Season 1 of 13 Reasons Why came out on Netflix in 2017. The show got a lot of publicity because Selena Gomez was serving as the executive producer. The show is based on a 2007 Jay Asher novel of the same name. Initially, the show was only going to be a limited series. The plot would revolve around Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker, a friend of his who committed suicide. A box of cassettes would reveal everyone responsible for her suicide.
But, the show was not a limited series for long. Fans love the show so much that Netflix was compelled to increase the scope of the show. Since then, Netflix has made 2 more seasons of the show. Fans and critics both still continue to love the show.
13 Reasons Why: Genre
Netflix defines the show as a teen drama, but the show is much larger in scope. One of the biggest reasons fans love the show is because of how socially conscious the show is. In its 3 seasons, the show has made a point to highlight the modern-day social issues that teens face. The show talks about the culture of gossip, bullying, and even sexual assault. It does a great job of exploring just how much of an effect these things can have on a person.
13 Reasons Why: Audience Ratings And Accolades
As previously stated, fans are in love with the show. This is why the show has a rating of 7.9/10 on IMDb and a rating of 8/10 on TV.com. Critics praise the script of the show. Moreover, the actors receive a lot of praise for doing a great job in not trivializing the issues that the show is talking about.
Given how much love the show receives, it is no surprise that it has also won many awards. The show has won “Best Music Supervision in a Television Drama” from Guild of Music Supervisors Awards. Then it has won an award for “Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series” from NAACP Image Awards. Katherine Langford was also nominated at the Golden Globe Awards for “Best Actress – Television Series Drama”.
13 Reasons Why is not without controversy, however. Many mental health professionals have criticized Netflix for showing a graphic depiction of Hannah’s suicide scene. Graphic depiction of suicide scenes is not permitted to prevent suicide contagion. Many also blame the show for a rise in suicide attempts by teens. Netflix has reacted by adding warnings before each episode and removing Hannah’s suicide season.
Due to fans’ love of the show, Netflix is making a final fourth season of the show. Creators have not revealed anything about the plot of the new season yet. Fans expect Netflix to release the show in late 2020 or early 2021. But Netflix has not confirmed this yet. Fans will simply have to wait for the new season.