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    Updated on Oct 24, 2019. Posted on Oct 24, 2019

    "Looking For Alaska" Is The Best New Teen TV Series Of 2019, And Here's Why You Need To Watch

    "I go to seek a great perhaps."

    1. First, Looking For Alaska is based on John Green's best-selling novel and follows the lives of Miles Halter and his friends as they attend Culver Creek Preparatory High School.

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    2. Looking behind the scenes, the series was adapted by Josh Schwartz, who created The O.C. and co-created Gossip Girl and Marvel's Runaways — basically, he's teen TV royalty.

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    3. Looking For Alaska actually features several homages to The O.C., like when Miles spots Alaska for the first time and it mirrors Ryan passing Marissa.

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    4. Looking For Alaska includes five female directors and four female writers, which is huge for any TV series.

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    "I'll Show You That It Won't Shoot" was actually directed by Clea DuVall, who recently starred as Marjorie on Veep.

    5. The writing plays an important role in the show's overarching tone, which is amazing — the characters are smart and talk fast until a tragedy strikes Culver Creek, then the silence is noticeable.

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    6. Looking For Alaska includes a group of extremely talented and relatively unknown young actors, who perfectly bring the beloved book characters to life.

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    7. Also, if you're a fan of Veep and/or This Is Us, Timothy Simons and Ron Cephas Jones star as Mr. "The Eagle" Starnes and Dr. Hyde respectively.

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    8. Kristine Froseth does an unbelievable and memorable job at bringing Alaska to the screen and her performance adds much-appreciated depth to the character.

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    Kristine starred in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser and she currently plays Kelly on The Society.

    9. Alongside Kristine, Charlie Plummer, Denny Love, and Jay Lee perfectly create a group of teenage outsiders you can't help but love.

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    10. If Looking For Alaska was one of your favorite books growing up, you won't be disappointed because the TV show remains pretty faithful to the original source material.

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    11. Looking For Alaska even includes some iconic lines taken directly from John Green's book.

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    12. Basically, the differences from the book only enhance the overall story in the best way possible.

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    13. What's great about having eight episodes to tell this story is that there's more time to spend on building not only the world of Culver Creek, but also each character's backstory.

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    For example, Dr. Hyde gets a much more in depth and heartbreaking storyline.

    14. In terms of expanding the characters, Josh Schwartz and executive producer Stephanie Savage worked hard to make sure Alaska was a "fully realized, three-dimensional character."

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    Josh explained that viewers ultimately understand Alaska better than Miles does.

    15. The O.C. had arguably one of the most influential TV soundtracks ever, so it's amazing that Looking For Alaska continues this tradition.

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    Josh talked about the music in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying, "There’s the music that defines you as a teenager, and that stays with you forever."

    16. And since the series is set in the early 2000s, Looking For Alaska's soundtrack flawlessly brings us right back to that time period.

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    A cover of "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab For Cutie is one of many songs included.

    17. While the show is set in the past, it doesn't feel like a nostalgia-fueled TV series — teenagers today can still relate to the struggles Miles, Alaska, The Colonel, and many more go through.

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    There's discussions about mental health, poverty, depression, and much more.

    18. Looking For Alaska stands out from other current teen TV shows because it's incredibly grounded and doesn't rely on out of this world twists.

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    The show is about a relatively normal group of teenagers trying to make sense of adolescence and it doesn't try to be anything else but that.

    19. And finally, if you still aren't sold on Looking For Alaska, it's basically the heart and soul of The O.C. plus the outsider dynamics of Freaks and Geeks. You can't honestly turn that down, can you?

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    Looking For Alaska is currently streaming on Hulu.