13 Reasons Why is No. 1 digital original series in U.S.


13 Reasons Why proves to be popular online, more than any other digital series.

The second season of 13 Reasons Why dropped almost a week ago on Netflix. And the massively popular series made a big impression online upon its release.

According to Variety, 13 Reasons Why surpassed YouTube’s Cobra Kai, a show that serves as a reboot/sequel to the original Karate Kid movies. With a peak of 64.4 million demand expressions, 13 Reasons Why proves fans still love it.

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The controversial teen drama was also the most popular show in the United States during the week of May 14 -20, more than twice as popular as The Handmaid’s Tale, the critical darling on Hulu.

I think the reason for its popularity stems from the fact that the series appeals to vast and diverse age groups. Teens love the show, but adults watch, too. (Me included!)

And while fans couldn’t wait for the show to come back, critics panned its sophomore season. While the audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 65 percent, the critics’ rating is a measly 32 percent.

I’m about halfway through the latest season, and I don’t think I can say it’s better than the first season. I know if Netflix released only one season, I would always wonder what happened to everyone. A second season was always necessary.

But there are definitely some plot points that are unnecessary, which is why I think TV experts were so critical.

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It doesn’t matter because not only are fans watching it; they’re also talking about it. While a third season has yet to be confirmed, I don’t see the series going anywhere.

What are your thoughts on this season of 13 Reasons Why so far? Read our recaps of Season 2, starting with the first episode of the season, “The First Polaroid.”