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13 Reasons Why
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13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Sucks
Genre: Teen drama
Mystery
Running Time: 49-98 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 31, 2017 - June 5, 2020
Network(s): Netflix
Created by: Brian Yorkey
Distributed by: Paramount Worldwide Television
Starring: Dylan Minnette
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 49


13 Reasons Why (stylized onscreen as TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY) is an American teen drama web television series developed for Netflix by Brian Yorkey, based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The series revolves around seventeen-year-old high school student, Clay Jensen, and his deceased friend Hannah Baker (before the 3rd season), who kills herself after having to face a culture of gossip and sexual assault at her high school and a lack of support from her friends and her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah in the weeks preceding her suicide detail thirteen reasons why she chose to end her life.

The 13 Reasons Why It Sucks

  1. It portrays suicide in a very unrealistic way. It makes a drama out of a serious issue and teaches that you make people who hurt you feel bad.
    • It also doesn't work as a serious portrayal of suicide. If anything, the show promotes it, paints it in romantic colors, makes it sound like a good option, and one that can be considered if your life isn't going well. It makes ending your life quite a normal thing to do when that could not be further from the truth.
    • Suicide rates have actually "spiked" all because of this show. To put it off this way, at release, there was a 53% increase in suicide-related searches such as "how to kill yourself," "commit suicide," and "how to commit suicide." It's what happens when your show paints suicide as a good thing.
  2. Hannah Baker, the character who commits suicide, is an extremely unlikeable character, to the point where the viewer doesn't even feel for her. She is known to be selfish, entitled, and demeaning. She abuses Clay, the main protagonist, constantly pushes him away and doesn't even say sorry. Even worse, Clay didn't do anything wrong.
  3. All Hannah wanted to do was to make the people that caused her to commit suicide to feel bad by including their names on the tapes.
  4. Hannah Baker records 13 tapes and leaves them behind. To be heard after she's gone. She then becomes the voice-over for all the events that happen after she kills herself. In effect, it showcases that you can kill yourself and then be around to observe the aftermath and people's response to your decision.
  5. Hannah kills herself to teach certain people a lesson. That they were mean to her and weren't around when she needed them. "You weren't nice to me, now I've killed myself and left you these tapes describing in excruciating detail how bad a person you are. Live with that guilt now. I'm out of here!"
  6. Very graphic, disturbing, and even triggering scenes that wouldn't look out of place in an exploitation movie. So much so that Netflix had to issue trigger warnings before the start of some episodes:
    • The depiction of how Hannah kills herself is graphic, raw, and very messy. It's shown in fantastic detail. It's also a great 101 on how to get it right and not screw it up. The blood gushing, which way to cut, how much water in the bathtub – all presented as what's a 'How To' video on suicide to be followed. So, in other words (as mentioned above), the show pretty much encourages suicide.
    • The infamous bathroom rape scene in season 2.
      • Netflix responded in 2019 by cutting the suicide scene from the first season, but it was too little, too late: the show had already done the damage. What's even worse is that the aforementioned suicide scene is still intact.
  7. The story is about teenagers and school life – the ups and downs, the fun, the dates, the attractions, the challenges, the jocks, and suicides. Isn't it great that it's also aimed at that very audience? Teenagers! The most impressionable, and those that do experience suicidal thoughts due to pressure and immaturity.
    • Netflix had the cast make a PSA that's the same as a "Viewer discretion is advised" warning before certain TV shows, but since this was done "after" the third season released, it's a failed attempt at damage control.
  8. Hannah is shown to have some major challenges and problems. But she's responsible for most of them due to her seriously bad life choices. Again and again. Pretty much like any teenager. The showrunners present suicide as a good response for when the challenges of life seem to overwhelm you. No lessons on how to overcome challenges, or why taking a bad decision every single time can lead to bad situations. Nope, just suicide.
  9. Hannah has great parents. Involved and comforting, they're always there for her and take an active part in her life. Ditto for a few friends and a great counselor at school too. But the storyline conveniently ignores them when needed. Thus when she kills herself, she's convinced herself she has no one, clearly forgetting her parents.
  10. Hannah records on cassette tape, and the main reasons why Hannah loses it are all tech and social media related. The first trigger is a (not very nice) picture taken of her and shared on instant messaging with the whole school, followed by more meanness resonated through social networks. They show technology as the villain without giving any lessons on how to handle social media when it turns against you.
  11. Clay's visions of Hannah in season 2 are ridiculous and supernatural compared to the rest of the show. Unless Clay may have schizophrenia.
  12. The show takes itself far too seriously and has a very arrogant vibe to it. It's like: "Look at us! We talk about suicide and mental health issues! We're so cool and woke! Watch us or else!"
  13. The 3rd season is much worse. It introduces a new character/narrator named Ani, who's completely unnecessary to the plot, and the season infamously kills Bryce. The season is also complete filler and only there just to stretch the series.
    • Ani's also an absolute know-it-all as if she can read the characters' minds or is God herself. She makes all of the characters look like they're nothing but supporting characters and that she's the main protagonist of the series. You could easily remove her from the series, and it wouldn't affect the plot, even the slightest.
    • It also switches genres from drama to mystery with the death of Bryce Walker and the characters trying to find out who killed him, and it doesn't even talk about suicide. At. All. Not even Hannah is mentioned.
    • Because of all of these qualities, the season's completely unfaithful to the book the show's based on.
    • This season tries to paint Bryce as, get this, a good guy. Yep, the same Bryce that threatened a little kid in this season, raped Hannah, murdered someone, and is partially responsible for Hannah’s suicide. They’re trying to paint him as a good person.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good camerawork.
  2. Decent acting on some of the characters.
  3. Selena Gomez's cover of "Only You" by Yazoo that she recorded for this show is a good song.
  4. The first season is decent and a LOT better than the 2nd and 3rd ones, though that's not saying much since that season is very flawed too.
  5. Zach, Mr. Porter, and Hannah’s parents are the only likeable characters.

