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TV review: '13 Reasons Why: Season 2,' reveals more intense, dark subject matter teens may have difficulty navigating

Parents need to know that "13 Reasons Why" is an intense, dark Netflix drama based on the popular young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and is definitely not a light watch or for younger kids. The disturbing story explores a troubled teen's motivations for committing suicide, opening after the fatal event, with all appearances by deceased Hannah in the reflections of a boy who harbored a secret crush on her. Messages about treating people with respect and not taking others for granted are prominent, but the fact that Hannah blames others for her suicide is problematic and may send the wrong messages to some sensitive teens. The series doesn't shy away from mature issues, as Hannah's suicide is shown in great detail, as is more than one graphic rape scene involving a teenager. There's teen drinking, voyeurism (a boy circulates a picture of a girl in a compromising position after a sexual encounter), and lots of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and "a--holes"). While this challenging story could help parents start conversations with teens about issues like bullying, isolation, and depression, the way the series addresses these issues is complex and may be confusing for impressionable viewers.

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Around the remote: Chuck Barney's TV and streaming picks for May 20-26

DON'T MISS: "Dancing With the Stars: Athletes" – Well, that was quick. Seems like this abbreviated special edition of the reality series just got started and here we are at the finale already. So who's going to win the ballroom battle and waltz away with that hideous mirrorball trophy? Will it be Adam Rippon (with Jenna Johnson)? Josh Norman (with Sharna Burgess)? Or will Tonya Harding (with Sasha Farber) pull off the upset? And just one more question: Why isn't Mirai Nagasu in this lineup? (8 p.m., ABC).

Sneak peek at TLC's 'Our Wild Life' featuring NC zoo

The new TLC reality show "Our Wild Life" features the exotic petting zoo It's a Zoo Life, which is located outside Pinetops NC and is run by Bobbie Jo Abrams. Animals include kangaroos, a lemur, a zebra and a sloth.
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