present day, Nate is suspended from school and socially ostracized. Nate breaks into Tyler's apartment and coerces him into confessing to choking Maddy. He also blackmails Jules into telling the police that she saw Tyler attack Maddy. Cassie attends a Halloween party with McKay, where he is violently hazed by his fraternity brothers. He then has aggressive sex with Cassie, which leaves her in tears. The next night, Daniel hosts a party. Rue worries about Jules, who is drinking heavily and expresses uncertainty about her relationship. Rue apologizes to Fez for lashing out at him. Kat hooks up with Ethan but ditches him when he visits the bathroom. When Cassie refuses to have sex with Daniel, he insults her. At home, Cassie realizes her period is late. Nate and Maddy arrive at Daniel's party and are applauded by the partygoers. Rue becomes suspicious when she sees Jules's reaction.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 1999 Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg song "The Next Episode".
|7||7||"The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Cassie Howard||July 28, 2019||0.549|
|Cassie's parents get divorced when she is in her early teens. After a car crash, her father descends into drug addiction and poverty and abandons their family. She frequently enters exploitative sexual relationships with her peers until she meets McKay. In the present, Rue falls into a manic depression after Jules grows distant, causing her bladder to shut down. After she and Lexi figure out what Nate did to Jules, Rue asks Fez to intimidate him. He does so, but Nate retaliates by anonymously reporting Fez to the police, forcing Fez and Ashtray to dispose of their stash when the police come to their home. Maddy confronts Kat over her new, assertive persona. Kat ends a cam session with a high-paying client when it makes her uncomfortable. Cassie tells McKay she is pregnant. He is overwhelmed and suggests she get an abortion. Jules visits TC, a friend from her old town, and meets TC's roommate, Anna. Jules and Anna go clubbing, take psychedelics, and share a sexual experience, during which Jules hallucinates about both Nate and Rue. She texts Rue the next morning to tell her that she misses her.|
|8||8||"And Salt the Earth Behind You"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Rue Bennett||August 4, 2019||0.530|
|Rue and Jules reconcile as Rue recovers in the hospital after a kidney infection. Nate is unable to sexually perform with Maddy, who confronts him about his sexuality, after which Nate attacks her. Maddy steals the video of Cal and Jules that Nate has in his possession, later watching it in shock. Nate wins his final high-school football game, but Cal criticizes his performance. Nate attempts to fight him but after being subdued, begins to hit himself, leaving Cal shaken. Cassie terminates her pregnancy with her family's support. Fez breaks into Mouse's supplier's house and robs him in order to pay Mouse. At their school's winter formal, Kat seeks out Ethan and apologizes for her behavior. Rue confronts Nate, threatening to expose Cal. Nate taunts her about Jules's loyalty. After spending the night trying to make each other jealous, Nate and Maddy decide to peacefully end their relationship. Jules tells Rue that she is in love with both her and Anna. Rue and Jules decide to run away from their town together, but Rue backs out at the last minute and Jules leaves on a train alone. A heartbroken Rue returns home and relapses, before experiencing a vivid, musical hallucination.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Featured character(s)||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|9||1||"Trouble Don't Last Always"|
"Part 1: Rue"
|Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Rue Bennett||December 6, 2020[f]||0.236|
|On Christmas Eve, after her relapse, an intoxicated Rue sits at a diner with Ali to reflect on her addiction. Rue admits that she willingly relapsed; Ali reminds her that addiction is a disease, and emphasizes the importance of committing to a cause greater than herself. Rue attempts to blame Jules for her relapse, but Ali points out that Rue had been saving the pills she took, suggesting that she was never serious about staying clean. He also notes that Rue never officially acknowledged her relationship with Jules. Rue eventually admits that she feels guilty about her treatment of her family (particularly her mother) and that she is suicidal. Ali argues that drugs fundamentally change a person; he reveals that he grew up with an abusive father for whom he harbored deep hatred, only to become violent with his wife after developing a drug addiction, estranging his daughters. Ali tells Rue that a refusal to forgive oneself for one's mistakes is what prevents personal growth, and that he has faith in her ability to improve.|
|10||2||"Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob"|
"Part 2: Jules"
|Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson & Hunter Schafer||Jules Vaughn||January 24, 2021[g]||0.109|
|On Christmas Eve, after leaving Rue behind at the train station, Jules attends her first therapy session. She says Rue is the only person she believes loved her for who she truly is, but admits resenting the burden of having to preserve Rue's sobriety by being constantly available to her. Flashbacks reveal that Jules's mother was recovering from addiction during the events of season 1, but was hospitalized as the result of a relapse after overhearing Jules admit she cannot forgive her for abandoning her as a child. Jules's therapist observes that Jules's complicated feelings about Rue closely resemble those she has about her own mother. Jules further confides that she is still in love with "Tyler", the fake online persona Nate used to communicate with her, despite knowing that their relationship is a fantasy. Jules tells her therapist that she is contemplating going off her hormone replacement therapy due to her evolving notion of her own femininity, which she believes she has expressed only to please men. Upon returning home, Jules receives a surprise visit from Rue, who says she is on her way to meet Ali. Jules tries to apologize to Rue for leaving her, but an emotional Rue simply wishes Jules a merry Christmas before abruptly leaving. Jules breaks down crying in her bedroom.|
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|11||1||"Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Fezco||January 9, 2022||0.254|
As a child, Fezco was taken in by his grandmother, who introduced him to the drug trade. In a continuation of a scene from the season one finale, Ashtray kills Mouse with a hammer. On New Year's Eve, an intoxicated Rue accompanies Fez and Ashtray to an intense drug deal, in which Rue and a new character, Faye, are violently forced to strip down to prove that they aren't wearing wires, before attending a large house party. At a convenience store, a drunken Cassie runs into Nate, who offers her a ride to the party; upon arriving, the two have sex in a bathroom and are nearly caught by Maddy, forcing Cassie to hide in the bathtub. Rue takes a concoction of drugs with a boy named Elliot and nearly enters cardiac arrest before taking Adderall to stabilize her heartrate. Outside, she and Jules reunite, where Rue tells Jules that she relapsed the night Jules left her at the train station. Later, the two confess their feelings for each other and kiss. Fezco has a conversation with Lexi and they exchange phone numbers. He then confronts Nate and viciously beats him until the other partygoers intervene and stop him.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 1997 Bob Dylan song "Tryin' to Get to Heaven".
