13 Reasons Why: Watch First Trailer for Netflix's Teen-Suicide Mystery

From the look of this first full 13 Reasons Why trailer, Netflix has stayed true to the Jay Asher young adult novel on which it’s based. Translation: The upcoming drama is dark, it’s twisty and it’s likely to suck you in whole.

The Selena Gomez-produced series debuts Friday, March 31, on the streaming video service. But the video above gives you a pretty good idea of what you’ll encounter in the tale of a high school student who commits suicide… then leaves cassette tapes for the classmates she says all contributed to her death.

13 Reasons Why follows Clay (played by Dylan Minnette, Scandal) as he receives the box of tapes from Hannah, as well as instructions to pass them along to 12 other students. The project got a straight-to-series, 13-episode order from the streaming video service in October. Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Brian d’Arcy James (Smash) co-star as Hannah’s parents.

The throwback technology that Hannah (Katherine Langford) uses may seem out of place among today’s online youth, but that’s kind of the point: Hannah is “going analog to send a message to these young people who are so connected digitally,” director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) said at a recent press event.

Press PLAY on the video to get a feel for the series, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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  1. Candace says:

    This is one of my favorite books and I’m happy to see that it seems they’re staying true to it. I can’t wait until March 31!

  2. Rrumeo says:

    Yes, yes yes!!!! finally, now just do vampire academy series and spin-off and we are cool

  3. z says:

    I forgot how the book ended but I remember enjoying it. Hope the series lives up to its potential

  4. Ginger says:

    This looks amazing! Are all episodes going to be made available at once? Or is Netflix taking a more traditional approach?

  5. Fabrizia says:

    I was going to say that Dylan Minnette has been playing teenagers for many years now and he should stop, but I see he’s only 20. He has been hired by a lot of shows in a decade so it feels like he’s older, but he was only 14 in Lost, 16 in Awake, 11 on Grey’s, 18 on Scandal etc. I wasted those years going to school.

  6. Eran says:

    If done with the right amount of storytelling courage and honesty, this could end up becoming one of the most important series of recent years. Teen suicide needs to be a global discussion.

  7. narutofan says:

    I can’t wait! Loved the book so I’m sure the TV show will be good.

  8. Jared says:

    Loved the book and this series seems to be really well done. Can’t wait to watch.

  9. John Corbae says:

    Haven’t read the book and preview mentions make me want to gag. To present an individual suicide as a means of revenge is stupid and irresponsible at best. I have worked on a suicide line for 23 years. I have fielded more than my share of teens saying their deaths would make the bullies feel bad. I have had the sad duty to tell them NO, your death will mean nothing to those people. They are broken human already and incapable of feeling any guilt over their actions, much less feeling any responsibility for their actions.

    I support free speech,but this strikes me as irresponsible programming. You are just justifying suicide as a means of “communication” rather than dealing with the underlying problems in reality. Such programming may only justify one person thinking suicide as revenge is a viable option, but that is one too many.