Netflix’s renewal of its controversial teen suicide drama series “13 Reasons Why” this week has raised some eyebrows and ire. The first season launched last year to much debate but some solid acclaim and reportedly strong numbers according to outside ratings measuring agencies.
However, talk towards the series soon began to sour and the recent second season was less well regarded critically and in audience polls. Online there were plenty of calls to end the series, and when the renewal announcement came through the advocacy group Parents Television Council released their own statement from its president Tim Winter:
“We condemn Netflix for renewing its teen-targeted suicide drama ‘13 Reasons Why.’ The company already potentially has the blood of children on their hands from keeping this series – with its graphic suicide scene, its sodomization of a teen boy and a potential school shooting, among other adult content – on its platform for children to view.”
Despite the backlash, the series remains one of the more popular series on the streaming service, and the streaming giant has responded in a recent call with CEO Reed Hastings saying: “’13 Reasons Why’ has been enormously popular and successful. It’s engaging content. It is controversial. But nobody has to watch it.”
The third season of the series will premiere sometime in 2019.