|12||2||"Out of Touch"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Nate Jacobs||January 16, 2022||0.279|
Nate recovers from his beating in the hospital and refuses to tell his father who attacked him. He finds himself strongly attracted to Cassie, who has been undergoing a depressive episode since her abortion and feels uneasy without a boyfriend. Cassie continues to see Nate, knowing that she may ruin her friendship with Maddy by doing so. As the spring semester starts, Jules becomes insecure about Rue's friendship with Elliot, unaware that the two are regularly taking drugs together. Kat begins losing interest in Ethan, fantasizing about more stereotypically masculine men and briefly becoming consumed by an online culture of toxic positivity. Cal begins investigating Nate's assault and pressures Cassie into naming Fezco as the perpetrator; when Lexi decides to visit Fezco and get his attention, she gets caught up in a tense standoff between him and Cal. Cal then confronts Nate, who reveals that he is aware of Cal's secret sexual exploits, including the video of him and Jules. Nervously, Cal asks for the tape; Nate smiles in response.
Algee Smith as Chris McKay.
|13||3||"Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Cal Jacobs||January 23, 2022||0.264|
As a teenager, Cal felt a budding attraction to his friend Derek while dating his future wife, Marsha. Eventually, Cal made his feelings known to Derek, who reciprocated them, but Marsha's unexpected pregnancy compelled Cal to stay with her and keep his sexual orientation hidden. Rue develops a plan to keep her drug use hidden from Jules and Gia while repairing Jules's and Elliot's relationship, covering up her other drug use with cannabis. When Rue runs out of drugs, she convinces schoolteacher turned drug supplier Laurie to give her a large stash, ostensibly for her to sell. Ali becomes suspicious of Rue, who insults him, leading him to cut ties with her. Cassie becomes obsessed with her covert romance with Nate, distancing herself from friends and family in the process. Lexi channels her frustration with Cassie, Rue, and her own introversion into writing a play, which she prepares to stage at school. Assuming that Fez has the video, Cal visits his house and is beaten and humiliated by Ashtray into admitting his indiscretions. He also learns of Jules and Nate's relationship; Fez lets him leave on the condition that he ceases to pursue revenge against him and keeps Nate from further antagonizing Rue and Jules. One Friday night, Nate cancels his plans with Cassie to rekindle his relationship with Maddy.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 2000 Robert Rauschenberg painting "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys".
|14||4||"You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||–||January 30, 2022||0.318|
Jules kisses Elliot while Rue reflects on her love for Jules. Cassie ends her relationship with Nate after he admits to having resumed talking to Maddy. The Howards host a birthday party for Maddy. At the party, Kat admits to Maddy that she doesn't love Ethan, and Maddy advises her to follow her feelings. Cassie gets excessively drunk; when Nate unexpectedly arrives and discusses his ongoing involvement with Maddy, Cassie changes into a revealing swimsuit and eventually vomits in front of the guests. Rue, Jules, and Elliot entertain themselves by playing Truth or dare? After narrowly escaping apprehension for stealing from a convenience store, Rue begins drinking in front of Jules; after Jules asks why she's drinking, Rue grows angry and lashes out at her. After abandoning the group and returning home alone, Rue takes drugs and hallucinates her father in a church. Cal gets drunk and drives recklessly to the bar where he kissed Derek. After getting thrown out, he returns home and comes out to his family, scathingly criticizing them for their perceived hypocritical hostility to his closetedness. He abruptly chooses to leave them. Elliot confesses to Jules that Rue is not sober and that the two have been taking drugs together. Jules is devastated but sleeps with Elliot anyway.
