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Euphoria is an American adaptation of an Israeli show of the same name, and all episodes are written by Sam Levinson (Assassination Nation), who also serves as executive producer. The series is produced in partnership with A24 (Lady Bird, Random Acts of Flyness, 2 Dope Queens, Pod Save America). Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, who created the Israeli series, are also executive producers.

On July 11, 2019 it was announced that HBO had renewed the series for a second season.[1]

On October 19, 2020 HBO announced that Euphoria would return for two special episodes that were intended to bridge the gap between its successful first and second season.[2] The first special premiered on December 6, 2020 and had an early streaming premiere on HBO Max December 4 and 3, 2020.[3] The second special premiered on January 24, 2020 and[4] had an early streaming premiere on HBO Max on January 22, 2021.[5]

On April 19, 2021, A24 announced The Euphoria Books: S1 Boxed Set, a collection of 8 books featuring every written script from the first season of the series alongside exclusive interviews with the cast. The boxed set went on sale on April 27, 2021 for $98 USD.[6][7]

The eight-episode second season premiered on January 9, 2022 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.[8]

On February 4, 2022, it was announced that HBO had renewed the series for a third season.[9][10]

Premise

Euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media. Actor and singer Zendaya leads an ensemble cast including Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney.

Content

Seasons

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8 episodes | June 16, 2019 - August 4, 2019
Multimedia superstar Zendaya stars in Season 1 of this drama series that follows a group of high school students as they navigate a mine field of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship in today's increasingly unstable world.

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2 episodes | December 6, 2020 - January 24, 2021
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8 episodes | January 9, 2022 - February 27, 2022
Zendaya is back in Season 2 of this series that follows a group of teenagers as they navigate an unstable world.

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TBA episodes | TBA
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Episodes

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1.01 | June 16, 2019
Seventeen-year-old Rue returns home from rehab with no plans to stay clean. She meets Jules, who's new in town, at a party at McKay's house. Nate gets in McKay's head when McKay takes an interest in Cassie. Nate and Maddy, who have broken up once again, attempt to make each other jealous. Meanwhile, Kat is pressured to lose something.

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1.02 | June 23, 2019
On the first day of school, Rue's excited about her new friend Jules, but struggles to put the past behind her and gets herself into trouble at Fezco's. Nate becomes obsessed with Maddy's hookup, Tyler, while trying to get back together with her. Kat finds out a video of her has surfaced online. McKay takes the stress of college out on Cassie.

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1.03 | June 30, 2019
Kat decides to try webcamming and has her first session. Jules starts falling for a boy online and asks Rue to help her take suggestive photos. Maddy finds something odd on Nate's phone. Cassie and McKay spend the weekend at his school and go to a party at the frat he's rushing. Rue is confronted about her lies at NA.

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1.04 | July 7, 2019
Rue tries to get clean for Jules and chaperones Gia at the carnival. Jules encounters Cal with his family – and finally meets Tyler. Cassie and Maddy, annoyed at their boyfriends, decide to do molly together. Kat hangs out with Ethan until she misreads a situation.

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1.05 | July 14, 2019
In the aftermath of the carnival, Maddy and Nate are forced to deal with a police investigation. Jules begins to feel pressured by her role in Rue's sobriety. Kat ignores a confused Ethan and embraces her new lifestyle. Cassie tries to distance herself from Daniel and focus on her relationship with McKay. Cal worries about how his actions have affected his sons.

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1.06 | July 21, 2019
On Halloween, Jules starts exhibiting concerning behavior, while Rue worries about her reliance on her to stay sober. McKay questions his future in football. After a weird night with McKay, Cassie spends some time with Daniel. Business is booming for Kat as she continues to push Ethan away. Nate comes up with a plan to get his life back on track.

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1.07 | July 28, 2019
Rue gets depressed and watches 22 straight episodes of a British reality show. Jules goes to visit an old friend. Cassie looks for advice in the aftermath of Halloween night.

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1.08 | August 4, 2019
In the season finale, it's the winter formal at East Highland. Rue attempts to repair her relationship with Jules and stands up to Nate. Cassie and Maddy reevaluate their relationships.

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Part 1: Rue | December 6, 2020
In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, Rue celebrates Christmas.

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Part 2: Jules | January 24, 2021
Over the Christmas holiday, Jules reflects on the year.

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2.01 | January 9, 2022
Rue and Jules cross paths for the first time since Christmas as East Highland rings in the new year.

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2.02 | January 16, 2022
As the semester kicks off, Jules questions Rue and Elliot's new friendship. While Cal hunts for answers, Nate makes a tough decision. The lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur as Kat ponders her relationship, and Maddy contemplates the decision to end hers.

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2.03 | January 23, 2022
Rue pursues a new business venture as she helps forge a friendship between Jules and Elliot. Cassie settles into a routine, while Lexi pours herself into mounting a school play. Maddy considers getting back together with Nate, and Cal finds a target.

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2.04 | January 30, 2022
At Maddy's birthday party, relationships are celebrated and questioned. Meanwhile, Jules turns to Elliot for advice and Cal takes a trip down memory lane.

