While you wait for Season 3 of Euphoria, check out these 12 similar shows in the meantime:

Source: Eddy Chen/HBO We have no choice but to listen to Zendaya: Season 3 of Euphoria won't be back for quite some time. The second season of the HBO high school series ended with a (literal) bang, leaving the fates of several characters up in the air. While there will never be another

Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria

Source: Eddy Chen/HBO

We have no choice but to listen to Zendaya: Season 3 of Euphoria won't be back for quite some time. The second season of the HBO high school series ended with a (literal) bang, leaving the fates of several characters up in the air. While there will never be another show quite like Euphoria, there have been plenty of others about the highs and lows of entering adulthood that you can watch in the meantime.

All of the shows on our list accurately portray pivotal moments of the dreaded teenage years, leaving viewers either horrified by the actions of today's youth or nostalgic for their own formative years.


Mood

Nicôle Lecky, Mood

Director: Natalie Seery; Photographer: BBC Studios; Production Company: Bonafide Films

If you've ever wished for a combination of Euphoria and Fleabag, you'll love Mood. Based on Nicôle Lecky's one-woman play Superhoe, this edgy British dramedy follows Sasha (Lecky), an aspiring young musician who is having a hard time getting her career off the ground. Things don't start to improve for Sasha until she meets Carly (Lara Peake), an influencer who introduces her to her glitzy, lavish lifestyle. Mood's unfiltered examination of influencer culture is a key part of what makes the show feel so current and what also places it in dialogue with Euphoria. Aside from the eye makeup, at least.

Chloe Hayden, James Majoos, and Ayesha Madon, Heartbreak High

Heartbreak High, written by Chloe Hayden, James Majoos, and Ayesha Madon

Netflix/Lisa Tomasetti

Compare and contrast Euphoria with Sex Education with Mean Girls, but with Australian accents, and you have Heartbreak High. Amerie (Ayesha Madon) is a high school student who becomes an outcast after painting a mural that reveals everyone's secret relationships. She also recently had a disagreement with her best friend over a mystery. Fortunately, she makes friends with two outcasts, Darren (James Majoos), and Quinni (Chloe Hayden), who help her get through a tough time in her life. Everything from the characters' glitzy makeup to the frequent sex scenes makes this series a good way to relive the experience of watching Rue (Zendaya) and Jules (Hunter Schafer) grow closer as their lives unraveled. dramatic sequel to Euphoria, with more comedic and touching moments

Industry


Marisa Abela and Myha'la Herrold, Industry

Entrepreneurs Marisa Abela and Myha'la Herrold

HBO/Nick Strasburg

Industry is the happy medium between "Success for Instagram influencers" and "Euphoria for business majors." You don't have to be interested in or understand financial jargon to be captivated by the story in the stylish, energetic finance world series, which follows a group of recent college graduates as they compete for jobs at a prestigious London investment bank. Debauchery, drug scenes, messy characters, and an oh-so-cool soundtrack are all present and accounted for in the similarly entertaining and engaging drama that is Industry.

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Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

Stars of the hit series Gossip Girl Blake Lively and Leighton Meester

The CW

Even though what was shocking about Gossip Girl in 2007—such as the numerous PG-13 "sex scenes" that led to ads claiming the series was "every parent's nightmare"—is now commonplace on shows like Euphoria, it is important to give credit where credit is due. A group of wealthy, fashionable students at an exclusive Upper East Side high school have their every dramatic move chronicled by an all-knowing blogger in the teen drama Gossip Girl. Like Euphoria, this is a landmark film in the "teens acting out" subgenre that propelled the careers of its young stars like Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, and Leighton Meester. It was so influential that it spawned a sequel in 2021 that was, um, not as good.

Grand Army


Naiya Ortiz, Brittany Adebumola, Odley Jean, and Crystal Sha're Nelson, Grand Army

Crystal Sha're Nelson, Naiya Ortiz, Brittany Adebumola, and Odley Jean, all of the Grand Army

Photo by Jasper Savage/Netflix

The Netflix original series Grand Army, which follows a group of high school students in Brooklyn, New York, is probably the most similar to Euphoria. Grand Army doesn't waste any time establishing the tone of the show with its raunchy opening scene in a girls' bathroom. In terms of tone and subject matter, it's one of the few coming-of-age shows on par with Euphoria. The series does not hold back from discussing sensitive topics like sexuality, violence, rape culture, bullying, racism, and more against the backdrop of a terrorist attack on New York City. Anyone looking for a teen show that doesn't sugarcoat the truth will enjoy this one.  