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Comments


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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 46
I hated this Netflix show. Hated hated hated hated hated this Netflix show. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 14
Upvote the above comment if you hate this show.
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Portrock1566

13 months ago
Score 9
I fucking hate suicide shows.
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 14
Same.
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Ivan97Miraheze

12 months ago
Score 5
You're too fucking nice!
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SpaceProtagonist

3 months ago
Score 0
Well, someone read Ebert's North review.
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 16
Credit to NeptunePerson2018 for helping me with this article on my sandbox.
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ItMeansNothing

13 months ago
Score 5
Sounds like a suicidal porno show.
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 8
IKR?
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What.jpeg

11 months ago
Score -1
hang on
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ItMeansNothing

13 months ago
Score 9

Suicide rates increased because of this?

Holy crap.
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Backman

12 months ago
Score 9
One of my former classmates actually criticized this show after mentioning it during a presentation in psychology class. She had to explain how it glamorized suicide after being asked about it. This page and YouTube are giving me the impression she probably had a really good reason.
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Dominicmgm

12 months ago
Score 4
Well he is really badass then.
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Spidey McFly

9 months ago
Score 1
You mean “she.”
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 12

Okay, I'm officially fucking done with this series. Season 3 was HORRIFIC!!!

Now, this show is not only the worst show I've seen in my life, but the worst thing I've seen in my entire life.
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Spidey McFly

9 months ago
Score 0
Well, the Flash might be mediocre, but they’re way worst shows out there. Pinky Malinky, Every grounding video, Supergirl, Caillou, The Nutshack, etc.
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

5 months ago
Score 1
@Spidey McFly You mean those shows are worse than The Flash? That's what you mean? Just wondering.
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Spidey McFly

4 months ago
Score 0
Yeah, that’s right.
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AkihitoZero5454

12 months ago
Score 3
Oh and this got an MA 15+ in Australia.
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Spidey McFly

9 months ago
Score 0
So? Just because a show has a mature rating, that doesn’t make it bad.
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AkihitoZero5454

7 months ago
Score 0
I mean it feels like it should be R-18 instead.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 10

This show got snapped out of existence by Lil Mamos.

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Nihirichan

12 months ago
Score 5
I remember when we were trying to find movies on Netflix in music class, and some kids suggested 13 Reasons Why, but the principal said that it makes kids commit suicide, but the kids went full defensive mode and said that it "raises awareness." I was not on either sides, and thought that it makes FUN of suicide and not MAKING kids kill themselves nor spreads awareness.
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

12 months ago
Score 3
I have a friend who likes this show
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 6
K then.
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

12 months ago
Score 4
Yeah, but my sister hates it and from everything I heard of it it sounds like it's definitely not worth watching and terrible. But I respect my friend's opinion.
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 5
Wow, there really is 13 REASONS WHY this show sucks.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 8
Yeah. That's the joke.
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Inkster

10 months ago
Score 2
Thai is very ironic.
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DNIguy64

12 months ago
Score -1
Why did MCU fans made this show part of the 13 reasons why gamroa meme again?
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score -1
???
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 6
I should scream the entire script of Tape 1, Side A.
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2
The show is ending on its fourth season.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 6
Y E S
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2