The title of this episode is a reference to the French Surrealists phrase "You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can".
|15||5||"Stand Still Like the Hummingbird"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Rue Bennett||February 6, 2022||0.353|
Leslie has found out from Jules that Rue relapsed and has thrown out the suitcase of drugs Rue acquired from Laurie. After Leslie confronts her, Rue has a violent meltdown during which she attacks her mother and Gia. After realizing Jules and Elliot are in the house, Rue berates both of them and angrily breaks off her relationships with them. As a way to make up the $10,000 she owes Laurie, she runs away and makes various attempts to acquire cash, including stealing from friends and breaking into homes. After being found stealing from the Howards' house by the rest of her friends and Leslie, Rue intentionally asks Cassie how long she and Nate have been having sex, revealing Cassie's relationship with Nate, and chaos ensues. As Rue continues to seek money, she starts to feel the effects of withdrawal. After narrowly escaping the police, she reaches Laurie's apartment. Laurie gives her morphine and, although she empathizes with Rue's pain, insinuates that she will force her to become a prostitute to pay her debts. Rue wakes up the next morning and upon realizing the danger of the situation, escapes through a bathroom window and returns home. Leslie sees Rue open the front door.
The title of this episode is a reference to the 1962 Henry Miller book Stand Still Like the Hummingbird.
|16||6||"A Thousand Little Trees of Blood"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||–||February 13, 2022||0.283|
Two weeks after returning home from Laurie's, Rue makes progress in recovering from withdrawal. She calls Ali and apologizes for what she said to him, and Ali comes over and cooks dinner for the Bennett family. Kat attempts to break up with Ethan in a foolish manner, leading him to decide to pull the plug on their relationship. Maddy ponders what to do after finding out the truth about Nate and Cassie and discusses it with Samantha, growing closer to her. As Cassie and Nate grapple with their secret being out, they fight with their respective mothers. After seeing the stress Cassie is under, Lexi wonders how her play is going to be received while hanging out with Fez. While taking out the trash, Faye sees Custer, who tells her that he is being forced to work with the cops to take down Fez and Ashtray for Mouse's murder. Nate decides he must take matters into his own hands to protect his future and the Jacobs family business by threatening Maddy with a gun to hand over the disc. Nate gives the disc to Jules, revealing to each other they were not lying about their feelings when Nate was catfishing her the previous year. Nate calls Cassie and tells her she can stay with him while the drama blows over. Leslie finds out that no inpatient rehab facility has room for Rue and breaks down, fearing she'll kill herself without it.
The title of this episode is a reference to Federico García Lorca's "The Martyrdom".
|17||7||"The Theater and Its Double"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||Lexi Howard||February 20, 2022||0.350|
Lexi's play, Our Life, is performed for the East Highland students, parents, and faculty. Lexi's classmates quickly realize that the play is based on their lives with their names changed. Earlier, Lexi is seen talking to Fezco as she worries that people will be upset by the play; he later promises to attend her play. The episode traverses between the present and past as the play depicts significant events and relationships from Lexi's perspective: Rue's father's wake and her descent into addiction, Cassie going through puberty, Rue and Lexi's friendship, Lexi's relationship with her father, Cassie and Maddy's friendship, and Maddy and Nate's relationship. Custer arrives at Fezco's house before the play starts and Ashtray is suspicious of him. Cassie and Nate continue their relationship despite his sustained feelings for Maddy and Jules. Leslie tells Rue she is done dealing with her drug addiction and plans to focus on Gia. Immediately after Rue exposes the relationship, Cassie locks herself in the bathroom. Maddy demands an explanation and asks whether it was worth it; Cassie does not respond. Jules destroys the disc Nate gave her. Maddy swears to leave East Highland after the school year is done since she feels misled and has nothing to keep her there, but she is sad to be leaving Samantha and Theo, to whom she has become close. Fezco fails to make it to Lexi's play. The episode ends with a rendition of "Holding Out for a Hero", depicting Nate's character, played by Ethan, and other male students working out in a homoerotic manner. An offended Nate leaves the play early and angrily breaks up with Cassie, telling her to pack her things and leave his house.
The title of this episode is a reference to Antonin Artaud's 1958 book The Theater and Its Double.
|18||8||"All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name"||Sam Levinson||Sam Levinson||–||February 27, 2022||0.625|
An enraged Cassie disrupts the play to insult and mock Lexi but is eventually chased backstage and beaten up by Maddy. Supported by her crew and the audience, Lexi continues the play and dedicates it to Fezco (without naming him). Custer, having begun recording an audio file on his phone, tries to get Fezco to reveal his role in Mouse's murder before Faye signals him to keep quiet. Realizing he is a police informant, Ash stabs Custer in the neck, much to Fezco's dismay; Fezco suffocates Custer to keep him quiet as he dies and submerges his phone in a drink. Earlier, Lexi and Fezco discuss their plans for the future; they are both glad to have become friends. Rue visits Elliot to forgive him for snitching on her as she believes he might have saved her life. They agree they are not good for each other. The play concludes with Rue's speech at her father's wake and a heartfelt conversation between Rue and Lexi about life and loss; Rue later thanks Lexi for showing her a version of her life that she didn't hate. Fezco pleads with Ash to surrender to the police, allowing Fezco to take the fall for Custer's murder. Instead, Ash locks himself in the bathroom with several guns and engages in a shootout with the police, who shoot him and arrest a wounded Fezco. Nate confronts Cal with a gun and a flash drive containing all of Cal's explicit videos, revealing his trauma from viewing the videos at a young age. Tipped off by Nate, the police arrive to arrest Cal. After their fight, Cassie tells Maddy that Nate broke up with her before she lashed out onstage; Maddy tells Cassie that it's "just the beginning" before leaving. After the play, Jules tells Rue she loves and misses her. Rue responds by kissing her on the forehead before leaving. As she walks out of the school, Rue narrates that she managed to stay clean for the rest of the school year and that she is cautiously hopeful about the future.
