NEW YORK -- The HBO show "Euphoria" is personal for Sam Levinson, its creator and writer.
He drew on his own youth and struggles with addiction for the series.
The eight-episode show follows a group of suburban high school students as they try to construct an identity in a world saturated with social media.
There's plenty of ugly sex, full frontal nudity, and several disturbing and violent scenes. Other recent shows — like Netflix's "Sex Education" and "13 Reasons Why" — have explored the underbelly of teen life, but not like this.
It has sparked controversy, but its creator says it takes the lives of young people seriously and with empathy.