Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%
IMDb rating: 9.1
If nothing else, these ratings should make you want to watch it, but here are some more in case you still need convincing.
1. Reminds me of the greatest high-school murder mystery TV show of all time
Snappy dialogue, high-school drama and a mystery that slowly unravels over the course of the season – as a Veronica Mars fan I should’ve known this show would take over my life. If you’ve never heard of or watched Veronica Mars then please know that I’m disowning you and we can no longer be friends. Though you can fix that by educating yourself on the most awesome teenage, female detective of all time (back off Nancy Drew). Also, there’s a possibility that VM might finally be relinquishing its crown to ’13 Reasons Why’ on my list. It remains to be seen.
Why does it remain to be seen?
Because I still haven’t finished watching 13 Reasons Why, which is driving me crazy. I’m halfway through it. And it has successfully acquired control of my thoughts, so here I am writing about it while I wait for my husband to show up from work so we can continue our marathon. Please take note that these are some of the sacrifices one must make after marriage. You can’t “cheat” and watch ahead even if you’re willing to put your own life on hold for a satisfying binge watch.
Anyhow, now that my needlessly long rant is over, let’s talk about some of the other reasons you should watch it.
2. The gripping AF plot
The story revolves around the suicide of Hannah – a 17-year-old girl who has left behind 13 recordings on audio cassettes. The story is set in present day so not quite sure why she picked this old-school method of communication. There might be an explanation for it later on in the show. Each tape elaborates on one of the reasons that she took her life and is meant to be passed on to each of the 13 people she blames for her death. The season has, you guessed it, 13 episodes.
3. The beauty of the narrative
The story continues to shift between the past and present as seen through two different perspectives. While confusing and slightly repetitive at times, it also serves to give the plot an immersive edge and allows us to get familiar with Hannah even though she’s no longer alive.
4. The issues it tackles
The story also addresses some pretty major issues with a nuanced elegance that you won’t find in a lot of teen TV shows. Themes like identity, sexism, loneliness, the effects of social media and overall human vulnerability make the show as identifiable for adults as it is for teenagers.
5. The fact that it’s based on a best-selling book
The show is based on a book of the same name by Jay Asher which was published in 2006. While most adaptations of novels already have an unfair advantage over other TV shows or movies (in my opinion), critics have claimed that this one is better than the book itself 😮
Seriously, go watch it. Now. By yourself. So you won’t have to wait.
Oh, and it’s on Netflix so all the episodes are out.