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2.05 | February 6, 2022
Fate has a way of catching up with those who try to outrun it.

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2.06 | February 13, 2022
As relationships with mothers are tested, Rue tries to recover. Meanwhile, Lexi questions the possible backlash from her play, and Nate celebrates his newfound freedom.

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2.07 | February 20, 2022
Art imitates life as the East Highland crew watches their complicated dynamics reflected in Lexi's long-awaited play. Meanwhile, Fezco gets ready to attend.

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2.08 | February 27, 2022
As the show goes on, fragments of memories collide with the present and future.

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3.01 | TBA
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3.02 | TBA
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Web series

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8 episodes | June 16, 2019 - August 4, 2019
The cast has honest conversations about developing their characters and connecting with the show's storylines and themes.

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10 episodes | December 6, 2020 - present
The cast and crew discuss filming Season 2.

Credits

Cast

Starring


Guest Starring



Crew

Directed By

Teleplay By

  • Sam Levinson
    ("Pilot")

Written By

Created By

  • Sam Levinson
    (17 episodes)

Created, Written and Directed by

Executive Producers

Co-Executive Producers

  • Will Greenfield
    (2 episodes)
  • Hunter Schafer
    ("Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob")

Produced By

Producers

Co-Producers

Directors of Photography

Production Designers

Edited By

Music Composed By

Casting By

Los Angeles Casting By

  • Jessica Kelly
    ("Pilot")
  • Mary Vernieu
    ("Pilot")

NY Casting By

  • Jennifer Venditti
    (8 episodes)

Choreography By


Production notes

Development

On June 1, 2017, it was announced that HBO was developing an adaptation of the 2012 Israeli television series Euphoria created by Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, and Tmira Yardeni. The production was expected to be written by Sam Levinson who was also set to executive produce alongside Leshem, Levin, Yardeni, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi, and Gary Lennon.

On March 13, 2018, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys announced at the INTV conference in Jerusalem that the network had given the production a pilot order. It was further announced that A24 Television would serve as a production company for the pilot.

On March 27, 2018, it was announced that Augustine Frizzell would direct the pilot episode and serve as co-executive producer. On July 30, 2018, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order. It was further announced that every episode of the series will be written by Levinson, additional executive producers are to include Drake, Future the Prince, Ravi Nandan, and Kevin Turen, and that production companies involved with the production are slated to include A24 Television.

Filming

Production for the second season was scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020, with the first table read taking place on March 11.[11] However, HBO paused production on the second season due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.[12] According to the website Backstage filming on the second season began on April 5, 2021 in Los Angeles.[13]

Casting

On June 5, 2018, it was announced that the pilot would star Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Brian Bradley, Eric Dane, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Hunter Schafer, and Sydney Sweeney. On October 31, 2018, it was reported that Algee Smith had been cast to replace Brian "Astro" Bradley in the series regular role of McKay, which Bradley had played in the pilot episode. It was further reported that Austin Abrams had also been cast in the series.

Trivia

  • The series premiere night has already delivered more than 5.5 million viewers across HBO's platforms.[1]
  • Euphoria ranks as the youngest-skewing drama series on HBO's digital platforms.[1]
  • Just days into preparing episodes for its second season, Euphoria was among the many shows where production was halted in March as a safety precaution.[14]
  • Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Zendaya told guest host Ben Platt that the producers are working on a bridge episode that can be done with a limited crew while they figure out how to return to shoot the rest of Season 2.[14]
  • For the second season they had already done table reads, wardrobe fittings and all kinds of things and they got shut down, literally two days before they were about to start the first day of shooting.[14]
  • Euphoria won three total Emmys in September 2020: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Contemporary Makeup and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
  • Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.[2]
  • Zendaya said on her social media accounts that she and co-star Hunter Schafer were set to appear in both episodes.[2]
  • The first special debuted Sunday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and had an early streaming premiere on HBO Max on Friday, December 4 at 12:00 a.m. ET/Thursday, December 3 at 9:00 p.m. PT.[3]
    • The episode was the #1 most social program on premium cable throughout the weekend is came out (Nielsen Social).[5]
  • The second special debuted Sunday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.[4] It will have an early streaming premiere on HBO Max on Friday, January 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.[5]
    • Billie Eilish and Rosalía officially announced that their new song together, titled "Lo Vas a Olvidar (You Will Forget Her)," was set to feature in the second special of Euphoria. It came out on Thursday, January 21, 2021.[15] Watch the official music video on Youtube.
  • During an interview on IndieWire's Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, Levinson confirmed the plan was to start filming the second season in late March and start rollout on completed episodes on HBO before the end of December.[16]
  • The second season premiered on January 9, 2022 at 9:00p.m. ET/PT.[8]
  • Twitter claimed that Euphoria is the most-tweeted series of the decade in the US. Presuming they’re starting with 2020 to define “decade,” then 30 million Tweets around the second season (+51% vs. S1) have won it the honors.[17]
  • Euphoria is now HBO’s second-most watched show since 2004 behind only Game of Thrones.[18]

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