I assume that since you’re reading this article, you’ve watched ’13 Reasons Why’. If not, I suggest you not to read further, as I’d like to keep it as a discussion among people who’ve watched it. And there might be spoilers of course. So now, it’s apparent that ’13 Reasons Why’ divides the audience at the two basic levels. Firstly, there’s the side that doesn’t like it, and the ones who do. Secondly, there’s the side that believes that the show is, and should be about Hannah Baker, and hence, it should’ve ended with her. Then there are the ones who believe that the show stands for something more. Let me tell you now itself that I belong the to latter section.
It starts with raising the suicide and bullying issues. The further we get into the show, we keep coming across several other issues. The first season deals with the judgemental atmosphere, lifestyle of high school students, peer-pressure, the volatile psychology of high school students among other things. The second season brings more depth to characters and narrates them along with a strong argument on sensitive issues such as the high school management, substance abuse, physical abuse and even the Law. So, when I talk about shows similar to ’13 Reasons Why’, I give you shows that might be similar to it in terms of the atmosphere, or/and plot, or/and issues raised by them. Here is the list of TV series similar to ’13 Reasons Why’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like ’13 Reasons Why’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Friday Night Lights (2005 – 2011)
This one’s similar to the ’13 Reasons Why’ that deals with the sports group of the school. Hence, it’s not similar in terms of other major issues raised in ’13 Reasons Why’ and the plot is not very similar. The actors put in good performances, the storylines were believable and interesting, and most of all it provides a fascinating look into the high school football culture in small-town Texas.
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11. The O.C (2003 – 2007)