TV: Genera+ion – Season 1

Premiered: March 11, 2021

On: HBO Max

Starring: Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Chase Sui Wonders, Justice Smith, Martha Plimpton, Sam Trammell, Anthony Keyvan, J. August Richards, John Ross Bowie, Mary Birdsong, Patricia De Leon, Sydney Mae Diaz, Alicia Coppola, Marwan Salama, Marisela Zumbado & Diego Josef

Coming off the high of the critical and commercial success that is Euphoria, HBO Max decided to introduce another unapologetically honest teen show with Genera+ion, but it never finds its stride.

Though he’s not out about his bisexuality to his friends, Nathan (Uly Schlesinger) harbors a crush on the confident, openly gay jock Chester (Justice Smith). Nathan’s sister Naomi (Chloe East) and her friend Delilah (Lukita Maxwell) decide to date Cooper (Diego Josef) together since they both like him.

When watching Euphoria, you root for the characters even when they’re a mess but in this show, every character is a mess, and no one is really likeable. Amongst the worst is Arianna (Nathanya Alexander), who is loudly bigoted but thinks it’s okay because her dads are gay. It all becomes hard to watch.

Final say: A generation easy to forget. ★★☆☆☆

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