Though we always feel a little sad when summer ends, there’s one thing we do look forward to every fall: Our favorite shows come back with all new seasons. And how do we prepare for the fall TV lineup? By binge-watching all the ones we’ve already seen a million times (I love rewatching my favorites!), and also watching other shows we haven’t seen before.
If you’re looking for a show to binge on, look no further because Facebook Watch has you covered. The social platform’s video-on-demand service specializes in original content, with shows that are easily accessible and instantly captivating, including the dramatic teen series, Five Points, which debuted its first season in June 2018.
If you’ve never seen it before, you’re missing out. The original series, produced by none other than Kerry Washington, is based on the lives of five teens from the South Side of Chicago who are not only going through their own personal problems, but also dealing with life-changing events at their school, Five Points High. From family and friendship issues to trauma, the show touches on various adolescent themes that we think will resonate with almost everyone.
Another thing that makes the show interesting? The story is told from the different perspectives of each character, which all connect to one thing: the truth. Not only is this a unique way to tell a story, but it encourages us to look at things through another lens and consider other perspectives. And with the second season that just started this week, we got a sneak peek of what’s to come at a preview for the show’s latest season earlier this week in Hollywood, California.
After some initial mixing and mingling, and of course, some photo-taking outside of the cutest lockers plastered with the Five Points High logo, guests headed into the theater for a preview of the new season before diving into conversation with our editor in chief, Lindsay Peoples Wagner, executive producer Kerry Washington, executive producer and showrunner Katie Elmore Mota, and some members of the cast.
“Season one was a lot about the birth of trauma in the [Five Points] community and season two is about the process of dealing with that trauma and how it leads to unpacking more secrets and more struggles for a lot of these characters,” Kerry Washington told Lindsay during the panel.
Season one took on heavy topics like depression and bullying while being told through authentic and relatable teen stories. And with season two, the writers and producers have accomplished another season of telling these stories in an honest and impactful way. “A lot of these issues were ones that are really challenging to talk about and to unpack in a really impactful, yet exciting, sexy, and dramatic way,” Katie Mota said. But, they manage to tackle the challenge head on and tell these stories in the most enticing way. From scandalous relationships to family issues at home, Five Points pretty much sums up the high school experience. “When I’m looking to tell a teen story, I think it’s important to talk to teens to look at what they’re talking about, see what things they’re thinking about in their own lives, and [look at] what we aren’t seeing in the media right now,” Katie said on the art of storytelling in Five Points.
The entire cast, including Hayley Kiyoko, Madison Pettis, Daniela Nieves, Raymond Cham Jr., and Nate Potvin also chimed in about themes explored through seasons one and two. “It’s amazing how selfish we are in our youth. I feel like the show shows that perspective of whatever you’re going through in high school is the only thing that’s going on. It’s like nothing else matters, and I feel like within the seasons [the producers] have done a great job showcasing that because a lot of people can relate to feeling that way. It’s this weird isolation, but yet everyone’s going through something crazy, or just difficult with family, or with who you are and what you look like,” Hayley Kiyoko told the crowd.
What’s even more exciting about this show? The Facebook Watch platform allows fans to connect on the show’s Facebook page and through a Facebook group called More Than Five Points, allowing them to engage in deeper conversations surrounding the serious topics touched on throughout the series.
The first three episodes of season two are now streaming on Facebook Watch and new episodes will be available every Monday at 12 p.m. PT/ 3 p.m. ET. This season, in order to optimize mobile viewing, the entire show is viewable in vertical mode, meaning you can watch it on the go in the most accessible way possible. You’re going to want to be tuned into this drama because it gets extra juicy. Trust us.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue