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Euphoria Makes Its Headline-Grabbing Debut on HBO

ALSO: Big Little Lies, City on a Hill, The Good Fight, and more
  • Hunter Schafer and Zendaya in a scene from Euphoria (HBO)
    Hunter Schafer and Zendaya in a scene from Euphoria (HBO)

    If HBO was worried about attracting attention for its shows in the vacuum that would follow Game of Thrones, Euphoria has to have assuaged a lot of those fears, as the show has generated more than its fair share of ink for its graphic nudity, violence and drug use. As our Jean-Maxime Renault pointed out earlier this year in his pilot script review, the show is also notable for being HBO's very first teen drama in its 46(!) year history.

    SERIES PREMIERE: Zendaya stars in Euphoria as Rue, a teenage girl just home from rehab who has no intention of staying sober. Instead, she dives right back into her high-school scene, which is full of teens in various romantic couplings and un-couplings, ambitions and self-destructions. The many swirling storylines touch on sex, drugs, identity, social media, and more. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    SERIES PREMIERE: Over on Showtime, Kevin Bacon stars in City on a Hill about the 1990s Boston police effort to curb the city's violence problem. Executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up for this trip back to their native Boston, although the premise sounds like a less civics-minded Show Me a Hero. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    NEW EPISODE: The second season of Big Little Lies rolls on, with Renata's husband landing in legal trouble and Celeste opening up to Mary Louise, which could turn out to be a very bad idea. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    SUMMER CATCH-UP: Having now aired three acclaimed seasons on their streaming-only All Access platform, CBS is finally using their lean summer months to get viewers hooked on The Good Fight. They'll be starting with Season 1 of The Good Wife spin-off, airing Sunday nights at 9pm. Get ready for Diane Lockhart being shell-shocked by the Trump election and Bernadette Peters as a Ruth Madoff type. 9:00 PM ET on CBS


    • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj wraps up its third season of sharp, urgent political comedy, delivered in the body language of a Drake concert. Streaming on Netflix
    • Jamestown kicks off its third season, following the women trying to make their way in the Jamestown colony in the 17th century. 10:30 PM ET on PBS
    • Fear the Walking Dead has Alicia and Morgan facing down a new obstacle, but the most important part is that the episode is called "Humbug's Gulch," which is just amazing. 9:00 PM ET on AMC

    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: Euphoria, HBO, Big Little Lies, City on a Hill, The Good Fight