13 Reasons Why

''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 high school student Clay Jensen and the aftermath of high school student Hannah Baker's suicide, who leaves behind a box of cassette tapes in which she details why she chose to end her life.

Through its various storylines, the show explores and depicts a wide range of social issues affecting modern youth, including suicide, sexual assault, bullying, racism, jock culture, mental health, drug addiction, alcoholism, domestic violence, homophobia, deportation, police brutality, steroid use, homelessness, HIV, abortion and school shootings. The series is produced by July Moon Productions, Kicked to the Curb Productions, Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, with Yorkey and Diana Son serving as showrunners.

Dylan Minnette stars as Clay Jensen while Katherine Langford plays Hannah Baker. Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Miles Heizer, Christian Navarro, Ross Butler, Devin Druid, Justin Prentice, Amy Hargreaves, Derek Luke, Kate Walsh, Brian d'Arcy James, Timothy Granaderos, Grace Saif, Brenda Strong, Mark Pellegrino, Tyler Barnhardt, Dekan Bluman, Jan Luis Castellanos and Gary Sinise also star. A film from Universal Pictures based on ''Thirteen Reasons Why'' began development in February 2011, with Selena Gomez set to star as Hannah, before being shelved in favor of a television series and Netflix ordering an adaptation as a limited series in October 2015, with Gomez instead serving as an executive producer.

The first season was released on Netflix on March 31, 2017. It received positive reviews from critics and audiences, who praised its subject matter and acting, particularly the performances of Minnette and Langford. For her performance, Langford received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. However, its graphic depiction of issues such as suicide and rape (along with other mature content) prompted concerns from mental health professionals. In response, Netflix added a warning card and from March 2018 on, a video that plays at the start of each season warning viewers about its themes. In July 2019, Netflix edited out the suicide scene in the first season's final episode.

In May 2017, Netflix renewed ''13 Reasons Why'' for a second season due to the success of the initial 13 episodes; the second season was released on May 18, 2018, and received mixed to negative reviews from audiences. Coinciding with the release of the second season, Netflix released a video with the cast that cautioned viewers on some of the topics covered in the show and provided a support website with crisis numbers for people affected by depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. A third season was ordered in June 2018 and was released on August 23, 2019. In August 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season, which premiered on June 5, 2020.

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