Missing ‘Euphoria’? These 12 Shows Will Help Tide You Over Until Season 3

Ever since HBO confirmed the renewal of the gritty teen drama Euphoria, fans have been patiently awaiting the release of season 3. And since HBO still hasn’t announced a premiere date, we rounded up a few binge-worthy shows like Euphoria to keep fans (and us) occupied. From Skins to Grand Army, here are 12 must-watch shows to hold you over until season two.

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1. We Are Who We Are

  • Cast: Jack Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamon, Chloe Sevigny, Alice Braga, Kid Cudi

From Luca Guadagnino, the mastermind behind Call Me By Your Name, comes a bold coming-of-age tale about a group of young teens who explore their sexual identities while living in a small Italian town. Like Euphoria, it also explores substance abuse and strained parent-child relationships.

2. Grand Army

  • Cast: Odessa A'zion, Odley Jean, Amir Bageria, Maliq Johnson, Amalia Yoo

Inspired by show creator Katie Cappiello's Slut: The Play, this raw teen drama follows a group of girls at Grand Army High School in Brooklyn. It bears some similarity to Euphoria because of its complex characters and dark tone, tackling deep issues like bullying, racism, terrorism and rape culture in a very authentic way.

3. My Mad Fat Diary

  • Cast: Sharon Rooney, Claire Rushbrook, Ian Hart, Dan Cohen

Based on Rae Earl's My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, the comedy-drama follows 16-year-old Rae, who struggles with mental health and body image issues after spending four months at a psychiatric hospital. Upon returning to school, she tries to hide her struggles and fit in with her new friends.

4. Skins

  • Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Mike Bailey, April Pearson

This groundbreaking British series not only delivers laughs, but it also tackles a number of deep issues, from mental illness and dysfunctional relationships to bullying and gender identity. The show offers an intimate look at individual characters as they face a number of challenges, from family drama to peer pressure.

5. Dare Me

  • Cast: Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola, Marlo Kelly, Rob Heaps

This adaptation of Megan Abott’s novel follows the lives of competitive cheerleaders at Sutton Grove High—and no, it’s not quite like Bring It On. It's much darker and it actually involves a murder mystery. In the series, Beth and Addy's friendship gets tested when a new cheerleading coach enters the scene.

6. Sex Education

  • Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey

If you especially love the diversity of the characters on Euphoria, it’s time to meet your match. This British series follows Otis Milburn, an insecure high school student whose mom is a professional sex therapist. After helping a school bully with his sexual performance anxiety, Otis teams up with a classmate and decides to launch a sex therapy clinic at his school.

7. I Am Not Okay With This

  • Cast: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant, Maya Spreckman

Meet Sydney Novak, a 17-year-old girl who learns that she has telekinetic powers. As if this weren’t stressful enough, Sydney also has to deal with high-school drama and an unrequited crush on her best friend.

8. The End of the F***ing World

  • Cast: Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Naomi Ackie

When James, a self-proclaimed psychopath, grows tired of killing animals, he decides to kill his rebellious classmate, Alyssa. But his plan falls apart when he starts to develop feelings for her.

9. Genera+ion

  • Cast: Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell

In this delightfully colorful dramedy, a group of high school students explore their sexuality while living in a conservative community in California. It’s not as dark and gritty as Euphoria, but it does a stellar job of portraying teenagers realistically.

10. Elite

  • Cast: María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Miguel Herrán

PureWow’s Chelsea Candelario calls it a cross between Gossip Girl, How to Get Away with Murder and Pretty Little Liars. Elite centers on three working-class students who attend a prestigious secondary school in Las Encinas, and before long, the culture clash leads to a mysterious murder.

11. Freaks and Geeks

  • Cast: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

Although the groundbreaking comedy was sadly canceled after one season, it definitely helped pave the way for compelling teen shows that would follow. Following the students of Michigan High as they navigate the ups and downs of teen life in the ‘80s will give you all the nostalgic feels.

12. 13 Reasons Why

  • Cast: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe

Based on Jay Asher's novel of the same name, this teen drama revolves around Clay Jensen, who struggles to deal with the aftermath of his classmate Hannah Baker's death. Though it’s been widely criticized for its controversial depiction of suicide, it addresses quite a few issues that affect teens, from homophobia and domestic violence to abortion and sexual assault. Definitely not the easiest watch, but it’s sure to spark some important conversations.

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