Never before have I seen a more accurate and entertaining portrayal of the queer teen experience.
GENERATION avoids the stale high school cliches and captures perfectly what it was like to go to high school in the 2010s. Where shows like Riverdale, Euphoria, and 13 Reasons Why were out of touch with reality, GENERATION is one of the few shows that doesn’t feel like it was written by a group of middle-aged white men, who think Gen Z’s only personality traits are emojis and Tiktok.
For once, the teenagers talked, walked, and acted like actual freaking teenagers.
The structure, which switches between different points of view, allows you to truly understand each character, and the show explores so many different topics, from manifestation to Grindr, and of course, the deep-stuff, too, like sexuality, familial relationships, and teen pregnancy.
The humor was original. The cast was diverse. The acting was spot-on (especially Justice Smith’s and Nathanya Alexander’s).
For all sixteen episodes, I was engrossed and entertained. I limited myself to watching one episode a day because I wanted to prolong my enjoyment for as long as possible.
It is so incredibly difficult to find queer television and film, especially queer television and film that doesn’t center around cisgender white men, so GENERATION is truly a diamond in the rough.
Experience this phenomenal show now on HBO Max.