The title of this episode is a reference to André Breton's "Mad Love".Note: This episode marks the final appearances of Barbie Ferreira as Kat Hernandez and Javon "Wanna" Walton as Ashtray.
In 2006, Sam Levinson began drafting different versions of what eventually became Euphoria, based on his experience with drugs as a teenager. He was invited to a meeting with HBO about an adaptation of the 2012 Israeli television series Euphoria created by Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, and Tamira Yardeni. In 2019, Levinson said HBO's head of drama, Francesca Orsi, liked the "raw and honest" portrayal of drug use and other teenage problems in the Israeli series. In a press release, Orsi described the series as "Kids meets Trainspotting" with no parental supervision.
The concept for Euphoria was based on Levinson's personal experiences as a teenager and his struggles with anxiety, depression, and drug addiction. In a meeting with Orsi, he recalled: "We just had a conversation about just life and her life and my life and various struggles that, you know, we've been through and things and she said, 'Great, you know, well go and write that' and I said 'What?' and she goes 'Everything we just talked about'". Levinson has also cited teenage anxiety as a whole as an influence for the series: "There is this consistent anxiety that I think exists in this generation that I think informed the whole filmmaking process."
In June 2017, it was reported that the series was in development at HBO.
Euphoria is a co-production of The Reasonable Bunch, A24, Little Lamb, DreamCrew, and HBO Entertainment. It has 16 executive producers, including Levinson, Leshem, Levin, Yardeni, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi, Gary Lennon, Zendaya, Canadian rapper Drake, Future the Prince, Ravi Nandan, and Kevin Turen. The pilot episode, "Pilot", was directed by Augustine Frizzell.
Levinson has served as Euphoria's showrunner since its premiere, and has written every episode. He has directed every episode except the Pilot and the season one episodes "03 Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Next Episode", which were directed by Jennifer Morrison and Pippa Bianco. Zendaya will probably direct the third season's episode.
The production was given a pilot order on March 13, 2018, and on July 30, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order. The series was renewed for a second season on July 11, 2019.
Out of respect for the actors and extras involved, filming of nudity was conducted on a closed set, and for sex scenes, an intimacy coordinator was used.
Production for season two was scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020, with the first table read on March 11, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the production. Production resumed in March 2021, with filming from April to November.
Before the series' second season, HBO ordered two specials. The first, "Trouble Don't Last Always", premiered on December 6, 2020, and follows Rue as she deals with the aftermath of leaving Jules at the train station and relapsing. The second, "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob", premiered on January 24, 2021, and follows Jules's side of the story. The second episode was co-written and executive produced by Levinson and Hunter Schafer. HBO announced that the special episodes would air two days early on HBO Max.
On February 4, 2022, HBO renewed the series for a third season. In September 2022, HBO's CEO Casey Bloys said the series would not go beyond four seasons, and might end after season three. Production of season three will start in February 2023, aiming for a late 2023 release, but however, scheduling conflicts caused certain delays.
In June 2018, it was announced that the pilot would star Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Astro, Eric Dane, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Hunter Schafer, and Sydney Sweeney. In October, Algee Smith was cast to replace Astro as McKay, and that Austin Abrams had also been cast. Astro reportedly quit the series after shooting the pilot as he was uncomfortable with the sexual content involving his character.
In April 2020, Kelvin Harrison Jr. joined the cast, but by May 2021, he had dropped out due to scheduling conflicts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, Dominic Fike, Minka Kelly, and Demetrius 'Lil Meech' Flenory Jr. were added to the cast. On February 22, 2022, it was announced that Smith had quit the series after starring in two episodes of season 2. On August 24, 2022, Ferreira announced via Instagram story that she had decided to leave the series.
Primary photography takes place in Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Ulysses S. Grant High School in Los Angeles stands in for the fictional East Highland High School. According to the California Film Commission, the first season of Euphoria received $8,378,000 in incentive tax credits. The first season was filmed over a combined total of 104 days; the second season's production costs totaled $96,685,000 after a total of 176 filming days. Subsequently, the second season received a $19,406,000 tax credit for employing over 15,000 people in California.
For season one, the show was shot digitally. Starting with season two, the show was shot on Kodak Ektachrome film stock, which cinematographer Marcell Rév attributed to a desire to invoke "some sort of memory of high school."
For season three, Rue's sobriety journey, Zendaya opened up about exploring characters outside high school, with possible filming locations of New York City, Singapore, and Warner Bros. Studios lots in Burbank and Leavesden.
Many of the episode titles for season one are references to late-1990s and early-2000s song titles that correlate to the episode itself. For instance, "'03 Bonnie and Clyde" is a reference to the 2002 Jay-Z and Beyoncé song of the same name. The loyal relationship between Nate Jacobs and Maddy Perez in the episode mirrors that between Jay-Z and Beyoncé in the song. For season two, many of the episode titles are references to books and quotes.
