Like basically everyone else on the planet, I binge-watched 13 Reasons Why immediately upon its release. While I can’t say it was the best series I’ve ever watched, it did have its merits, and I got to write my rebuttal to the haters for Decider.
Here’s an excerpt:
Does 13 Reasons Why do a disservice to those with mental illness everywhere? I don’t think so. After all, much of the stigma of mental illness is combatted by giving it a voice to begin with — something 13 Reasons Why does with heart, if occasionally not much finesse. Admittedly, there were large gaps in Hannah’s story that could have done with being filled in, and many of us would have been interested to see them. While it’s clear that she experienced terrible bullying, isolation, and even rape, it’s also fair to infer that Hannah suffered with mental health issues that, if treated, may or may not have saved her life. But the show wasn’t about that, really.