Freaks and Geeks

Photo by Chris Haston, courtesy of NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

Freaks and Geeks has the kind of devoted following that only shows that were cut short of their glory days can hope to achieve. The good news is that it richly deserves all the acclaim it has received for telling the stories of a group of oddball teenagers surviving in 1980s America. It's safe to say that we probably wouldn't have Euphoria without it, as the show embodies everything that makes a teen show great: humor, heart, and appropriate awkwardness. While Freaks and Geeks doesn't skew as dark, there are shades of Linda Cardellini's Lindsey Weir in Rue as she finds herself leaning into her rebellious inclinations the longer she spends more time with her new friends — the titular "freaks," played by Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, James Franco, and Jason Segel Despite the many "disco sucks" references, it's one of those shows that manages the impossible: it feels contemporary.

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Skins (UK)


Skins

Channel 4

Skins is a must-watch for any fan of Euphoria, and it has been imitated many times (hence the significance of the UK distinction - I cannot in good faith recommend the American remake). The British teen drama from 2007 "doesn't shy away from tough subject matter," dealing with mental illness, sexuality, eating disorders, and substance abuse long before it was cool to do so. You get to know the teens at the show's center, from Nicholas Hoult's manipulative popular boy Tony to Dev Patel's goofy Anwar to Kaya Scodelario's mysterious Effy, because of the show's structure. It's hard not to like the kids of Skins, just as it's hard not to root for Rue and Jules despite their many questionable choices.  

Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer, We Are Who We Are

We Are Who We Are, by Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer

HBO

HBO is a sucker for a good teen drama. A film like Luca Guadagnino's We Are Who We Are, which like Euphoria is about two high school students trying to find their own way in a stifling environment (in this case, an American military base in Italy) definitely came up in Euphoria's mental image. We Are Who We Are is its own animal, a quieter, artsier reflection on what it means to be a kid growing up in a version of America that is not really America at all, whereas both shows feature kids who love abusing substances and yelling at their parents.  

Élite


Élite

Netflix

The Spanish series Élite, about three working-class friends who enroll in a posh private school, strikes the perfect balance between raucous comedy and genuine high stakes drama. The show revolves around the inevitable tensions that arise between the new kids and their obscenely wealthy classmates, but it also features a murder mystery. Whereas Élite tackles some socially relevant topics like homophobia and religion, it leans much more heavily into its chaotic roots than does Euphoria. Shows that don't take themselves too seriously can be just what the doctor ordered sometimes.

Record of My Insane, Unhealthy Life


My Mad Fat Diary

E4

In my experience, My Mad Fat Diary is one of the few shows that has successfully evoked in me the full range of human emotion. After spending four months in a mental institution, Rae (Sharon Rooney) is just getting back into the swing of things when we first meet her in the pilot episode. She has a hard time getting back in touch with her friends and is struggling so much with the reality of her situation that she lies to her popular best friend (played by a pre-Killing Eve Jodie Comer) about where she has been. Her mental health and body image continue to be a struggle despite her treatment. You can see a lot of yourself in Rue in Rae, and the show has a lot to say about the challenges faced by young women as they navigate the often hostile world in which they find themselves. I mean, come on, this is incredible.  

Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education

By Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa, published in Sex Education

Netflix

Sex Education is the sequel you should watch if the large and eccentric cast of characters in Euphoria is your favorite part of the film. Asa Butterfield plays Otis, a socially awkward teen who, inspired by his mother (Gillian Anderson), who is a sex therapist, opens a sex advice clinic at his school, despite having little to no experience himself (and for much of the first season, quite literally no experience). With so many characters to introduce and develop, this show risks becoming too focused on a single topic each week. Otis' best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) is gay and has trouble fitting in with his religious family, and Maeve (Emma Mackey) was known as the "bad girl" in high school but ends up being Otis' business partner. It's not your typical high school show, but like Euphoria, it lets its teenage protagonists mature in a natural way.  

The F***ing End of the World


Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden, The End of the F***ing World

The F***ing End of the World, by Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden

Netflix

Troubled James (Alex Lawther) suspects he may be a psychopath. He enjoys killing animals as a hobby, but when that fails to satisfy him, he moves on to human victims. Alyssa (Jessica Barden) enters the scene; James decides that she would make the ideal victim because she is angry and brash. Despite leaving to go on a road trip together, they end up in a series of precarious situations that prevent them from reaching their destination. There's a lot going on in this British dramedy series, but what keeps viewers coming back is the growing, hesitant connection that develops between James and Alyssa. If the best part of Euphoria is the tangled love story between Rue and Jules, two loner outsiders who find themselves drawn to each other, then The End of the F***ing World provides its own version of this, albeit with a bit more crime.  

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