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13 Reasons Why Recos: 5 Must-Watch Netflix Movies & Series

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13 Reasons Why Recos

When it came to us in 2017, 13 Reasons Why changed our lives, especially those of the teenagers. The Netflix series had all the elements of a potent teen drama: the high-school mess, family problems, boy troubles, and mental health issues. With graphic details and a gripping narrative, the show managed to broach some of the biggest issues teens face in their high-school years. Based on Jay Asher’s book of the same name, 13 Reasons Why had us hooked to its story for four seasons. 

That’s all of us after season 1 :'(

After a successful run for several seasons, the Netflix series came to an end in June of this year. It is safe to say it has left a Clay Jenson-shaped hole in our hearts, even though some things about him make no sense. If you have missed the show since it ended, we have your covered. TRB has compiled a list of 5 movies and 5 series on Netflix that could satisfy your teen-drama-loving heart. 

Movies: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Like 13 Reasons Why, Emma Watson starrer The Perks of Being a Wallflower touches upon the crazy drama of high school and teenagers’ mental health issues. Charlie, a shy teen, is having one of the worst times of his life, dealing with past trauma and family issues and is thrust into the jungle of high school. Like Hannah, he went into depression but found a way to manage it with the help of a couple of seniors. Moreover, the movie, too, is based on a book of the same name.

Series: Elite

The Spanish Netflix drama has two of the most important elements of 13 Reasons Why: Mystery and Xenophobia. Like Hannah, three working-class teens in Elite found it hard to get accepted by their peers in their exclusive private school. With murder on the campus, Elite delves into a Riverdale-sque crime drama. However, the later seasons do broach topics like mental health issues, backstabbing, and teen suicide. 

Movies: All the Bright Places 

All the Bright Places, like 13 Reasons Why, is a book-to-movie adaptation. But the similarity between the two does not end there. The Netflix movie deals heavily with teen depression and suicide and grappling with mental health problems. Violet and Theodore, schoolmates, are each dealing with emotional and physical scars of the past and find hope in one another. 

Series: Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl is as teen drama-sque as any show can get. The show ran from 2007 to 2012 and touched upon the underbelly of a high-school, especially an exclusive one. Similar to 13 Reasons Why, Gossip Girl talks about backstabbing, jealousy, volatile friendships and relationships, peer pressure, and spilling secrets. If you didn’t have enough of teen drama, this Blake Lively starrer should be your next pick. 

Movies: The Edge of Seventeen

Hannah, in 13 Reasons Why, felt isolated in her new school after her two friends Jessica and Alex, start dating and the consequent falling out of their friendship. The Edge of Seventeen deals with pretty much the same but has a happier ending. 17-year-old Nadine feels all alone when her brother and best friend start dating each other. What follows is her journey towards accepting the relationship, herself, and opening up to others. 

Series: Cursed

If Katherine Langford stole your heart in 13 Reasons Why Cursed should be the next Netflix series to binge if you haven’t already. Nimue is an outcast in her village because of her powers. When things get difficult, she decides to run away and meets charming Arthur before returning to her village to find it burning. Although the characters Hannah and Nimue are played by Langford, they have very little in common with each other. 

Movies: Handsome Devil

One of the biggest elements of 13 Reasons Why is peer pressure and teenage angst, something you will also find in the movie Handsome Devil. Ned, a loner, is the only student in a rugby-obsessed school to not enjoy the sport and is ostracised for the same (Clay Jenson, anyone?). His new roommate, star rugby player, Conor, is the only person he connects with. But with an entire school standing against them, will their friendship survive?

Series: Degrassi: Next Class

Degrassi: Next Class is one of the most similar series to 13 Reasons Why. Both of the shows revolve around the complex life of high schoolers and the mental health issues they face. The Degrassi franchise, too, has always broached subjects like teen depression and suicide, sexuality, bullying, drug use, and homophobia. The same goes for Netflix’s Degrassi: Next Class. 

Movies: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

After the depressing and dark story of 13 Reasons Why, the 2010-flick It’s Kind of a Funny Story is just what you need to make your mind happy. Craig realizes that he is suicidal and enrolls himself in a psychiatric ward. At the facility, he meets people facing problems worse than his own and undergoes a transformation. The movie is almost cathartic after 13RW. However, that is not to say it does not have dark moments; it totally does. 

Series: Control Z

Someone is stalking, gathering secrets to spill later, which turns teen lives upside down and ensuing backstabbing. Sounds familiar? This is essentially a huge part of the 13 Reasons Why plotline. Netflix’s Control Z, too, follows in the footsteps. In the Mexican show, Sofia Herrera strives to find the hacker who is exposing the deepest secrets of students before her own is revealed. 

While this list only has five movies and series following a similar plotline as 13 Reasons Why there are many other teen drama works out there for you to explore. Some of them include Riverdale, Paper Towns, and Before I Fall. Which of these have you already watched? Let us know in the comments below. 


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