If you’ve already binge-watched the entire season of the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, you may be left with, oh, we don’t know… a MILLION questions. And, by now, you’ve probably Googled all the articles on fan theories (which you totally don’t need to do, because we’ve got you covered on that front right here). Don’t worry, we’re right there with you.
While we all not-so-patiently wait to see if there’ll be a second season — the cast members hope it’ll happen! — we know of a few other awesome series that could hold you over. Here are 13 awesome TV shows, which tackle similar themes, to watch now that you’ve finished 13 Reasons Why.
Riverdale is a TV series that is based around the characters from the Archie Comics. This show resolves around the murder of Jason Blossom, a beloved football player and son of the Blossoms, the wealthiest family in Riverdale.
While Riverdale is more of a mystery, it is also based on high school kids and therefore touches on themes like fitting in, bullying and mental health. Plus if you loved Ross Butler, who plays Zach on 13 Reasons Why, you'll be happy to hear that he plays Reggie on Riverdale!
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If you're looking for something a little more uplifting after binge-watching 13 Reasons Why, you'll love Glee. While Glee is more light-hearted (as it is a musical dramedy, after all), it still tackles tough issues that high school students deal with every day, like bullying, social status, individuality and stereotypes. Plus, it includes all the hits from your fave artists!
Awkward. is a TV show that follows the series of awkward events and encounters that happen to Jenna Hamilton after an innocent accident gets wrongly interpreted as a suicide attempt. Like Hannah did on 13 Reasons Why, Jenna has to deal with bullies, rumors and less than thoughtful jocks as she navigates the halls of school.
Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights will give you serious 13 Reasons Why flashbacks due to the heavy emphasis on sports in a high school setting.
The show takes place in a small town in Texas and highlights issues such as racism, family problems and drugs.
The TV series Parenthood is about a dysfunctional family, the Bravermans. The show is interesting because it showcases problems that every family deals with, but it shows three generations' perspectives: those of the grandparents, parents and kids.
Also, if you loved Miles Heizer as Alex on 13 Reasons Why, you'll love him as Drew (sans in the bleached hair) on Parenthood.
The Fosters is about a lesbian couple, Stef and Lena, that raises a blended family. Their children include one biological son from Stef, two adopted twin siblings and two foster children. The untraditional family deals with topics like sexuality, discrimination and individuality, so if you're ready for another deep teen drama after binging 13 Reasons Why, you'll be excited to watch all three seasons of The Fosters.
Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth is a must-watch in the world of teen dramas. The show follows the adventures of Bay and Daphne, who were accidentally switched at the hospital when they were babies. The realization that their parents are not actually their biological parents results in emotions, drama and the struggle towards acceptance.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
The Secret Life of the American Teenager features Shailene Woodley as Amy, a teen who ends up pregnant and has to deal with the judgment and opinions of her friends, family and peers.
Just like 13 Reasons Why, The Secret Life of the American Teenager emphasizes the struggles that teenagers face as they go through high school.
Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin will have you cringing, laughing and crying all at the same time. This show is not as heavy as 13 Reasons Why, but you will fall in love Jane Villanueva from the moment she becomes accidentally artificially inseminated.
Jane the Virgin tackles themes such as self-acceptance, diversity and social status in a light-hearted comical way.
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How to Get Away with Murder
This TV series follows a group of law students who get chosen to work for their professor, Annalise Keating. If you loved the way that 13 Reasons Why told Hannah's story while delving into the backgrounds of the other characters, you'll get hooked on HTGAWM real quick.
The law students get into some real trouble together and also face issues, like domestic violence, homosexuality and family problems.
If you were a fan of Hannah on 13 Reasons Why and are still shaking your head at the season finale, you will adore Lux in Life Unexpected.
Lux ends up reuniting with her birth parents after 16 years in the foster care system. The fact that she's suddenly left to build relationships with her biological parents after all that time makes for a dramatic, quirky and enjoyable series.
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This is Us
Fans who appreciated the interconnectedness of 13 Reasons Why will love the way that This is Us similarly explores the way siblings Kate, Kevin and Randall are connected. Both shows also use flashbacks to tell the stories of the characters pasts and how they influence the future.
Netflix's 13 Reasons Why is set in a high school and raises issues that teens go through such as bullying, abuse and rumors and, while Wentworth takes place in a women's prison, it still raises similar serious issues and is also a very heavy show. There might be some comic relief every now and then, but be prepared to cry and gasp because this show will leave you shook as you witness Bea Smith's experience in prison.