Experts weigh in on ‘Euphoria’ being a comfort show. Image via Instagram @euphoria.

‘Euphoria’: Experts on why viewers are obsessed with ‘comfort shows’

Experts reveal why millions of viewers are obsessed with graphic and intense shows such as ‘Euphoria’, ‘Yellowjackets’ and more.


Experts weigh in on ‘Euphoria’ being a comfort show. Image via Instagram @euphoria.

Experts have weighed in on why intense shows such as Euphoria and Yellowjackets continue to bring in millions of viewers.


Euphoria, a popular HBO drama series starring Zendaya Coleman grabbed the attention of 2.4 million viewers for the premiere of its second season. The show is great, but it is also intense, triggering and graphic. So, why do millions of people still glued to the series? 

Well, Tweeps feel the show is “comforting”. Take a look…

So, why would a show about drug abuse and high levels of anxiety bring comfort? A few experts have weighed in. 


Some experts think these shows, like Euphoria, Dare Me and others help viewers feel their feelings in a safer way.

“These types of shows offer us a safe environment in which we can anticipate the types of emotions that will be activated when watching. We’re also then more effective in how we respond to and manage these emotions,” said Timothy Schlairet, a licensed psychologist with Thriveworks in Atlanta to Huff Post.

Other experts think these shows help viewers project and shape their emotions.

“Watching the fears and worries that originate from the minds of others in shows and viewing commentary that validate those concerns has calming effects. We refer to this process as projective identification,” said Sabrina Romanoff, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City to the publication.

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Euphoria and other shows may make you feel safe and shape emotions but they still have a storyline of intense topics. So, here are a few tips to help you decompress after watching. 

You may feel triggered, hopeless or anxious. Process these feelings and understand that they will pass. Staying mindful of your reactions is also good because becoming too invested can affect your own mental health.

You could use the TIPP technique,

  • Temperature – You could use either the cold and warmth to comfort you. Splash your face with cold water or take a cold shower. If you’re looking for warmth, cuddle up in a blanket or make yourself a hot cup of tea.
  • Intense exercise – You could lift weights or run around.
  • Paced breathing – Breathe in through your nose for four seconds and exhale through your mouth for six seconds.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation – Tighten each muscle group for five seconds and release one group at a time.

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