‘Teen shows are not like they used to be. Gone are the days of Jessie on Saved by the Bell being “hooked” on caffeine pills to help her study, or Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air “accidentally” taking speed. It’s hard to imagine a lesbian kiss, much like Marissa and Alex shared on The OC in 2003, holding a lot of weight in the cultural zeitgeist, when shows include thirty dicks in their first season alone. Heck, even a show like Skins, the controversial programme of my teenage years, looks like toddler time at a church hall over a decade after it first aired. In short, what constitutes pushing the envelope has changed significantly, and that is primarily due to Euphoria.’
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