Euphoria, the new teen drama from HBO starring Zendaya, is garnering some major controversy surrounding its depiction of sex and the teen experience.

The series premieres on Foxtel this coming Monday, and centres around 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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The drama surrounding the show basically hinges on whether it’s too full-on content wise for the teen audience it’s targeting. Hollywood Reporter said one episode saw “close to 30 penises flash onscreen” and another featured a scene in which one character “commits statutory rape with a 17-year-old trans girl”. 

Parent Television Council president Tim Winter made a statement, saying the content is too adult for the audience.

“HBO, with its new high school centred show Euphoria, appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic adult content — sex, violence, profanity and drug use — to teens and preteens.”

But HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys insisted the show isn’t “sensational just to be sensational”, and is actually the real-life experiences of creator Sam Levinson. 

“It may seem boundary-pushing, and the idea of putting them on TV may be, but somebody lived them.”

TBH it’s all sounding very “won’t someone PLEASE think of the children!” but to be fair, I am yet to see the show. But it does sound pretty intense – in fact, HBO reportedly did push back on some scenes -including a birth scene featuring a graphic close-up of a vagina. So tame old The OC this ain’t.

Image: Euphoria / HBO