13 Aliens Why

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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2
I predict that the last season will get a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2
13 Reasons Why I Exist
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2
13 Reasons Why I Deleted Ben 10
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 6
13 Reasons Why you should go fuck yourself.
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2

13 Reasons Why You Need To Listen To This Song

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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2
13 Reasons Why This Show Needs To Be Canned
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2
13 Reasons Why I Said 13 Reasons Why I Said 13 Reasons Why I Said 13 Reasons Why I Said 13 Reasons Why I Said 13 Reasons Why I Said 13 Reasons
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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2

13 Reasons Why Lucky Bat Is Confused AF

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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2
13 Reasons Why Grammarly Needs To Stop Spamming ADS
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NeptunePerson2018

12 months ago
Score 3
13 Reasons Why Thanos Snapped His Fingers.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 4
13 Reasons Why you're gay
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Spidey McFly

9 months ago
Score -1
Not funny, didn’t laugh
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 0
Nobody gives a shit, Spidey.
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 4
13 Reasons Why they shouldn't have renewed this show for a 3rd season
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 4

13 Reasons Why Lil Mama is the greatest rapper of all time

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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2

13 Reasons Why Moxy Is My Bae

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ItMeansNothing

12 months ago
Score 2

13 Reasons Why Mutafukaz Sucks

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Paprika

11 months ago
Score 4
NO THIS MOVIE IS A MASTERPIECE!!!
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 2
No u
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Dominicmgm

12 months ago
Score 4
I feel even BoJack Horseman tackled mental health way better.
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 4

13 Reasons Why you got dankified by my screaming.

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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 2
13 Reasons Why You Are Gay
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Maxkatzur

11 months ago
Score 2
Go watch Stranger Things instead! But first, you have to pay.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 0

13 Reasons Why There Are Some Last Kids on Earth

A 13 Reasons Why and The Last Kids on Earth crossover.


God save us all.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 0
This show is more boring than disgusting.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 4
Great news! I just told my parents about this show and they banned me from watching it! My parents rule!
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 6
Y E S
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Paprika

11 months ago
Score 2
O M G Y A A A A A A S
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 1
I wish they could do the same with The Flash.
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NeptunePerson2018

11 months ago
Score 1
This is the only time where parents banning something is a good thing.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 1
They banned me to watch Big Mouth, too. That's good, because I don't watch shows portraying teenagers as gay perverts.
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NeptunePerson2018

11 months ago
Score 2
Big Mouth mocks ADHD and bisexuals, so that show is a big no for me.
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Spidey McFly

9 months ago
Score -1
Wage, you know you don’t have to watch The Flash, right?
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Portrock1566

11 months ago
Score 3
13 Reasons Why I'm a Misogynist. (Why the fuck would anyone take that shit seriously???)
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Steve The Rapper

11 months ago
Score -1
Why wouldn’t anyone?
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Portrock1566

11 months ago
Score 1
You don't know what you're fucking talking about.
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Steve The Rapper

11 months ago
Score 0
I know.
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Portrock1566

11 months ago
Score -1
Who and why did I get downvoted???
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 0
Does it really matter?
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Ramadhan1a

11 months ago
Score 2
There's 13 Reasons Why i got depression lol.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 1
13 Reasons Why I'm Glad My Parents Banned Me Watching This
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 0

13 Reasons Why Cowboy Wage is better than Cowboy Bebop

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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 4

13 Reasons Why this show got snapped out of existence by Lil Mamos

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EijiZeBoi

10 months ago
Score 0
13 Reasons Why Greta Thunberg should marry me
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Masson Thief

10 months ago
Score 2
I can see you are a huge fan of the girl.
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HalJordan008

10 months ago
Score 0
I have the same age like Greta Thumberg
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ItMeansNothing

10 months ago
Score 2
Give this comment 13 upvotes and I will do an earrape on a clip of this show.
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EijiZeBoi

8 months ago
Score 4

Look! It's shit!

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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 0
13 Reasons Why that review sucks
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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 0
The Rain is much much worse.
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SquidwardTentacles

8 months ago
Score 1
Hannah is a worse character than Mr. Krabs, Patrick in Season 7, Beast Boy and Cyborg from TTG, the Powerpuff Girls in the reboot, or any of the characters from Boku No Pico.
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ItMeansNothing

8 months ago
Score 0
13 Reasons WHY!?
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Portrock1566

7 months ago
Score 0

13 Reasons W- EH

[Faints]
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 0

Not gonna lie

13 Reasons Why > The Rain

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