Some commentators and organizations have criticized the series' explicit content, including self-harm, excessive drug use, and sexual material. The conservative media advocacy group Parents Television and Media Council called the series "dark, depraved, degenerate and nihilistic" and asked HBO and AT&T to end it. Common Sense Media, which provides information on media's suitability for children, also noted the strong adult themes and advised against teenage viewership. One scene involving more than 30 shots of penises was criticized by both critics and supporters, with Esquire calling it "pointlessly gratuitous". The Guardian wrote that writers and producers should find new and different ways to shock audiences. In 2022, Minka Kelly said she felt discomfort at the quantity of nude scenes in the series. Drug Abuse Resistance Education criticized the series' depiction of drug use, saying that it "chooses to misguidedly glorify and erroneously depict high school student drug use addiction ... and other destructive behaviors as common in today’s world”. Samuel Getachew wrote in a Culture piece for Vogue that the series' depictions of trauma aestheticizes it in a way that his "generation is particularly vulnerable to". HBO defended the series against the Season 2 shoot allegations, writing: "The well-being of cast and crew on our productions is always a top priority. The production was in full compliance with all safety guidelines and guild protocols. It’s not uncommon for drama series to have complex shoots, and COVID protocols add an additional layer. We maintain an open line of communication with all the guilds, including SAG-AFTRA. There were never any formal inquiries raised."
Levinson acknowledged the controversies over the series' content, saying that some parents will be "totally fucking freaked out". Augustine Frizzell, who directed the series' pilot episode, said that the explicit content should help foster a conversation between parents and teenagers. Levinson also said that he hopes the series "opens up a dialogue" due to the "disconnect between parents and teenagers". Zendaya issued a warning both before the series and season 2 premiere about its "deeply emotional subject matter". HBO voiced objections to some sexually graphic scenes, but said it would not interfere with the series' "creative process". The series includes viewer discretion warnings and a website for mental health and other support group resources. The series has reportedly been censored for sexual or violent content in countries like Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.
The series premiered on June 16, 2019, on HBO. In Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, it premiered on June 17, 2019, through HBO Asia. In Australia, it premiered on June 17, 2019, through Foxtel. In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, it premiered on August 6, 2019, through Sky Atlantic. The specials were released on December 6, 2020[f] (as Part 1: Rue) and January 24, 2021[g] (as Part 2: Jules). The second season premiered on January 9, 2022.
Like many HBO series, Euphoria is extensively pirated in the United Kingdom.
The first and second seasons were released on DVD on November 1, 2022, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This is the first A24 series not to be released from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. A Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray are not yet announced.
|1||80% (100 reviews)||68 (26 reviews)|
|2||80% (110 reviews)||74 (19 reviews)|
Euphoria's first season was met with a positive response from critics, with much of its praise going to its acting, story, visuals, and approach to mature subject matter. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 80%, with an average rating of 7.4/10 based on 100 critical reviews. The site's critical consensus summary states, "a uniquely challenging and illuminating series, held together by a powerfully understated performance from Zendaya" The review aggregator website Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 68 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Ben Travers of IndieWire praised the show's authenticity, how HBO "grounds itself in stark reality", and Zendaya's performance and narration. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter noted Zendaya's performance and the handling of the subject matter. Pilot Viruet of Observer called the show "visually stunning" and praised the ensemble performance, but criticized the writing as "shaky, filled with clunky lines", and recommended that the show "keep its focus narrow". Jamila Stewart of Vogue stated that Euphoria still has a palpable impact on where fashion trends fall today.
The first of the series' two special episodes, "Trouble Don't Last Always", received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, performances, and shift in tone and content from the first season. On Rotten Tomatoes, the episode has a score of 97%, with an average rating of 8.44/10 based on 23 critical reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Euphoria slows down the tempo without losing the beat in a special episode that pairs a raw Zendaya with a steady Colman Domingo to create small screen magic." On Metacritic, the episode has a weighted average score of 84 out of 100, based on 10 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".
The second of the two special episodes, "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob", also received critical acclaim, with particular praise for Schafer's performance and writing, as well as the episode's distinctive directorial approach, emotional resonance, and exploration of trans identity. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a score of 96%, with an average rating of 7.9/10 based on 22 critical reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "By centering on Jules' journey, Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob adds welcome depth to her character and gives Hunter Schafer plenty of room to shine." On Metacritic, the episode has an average weighted score of 78 out of 100, based on 10 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The series' second season received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising the performances and visuals but criticizing the season's pace and characterization. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season received a "Certified Fresh" score of 81%, with an average rating of 7.05/10 based on 110 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "As willfully provocative as ever in its second season, Euphoria still isn't for all tastes—but when its addictive ingredients are mixed just right, the results remain intoxicating." Metacritic assigned the season a score of 74 out of 100 based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". IndieWire's Ben Travers criticized the sexual content but appreciated Zendaya's performance, writing, "After seven of the eight episodes, Season 2 is exactly what a drama seeking to spark conversation fears most: It's skippable." Rebecca Nicholson for The Guardian gave the second season two out of five stars, writing, "this long-awaited second season has decided to lean into its crueller instincts." USA Today's Patrick Ryan praised the performances of Zendaya, Schafer, and Fike, but wrote that "the new episodes are much less captivating when they shift their focus away from Rue and Jules."
