When 13 Reasons Why was released on Netflix, it became an instant phenomenon. To put it in perspective, upon its release, it became the fastest trending show on Netflix to hit the Twitterverse. Viewers couldn’t get enough of the nail-biting mystery surrounding lead character Hannah Baker’s suicide and the 13 tapes she left in the wake of the tragic event.
The show has been criticized for allegedly glamorizing suicide, which has lead to outrage by some schools and parents. Due to the vocal outcry, the show has become a hot-button topic in society, but that is, of course, only adding to interest in it.
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13. Puppies Were Brought To Set
Due to the emotional content being filmed with the young actors, it’s said that therapeutic dogs were brought on set to comfort each cast member if they were having a difficult time during filming. Star Dylan Minnette said, “There was a puppy per hour. They really tried to help out.”
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12. It’s A Hit With The Critics
The show isn’t just a hit with audiences; the critics love it too. The Netflix series has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for the way it frames the characters against its dark subject matter, including suicide and rape. The cast, most of whom are barely in their 20s, has also been praised for their powerful performances.
11. Selena Gomez Was Almost Hannah Baker
Singer Selena Gomez was originally supposed to star in the series as Hannah Baker. Back in 2009, Gomez was 17 and was interested in starring in a film adaptation of Jay Asher’s popular book. While it’s a mystery as to why she didn’t stay attached, Gomez did produce the series with her mother.
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10. Director Tom McCarthy Set The Tone
Director Tom McCarthy directed the first two episodes. It’s an odd choice given McCarthy’s history. The director is primarily known for his work in adult dramas like Spotlight, Win Win, The Visitor, and The Station Agent.
That said, it was all about setting the tone for a show that would handle suicide in an adult way but also create an entertaining show.
9. There Were A Ton Of Producers Involved
The show had a ton of producers, including Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, along with executive producers Selena Gomez, Tom McCarthy, Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Mandy Teefey, and Kristel Laiblin. With all of these producers involved, it’s a wonder how the tone of the show was so consistent.