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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 31, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) finds a shoe box of cassette tapes from Hannah (Katherine Langford), a classmate he had a crush on that had committed suicide two weeks ago. On tape, Hannah explains that each tape explains how 12 students played a role in her death in this drama series based onClay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) finds a shoe box of cassette tapes from Hannah (Katherine Langford), a classmate he had a crush on that had committed suicide two weeks ago. On tape, Hannah explains that each tape explains how 12 students played a role in her death in this drama series based on the book by Jay Asher. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Mar 31, 2017
    90
    Langford and Minnette are the magnetic core of this drama. Separately and together, they have a dynamic chemistry that glows when they share the screen and energizes their scenes with others.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 23, 2017
    90
    It’s a tough story. An honest story. And a story that beautifully connects its Baker’s dozen of tales and characters with each other, and the audience, even though there are some bumps and missteps along the way.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 29, 2017
    85
    In a sense, 13 Reasons Why turns its audience into voyeuristic bystanders as well. Yet while Hannah's fate isn't pleasant, as presented in this enticing, slickly constructed package, it's hard to look away.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 27, 2017
    80
    A steady 13-episode descent into grief and emotional confusion, 13 Reasons Why is an honorably mature piece of young-adult adaptation, fleshing out Jay Asher's well-regarded novel in a way that allows its cold-hearted high-school environment to breathe while revolving around tremendous lead turns by Dylan Minnette and particularly Australian newcomer Katherine Langford.
  5. Reviewed by: Aubrey Page
    Mar 30, 2017
    80
    For all the teen angst and buzzy butterfly stomachs,13 Reasons Why is an incredibly mature and a devastating look at the ripple effects of loss.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 29, 2017
    75
    For the record, both Minnette and Langford are so good, you almost forget they are too old to be playing high school sophomores. While the script may be overly contrived at times, it at least aims to make its points about teen suicide through drama and only occasionally resorting to speechifying.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 30, 2017
    30
    A passive-aggressive, implausibly meandering, poorly written and awkwardly acted effort that is mainly about miscommunication, delivering no more wisdom or insight about depression, bullying and suicide than one of those old “ABC Afterschool Specials” people now mock for being so corny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 110
  2. Negative: 31 out of 110
  1. Apr 24, 2017
    10
    A lot of people discuss this show from emotional point of view, and it's pretty fair since it is meant to induce strong feelings in viewer.A lot of people discuss this show from emotional point of view, and it's pretty fair since it is meant to induce strong feelings in viewer.

    But I want to talk about how amazing it is as a show.
    First and the most important feat of any show - it keeps you hooked. You want to know what's next, you HAVE to.
    Second - actors. It probably depends on a viewer, but I felt like they did their job amazingly well: no character felt unnatural or without depth. I really appreciate that they actually went through with showing a lot more than I would like to see in some scenes.
    And on that topic, the credits are of course due to writers and directors. They got great material in the form of a book and they transformed it into very powerful, stunning scenes in the show.

    I would ramble more how great it is technically but I don't really know much about making shows so I'll just stop myself there. I will however say something from an emotional point of view.

    It was a brutal, but a beautiful experience. Watching this show basically put me out of my regular life for 3 days. It made me think a lot about my own life and all lives around me. It really was a mind and heart opening experience. I really recommend it to everyone.
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  2. Jun 4, 2017
    10
    This show is amazing in so many ways. The storyline is great. The acting is good. And there's many scenes that make you want to cry. It'sThis show is amazing in so many ways. The storyline is great. The acting is good. And there's many scenes that make you want to cry. It's really good in so many ways. If you haven't watched 13 Reasons Why, you should watch it now. You won't regret it. Expand
  3. Mar 31, 2017
    10
    The first thing I want to say before I start, is that I do not binge watch TV series. It's extremely rare for me, and I often don't evenThe first thing I want to say before I start, is that I do not binge watch TV series. It's extremely rare for me, and I often don't even finish the season. This TV series had me hooked from start to finish and I spent all day watching it.

    While I was watching I was thinking - this is absolutely brilliant TV. However, by then end of it, I was thinking - that was so powerful and emotional to watch. I could barely watch the final few episodes, because I was so engrossed in the story and it does becomes quite graphic. I will say no more.

    Easily the best TV series I have watched in many many years, and an absolute must watch show.
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  4. Dec 3, 2017
    7
    13 reasons why pode ser a melhor série teen de 2017 e isso deve ao fato de que a primeira temporada trata diversos assuntos de maneira13 reasons why pode ser a melhor série teen de 2017 e isso deve ao fato de que a primeira temporada trata diversos assuntos de maneira calculada,mesmo que intensa.É uma das séries que abre questionamentos e debates quanto aos diversos temas relacionados. Expand
  5. Apr 25, 2017
    5
    i really think this tv show is well made and very emotional and most of the people saying that it talks about a real problem and it gives ai really think this tv show is well made and very emotional and most of the people saying that it talks about a real problem and it gives a really good message to the society but i also think that this scenario gives a wrong message too . because anything that happened in the series is something that any person in the world could have face , and everyone can make mistakes in their life especially when you are a teenager.. its not a good message that someone must kill themself to punish all the others , a persons life is their own matter and responsibility if someone for instance hanah really wanted to make her life beautiful she could have done it with countless ways . except of that just choses to kill herself and make a leaving hell for anyone who ever loved her.. when other kids has not even food to eat and a bed to sleep but they keep fighting because thats how life is.. anw i really enjoyed this show but i just really dont think this gives a really good example to the world.. i also fell offended because me personally have clinical depression for years and i have lost almost everything.. and this show hurt me because it shows that healthy people make huge drama about their own little problems but they cant see the people who really suffers and dying every day all around the globe Expand
  6. May 9, 2017
    3
    Just another show that inaccurately depicts how high-schoolers behave and communicate to each other. It isn't that hard to get this right.Just another show that inaccurately depicts how high-schoolers behave and communicate to each other. It isn't that hard to get this right. Just interview actual school teachers, staff and students and they will tell you how these kids ACTUALLY TALK. Some of the lines these actors are saying makes me cringe.

    It's not just the language that completely distracts me from the plot, but the behavior of some of these characters. If someone was suicidal, or looking depressed, and was half as good looking as Hannah Baker, they'd be getting almost annoyed with how many people would come up to them and ask what was wrong.

    By the way, the whole premise of a jock is vastly cliche, because nobody is casually going around wearing Letterman jackets in California.

    I rate this a 3 because it's interesting enough for me to keep watching. I don't exactly know why, though. Maybe I find enjoyment in identifying inaccurate portrayals of high-schoolers. Or laughing at some of the ridiculous dialogue choices. Overall, the issue with this show is that I can't clearly define the audience it tries to captivate. If It was made for 18-20 something year olds, it needs better dialogue and character development.
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  7. Sep 22, 2017
    0
    This movie was way to drawn out! And the ending was awful. Could of shown what happened in court, to Bryce, Alex, Clay and the rest of them. IThis movie was way to drawn out! And the ending was awful. Could of shown what happened in court, to Bryce, Alex, Clay and the rest of them. I would never let a teenager of mine watch this. This is only my opinion of course. Expand

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