The series' premiere averaged 577,000 viewers in its time slot, a number that increased to one million after the same-night linear replay and preliminary viewing on HBO Go/Now. The hashtag #EuphoriaHBO trended number one in the U.S. and number three worldwide on Twitter after the premiere. The first season was the most watched of HBO's series in the 18–49 demographic with episodes averaging 6.6 million viewers. The season 2 premiere drew 2.4 million viewers across all HBO platforms, a series high. It also marked the strongest digital premiere night performance for any episode of an HBO series since HBO Max's launch, until it was dethroned by House of the Dragon. At the end of its second season, it became the second-most-watched HBO series of all time (behind Game of Thrones), with episodes averaging 16.3 million viewers until it was surpassed by House of the Dragon. According to Variety, Euphoria became the most tweeted television series of the decade in the U.S., with more than 30 million tweets related to the series during the second season, 51% more than during Season 1.
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|2||"Stuntin' Like My Daddy"||June 23, 2019||0.20||0.574||0.07||0.200||0.27||0.774|
|3||"Made You Look"||June 30, 2019||0.19||0.493||—||—||—||—|
|4||"Shook Ones Pt. II"||July 7, 2019||0.21||0.609||0.10||0.218||0.31||0.827|
|5||"'03 Bonnie and Clyde"||July 14, 2019||0.21||0.579||0.13||0.289||0.34||0.868|
|6||"The Next Episode"||July 21, 2019||0.20||0.569||0.12||0.266||0.32||0.835|
|7||"The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed"||July 28, 2019||0.19||0.549||0.13||0.297||0.32||0.846|
|8||"And Salt the Earth Behind You"||August 4, 2019||0.21||0.530||0.12||0.273||0.33||0.803|
|1||"Trouble Don't Last Always"||December 6, 2020||0.08||0.236||—||—||—||—|
|2||"Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob"||January 24, 2021||0.02||0.109||—||—||—||—|
|1||"Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door"||January 9, 2022||0.08||0.254||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2||"Out of Touch"||January 16, 2022||0.09||0.279||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|3||"Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys"||January 23, 2022||0.09||0.264||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|4||"You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can"||January 30, 2022||0.13||0.318||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|5||"Stand Still Like the Hummingbird"||February 6, 2022||0.11||0.353||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|6||"A Thousand Little Trees of Blood"||February 13, 2022||0.11||0.283||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|7||"The Theater and Its Double"||February 20, 2022||0.14||0.350||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|8||"All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name"||February 27, 2022||0.24||0.625||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|AACTA International Awards||2023||Best Actress in a Series||Zendaya||Pending|||
|American Cinema Editors Awards||2020||Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television||Julio C. Perez IV (for "Pilot")||Nominated|||
|2021||Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television||Julio C. Perez IV (for "Trouble Don't Last Always")||Nominated|||
|2022||Best Edited Drama Series||Julio C. Pérez IV and Nikola Boyanov (for "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob")||Nominated|||
|Art Directors Guild Awards||2020||One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series||Kay Lee||Nominated|||
|2023||Excellence in Production Design for a One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series||Jason Baldwin-Stewart (for "You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can"; "The Theater and Its Double"; "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name")||Pending|||
|Artios Awards||2021||Television Pilot and First Season – Drama||Mary Vernieu, Jessica Kelly, Jennifer Venditti, and Bret Howe||Won|||
|2023||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Drama Series||Jessica Kelly, Mary Vernieu, Bret Howe, Jennifer Venditti||Pending|||
|BET Awards||2021||Best Actress||Zendaya (also for Malcolm & Marie)||Nominated|||
|Black Reel Awards for Television||2020||Outstanding Actress, Drama Series||Zendaya||Won|||
|2022||Outstanding Drama Series||Sam Levinson||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Actress, Drama Series||Zendaya||Won|
|Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series||Colman Domingo||Won|
|Outstanding Original Song||"I'm Tired" – Labrinth, Zendaya, Sam Levinson||Won|
|Outstanding Music Supervision||Jen Malone||Nominated|
|Outstanding Musical Score||Labrinth||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||2020||Best International Programme||Sam Levinson, Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, and Drake||Nominated|||
|Costume Designers Guild Awards||2021||Excellence in Contemporary Television||Heidi Bivens (for "Trouble Don't Last Always")||Nominated|||
|2022||Excellence in Contemporary Television||Heidi Bivens (for "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob")||Nominated|||
|2023||Excellence in Contemporary Television||Heidi Bivens (for "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door")||Pending|||
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||2020||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Zendaya||Nominated|||
|2023||Best Drama Series||Euphoria||Nominated|||
|Best Actress in a Drama Series||Zendaya||Won|
|Directors Guild of America Awards||2023||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Drama Series||Sam Levinson (for "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird")||Pending|||
|Dorian TV Awards||2022||Best TV Performance||Zendaya||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting TV Performance||Sydney Sweeney||Nominated|
|Most Visually Striking Show||Euphoria||Won|
|Campiest TV Show||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||2020||Outstanding Drama Series||Euphoria||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||2023||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Zendaya||Won|||
|Guild of Music Supervisors Awards||2020||Best Music Supervision – Television Drama||Adam Leber and Jen Malone||Won|||
|Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards||2021||Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Movie||Colman Domingo||Won|||
|Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Movie||Zendaya||Nominated|
|Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited Series, Anthology Series or Live-Action Television Movie||Euphoria Two-Part Special||Nominated|
|2022||Best Cable Series, Drama||Euphoria||Nominated|||
|Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama||Zendaya||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama||Eric Dane||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama||Sydney Sweeney||Nominated|
|Best Directing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama||Sam Levinson (for "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird")||Nominated|
|Best Writing in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama||Nominated|
|Hollywood Music in Media Awards||2021||Best Original Song in a TV Show/Limited Series||"All for Us" – Labrinth||Won|||
|Imagen Awards||2022||Best Primetime Program – Drama||Euphoria||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress – Drama (Television)||Alexa Demie||Nominated|
|Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards||2020||Best Contemporary Make-Up||Doniella Davy and Kristen Coleman (for the specials)||Nominated|||
|2021||Best Contemporary Hair Styling||Melanie Smith and Kaity Licina (for "Trouble Don't Last Always")||Nominated|||
|2023||Best Contemporary Make-Up in a Television Series, Television Limited or Miniseries or Television New Media Series||Doniella Davy, Tara Lang Shah, Alexandra J. French||Pending|||
|MTV Movie & TV Awards||2022||Best Show||Euphoria||Won|||
|Here For The Hookup||Euphoria||Won|
|Best Performance in a Show||Zendaya||Won|
|Best Kiss||Hunter Schafer and Dominic Fike||Nominated|
|Best Fight||"Cassie vs. Maddy"||Won|
|Best Song||"Little Star" by Dominic Fike||Nominated|
|Peabody Awards||2021||Entertainment||"Trouble Don't Last Always"||Nominated|||
|People's Choice Awards||2019||Favorite Drama TV Star||Zendaya||Won|||
|2022||The Drama Show of 2022||Euphoria||Nominated|||
|The Drama TV Star of 2022||Zendaya||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||2020||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Zendaya (for "Made You Look")||Won|||
|2022||Outstanding Drama Series||Sam Levinson, Kevin Turen, Ravi Nandan, Drake, Adel "Future" Nur, Zendaya, Will Greenfield, Ashley Levinson, Kenneth Yu, Harrison Kreiss, Ron Leshem and Hadas Moses Lichtenstein||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Zendaya (for "Stand Still Like The Hummingbird")||Won|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Sydney Sweeney (for "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys")||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||2020||Outstanding Contemporary Costumes||Heidi Bivens, Danielle Baker, and Katina Danabassis (for "The Next Episode")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)||Doniella Davy, Kirsten Sage Coleman, and Tara Lang Shah (for "And Salt the Earth Behind You")||Won|
|Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)||Labrinth (for "'03 Bonnie and Clyde")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Supervision||Jen Malone and Adam Leber (for "And Salt the Earth Behind You")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||"All for Us" – Labrinth (for "And Salt the Earth Behind You")||Won|
|2021||Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)||Marcell Rév (for "Trouble Don't Last Always")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Contemporary Costumes||Heidi Bivens, Devon Patterson, and Angelina Vitto (for "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)||Doniella Davy and Tara Lang Shah (for "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob")||Nominated|
|2022||Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series||Jessica Kelly, Mary Vernieu, Bret Howe, and Jennifer Venditti||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming||Ryan Heffington||Won|
|Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)||Marcell Rév (for "The Theater and Its Double")||Won|
|Outstanding Contemporary Costumes||Heidi Bivens, Devon Patterson, and Angelina Vito (for "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling||Kim Kimble, Kendra Garvey, Patricia Vecchio, and Teresita Mariscal (for "The Theater and Its Double")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)||Doniella Davy, Tara Lang Shah, Alex French (for "The Theater and Its Double")||Won|
|Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Colman Domingo (for "Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys")||Won|
|Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Martha Kelly (for "Stand Still Like The Hummingbird")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Supervision||Jen Malone and Adam Leber (for "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||"Elliot's Song" – Labrinth, Muzhda Zemar-McKenzie, Zendaya (for "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned For a Thing I Cannot Name")||Nominated|
|"I'm Tired" – Labrinth, Zendaya, Sam Levinson (for "You Who Cannot See, Think Of Those Who Can")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series||Laura Zempel, Julio C. Perez IV, Nikola Boyanov, and Aaron I. Butler (for "The Theater and Its Double")||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)||Anne Jimkes-Root, Chris David, Austin Roth, and Sean O'Malley (for "Stand Still Like The Hummingbird")||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||2019||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Zendaya||Won|||
|2021||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Zendaya (for "Trouble Don't Last Always")||Nominated|||
|2023||Best Actress in a Drama / Genre Series||Zendaya||Pending|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||2023||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Zendaya||Pending|||
|TCA Awards||2020||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Euphoria||Nominated|||
|Writers Guild of America Awards||2021||Television: Episodic Drama||Sam Levinson (for "Trouble Don't Last Always")||Nominated|||
Euphoria's score was composed by English singer, songwriter, and record producer Labrinth. The song "All for Us", performed by Labrinth and Zendaya, is hinted at throughout season 1 before being performed as a large musical number at the end of the season finale. Labrinth makes an appearance in the series alongside Zendaya to perform their song "I'm Tired".
