While there are some who are complaining about the rise of Peak TV, bemoaning that writing for the screenplay now features “long, detailed, complex arcs for every character” (not sure how this is a problem), we’re not one of them. Better scripted material, no matter the size of the screen, is just fine by us, especially when it lets “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy go long.

Following his great year with the journalism drama that was a surprise Best Picture winner, he’s back behind the camera for “13 Reasons Why.” Based on the books by Jay Asher, it follows a teenager who unravels the mystery behind the suicide of his classmate and crush, Hannah. Here’s the official synopsis:

13 Reasons Why is a new series from Netflix adapted from the best-selling books by Jay Asher. It follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) —his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, 13 Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heart wrenching story of teenage life that will deeply affect viewers.

“13 Reasons Why” arrives on March 31st.

  • rnlol

    To be fair, there is an awful lot of bloated, padded, meandering, unfocused, undisciplined storytelling in the era of “Peak TV”, where “long-form” too often means “more is more”.