#parents | #teensvaping | Why ‘Dare Me’ Is the Best New Teen TV Show

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It would make sense if you missed the premiere of USA’s cheerleading drama Dare Me back in December. Personally, I’m not checking USA for my new favorite teen shows, and it was quickly overshadowed by Netflix’s megahit docuseries Cheer. Based on Megan Abbott’s excellent 2013 novel, Dare Me manages to brilliantly combine all the best parts of Cheer and HBO’s Euphoria — drugs, sex, glitter, and competitive cheerleading — with a dash of potential murder.

The show follows a competitive-cheerleading team in a small midwestern town that’s shaken up by the arrival of a new cheer coach, Collette French, who rules the girls with an iron fist. But “top girl” Beth — who’s always been the real HBIC of the squad — is further destabilized when Coach French starts paying more attention to Addy, Beth’s submissive best friend. Coach and Addy become a bit too close for a comfortable student-teacher relationship, especially once Addy gets wrapped up in Coach’s personal life, which has dire consequences for both of them.

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