When you look back to your teenage days, it feels semi-magical but semi-crazy and semi-psychotic. I wanted to make sure the music felt like those things.
The series also makes extensive use of popular music, including hip hop, trap, R&B, experimental, indie rock, standards and doo-wop, with some episodes featuring over 20 songs. For their work on Euphoria's first season, music supervisors Jen Malone (who also supervises the FX series Atlanta) and Adam Leber won the 2020 Guild of Music Supervisors Award for Best Music Supervision in a Television Drama.
The score album for the first season was released by Sony Masterworks through Milan Records on October 4, 2019 for digital download. The album was also released on vinyl on January 10, 2020. The score has been described as "the holy lilt of gospel, orchestral and electronic" and was favorably reviewed by Variety.
The score album for the second season was released by Columbia Records on April 22, 2022, in digital and physical formats. Like the previous one, it was composed and produced by Labrinth.
|Euphoria Season 1 (An HBO Original Series Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||May 14, 2021|
|Singles from Euphoria|
A soundtrack album featuring a selection of songs from the first season and specials was released by Interscope Records digitally on May 14, 2021, with vinyl copies released on September 3, 2021.
|1.||"All for Us"||Labrinth and Zendaya||3:12|
|3.||"Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)"||Bobby Womack||2:08|
|4.||"Even the Nights Are Better"||Air Supply||3:52|
|5.||"Work"||Charlotte Day Wilson||3:44|
|6.||"Champagne Coast"||Blood Orange||4:52|
|7.||"Taking Responsibility"||Kilo Kish||3:29|
|8.||"Run the Road"||Santigold||4:22|
|9.||"Hot"||The Last Artful, Dodgr||3:10|
|10.||"Be Mine"||Amandla Stenberg||3:40|
|11.||"My Body Is a Cage"||Arcade Fire||4:47|
|12.||"Lo Vas a Olvidar"||Billie Eilish and Rosalía||3:23|
|13.||"Love Me Low"||Ai Bendr||2:29|
|Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)||73|
|US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)||8|
|Euphoria Season 2 (An HBO Original Series Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||March 4, 2022|
|Singles from Euphoria|
The soundtrack to season 2 was released digitally by Interscope Records on March 4, 2022, with CDs releasing on May 13, 2022, and vinyl on July 29, 2022. The album's release was preceded by seven singles, "Watercolor Eyes" by Lana Del Rey, "How Long" by Tove Lo, "(Pick Me Up) Euphoria" by James Blake featuring Labrinth, "Sad4Whattt" by EricDoa, "Yeh I Fuckin' Did it" by Labrinth, "I'm Tired" by Labrinth and Zendaya, and "Elliot's Song" by Dominic Fike and Zendaya.
In an interview with IndieWire, Labrinth stated of the soundtrack's religious undertones: "We spoke about using organs because of a lot of the religious influences in the show, especially with Rue. We wanted a lot of the sounds edging towards a religious sound. And because I love both Pentecostal and Catholic sounds, I kind of was like trying to merge them both together."
|1.||"I'm Tired"||Labrinth and Zendaya||3:07|
|2.||"Don't Be Cruel"||Billy Swan||4:13|
|3.||"Dead of Night"||Orville Peck||3:59|
|4.||"Live or Die"||Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan||3:14|
|5.||"Right Down the Line"||Gerry Rafferty||4:27|
|6.||"Yeh I Fuckin' Did It"||Labrinth||2:11|
|7.||"Never Tear Us Apart"||INXS||3:06|
|8.||"Watercolor Eyes"||Lana Del Rey||3:31|
|9.||"(Pick Me Up) Euphoria"||James Blake featuring Labrinth||3:15|
|10.||"How Long"||Tove Lo||3:19|
|11.||"Call Me Irresponsible"||Bobby Darrin||2:05|
|12.||"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"||Lenny Kravitz||4:02|
|13.||"Elliot's Song"||Dominic Fike and Zendaya||2:30|
|15.||"U Could Tëll"||Yeat||2:28|
|UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)||12|
Teenage dramas have typically presented a soapy view of high school, with more sex, drugs and wild behavior than in real life. But HBO's new series Euphoria portrays a youth bacchanal that's a stretch even for Hollywood.
During the show's pilot episode, the audience is quickly herded into the world of Euphoria by Rue's voice. In her voiceovers, she has intimate knowledge of not just her character, but all other characters — including Jules, Nate, Kat, etc. — throughout different stages of their lives, sharing them as she sees fit.
Several episodes take their names from song titles: Lil Wayne's "Stuntin' Like My Daddy", Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones Pt. II" and the Beyoncé–Jay-Z collab "'03 Bonnie and Clyde". Euphoria also makes carefully placed use of music by Drake, one of its executive producers.
For the special "Trouble Don't Last Always", see Metcalf, Mitch (December 8, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.6.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on December 25, 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
For the special "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob", see Metcalf, Mitch (January 26, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.24.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved January 26, 2021.