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 has renewed the series for a second season.[1]

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

Synopsis

Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media.

Cast

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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.

Casting

Seasons

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8 | June 16, 2019 − August 4, 2019
euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media.

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TBA | 2020
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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 into trouble at Fezco's. Nate becomes obsessed with Maddy's hookup, Tyler, while trying to get back together with Maddy. Kat finds out that 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 camming and has her first session. Jules starts falling for a boy online and asks Rue to help her take some nudes. 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. Cassie and Maddy, annoyed at their boyfriends, decide to do molly together. Kat hangs out with Ethan until she misreads a situation. Nate reveals who he really is.

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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, Rue worries about her reliance on Jules, while Jules starts exhibiting concerning behavior. McKay questions his future in football. After a weird night with McKay, Cassie spends 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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Special | December 6, 2020
In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, Rue celebrates Christmas.

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Special | January 24, 2021
This special episode follows Jules over the Christmas holiday as she reflects on the year.

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2.01 | 2021
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Trivia

  • The series premiere night has already delivered more than 5.5 million viewers across HBO’s platforms.[1]
  • Euphoria ranks as 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.[6]
  • Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, told guest host Ben Platt 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.[6]
  • 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.[6]
  • Euphoria won three total Emmys last month: 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 today that she and co-star Hunter Schafer are set to appear in both episodes.[2]
  • The first special episode 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 episode will debut 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 have officially announced that their new song together, titled “Lo Vas a Olvidar (You Will Forget Her),” is set to feature in the second special episode of Euphoria. It came out on Thursday, January 21, 2021.[7] Watch the official music video on Youtube.
  • During an interview on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, Levinson confirmed the plan is to start filming the second season in late March and start rollout on completed episodes on HBO before the end of December.[8]

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